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Game 121. Yanks shutout Angels 7-0 behind Tanaka & 4 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Torreyes went 4 for 4 including his first MLB HR,  Gary Sanchez had 3 hits, and the Yankees rode 4 HR and Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave Tanaka the only run he needed by leading off the game with a HR (5).

An RBI single by Ellsbury drove in Torreyes in the third to make it 2-0, Yanks.

The Yanks then hit 3 HR in the fifth to break the game open. Torreyes started it with his first MLB HR. Two batters later, Didi Gregorius HR’d (17, and you are lying if you thought back in March that Didi might hit 20), and two batters later, Brian McCann hit his 16th HR of the season.

In the sixth, Torreyes singled in a run, and Didi doubled in Torreyes for the final tally of 7-0.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Eovaldi had successful surgeries on his elbow.

Gary Sanchez singled the first time up, doubled the second time up and doubled the third time up. On that third at bat, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Just a hunch. With Eovaldi out for 2017 (and maybe forever?), my gut says that McCann and/or Gardner could be trade bait this offseason to try and get some pitching. The free agent market is very barren this year, and trading one of them, especially if a youngster is ready, as Sanchez is now, may be what it takes to fortify the rotation, especially with Eovaldi out.

Tanaka (w, 10-4, 3.24) 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 9 K.
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY). Faced one batter, walked him.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.21 (Cubs/NYY)0
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34.

BTW, in terms of WAR (wins above replacement), the best player on the Yanks this year has been Tanaka.

S.T. Game 32. Severino solid, but Yanks end S.T. with a loss. 2-1.


My personal feeling is that the ace of this team is Luis Severino, even though the kid has just eleven MLB starts under his belt.

Severino reinforced my feeling with a solid perfomance today, but he took the loss as the Yanks lost to the Marlins 2-1. It was the last spring training game of the year. The Yanks open the season on Monday at Yankee Stadium vs. the Astros. It’ll be a rematch of the wild card game which the Yanks lost 3-0 last year. Keuchel vs. Tanaka.

One run that Severino gave up was unearned. The bullpen was solid, and that included Miller, who pitched for the first time since getting that chip fracture in his right (non-throwing) wrist a few days ago.

Kirby Yates got the final spot on the roster, replacing the injured Bryan Mitchell.

The Yanks’ offense has to pick it up, however. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR, but the Yanks did nothing after that. Ellsbury had two of the Yanks’ four hits.

Yankee pitchers held the Marlins to three hits, but an error by Didi Gregorius cost the Yanks the game.

Severino (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 walk and 6 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.   1 HBP
Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 1 K.
Barbato 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

The Yanks ended spring training at 14-16-2. Now we start the season, and everyone is 0-0.

Of course, we won’t see Chapman until May.

Go Yankees!

The 25 men going north:
C: McCann, Romine;
DH: A-Rod
INF: Teixeira, Castro, Ackley, Gregorius, Headley, Torreyes
OF: Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran, Hicks

SP: Severino, Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, CC
RP: Nova, Cessa, Yates, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller

The bullpen will be interesting with Cessa, Yates and Barbato. How will they do?

S.T. Game 25. Yanks lose 5-2, demote Refsnyder, release Denorfia.


Pitchers need to be stretched out, and such was the case yesterday when Nathan Eovaldi pitched five solid innings but faded in the sixth, giving up four runs, and the Yanks lost to the Twins 5-2 in their spring training game.

Brett Gardner homered.

The Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down to AAA to work more on his defense at 2B and 3B, and also released OF Chris Denorfia, who refused a minor league deal.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (L) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Miller 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 2/3 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

S.T. Game 24. Mitchell strong in Yanks’ 4-3 win.


After Ivan Nova’s performance yesterday, it was pretty much a given that he pitched himself out of the starting rotation. It was also pretty much a given that CC Sabathia would have the #5 slot.

As ESPN’s Lee Corso is known to say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Although it still strongly appears that CC will have that #5 slot, if only because of his salary, Bryan Mitchell gave the Yanks some food for thought as he continued his fine spring training with four scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Toronto in spring training action today.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR for the Yanks.

Poor Rob Refsnyder took a bad hop off of his face for the second day in a row. He’s made three errors at 3B in the last two days. Meanwhile, don’t count out Ronald Torreyes maybe beating out Refsnyder for a spot on the team as the backup infielder. Torreyes, 23, has had a fine spring. The rookie had two hits today and is at .313 for the spring.

A-Rod had an RBI. The winning run scored in the ninth on an E-2.

