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Just a combined report today, since there were no major league games yesterday due to the All-Star break, and very few minor league games either, as MLB wants to showcase the All-Star Game.

First of all, I did NOT watch the Home Run Derby (won by Giancarlo Stanton with an amazing total of 61 HR). I can’t stand Chris Berman going back-back-back all the time (please give it up or retire, Chris), and with Stanton bopping 61—all the worse. Besides, it kind of bores me. By going for the HR, some players have messed up their swings for the second half of the season.

By the way, I do NOT like the fact that the winning league of the All-Star Game gets home field advantage for the World Series. I find it a ridiculous ruling.

A-Rod is said to be working out at 1B during the break. The experiment failed last year, but it may be A-Rod’s only way (until Beltran’s hammy heals, enabling Beltran to go to RF and not DH) to get into the lineup. Teix’s knee won’t let him play every day, and as of now, Refsnyder is the backup 1B.

AAA: No games yesterday or today. All-Star Game Wednesday night.

AA: See AAA. The same applies.

High A: Tampa lost 5-3. Yelfrey Ramirez 6 IP, 2 R, 1 Earned, 4 H, 1 walk, 9 K. OF Mason Williams,   DH Trey Amburgey, OF Zack Zehner and C Francisco Diaz two hits each. No games today.

Low A: No games. Charleston does play tonight.

 

 

 

 

Game 85. Yanks escape with 5-4 win.

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If you go by the numbers (and you’ll see them below), Andrew Miller should be closing for the Yanks, and not Aroldis Chapman. By acting “politically correct”, the Yanks almost blew a game last night. A review that was overturned turned out to be the last out of the game, and may have saved the game in a 5-4 Yankees win at Cleveland.

The win puts the Yanks at 42-43.

Ivan Nova gave up two homers in the third, and the Yanks were down 2-0. They tied the game in the fifth on a HR by the hot Didi Gregorius (10) and on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

With the help of another review, the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth. Chase Headley singled in a run. Starlin Castro was originally called out at the plate, but the review gave the Yanks the run.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF to put the Yanks up 4-2. Speaking of not being “politically correct”, when will the Yanks start to play Refsnyder over Hicks? Yes, Hicks can play CF which Refsnyder can’t, but if Ellsbury needs a day, you can slide Gardner over to CF. Refsnyder can fill the corners. Refsnyder 74 AB, .297-0-10, OPS+ 106. Hicks 180 at bats, over twice as many. .200-3-17, OPS+ 52. The Yanks need Refsnyder’s bat in the lineup. You can put Hicks in for defense in the late innings if necessary. Even Sterling and Waldman are starting to mention on the radio that Refsnyder should be playing more often over Hicks.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single after Refsnyder’s SF made it 5-2.

Cleveland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Girardi went politically correct and went “formula.” Betances, Miller, then Chapman.

But Chapman gave us all a scare in that bottom of the ninth. He walked the lead off hitter, never a good omen. After a strikeout, he gave up a single. Then came a line out for out #2. The next hitter hit a grounder that ricocheted off Teixeira to Castro, who threw to Chapman, and the original call was safe, which would have loaded the bases. The Yanks challenged the call, won the challenge and got the out, which ended the game. Whew.

Nova (w, 6-5, 5.18) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Betances (H, 21) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.53
Miller (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.43
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.74.

As you can see, Chapman has the highest ERA of the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Between deciding who closes among the three, and also Hicks vs. Refsnyder, maybe Girardi should consider throwing away his book, looking at the numbers, and making some changes.

Just my opinion.

But then, if the Yanks are sellers, and trade Chapman for prospects, maybe the relief thing will work itself out on its own.

Game 52. More of the same. Yanks lose, 7-0.

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Deja vu all over again, as Yogi would say.

Again, the Yanks’ starter pitched well, the offense did nothing, and the bullpen let any chance of a comeback victory get away.

The Yanks lost to Toronto 7-0 Wednesday night to fall to 24-28.

Tanaka went six, gave up two runs, only one earned.

Again the Yanks scored two runs or less. That is what, 23 times in 52 games?

You hate typing up the same story, but the script isn’t changing.

One thing I heard on the radio upset me. John Sterling was talking about the Yanks trying out Refsnyder at 1B to backup Teix.. He said that Refsnyder’s D was questionable in the infield at 2B and 3B, and although he played RF the other night, that he didn’t have a RF arm, and although LF was possible, the Yanks had Gardner in LF, and that the Yanks were trying a place that Refsnyder could fit for his bat.

News flash to Sterling: Gardner is hitting .211. If Gardner continues like that, why NOT try Refsnyder in LF?

“The Yanks have Gardner in LF” …. Sheesh. John, what KEEPS Gardner in LF if he keeps hitting .211?

