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Game 44. Yanks fall back to 2nd after 2-1, 11 inning loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second week in a row, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Blake Snell of the Rays went at it mano-a-mano in a pitcher’s duel. Although Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings, the Yanks (27-17) lost in 11 innings, 2-1.

The Yanks scored their only run of the game in the third inning. With one out, Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu singled and Luke Voit walked. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Snell threw a WP, allowing a run to score. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning.

It was an awful day for Sanchez, who struck out each of the first four times he came to bat, and GIDP to end the game in his last at bat.

In the top the sixth, with a man on second and two out, a liner up the middle struck Tanaka’s shin and ricocheted to Luke Voit at first. Voit stepped on the bag for the third out. The richochet saved what at that time was the tying run. Although X-rays were negative, Tanaka is still questionable for his next start with a contusion.

In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Aaron Hicks reached second on an error. With two out, Gleyber Torres singled, but Hicks (who ran through a stop sign) was gunned down at the plate.

In the top of the seventh, Tommy Kahnle gave up HR to the first batter he faced, and that tied the game at 1.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gio Urshela almost won another game by himself. After fouling off a ton of pitches and working a LONG at bat, he drilled one to RCF that was caught just in front of the wall.

In the top of the eleventh, Luis Cessa gave up a HR, and that was the ballgame. 2-1 Rays.

Because of the DH the other day, Chad Green will be the Yanks’ “opener” tomorrow. It will be a bullpen game, and it will be interesting how Aaron Boone manages it.

Hicks 2 hits.
Sanchez 0 for 5. Struck out first 4 times up, Game ending DP last time.
Urshela 2 hits.
Clint Frazier slumping. 8 for his last 48.

It looks like we may be getting Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton back in about 2-3 weeks.

There will then be interesting decisions to be made then. Who goes? Probably Estrada for Didi, but who for Stanton? Morales? Maybin?

Tanaka 6 IP,  0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.09
Kahnle (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.66
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.04
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09
Cessa (L, 0-1, 3.60) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.





Game 37. Yanks 2-hit M’s, win 3-1. Gio with the big hit again. Hicks to return Monday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The emergence of Gio Urshela continues. What this will mean for Miguel Andujar, last year’s ROY runnerup, will be interesting once more people start coming off of the DL. Andujar may have to DH more. If that’s the case, Stanton has to play OF more, and that then affects people like Clint Frazier or Brett Gardner, esp. when Hicks and Judge return. A domino effect.

Aaron Boone will have to make decisions. But these will be tough but good decisions and not decisons made out of necessity because half of your roster is on the DL.

Urshela, who didn’t start the game, got a big bases-loaded single with two outs and two strikes on him in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yanks two insurance runs they would need in a 3-1 win over Seattle Thursday night.

The win puts the Yanks (22-15) 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East (2nd place) and the Yanks now go into the Trop (one of, if not the WORST stadium in MLB) for a three game weekend series. The Yanks can take over first place if they can sweep the Rays this weekend.

They won’t have Aaron Hicks yet, though. Hicks, 0 for 11 on his rehab stint so far, obviously doesn’t feel his swing is there yet, so he will go from playing for A+ Tampa to AAA SWB for this weekend, play three games for SWB, then rejoin the Yanks on Monday. We’ll see what the corresponding move will be.

The Yanks’ pitchers two-hit the Mariners last night, with the only blemish being a two-out, two-strike HR given up by Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth which made Urshela’s hit that much more important.

J.A. Happ pitched five innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit. The bullpen up to Chapman was superb, especially Adam Ottavino who got out of a jam in the sixth.

The Yanks got a run in the second when Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres singled. After Andujar (2 for 22 since coming off the DL) and Mike Tauchman flied out, Cameron Maybin doubled in Frazier. It looked like Torres may have had a chance to score, but he held at third. Thairo Estrada grounded out to end the inning.

That was all the scoring until the eighth. Ottavino got a big DP ball to end the top of the sixth and keep Seattle from scoring.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the score still 1-0 Yankees, D.J. LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez both singled. Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout, then stole second. Clint Frazier struck out. Torres was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base. Urshela, who replaced Andujar for defensive purposes, then drove in two runs to make the score 3-0 Yankees. Tauchman then struck out to end the inning.

