Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 125. Torreyes, Ellsbury back CC in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

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I will be out of town this weekend. There will be no reports, major or minor leagues, for the games played Friday and Saturday.

For his first 11 starts, CC was great, even though his record may not have showed it due to a lack of run support. His next 11 starts, not so good.

CC was very good last night as the Yanks beat Seattle 5-1.

Before the game, Anthony Swarzak was put on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and Ben Heller was brought up.

CC got help from Ronald (the Mighty Mite) Torreyes and Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple of Mariner errors helped also.

In the second, Aaron Judge reached on an error. After a walk to Aaron Hicks, Torreyes doubled in Judge. Torreyes, who must be 5’7″, 160 lbs dripping wet and wearing lifts, has shown some pop for his size. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake him for the batboy.

After Seattle got a run in the third to tie the game—with help of a triple misplayed by Judge—the Yanks went ahead to stay in the fifth.

Torreyes doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (6).

In the sixth, Mark Teixeira doubled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a SF by Judge.

The Yanks got their last run in the ninth when Ellsbury reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Didi Gregorius.

CC’s win was #222 of his career. It passed Joe Niekro on the all-time list and ties him with Tim Hudson and Jerry Koosman.

Sabathia (w, 8-10, 4.33) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Layne (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.57 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 2 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are now 64-61.

Game 120. Sanchez HRs again, but Yanks lose 7-4.

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Gary Sanchez homered again (5) but the Yanks lost Wednesday afternoon to Toronto, 7-4. They are off Thursday and now head out to the West Coast.

The Yanks fall to 61-59.

CC Sabathia struck out 12, but gave up all 7 runs.

CC gave up 3 runs in the second. Sanchez cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and a HR by Starlin Castro in the fourth (15) cut it to 3-2.

But CC gave up 4 runs in the fifth, and that doomed the Yanks. Melvin Upton hit a 3-run HR for the Blue Jays.

Chase Headley’s 11th HR of the year made it 7-3 in the sixth, and Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the eighth made it the final margin of 7-4.

Sanchez and Judge were moved up in the lineup after their impressive beginnings. Sanchez hit cleanup with Judge fifth.

It looks like Sanchez has already supplanted Brian McCann as the catcher. McCann does have 2 years and $34MM left on his deal. When asked about it, McCann was quiet for a while, but then stated that Sanchez was a stud who will be an All-Star for years to come, and who was the best young catcher he has seen since coming to the majors. Nice praise. I also heard John Flaherty of YES, a former catcher himself, praise Sanchez.

What this means for McCann going forward, who knows? Talks between the Braves and Yanks regarding a possible trade fell though. Will Sanchez be the regular catcher in 2017? Will McCann be the DH in 2017? Do the Yanks think Sanchez and Romine is a good enough catching tandem to trade McCann, probably for pitching (especially with Eovaldi out all next year)? Time will tell, but this will be an interesting watch.

As for free agency in the off season, don’t expect much. There is not a good list of free agents out there to sign.

Chasen Shreve was sent down for Kirby Yates.

Sabathia (L, 7-10, 4.49) 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.52
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk 1 K. 6.00.

Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Blue Jays in the loss.

Game 117. Yanks lose, 12-3.

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When Nathan Eovaldi went down, and the Yanks brought back Luis Severino just a few  days after sending him down after a poor start in Boston, I was shaking my head. Why Severino? Why not Dietrich Enns (13-4, 1.61 between AA and AAA this year)? Enns’ turn in the rotation at AAA probably did not match up with yesterday, but next time the Yanks reach down, I hope Enns gets a shot.

This is nothing against Severino, 22, who I feel is too young to give up on, but Severino’s awful 2016 continued as he was lit up by Tampa Bay yesterday in the Yanks’ 12-3 loss.

The only bright spots for the Yanks were homers by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. For both, it was their second MLB home runs. For Judge, he became the second Yankee (after Joe Lefebvre, 1980) to homer in each of his first two MLB games.

Funnily enough, Severino got 7 of his 11 outs by K.

Severino (L, 1-8, 7.19) 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.30
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.45 (Sea/NYY)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.00.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 60-57.

Before the game, the Yanks dedicated a plaque to Mariano Rivera, whose #42 was already retired at the end of 2013. On Saturday, they honored the 1996 World Champs on their 20th anniversary, a team Mo was part of.

The Minors.

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Things are going to be a little interesting in the minors now that the Yanks have brought up Sanchez, Austin and Judge. Severino is back up b/c of the Eovaldi injury. So some reshuffling is necessary.

AAA: SWB was rained out.

