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Game 22. Yanks improve to 13-9 w/14-5 rout of Boston.

Boston was sloppy tonight (5 errors) and the Yanks took advantage, beating them 14-5. The Yanks have won 5 of 7 from Boston so far this season.

CC improved to 3-2. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 w and 8 K. Shane Greene made his MLB debut and struggled (nerves?) 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned b/c of a Jeter error and a McCann PB). No hits, but 3 walks and the Jeter E.  Adam Warren 1 2/3 scoreless and David Robertson finished up. Nice to get D-Rob in a game out of hand after spending two weeks on the DL. Get his feet wet again.

ERA’s CC 3-2, 4.78. Greene 0.00 (3 unearned runs). Warren 2.19 and D-Rob 0.00.

The Yanks had 14 h, 12 walks in the game and Boston made 5 errors.

Ellsbury 3 h, 3 rbi. Jeter 2 h (3335), 2 rbi. Solarte 4 rbi. Teixiera HR #1

It’s funny how the Yanks top RBI guys batted 1st (Ellsbury) and 9th (Solarte) tonight.

Pineda got a 10-game suspension.

Game 19. Moves and lineup.

From Mark Feinsand ‏@FeinsandNYDN · Twitter Mark Teixeira activated; Preston Claiborne & Bryan Mitchell recalled; Ivan Nova on 15-day DL; Scott Sizemore to Triple-A; Matt Daley DFA.

Nova has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow. Expect him to be out quite a while.

I’d have kept Sizemore up and gotten rid of Roberts.

 

Todays lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF (leads AL in G, BA, SB and CS)
Derek Jeter SS (3330 career h)
Carlos Beltran RF (362 career HR)
Alfonso Soriano DH (410 career HR)
Mark Teixeira 1B (341 career HR)
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

LHP Vidal Nuno

Yanks 10-8, tied for 1st in A.L. East. They are 2 games better than their Pythagorean record of 8-10 (based on runs scored vs. runs allowed).

Still too early for stats.

 

What to do when, if, healthy?

We await word on some banged-up players and moves while the Yanks have off today.

But here is one thought. Once Mark Teixeira comes off the DL (he expects it to be Easter Sunday, next Sunday), what then?

Here is one thought: keep Solarte in the lineup and bench Roberts. You can put Johnson at 2B and keep Solarte at 3B (preferred) or vice-versa.

Roberts, who hasn’t played more than 77 games in a season since 2009, has back troubles right now. I don’t know if he is DL-bound or not, but his injury history since 2009 isn’t good. Besides, he is just 4 for 31 right now, all singles. He is 2 for 2 in SB.

Who knows how long Solarte will stay hot or when he cools off, how much and how long he will fizzle. Solarte is 15 for 42 (.357) and leads the AL with 6 doubles. Solarte is also 10 years younger than Roberts.

Meanwhile, you wonder about the fragility of the infield. Could Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales be signed mid-season if they are still available?

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 4. “T” time. Tanaka wins. Teix hurt. Yanks win.

Tanaka did well, but Teix got hurt, in the Yanks’ 7-3 win tonight. The Yankees are now 2-2.

Tanaka gave up a HR on his 3rd MLB pitch–to Melky.

The Yanks did get two in the top of the first. Tanaka struggled early but settled in.

7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER 0 walks and 8 K.

Teix was hurt. Strained hammy. More on that in a bit.

Thornton (2/3), Betances (1/3 but struggled) and Robertson finished up for Tanaka.

Ellsbury had a good night, 3 for 4, a walk and 2 SB. Yangervis Solarte had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Ichiro had 3 more hits, and 2 for Kelly Johnson.

Roberts, Soriano and Jeter had the day off before Roberts had to enter the game due to Teixeira’s injury.

Gardner had 2 h, rbi. The Yanks had 16 hits.

They are still looking for HR #1 for the season.

As for what would happen if Teix gets DL’d…..

1) Nunez is DFA’d meaning the Yanks have 10 days (a few have passed) to ship him down, trade him or release him. The Mets are shopping Ike Davis. SS Ruben Tejada of the Mets stinks—worse than Nunez. Maybe a Nunez for Davis swap?

2) Russ Canzler is the SWB 1B. Bring him up?

3) The option I prefer. Move McCann to 1b. Cervelli at C. Bring up Romine or Murphy. It may save McCann over time.

But sheesh. Teix out for a few weeks already?

 

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 31. Kuroda and Tanaka dominating in Yanks’ 3-0 win.

Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka were dominating Friday night in the Yanks’ 3-0 win.

Kuroda pitched the first three innings, giving up three hits and striking out four. Tanaka went the last six, giving up three hits and striking out ten.

Neither walked a batter.

Not to put a wet blanket over a nice win, but one not so good part about the win was the lack of offense by the Yankees. Miami no-hit the Yanks in Panama a few weeks ago and almost did it again. The Yanks got just three hits in the game, and none until the bottom of the eighth.

