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Game 16. Yanks turn triple play in 10-2 win.

CC Sabathia had something to prove to me. I’ve mentioned that before this start he was a $23MM #4 starter to me—that I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him.

Perhaps even Nova… knocking CC to #5. After all, CC was 15-15, 4.93 since 2012 going into tonight. He went 7, got help from a triple play, and improved to 2-2, 5.19. Dellin Betances mopped up with two scoreless innings.

The Yanks turned their third triple play since 1968 in the second, and funny enough, CC was the pitcher for all three.

The Yanks got one in the first on a McCann single, and three in the second, keyed by Roberts and Ellsbury triples and a Jeter single.

Later, Soriano (#410 career) and McCann hit back-to-back HR. In the 9th, Solarte went deep for his first MLB HR. (A-Rod who?)

The Yanks have won 5 in a row and 6 out of 7. (10-6)

Lots of offensive stars tonight.

Ellsbury 2 H, 2 rbi.
Jeter 2 h, rbi (3329 hits now).
Soriano 3 h, rbi. HR
McCann 2 h, 2 rbi. HR
Solarte 3 H, 1st MLB HR, 2 RBI
Roberts 3 H, 2 rbi, HR short of the cycle.

10-2 Yanks.

Games 11 and 12. Yanks lose Friday, bomb 5 HR in win Sat.

Sorry about no Friday post for Game 11, but I had to work 1/2 a day Saturday and worked a 1/2 hour OT on Friday, meaning I got out of work at 8:30 PM, got back in town about 9:10 and had a 9-1 shift on Saturday. Quick turnaround that gave me little time to write about Friday’s action.

As such, I will skip the Friday minor league action and just briefly recap the Yankees game. CC was fine for a while, and had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth, courtesy of Soriano’s 2nd HR of the year (#408 career, passing Duke Snider).  But in the sixth, CC gave up 2 HR, one a solo shot, the other a three-run dinger and the Yanks wound up losing 4-2. CC has given up 5 HR in his 3 games so far.

He is 1-2,  6.63 after 3 starts. It’s early, but I don’t think he is an ace anymore. Since 2012, he is 15-15, 4.93. He has to regain ace status in my eyes. Right now to me he is a 4, because I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him. Maybe even Nova. $23 MM for a #4? Now some may disagree, but this far into the season, CC has given up more hits and runs than any pitcher in the AL, and the most HR in the majors. I hope he proves me wrong by winning 10 of his next 13 decisions or so, but I don’t think that is happening. Meanwhile the Yanks’ offense didn’t do much either.

Saturday was better as the BOMBERS were back. 5 HR in a 7-4 win. Brian McCann finally came alive with 2 HR, Soriano hit one (#409), Beltran got one (#360, one behind Joe D. now) and Kelly Johnson had one.

Hiroki Kuroda was strong for 6 before tiring in the 7th. 6 1/3, 4 R. 2-1, 3.86.

I won’t go into much detail on the relief for each game. Suffice it to say the relief was great. No runs.

Game 8. Nova and Nuno lousy in 14-5 loss.

Nova and Nuno are two names that are four-letter names. It’s safe to say that both heard four-letter words after their outings today in a 14-5 Yankees loss.

Nova started and gave up 7 R in 3 2/3. Nuno also gave up 7 R, but in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Nova gave up 3 runs before the Yanks had a chance to bat. Cesar Cabral (1/3) and Dellin Betances (1 2/3) pitched scoreless relief.

Rafael Soriano and Kelly Johnson HR’d in the Yankees loss. For Soriano, career HR #407 tied Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3322. Jacoby Ellsbury got 3 hits and Yangervis Solarte had 3 hits and an RBI.

UConn pulled off the double, winning the mens’s NCAA basketball title last night and the women’s tonight. The women wound up 40-0 and beat a previously undefeated ND team tonight for the title, and beat ND badly.

 

Game 7. Yanks win home opener, 4-2. D-Rob to DL

Outside of CC, the Yanks’ starting pitching so far this season has been superb, and today was no exception, as Hiroki Kuroda evened his record at 1-1 in the Yanks’ 4-2 win over Baltimore today in their home opener.

Kuroda went 6 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K and his ERA after two starts is 2.57.

Matt Thornton 1/3, David Phelps 1/3, Adam Warren 1 and Shawn Kelley 1 (save) finished up with scoreless and hitless relief.