As mentioned above, the single by Urshela proved huge when Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth. Final, 3-1 Yankees.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.344, what a pickup; leads AL in batting average (won one already when with Colorado)
Torres 2 hits
Urshela 2 RBI (.354, came into the year a .225 hitter; what a surprise)
Maybin RBI double (.323, great pickup so far).

Happ (W, 2-3, 4.36) 5+ IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 7 K.
Ottavino (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.86
Kahnle (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.20  (what a rebound from last year)
Britton (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.52
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.63

I am fighting a URI/Chest cough, so bear with me on the reports. Thanks!

Game 31. The Kraken homers twice, but Paxton leaves early with knee injury in Yanks’ 6-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered twice, but James Paxton had to leave after just three innings with a knee injury in the Yanks’ (18-13) win over the Twins Friday night.

Paxton will have an MRI today, and the hope is that it isn’t serious.

In other injury/rehab news, the Yanks sent down Mike Ford after the game. Miguel Andujar is to be reactivated today.

Also (from

Clint Frazier is expected to join AA Trenton for rehab games Saturday and Sunday and be reactivated on Monday.

Aaron Judge is improving as he recovers from a left oblique strain, but he isn’t ready to resume baseball activities, and manager Aaron Boone said the team isn’t at the point where it can offer a timetable yet.

Aaron Hicks (back) will continue to play in extended spring games through the weekend before joining Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons for rehab games starting Monday. He could return next weekend.

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) could begin a rehab assignment in a few weeks.

As for Troy Tulowitzki, the veteran shortstop is dealing with a new mild calf strain and will be shut down for a week. He was seemingly nearing his return from the left calf strain he suffered in early April.

No word on Stanton.

The game was a bit sloppy, as both teams gave each other some runs.

In the first inning, Brett Gardner reached on a three-base error and after a walk to Luke Voit and a Gary Sanchez strikeout, scored on a single by Gleyber Torres. After Ford struck out, Gio Urshela singled but Voit was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  A bad send by 3B coach Phil Nevin there. The slow-footed Voit was out by plenty.

In the second, with one out, Cameron Maybin walked. Tyler Wade was HBP. With two out, Voit singled in a run but was thown out trying for a double. 2-0 Yanks.

An error by Torres helped the Twins get an unearned run in the third, 2-1 Yanks.

The Yanks got two in the fourth thanks to more gifts from the Twins. Mike Tauchman reached on an error, Maybin singled and Wade bunted them over. A WP brought in one run and Gardner’s groundout plated another. 4-1.

Sanchez homered in the fifth (9) and in the seventh (10) and the Yanks took a 6-1 lead into the eighth, when Zack Britton gave up a two-run homer that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3, which would be the final score.

Sanchez 3 hits, 2 solo HR.

Paxton 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.  3.11
Holder (W, 2-0, 4.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.20
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Britton 1 iP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.15  Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.19

Nice job by the bullpen picking up the baton from the injured Paxton.

Game 26. Yanks beat SF, 7-3. Voit continues to roll.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When I first saw the lineup, I didn’t have too much confidence in the Yanks last night.

It looked like the worst lineup I had seen since the Horace Clarke years of the late 1960s/early 1970s.

For one thing, no DH in a NL park.

Gio Urshela hitting cleanup? Thairo Estrada in LF? Sanchez and Gardner on the bench?

This against Madison Bumgarner? Even though Bumgarner isn’t what he was?

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

The first four hitters in the Yanks’ (15-11, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) lineup went 10 for 18, scored 6 runs and had 5 RBI in the Yanks’ 7-3 win over the Giants last night.

The Yanks jumped on Bumgarner right away with two runs in the first. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, went to third on a flyout by Luke Voit and scored on a double by Gleyber Torres. Urshela singled Torres to third, and Cameron Maybin in his first AB as a Yankee, singled in Torres to make it 2-0.

James Paxton gave a run back in a shaky first inning, but then settled down the rest of the night.