Derek Jeter’s S.T. batting average is .137. Mark Teixeira’s is .086. Both missed almost all of last season and both are coming off major injuries. You wonder…. and there isn’t much time to turn it around. The regular season starts Tuesday.

The pitching looks great. The offense has to wake up, and soon.

Meanwhile, except for one position, the team is set. Barring a last-minute trade or injury, here it is. Brendan Ryan will begin the year on the DL.

C-  McCann and Cervelli (Romine and Murphy at AAA, Sanchez at AA).

INF-Teix, Roberts, Jeter, Johnson, Dean Anna (filling in for Ryan). The last position is up for grabs between Nunez (who does have one option left) and Yangervis Solarte. But to make room for Solarte, the Yanks would need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. So it looks like Nunez, but it isn’t official yet.

OF-Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Soriano (who’ll mostly DH) and Ichiro.

SP-CC, Kuroda, Nova, Tanaka and Pineda.

RP-Phelps, Warren, Nuno (all three of whom can give long relief and spot start), Kelley, Betances, Thornton and Robertson.

 

S.T. Game 30. CC’s last tuneup a good one. Yanks win 4-2.

CC Sabathia threw four shutout innings in his final tuneup before he starts Tuesday on Opening Day vs. Houston. The Yanks beat the Pirates, 4-2.

As I predicted yesterday, Preston Claiborne did not make the team. He’s being sent down to AAA.

After CC’s four innings, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno each pitched a scoreless inning. David Phelps gave up 2 R in 2/3 of an inning, and Cesar Cabral pitched 1 1/3 scoreless. It looks as if Nuno and Cabral are the two left for a “second lefty out of the bullpen” job.

Ichiro, who one scout yesterday described as awful this spring training, woke up with 3 hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Eduardo Nunez had three hits and an RBI. Zoilo Almonte was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Nunez, Anna, and Solarte all started. Two of the three will make the team, what with Brendan Ryan being put on the DL. Manager Girardi wanted to get a good look at all three today. While Nunez got three hits, both Anna and Solarte went 0 for 4.

Mark Teixeira is down to .091 this spring.

 

 

 

S.T. Game 28. Yanks offense disappoints in 6-0 loss.

The Yanks lost tonight, 6-0 to the Phils.

Earlier today, it was announced that Michael Pineda won the #5 starter job.

As for the game, it isn’t the 6 that bothers me as much as the zero.

Adam Warren, who will most likely split long relief duties with David Phelps, started, pitched one inning, and gave up no runs. He did walk two.

Phelps pitched an inning and gave up an unearned run, via TWO errors by Kelly Johnson at 3B. This will be a concern. One scout rated the Yanks’ infield defense & their range as the WORST in the majors this year.

Vidal Nuno, who otherwise had a very good spring training, gave up b2b hrs to Howard and Byrd in the third. This, combined with the HR to Bautista he gave up earlier this spring, hurts him. Granted his spring ERA is 3.86, not bad, but the runs are are solo HR (Bautista, Howard and Byrd).

David Robertson and Matt Thornton each pitched a scoreless inning. Shane Greene gave up 2 R in 1 IP. After Shawn Kelley and David Herndon each pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Daley gave up a run in the 9th.

The biggest disappointment tonight was with the Yankees’ bats. Outside of Ellsbury, this was the Yanks’ A-team lineup out there tonight and they did nothing—-and hey, the sub for Ellsbury was Ichiro. No excuses. They scored NADA and against pitchers not exactly A caliber level.

Brett Gardner was 3 f0r 3. After that, nothing. Jeter was  1 for 3 on a blooper but is still at just .128 this spring. Teix (who my buddy, Josh the Yankee Truth is down upon) went 0 for 4, three strikeouts, and is at .100 this spring. Teix was in the cleanup spot tonight. I hope Girardi does not keep him there. He looked awful. Now Teix never has been a good spring player, but he has looked awful.

Cleanup, really ???

 

 

S.T. Game 27. Yanks lose 3-1. Should we worry about Jeter/Teix?

Michael Pineda was done in by a couple of errors, one of which was his own, and a WP, but overall pitched decently in the Yanks’ 3-1 loss today. Of more concern may be the continuing lack of hitting by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.

Pineda went 6, 3 R, 2 ER, on 6 h, 0 walks (1 hbp) and 2 K. He got a lot of ground ball outs. Scott LeRoux went 1/3 scoreless.

Cesar Cabral faced three batters and got no one out, giving up a hit and two walks. Dellin Betances came into the bases-loaded, one-out jam and got a K and a fly out to get out of it. It looks like Betances has made the team.

Danny Burawa and Jim Miller each pitched a scoreless inning.

So the Yanks’ pitching once again looked good. But…

Derek Jeter is now hitting .114 for the spring, and Mark Teixeira is at .115. Both are coming off major injuries that cost each of them almost all of 2013. Teixeira always starts slow. Are their poor springs an aberration, or cause for concern?

Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran each went two for three.