So far this year, the Yanks’ pitchers are throwing strikes. Just one walk today (Warren) and 15 in 7 games.

The Yanks got a run in the third when Solarte walked, went to third on Gardner’s single and scored when Jeter GIDP.

After the Orioles tied it in the top of the fourth, Solarte’s two-out single gave the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. ‘

In the fifth, Jeter doubled (hit #3321) and Ellsbury drove him in with a single. l was CS (the Yanks first this year) but after Beltran singled and McCann flied out, Soriano singled, then Roberts and Johnson walked. Johnson’s bases-loaded walk made it 4-1.

Baltimore got a run in the seventh to cut it to 4-2 but that was it as the Yanks improved to 4-3.

Ellsbury was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Soriano looks to be coming out of his funk with two hits today.

After the game, it was announced that David Robertson will join Teix on the 15-day DL. With D-Rob, it is a groin strain.

 

 

 

Game 6. Yanks get first HR of 2014 in 6-4 win.

Brett Gardner, of all people, got the Yanks off the HR schneid with a 2-run blast as the Yanks hung on to beat Toronto 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Yanks had gone five games without a HR before Gardner hit their first HR of the season to put them up 6-1. They needed that HR.

The Yanks broke out with three in the first when Gardner walked, stole second (the Yanks haven’t been caught stealing this year yet, and had three steals today) moved to third on a groundout by Jeter, and scored on an Ellsbury groundout. After a walk to McCann and a HBP to Soriano, Kelly Johnson doubled home two runs.

CC gave a run back right away on a leadoff HR by Melky.

The Yanks got three in the fourth on a walk to Roberts, who stole second. Solarte doubled him home and Gardner homered to put the Yanks up 6-1.

Derek Jeter had two hits in the game to move him to 3320 for his career. The two hits passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list and puts Jeter #8 all-time. Next up are Carl Yastrzemski at 3419 and Honus Wagner at 3430. Jeter should end his career #6, behind Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial and Speaker.

CC gave up 3 runs in the sixth. He went 6, 4 R,  7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. (1-1, 7.50). He has given up 10 R in 12 IP this season so far.

Adam Warren a 1-2-3 seventh. Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th,  giving up a two-out triple.

Robertson Save #2 in the 9th. With one out, he gave up a hit and a walk but got out of it.

Gardner the HR and 2 RBI. Jeter 2 hits. Johnson 2 RBI.

Soriano finally got a hit and is now 1 for 19.

 

 

Game 5. Yanks offense still missing in 4-0 loss.

Michael Pineda pitched well, David Phelps didn’t and the Yanks’ offense was non-existent again in a 4-0 loss to Toronto today.

Pineda went 6, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 k. Except for CC’s first two innings in the opener, the starters have done well the first time through.

Vidal Nuno faced one batter and walked him. Phelps came in and got through the seventh, but gave up two HR (3 for the season already) and let the game get away. Phelps 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Ellsbury had 3 hits, Cervelli 2 and Solarte 2, but the Yanks were 1 for 11 with RISP.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season. Soriano is now 0 for 16.

Heard some Nunez (who has been DFA’d) for Ike Davis (who the Mets want to trade) talk. I’m still surprised that Stephen Drew is out there. Shouldn’t the Mets go for him over Nunez? …. and as for the Yanks, if Teix is out long-term, wouldn’t Kendrys Morales (free agent and still out there) be a better option than Ike Davis?

Game 5 lineup and notes.

Today’s lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

Teix DL’d. Romine brought up.

I don’t give detailed stats this early into the season. Not until we have a lot.

The Yanks are still looking to hit their first HR of the season. Jeter is one hit away from tying Paul Molitor for 8th place all-time.  Meanwhile, Dean Anna got his first hit last night and Soriano is 0 for 12 so far this year. The Yanks are 5 for 5 in SB so far, three by Ellsbury.

This will be Pineda’s first regular season start as a Yankee.

 

 

Game 3. Scrubs lead Yanks to 4-2 win. Torch passed.

Joe Girardi put out a different lineup vs. a lefty pitcher tonight. He sat Ellsbury, McCann and Kelly Johnson. He played Soriano in LF (didn’t help. Sori is now 0 for 11). He DH’d Beltran and put Ichiro in RF, Cervelli C and Solarte at 3B.

