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Arizona Fall League

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees added Nestor Cortes to the prospects getting extra work in the Arizona Fall League.

In Scottsdale’s 4-1 win yesterday, here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

DH Greg Bird 1 for 2, single, RBI, 2 walks.

3B Miguel Andujar 0 for 4, struck out once.



Cubs win Game 5 of NLCS. Up 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cubs are one game away from going to the World Series for the first time since 1945 after an 8-4 win in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Addison Russell hit a 2-run HR and Javier Baez cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double.

Clayton Kershaw will try to save the Dodgers’ season in Game Six on Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Of the two big relievers the Yanks traded at the deadline, Miller is outperforming Chapman this postseason.

Cleveland wins AL Pennant, Miller ALCS MVP; Cubs even NLCS.

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The Cleveland Indians are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1997. They have only won it twice, in 1920 and 1948.

Andrew Miller was named the ALCS MVP after the Indians beat the Blue Jays in Game 5 in Toronto 3-0 to win the series four games to one.

Terry Francona should probably be put in the Hall of Fame now. With a depleted rotation, two guys down (Carrasco and Salazar), another cuts up his hand (Bauer), he deftly guided his bullpen—thanks to Miller—to a sweep of Boston and a five-game win over Toronto. Good pitching beat good hitting. When you look at his rotation problems right now, you say “No Way!”. Fabulous job by Francona.

Here is one example of the Indians depleted rotation and the job Francona did. The Game 5 starter for Cleveland was Ryan Merritt, a 24 yr. old rookie who had just four major league games under his belt and just one start. He pitched 4 1/3 innings.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp hit solo HRs for Cleveland in the game. Francisco Lindor, who could have been ALCS MVP himself, had 3 hits.

In the NLCS, the Cubs offense woke up after being shut out in Games 2 and 3 and they evened the series at two games apiece, winning Game Four 10-2.

Anthony Rizzo had 3 hits, 3 RBI, inc. a HR. Addison Russell had 3 hits, 2 RBI inc. a HR. The Dodgers were sloppy in making four errors.

I never saw a pitcher wearing a single digit number before Urias last night. And that is in 50 years of watching baseball. How about you?



Arizona Fall League. 2 hits for Torres.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Scottsdale lost 2-1. Here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

CF Tyler Wade. 1 for 3. Scored a run, drew a walk.

SS Gleyber Torres 2 for 3, RBI, drew a walk, caught stealing.

Dh Greg Bird 0 for 4.

P Dillon Tate 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

ALCS: Toronto stays alive. NLCS: Dodgers blank Cubs again.

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Toronto stayed alive, beating Cleveland 5-1 on Tuesday in Game 4 of the ALCS. Cleveland still leads the series 3 games to 1. Cleveland got just 2 hits in the game.

Josh Donaldson had a solo HR and Juan Encarnacion had 2 RBI.

In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Dodgers, who won Game Two 1-0, blanked the Cubs again, this time by a 6-0 score, to take a two games to one lead in the series. The Cubs only got four hits.

Yasmani Grandal hit a 2-run HR in the fourth and drove in 3 runs in the game. Justin Turner a solo HR in the sixth.  Corey Seager had 3 hits and an rbi.

Game 5 of the ALCS at 4 today. Game 4 of the NLCS at 8 pm tonight.

Arizona Fall League: Torres HRs

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Scottsdale lost 6-3 on Tuesday. Here are how Yankees’ prospects did:

2B Gleyber Torres: 2 for 2, run scored, double, solo HR, 2 walks. Stole 2 bases, but was caught once and was picked off once. Made an error.

3B Miguel Andujar: 1 for 3, single. Scored one run. Made an error. Also drew a walk. So far, good scouting reports on him.

P James Kaprielian. 3 IP, 3 R, 1 earned. 2 H, 2 walks, 3 K.

P J.P. Feyereisen 2 IP, 3 R, 2 earned. 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 K. Took the loss.

Saw a scouting report on Dillon Tate, who is there, but it wasn’t too good. Had to do with his work habits and stubbornness.

Mets prospect and ex-NFL QB Tim Tebow finally got his first hit, but is 1 for 16 so far.




ALCS Game 3: Kipnis, Miller, put Blue Jays on the brink.

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Jason Kipnis once again got the big hit, a HR that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth, and Andrew Miller was once again dominating, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out three for the save, in Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Toronto last night.

In nine postseason innings, Miller has struck out 20.

The win puts Cleveland on the brink of winning the AL Pennant. They are up 3 games to none in the series. The last time the Indians were in the WS was in 1997 when they lost Game 7 in extra innings to the Marlins. The last time the Indians won the WS was in 1948 when they beat the Boston (Spahn and Sain and pray for rain) Braves.

Indians pitcher Trey Bauer only lasted 2/3 of an inning because a laceration on his pitching hand (pinky finger) opened up and he was bleeding badly on the mound. Indians’ manager Terry Francona mixed and matched, and the Indians used seven pitchers in the game, including Bauer.

The Indians go for the sweep at 4 pm today.

In the NLCS, Game 3 between the Cubs and Dodgers is at 8 pm. The series is tied at one game apiece.

I read one post somewhere from one fan who thinks the umpires should be split across countries because Toronto is from Canada. That there should be some Canadian umpires in this series. What’s next? Japanese umpires if you have a Japanese pitcher like Tanaka? Dominican umpires for those players? Just the whines of a crybaby Blue Jays fan.