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Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (33-36) lost 7-5 to Lehigh Valley as Chance Adams, who was great in the minors in 2016-2017, continues to struggle this season. CF Tyler Wade 1 for 1 with 4 walks.  LF Mark Payton 2 hits, double, triple, 3 RBI. 1B Tyler Austin 2 hits, solo HR. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 hits.

Adams (L, 2-3, 5.21) 4 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 H, 4 W, 1 K
Coshow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.04
Joe Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 3 K. 1.66  Someone to watch out for?
Kahnle 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.52
Espinal 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.67

AA: Trenton (40-29) won 7-3. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, solo HR. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. McBroom has nice AA/AAA numbers (.306-9-34) but his BB/K ratio is bad (9/64).  2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits. LF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI.

DH Tim Tebow (.245-4-23) had 2 doubles and 2 RBI for Binghamton in this game.

Stephan (W, 2-2, 2.88) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Foley (H, 4) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.22
Tarpley 2 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.45

High A: Tampa (34-35) lost 8-7. 1B Brandon Wagner 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI. SS Diego Castillo 4 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, 2 RBI. CF Dom Thompson-Williams 3 hits.  C Chace Numata 2 hits.

Carter 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 2 K.  4.91
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.63
Lane (L, 1-3, 3.90) 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Schwaab 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.38

Low A: Charleston off. The South Atlantic league had their All-Star Game, with the South beating the North 9-5. Charleston’s Steven Sensley, RF, went 0 for 3. 3B Chris Hess went 0 for 5.



Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (33-34) won  9-7 in 11 innings. CF Clint Frazier 3 hits, .322. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, triple, RBI, .269. 3B Brandon Drury 3 hits, 3 RBI, .353. No offense to these guys but they need to be on a MLB roster, the Yanks don’t have room, the Yanks could use another top-notch starter. That means these three guys are trade bait. 1B Ryan McBroom 3 RBI.

Hale 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Joe Harvey (H, 2) 2/3 IP,  1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1.74
Carroll (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.97
Espinal (W, 3-1, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (39-28) lost 10-2. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. Cessa on rehab.

Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00 At AA. (0-1, 3.18 in 2 rehab stints)
Sosebee (L, 0-1, 6.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Young 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   40.50
Ort 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 w, 2 K.  1.85

High A:  Tampa off. The Florida State All-star game was played tonight. 1B Brandon Wagner 0 for 3 for FSL North. 2B Diego Castillo 2 doubles, RBI. The North won 5-0.

Nick Green (Started) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K.
Rosa (pitched 5th inning) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K
Lane (got last out) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A:   Charleston (33-34) won 10-4. 1B Chris Hess 4 for 4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI. DH Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 2 hits. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

Lehnen 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  7 H, 5 W, 5 K. 2.92
Higgins (BS, 1; W, 2-1, 1.50) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.33

The Yanks received an infielder from the Brewers for Erik Kratz. From what I see, nothing special. Last name, Rijo.

HOF Red Schoendienst dies at 95.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

HOF 2B Red Schoendienst passed away at the age of 95. Schoendienst played for the St. Louis Cardinals 1945-1956, winning the 1946 WS with the Cardinals. He was with the New York Giants 1956-1957 then was dealt to the Milwaukee Braves. He was with the Braves through 1960 then went back to the Cards from 1961-1963. He got into the 1957 and 1958 WS with the Braves, winning it in 1957 and losing it in 1958. In that 1957 WS, on a pickoff throw to second, Schoendienst jumped for the errant throw and landed on Mickey Mantle’s right shoulder. The damage was intensive and affected Mickey’s left-handed swing for the rest of his career. After the 1958 season, it was discovered that Red had played the 1958 season with tuberculosis. He missed almost all of the 1959 season as a result, and the Braves lost the pennant in a playoff to the Dodgers.

Schoendienst managed the Cards to the WS title in 1967 and to the NL pennant in 1968.

Schoendienst was a 10x all-star. A 2x WS champ. Four times, he finished in the top 10 for MVP. 10th in 1949, 10th in 1952, 4th in 1953, 3rd in 1957.

His 162 g. average was .289-6-57. OPS+ 94.

In 19 postseason games, he hit .269.

He managed the Cardinals from 1965-1976, then had interim stints in 1980 and 1990. He went 1041-955, winning percentage .522, as a manager.

He was named to the HOF by the Veterans’ Committee in 1989.

At the time of his passing, Schoendienst was the oldest living Hall-of-Famer. That title now goes to Tommy Lasorda. Whitey Ford is the second oldest living Hall-of-Famer.

Game 40. SSS. Stanton, Severino, Sizzling. Yanks win 6-2, hit quarter-pole at 28-12.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So we hit the quarter pole and the Yanks are at 28-12 (unfortunately, so is Boston). You can do the math. We don’t expect both teams to end up at 112-50, but winning the division means so much more. You don’t want to go, say, 103-59 but NOT win the division and find yourself playing in that sudden-death, one-game only, wild card game.

Luis Severino didn’t have his great stuff today, labored a bit, but still pitched six innings of one-run ball. Hopefully he keeps this up all year and gets the CYA at the end of the year.

He got the offensive support from Giancarlo Stanton, who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI.

In the first inning, Gardner singled, Judge doubled and Didi walked. Bases loaded, no one out for Stanton, who singled in two. After a DP, Hicks singled in a run to make it 3-0 and with Seve on the mound, you knew it would be enough.