Ichiro and Solarte helped the Yanks to a 4-2 win tonight over Houston.

Ivan Nova struggled but got the win. He gave up a run in the first, but it easily could have been more. He went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 5 walks and 1 K. Not pretty, but a win.

Adam Warren was an unsung hero tonight. Great job. Four batters, four outs. 1 1/3, 2 K.

Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th. 2 K.

Then…. the torch officially got passed. No more Mo for the 9th. Robertson pitched a scoreless 9th & got the save.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season.

Derek Jeter got hit #3318 tonight. He is now one behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list.

Five of the Yanks’ seven hits tonight came from bench players. The 40-year-old Ichiro got two hits and scored three runs.

Yangervis Solarte, who stole Nunez’ job away from him, got his first three MLB hits in his second MLB game.

It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Nunez, who was DFA’d by the Yanks when they decided to keep Solarte over Nunez.

Meanwhile, Opening Day at the Stadium on Monday will see a tribute to the “core four.” Pettitte and Rivera will be throwing out the first pitch(es) to Posada & Jeter.

Game 2. Where’s the beef? Yanks lose 3-1.

Two games against the Astros, who have been the worst team in baseball the last few years. Two games and the Yanks have scored three runs. Not only that, the offense wasn’t that good in spring training.

Last year’s offense stunk. That is why the Yanks went out and got Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann and were hoping for the return of Jeter and Teixeira to close to their former status. It’s early, just two games into the regular season, but results so far, and with spring training, have been disappointing.

Frankly, if this continues, I want hitting coach Kevin Long fired. Not just for this year, but for previous years. For this team hasn’t done well situational hitting for a long time. It’s one thing to hit HR. It’s another to consistently drive in guys from third with less than two out, and the Yanks haven’t been good at that the last few years.

When a guy is on third with less than two out, how about not swinging for the goddamn fence and instead, choke up on the bat two inches and make sure you make contact to drive the run in instead of striking out? Give me a sac fly or an RBI groundout. Pennants are won by getting in runs when you have a guy on third with less than two out. Screw going for the fences. Give me contact and get that run in. Situational hitting. Let me say this—the best team I ever saw was the 1998 114-48 Yankees. Who led the team in HR that year? Tino with 28. 28. Not 38. Not 48. 28. Situational hitting. I am tired of seeing players swing for the fences with a guy on third and less than two out. Concentrate on getting the run in.

In another game I watched tonight, one batter came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Tie game. Walk wins the game. The previous batter walked on four pitches. So what does dummy do? He swings at the first pitch instead of taking a strike. Really? Excuse me, can we get some BRAINS back into baseball?

Kuroda started for the Yankees tonight and gave up a meatball to the first batter. HR. Down 1-0 already.

Kuroda didn’t do badly. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 5 K. One was a HR and another a triple. Two runs, but enough given up for a lineup doing nothing. That should have been good enough to beat Houston.

Phelps went 1 1/3 and gave up a HR himself.  Thornton and Kelley each gave up an out.

McCann was 2 for 4, Roberts 3 for 4. Other than that, nothing.

Teix was 0 for 4 with 3 K. Soriano 0 for 4 with 2 K. Sori has been awful so far in the first two games.

Yangervis Solarte made his MLB debut tonight.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 with RISP tonight.

 

 

S.T. Game 22. Yanks “buzz” Boston, 8-1.

Michael Pineda was impressive again today as the Yanks beat Boston 8-1 in a game that was held up for a few minutes because of a swarm of bees.

While the groundskeepers were spraying the bees, Mark Teixeira came out of the Yanks’ dugout holding up a couple of bottles of honey—sweet.

Pineda went 4 1/3, giving up 0 r, 4 H and striking out five. Fifth starter? Heck, he’s been pitching like an ace or #2 this spring.

Alfonso Soriano drove in four runs, three with a HR.

Ichiro had an RBI single, and so did Jeter on an infield hit. Teixeira drove in two with a single.

Brett Gardner went 3 for 4. Francisco Cervelli was 2 for 3, as was Brian Roberts.

David Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up a hit but both his outs were strikeouts.

Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless sixth. David Herndon gave up a run in the seventh, Fred Lewis and Matt Daley finished up with scoreless innings.

The Yanks are now 11-9-2 for the spring.