Nick Rumbelow and James Pazos were sent down to AAA. I still think the final bullpen spot(s) are down to Barbato, Yates and Pinder.

Today’s pitching line:

Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pinder(W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.


S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 6-2. CC better, Sanchez sent down.


Sorry for the late posting. Busy with Easter stuff and getting my car back after having a rental for two weeks (thanks to a deer).

The Yanks lost Thursday, 6-2 to the Rays, dropping their spring training record to 9-11-2. CC Sabathia improved over his last outing, however, giving up 2 runs in 5 IP.

The Yanks sent Gary Sanchez down to AAA, so it looks like Austin Romine will be the Yanks’ backup catcher to start the season. Maybe Sanchez, given his first shot to make the team, pressed a bit. He hit just .048 (1 for 21) in the spring. This gives the youngster more time to develop, and lets him play everyday instead of twice a week. He’ll be up soon.

Brian McCann had two hits in the game.

The Pitching Line:

Sabathia (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Evan Longoria).
Olson 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yates, Pinder and Barbato are having a nice competition for that final bullpen spot.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks sloppy in 3-0 loss.


A few days ago,  I mentioned that the Yanks have some things to accomplish in the next few weeks of spring training before the season starts. One of them was to tighten up what so far has been a loose defense.

That was evident today when the Yanks made five errors in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 3-8-2.

17 cuts were made today, and most were what you would expect—minor leaguers like Mateo, Kaprielian, Judge, Webb, Lail, Wade, etc. getting sent down. Also getting sent down were Lane Adams and Jacob Lindgren.

Besides the defense improving, hopefully the bats come around soon. The Yanks have lost games 1-0 (twice), 3-0, and 2-1 so far in spring training.

But it is spring training. Frankly, I disregrard most results until the final 10 games, after cuts have been made and we are down to the last 30 players (and last cuts).

Starlin Castro had two of the Yanks’ five hits.

CC Sabathia had a rough outing. Michael Pineda continued his strong spring.

Sabathia (L)  1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pineda 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Bleier 1 iP, 0 R, 1 H, no walks and 1 K.

S.T. Game 2. A-Rod homers, but Yanks lose 13-4

Alex Rodriguez hit a 2-run HR in his first at bat, but the Yanks lost to the Phillies, 13-4.

A few things I take out of today’s game.

It’ll be an interesting spring for Ivan Nova. Right now it appears that he is the sixth man in a five man rotation. Will there be an injury that puts Nova into the rotation? Will the young Luis Severino show that he needs more minor league time, hence putting Nova in the rotation? Will Nova have to go to the bullpen and become this year’s “Adam Warren”, a long reliever who is on the ready to spot start or fill in the rotation should another starter go down?

Or will Nova be showcased as trade bait?

Nova hasn’t had a good time of it since 2013, when he went 9-6, 3.10 but missed about 1/3 of the season. Since then, he is 8-13 with a 5.65 ERA, and has gone through Tommy John surgery.

This is a very important spring training for him as far as re-establishing value and determining his role—whether it is with the Yankees or with another team.

Nova pitched two innings today, giving up one run.

It wasn’t a good day for a couple of youngsters trying to step up and take the role that Justin Wilson had last year as a setup man. Wilson, as we know, was traded to the Tigers. We also know that Aroldis Chapman won’t be available until May 9. So for the first month, we will see what we saw last year, Betances setting up Miller.

But it is who comes before them that is in flux. Chasen Shreve is back, but Warren and Wilson are gone and replacements must be found this spring.

For Jacob Lindgren and James Pazos, today wasn’t a good day. The two combined to pitch one inning and to give up seven runs.

Others didn’t stand out either.

But it’s early. Hopefully they do better next time. In Lindgren’s case, no command. 1 HBP, 3 walks and all four runners scored.

But there are a couple of storylines for you this spring. Where does Nova wind up, and who are going to be the setup guys—the bridge to the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman?

Today’s pitching line:

Nova 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Moreno (BS) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 hits, 0 walks and 3 K. Gave up HR
Lindgren 1/3 IP, 4 R, 0 hits, 3 walks, 0 K, 1 HBP
Swarzak 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1 HBP
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. The best of the bunch today.
Webb 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K
Lail 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Gave up HR.

A couple of days ago, the Yanks signed Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal. The 35 yr. old outfielder is a righty bat. He hit .269-3-18 for the Cubs last year (OPS+ 89). His 162 g. average is .272-8-39, 11 SB, OPS+ 103. He has played for the Reds, A’s, Padres, Mariners and Cubs in his career.