Tanaka (L, 3-1, 2.78) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Yates 1/3 IP 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.98
Goody 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.68
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00

Game 48. Rays batter Pineda, beat Yanks 9-5.

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Michael Pineda continued to exasperate Yankee fans, coaches, the front office and the owner yesterday. Recently the NY Post reported that Hal Steinbrenner called out several underperforming players and that Pineda was one of them. They also reported on Girardi and the coaches’ frustration with him.

Pineda has been more like a pinata this year, getting hit hard, especially early in games. Those first inning struggles continued when he gave up three in the first and then he gave up two more in the second. The Yanks were down 5-0 after two and could not come back, losing 9-5 Saturday afternoon.

The Yanks have been getting decent performances from Tanaka, Eovaldi, Nova and CC but Severino and Pineda have been killing them. The Yanks are 23-25. Severino and Pineda are a combined 2-12, the rest of the team 21-13. You can see the difference. You can do the math.

What the Yanks do with Severino, who starts a rehab game on Sunday, when he gets healthy will be interesting. Put him (0-6, 7.46) back in the rotation, or let him get straightened out in the minors?

Pineda does have options and can be sent down. He is 2-6, 6.92. The Yanks can’t just keep sending pitchers out there with ERAs of 7, especially since we’ve reached Memorial Day.

But what and who is the alternative? Either someone like a Cessa, Green, etc. would have to be given a shot (Green had one start recently, 6 R, 4 ER in 4 IP), Severino or Pineda must step up, or the Yanks have to make a deal. 2-12 vs. the rest at 21-13. The two have been dragging the team down. Something needs to be done, and if/when it is, I’ll report it.

Carlos Beltran hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 5-1. Beltran’s 12th HR of the year was #404 lifetime, placing him three behind Duke Snider on the all-time list. It was his 2500th hit.

Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth and three in the fifth on a HR by Hank Conger off of Luis Cessa. Conger came into the game with no extrabase hits. He had two doubles and a HR yesterday. He drove in 3 runs for the Rays. Evan Longoria had a HR and 4 RBI.

Down 9-1, the Yanks tried to fight back but the deficit was too large. They got two in the seventh on a Romine single and a bases-loaded walk to Torreyes, and two in the eighth on singles by Gregorius and Romine.

A-Rod (.176) was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

Chase Headley was 3 for 3, and  Austin Romine 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Pineda (L, 2-6, 6.92) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Goody 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.55
Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 3 K, 2.57. Gave up a HR.

Cessa can’t be used for a while, b/c he went four, but you wonder if he may be placed in the rotation for a while with Pineda/Severino removed?

Something has to be done, and something tells me it’ll be done soon.

Game 47. Tanaka and 2 HR down Rays, 4-1.

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Masahiro Tanaka was masterful, and two of the Yanks’ 4 hits were HR in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay Friday night.

It was a scoreless game into the sixth, thanks to a great catch at the wall by Brett Gardner. In the top of the sixth, with one out, Gardner walked and went to third on an error on a pickoff attempt. He later scored on a McCann groundout. After the groundout, A-Rod hit a 2-run HR (6, #693 career) to put the Yanks up  3-0.

Carlos Beltran made it 4-0 in the 8th with his 11th HR of the year, #403 career.

Kirby Yates gave up a HR in the bottom of the 9th to the Rays,. Final 4-1.

Tanaka (w, 3-0, 2.89)  7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 4 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks (1 HBP) 2 K. 0.92
Yates 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.37 Gave up a HR
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.16. Got a K, but runner reached on a PB.

The Yanks are 23-24.

Update: From the NY Post: Beltran, 39, and A-Rod, 40, became the first pair of Yankees 39 or older to homer in the same game since Baseball Reference data dating back to 1913 became available.

Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

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The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.

 

Yanks’ prospect dies in crash.

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I just saw this news on milb.com and am sharing it.

Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.

Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.

MLB.com’s David Adler cited a 2015 Scout.com interview in which Donny Rowland, New York’s director of international scouting, said of discovering the infielder, “Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face [pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, now the D-backs’ No. 8 prospect], and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff.

“That’s where our staff became sold on this guy. ‘We like the pitcher, but who is the hitter?'”

According to the Yankees media guide, Acevedo hailed from the Dominican capital Santo Domingo and was expected to make his Minor League debut this season.

Acevedo’s death is the latest in a rash of road accidents that have claimed the lives of young prospects in the Dominican Republic. In the span of six days in January, 23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jose Rosario and 20-year-old Orioles infield prospect Ramon Ramirez were killed in separate motorcycle accidents. Former top Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras died in a car crash in Puerto Plata on Oct. 27, 2014, one day shy of a month after making his Major League debut.