The A’s got a run in the top of the fifth but Stanton got it right back in the bottom of the fifth with his tenth HR of the season.

In the seventh, Judge walked, and with one out, Stanton doubled. After a walk to Sanchez, Hicks’ force out made it 5-1 Yanks.

In the eighth, Andujar singled and with two out advanced on a WP. Judge singled him in to make it 6-1.

The A’s got a HR off of Shreve in the ninth, but the final score was 6-2 Yankees.

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2 hits, walk, rbi.
Stanton 4 for 4, HR, 3 RBI.
Hicks 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.

Severino (W, 6-1, 2.14) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Green (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.00. Developed a blister.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.52

Robbie Cano for Seattle will be out 2 months. HBP, broken finger.

Chase Headley DFA’d by SD after starting the year .115. Bryan Mitchell has stunk for them, too.

The Yanks are off Monday. Two-game series in Washington Tues. and Wed. Tough series. Tanaka vs. Gonzalez, and CC vs. Scherzer. Hoping for a split.

The Yanks then travel to KC and Texas, both teams are bad, hoping for 4 or 5 out of 6 there.




Game 2. Bottom of lineup leads Yanks to 4-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got 2 RBI each from the #8 and 9 hitters in their lineup tonight to beat Toronto 4-2 to go to 2-0 on the season.

In the second, Didi led off with a triple but was thrown out at the plate on a ground out by Gary Sanchez. Bad base running move.

But with two out, Billy McKinney singled in his first MLB at bat, and Brandon Drury doubled home Sanchez for a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Masahiro Tanaka made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.

Tanaka, if he throws a fastball, has to make sure it isn’t a strike. It has to be a “show you the fastball” pitch that is off the plate. His fastball is what is being hammered for HRs. He has to show it, make sure it’s off the plate, because he can’t blow it past people. He has to rely on his splitter and breaking pitches.

Which is what he did after the HR. He adjusted.

In the fourth, Didi doubled, and after an out, Walker walked. With two out, Drury singled to make it 2-1 Yanks.

In the sixth, Didi walked. With one out, Walker singled, and with two out, Drury walked to load the bases. Wade doubled in two for the deciding hit of the ballgame.

In the ninth, with two outs, Aroldis Chapman gave up back-to-back doubles for a run before recording the final out.

Didi 2 for 3, double & triple. Walk. Scored 2 runs.
Drury 2 hits, 2 RBI and a walk. Double.
Wade 2 RBI. Double.

Tanaka (Win) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K.
Kahnle (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Robertson (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.

12 K for the Yanks’ pitchers today, and I believe 12 on Opening Day. 3 runs given up in 18 innings.

For opening day at the Stadium, Mickey Rivers and Bucky Dent will be throwing out the first ball to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 WS Champs. Surprised Guidry cannot do it.

Also, can the Yanks please honor Graig Nettles with a plaque in Monument Park? Without his D in Game 3 of that 1978 WS, the Yanks don’t win that title.


S.T. Game 28. Yanks blanked, 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks sent Luis Cessa to AAA today and released Wade LeBlanc.

As for the game, Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, made one mistake, but the Yanks were blanked in a 5-0 loss to Boston. They are 15-12-1 for spring training.

Brandon Drury escaped more serious injury when he was hit by a pitch and needed X-rays on his elbow. Negative, but we’ll see how things develop since Opening Day is only a week away.

It was an Opening Day lineup…. sort of. Move Brett Gardner to 9 and move everyone else up, and that’s what you had, which meant Aaron Judge leading off.

Spring training is the time for experimentation.

Tanaka gave up a HR to Ivan De Jesus, Jr. in the third.

The bullpen was a bit shaky.  Chasen Shreve gave up a HR and two runs in the seventh, and Boston scored single runs in the eighth and ninth.

The Yanks only got five hits, two by Gardner.

Tanaka (L) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Schwaab 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Miguel Andujar won the James P. Dawson Award for best rookie in camp.

Next year’s HOF ballot. Mo! Pettitte? Mussina? Other Yankees’ news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So this year’s HOF class has been chosen.

Personally, I hope to see if a bus is going up to the 2019 induction. I’d love to be there for Mo.

The main candidates for the summer of 2019 are:

Off this year’s ballot? Edgar Martinez, who will be on his last year, and Ex-Oriole AND Yankee Mike Mussina, who has a couple of years left and who is trending upward.

It looks like Bonds, Clemens and Schilling are stalling out in the 50’s, whereas 75% is needed for induction.

Of course, 2019 is Mo. He comes on the ballot for the first time and the only question is how many huckleberrys don’t vote for him.

He is a slam dunk. I would love to be there. Book your busses now. Maybe Mo and Moose?

Pettitte is also on the 2019 ballot, and it’s his first year. He has serious credentials, 256 wins, 19 more in the postseason, but the HGH admission will hurt him.

Other new candidates on the 2019 ballot that will merit serious consideration are Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Todd Helton.

The Yanks also announced that P.J Pilittere (sp.?) will join Marcus Thames as a hitting coach. So manager Aaron Boone, it seems, has Pilittere and Thames (hitting coaches), Josh Bard (bench coach), Reggie Willets 1B coach, Mike Harkey BP and Larry Rothschild pitching, Phil Nevin 3B coach, and Carlos Mendoza infield coach.