In the third, Luke Voit, who is having a great road trip, singled and was bunted over to second by Torres (when is the last time you saw the #3 batter in the lineup lay down a sac bunt?). Urshela, a .232 career hitter with 9 career HR in 517 at bats, singled Voit in to make it 3-1. Urshela, known for his glove and not his bat, has been swinging the bat well in subbing for the injured Andujar at 3B.

In the fifth, the Yanks made it 4-1 when LeMahieu singled and Voit doubled him home.

Consecutive singles by Austin Romine, Mike Tauchman and Thairo Estrada made it 5-1 in the sixth. For Estrada, his first MLB RBI.

Paxton tired in the sixth, giving up two runs before Tommy Kahnle came in to get the final out of the inning. 5-3 Yanks.

With two out in the seventh, Zack Britton gave Yankees fans a scare by walking three batters in a row to load the bases. Manager Aaron Boone then pulled a double switch, bringing in Adam Ottavino to replace Britton, and getting Brett Gardner in the OF (Tauchman going from CF to RF, replacing Maybin). In the key moment of the game, Ottavino struck out Buster Posey to get out of the inning.

Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (8) in the ninth to give the Yanks some insurance runs. 7-3.

Voit has been a real steal for the Yanks. Since Brian Cashman went out and got him, Voit has played in 65 games for the Yanks, hitting .309-22-55, OPS+ 170. Keep that up over 162 games and you are talking MVP-type numbers.

LeMahieu 3 hits, scored 3x
Voit 3 hits, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI. 2-run HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Paxton (W, 3-2, 3.38) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K
Kahnle (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP.  1.86  Looking like he did in 2017, not 2018.
Britton (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K.  2.45
Ottavino (H, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.51
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.45

The bullpen: 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 W, 6 K.  A bit wild, but no hits or runs. Combined, the Yanks’ pitchers struck out 14, walked 7.




Game 24. Yanks comeback to win 6th straight, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, the scrubs are somehow finding a way.

Down 5-0 going into the sixth, the Yanks (14-10, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) came back to win 6-5 for their sixth straight victory. They are playing with some guts and grit.

Before the game, it was announced that Gio Gonzalez, who opted out of his contract with the Yanks, went back to Milwaukee on a one-year deal.’

Chad Green did have an option left. The struggling Green was sent down and Stephen Tarpley was brought back up. Also, the Yanks reactivated Gary Sanchez and sent down Kyle Higashioka.

More disconcerting was that Clint Frazier was out of the lineup again, and was getting an MRI on the ankle he twisted Monday night.

UPDATE: Frazier going on the IL.

Not only that, but Giancarlo Stanton had a setback in his recovery from his biceps injury and needed a cortisone shot in his SHOULDER.

Aargh. We are still looking at a couple of weeks until some of the starters start coming back.

You hope the team can tread water until then, and with this winning streak, they are doing more than that. Give them credit for that. Give Boone credit for holding things together. Things really could have fallen apart.

CC started and got 3 strikeouts to take him to 2997 for his career, but he was off. He gave up a HR to Andrelton Simmons in the first inning. 1-0 Angels.

He then gave up 4 runs in the fourth. Simmons touched him for another HR to make it 2-0.  Kole Calhoun later that inning hit a 3-run HR to make it 5-0.

The Yanks got two back in the sixth. Tyler Wade beat out an infield hit and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. 5-1.  Luke Voit singled LeMahieu to third. After two outs, it appeared the Yanks wouldn’t score anymore, but a PB by Angels’ C Jonathan Lucroy (who has made a couple of costly mistakes this series) enabled LeMahieu to score. 5-2 Angels.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh, but could have had more. The Yanks loaded the bases on a walk to Mike Ford, a single by Gio Urshela and a walk to Mike Tauchman. Wade walked to force in a run, 5-3. LeMahieu hit a SF, 5-4. Voit reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Tauchman to tie the game at five.

But then Brett Gardner hit a screaming liner that Mike Trout made a fabulous play on. But in throwing the ball back to the infield, the Angels picked off Tyler Wade with a hidden ball play. Wade can’t do that. You just can’t adjust your feet or come off the bag even for the slightest moment without knowing EXACTLY where that ball is. He was tagged out, inning over.