AA: Trenton won 8-2. Ron Herrera 6 IP, 2 R. SS Tyler Wade 3 h, HR, 2 RBI. CF Dustin Fowler 4 hits, rbi. 1B Mike Ford, 3-Run HR.

High A: Tampa won 10-4. Bryan MItchell continues to struggling getting his feet back in coming off the DL.  2  1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 earned. Jorge Mateo 3 hits, 2 doubles, rbi. Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI. Gleyber Torres 2 hits, rbi. Trey Amburgey 3 hits, 3 RBI. Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2 hits Kevin Cornelius.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-1. Kyle Holder 3 hits. 2 hits for Luis Torrens.

Game 116. Youth is served in Yanks’ 8-4 win.

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For the first time in MLB history, a pair of teammates each hit a HR in their first MLB plate appearances in the same game.

And to top it all off, they went back-to-back!

Tyler Austin (1B) and Aaron Judge (RF) each hit home runs in the second inning, each going back-to-back in their first MLB at bats, to spark the Yanks to an 8-4 win over Tampa Bay Saturday afternoon. Judge’s HR was a 446-ft. bomb to straightaway center. Austin and Judge were hitting 7 and 8 in the lineup. Austin came up when A-Rod was released, and Heller was sent down for Judge.

The two historic homers were two of five the Yanks hit yesterday.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR to Brad Miller in the fourth, the first of his two HRs on the day, to put the Rays up 3-2, but Starlin Castro tied it in the bottom of the fourth with his 14th HR of the season.

The Yanks went up 6-3 in the fifth on a 3-run HR by Aaron Hicks (6).

After Tanaka gave up another HR to Miller to cut the lead to 6-4, Didi Gregorius, hitting cleanup (who’d have seen THAT in March?) hit a 2-run HR (15) to put the Yanks up 8-4, which is where it ended up.

Tanaka (w, 9-4, 3.40) 7 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 Walks, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR, both to Brad Miller.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.92 (AZ/NYY)
Swarzak 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.97. Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.98 (Bos/NYY)

The win put the Yanks at 60-56.

Game 115. Yanks win A-Rod finale, 6-3.

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Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in what is expected to be his last MLB game (unless he signs elsewhere) and the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 6-3 Friday night.

Starlin Castro drove in four runs with a 2-run single and a two-run HR as the Yanks improved to 59-56.

A-Rod’s first inning RBI double tied the game after Evan Longoria homered off CC Sabathia in the top of the first.

CC gave up a run in the third, but Castro’s single in the fourth gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead.

The Rays tied it in the fifth, but Castro’s homer (13) in the sixth put the Yanks up 5-3. Aaron Hicks homered in the seventh (5) for the final score.

Unless he signs elsewhere, A-Rod finishes 2016 at .200-9-31. The hit was #3115, the RBI #2086 and double #548.His career batting average was .295, OPS+ 140, 696 HR.

Sabathia (w 7-9, 4.20) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Career win #221.
Clippard (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.01
Warren (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 4.60
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.24

A-Rod took the field for one out in the ninth.

The Yanks are calling up Tyler Austin to take his place.

CC tied Joe Niekro on the all-time wins list. He started the year at 214, tied with Mark Buehrle and Rick Reuschel. This year he has passed them, Jim Perrry, Stan Coveleski, Curt Schilling, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Cooper, Mickey Lolich, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Earl Whitehill, Bob Caruthers, Kenny Rogers, Pedro Martinez, and Jerry Reuss.

His next win will tie Jerry Koosman and Tim Hudson.

Game 114. Yanks rally late for 4-2 win.

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Because of Eovaldi’s early exit on Wednesday, and Girardi’s subsequent bullpen usage, the Yanks were forced to make some moves before Thursday’s game vs. Boston. Down went Goody and Refsnyder. Up comes bullpen help in Cessa and Heller.

In what appears to be A-Rod’s last game at Fenway, he went 0 for 4 with an RBI. He didn’t get the ball out of the infield, and his season batting average dropped to .199. He’s 0 for his last 11 heading into his final game tonight (unless something happens, like he signs with another team). He’s 5 for 43 since June 30. It’s time.

Boston scored in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the third on Austin Romine’s fourth HR of the year. Boston went up 2-1 in the fifth.

Gary Sanchez started the winning 3-run rally in the eighth with a single. After Teixeira, now playing for Romine, struck out, Hicks and Gardner singled, loading the bases. Ellsbury doubled in two, and that put the Yanks up 3-2. After an intentional walk to load the bases for A-Rod, A-Rod hit a little tapper that brought in a run to make it 4-2.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.07.
Cessa (w, 2-0, 3.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are 58-56.