Wade made up for his gaffe in the ninth. With two outs, he singled and stole second. LeMahieu singled him in for what proved to be the game-winning run.

Kudos to Jonathan Loaisiga for relieving CC and shutting down the Angels to enable the Yanks to come back and win the game.

Not a good first game back for Gary Sanchez, who took the “Golden Sombrero”, 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI, GW RBI.
Wade 2 hits, RBI

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  2.40
Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.70

Game 20. Judge HRs but gets hurt in Yanks’ 9-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The injury list keeps growing.

This time it’s Aaron Judge going onto it. After homering earlier in the game, Judge strained an oblique muscle in his rib cage while singling later in the game. As he goes onto the crowded IL, Gary Sanchez is due to come off of it.

Sanchez is expected to play in a rehab game Monday and rejoin the team on Wednesday.

Judge’s HR (5) in the first gave the Yanks (10-10) a 1-0 lead.

Clint Frazier’s HR (5) in the second made it 2-0.

In the third, Gleyber Torres hit what was originally called a 3-run HR, but he was rulled out because of fan interference. When will fans learn? If you want a ball that badly, go to Disk’s Sporting Goods and buy one. Anyway, the moron of a fan was kicked out, Gleyber was called out, and manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing the call.

In the fourth, back-to-back HRs by Mike Tauchman (3, a 3-run blast) and D.J. LeMahieu (1) made it 6-0 Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka was superb, his only blip being a solo HR he gave up in the sixth which cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tauchman walked and Judge got injured on his single. Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Judge. With two out, Torres singled in Tauchman and Frazier singled in Torres.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela doubled and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 9-1 Yanks.

Jonathan Holder gave up a home run in the ninth. Yanks win 9-2.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR. Injured and to the IL.
LeMahieu solo HR, first as a Yankee.
Frazier 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR.
Urshela 3 hits.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Tauchman HR, 3 RBI.

The bottom of the Yanks’ lineup did some damage.

Tanaka (W, 2-1, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 6.55


Game 19. Yanks beat KC, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (9-10) did get good news on Sanchez and Andujar coming off of the DL soon.

CC was ok and got the win. He needs 3 more wins  for 250 and six more K’s for 3000.

Brett Gardner is only hitting .200 but he is making his hits count. HR #5 made it 2-1 Yankees, who were losing at the time in the bottom of the third after KC scored an unearned run in the top of the inning.

In the fitth, Mike Tauchman HR’d (2) to put the Yanks up 3-1.

KC cut it to 3-2 in the top of the sixth but the Yanks came right back with two runs.

Aaron Judge doubled, Luke Voit walked, and Gleyber Torres singled to load the bases. D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF that Billy Hamilton of KC made a great play on to save it from being a bases-clearing hit. Judge scored, Voit moved to third. Voit scored on a PB when Clint Frazier walked.

Frazier, and also Gleyber Torres, made great defensive plays in the game.

In the seventh, Kyle Higashioka doubled. Tyler Wade (two hits on the night) beat out a bunt single and Higashioka scored when the ball was thrown away. Wade was thrown out trying to go to second.

Sabathia (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.93
Ottavino (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  0.90
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.84
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.24

Gio Gonzalez was supposed to pitch for SWB last night but the game was postponed. He’s only had three outings since the Yanks signed him, and his opt-out is today. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, and is expected to opt out today.

The Yanks did make a depth move. With Bird out a while, the Yanks signed Logan Morrison to a minor league deal with an opt-out date of July 1. Morrison is the guy who, two years ago, criticized Gary Sanchez being in the HR derby instead of himself. Morrison doesn’t hit much for average (.239 career) but does have some pop. Morrison only hit .186-15-39 for the Twins last year (OPS+ 74) but did hit 38 HR for Tampa Bay in 2017. His 162 g. average is .239-23-71, OPS+ 105. He can play 1B/LF/RF. He’ll get $1MM, probably pro-rated, if he makes the majors. He’ll go to extended spring training, then to AAA.

Ex-Yankee Mike Pagliarulo has been fired as Marlins’ hitting coach.