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S.T. Game 22. Tanaka, German and Feyereisen roughed up in Yanks’ 9-3 loss.

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Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple of gopher balls, one to Miguel Cabrera (he of the 462 career HR and the last Triple Crown) as the Yanks lost 9-3 to Detroit in their Saturday exhibition game. The Yanks are 12-9-1 in spring training so far.

Opening Day is March 29. Luis Severino will start and be followed by Tanaka, CC and Gray. Jordan Montgomery starts the home opener on April 2.

The Yanks got two in the top of the first when with one out, Brandon Drury walked and Greg Bird doubled. A balk forced home one run, and Miguel Andujar singled in another.

Cabrera hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third, Tanaka gave up a triple to Alexi Amarista then a HR to Leonys Martin. He struck out Jeimer Candelario but Candelario reached on the wild pitch, then after the second out, went to second on another wild pitch, and after a walk, Victor Martinez singled to make it 4-2, Tigers.

The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fourth, when Erik Kratz singled and Ronald Torreyes walked. After a walk, Estevan Florial reached on an error, and Kratz scored.

The Tigers got two in the fifth off Domingo German. German gave up another run in the sixth.

J.P. Feyereisen gave up a two-run HR in the seventh.

Domingo Castillo 1 for 1
Drury 1 for 2, drew 2 walks
Jeff Hendrix 2 for 2
Francisco Diaz 1 for 1

Tanaka (L) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
German 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.




S.T. Game 21. Yanks are shut out, 2-0 by Astros. Yanks trade Cave to Twins.

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Sorry for a bit of a late report. Feeling achy and my neck, shoulders and back are killing me. My one shoulder especially. I didn’t do anything but wonder if there is some tendonitis. The last time it felt like this there was a hairline fracture in it. I don’t have the $$$ or time for a massage, but boy could I use one.

The Yankees only got two hits on Friday night in losing to Houston 2-0. Jordan Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the first and another in the fourth. The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record to 12-8-1.

The Yanks traded OF Jake Cave to the Twins for RHP Luis Gil. Gil, 19, has pitched only in the Dominican Summer League.

Montgomery (L) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

On an aside, wow. For the first time ever, a #16 seed has knocked off a #1 seed (Virginia) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. March Madness indeed! and by 20 points!

S.T. Game 20. The Kraken gets Cracking. 5 RBI as Yanks win 9-5.

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After yesterday’s bad game, Chance Adams was sent down.

If the Yanks get an AL MVP this year, don’t be surprised if it isn’t Judge or Stanton. Sanchez has been great this spring and don’t count him out.

Sanchez had a 3-run HR and 2-run double today and that helped the Yanks to a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. It put the Yanks’ spring training record at 12-7-1.

Both Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances were off, both giving up 2-run HRs.

In the top of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a two-run HR to Ex-Yank, Francisco Cervelli.

Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the bottom of the first to cut it to 2-1.

The Pirates got a run in the top of the third to make it 3-1, but in the bottom of that inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, to make it 4-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got four in the fourth to stretch it to 8-3. Bird walked and with one out, Wade walked. Gardner reached on a error to load the bases and Judge walked to force in a run. Stanton grounded out to place a run and then Sanchez doubled in two.

Jose Osuna hit a 2-run HR in the sixth for Pittsburgh to make it 8-5, but in the eighth, Tyler Austin hit a solo HR for the final tally of 9-5.

If I were to guess the 25 man roster on Opening Day right now, it would be:

Sanchez, Romine, Stanton, Bird, Walker, Torreyes, Didi, Wade, Drury, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, and Austin. That is 13.

12  pitchers, which are: Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Warren, Green, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Chapman, and Betances.

I believe that Ellsbury, now with only two weeks until Opening Day, won’t be ready and the Yanks will put him on the DL to start the season. Clint Frazier could be headed to the 60 day DL because he is not coming along from his concussion.

So, I believe:

C: Sanchez and Romine
INF: Bird, Wade, Walker , Didi, Drury, Torreyes, and Austin (as backup to Bird)
OF: Stanton, Gardner, Hicks, Judge

Once Ellsbury is ready, the Yanks have to decide between Wade and Austin. Since Wade is more versatile, and Walker is being groomed to not only play 2B but 3b and 1B,  I think then Austin would be the one sent down.

Wade made a couple good defensive plays today. Even if he is the Opening Day starter at 2B, Torres may be ready in a few months. The Yanks envision Wade as a “Ben Zobrist” type. Capable of filling in at any of five positions based on need. Good speed, great range and as long as he can hit .260, steal 20 bases and flash that defensive speed, valuable.

Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances had tough days today.

Gray (W) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 Walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (H), 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  1 W, 2 K.
Heller (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Judge 2 for 2, scored 2. Drove in 2. Walked 2x.
Sanchez double, HR, 5 RBI
Austin solo HR.


S.T. Game 19. Lind released, Yanks lose 7-4 as Adams bombed.

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Well, in the test who see who would be the Yanks’ emergency starter if they need one this year, Chance Adams isn’t doing so well. Maybe there is a reason he wasn’t called up late last year despite a good year between AA and AAA.

Adams gave up 2-run HRs in the first and also the second innings as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 7-4, to drop their spring training record to 11-7-1.

Adams got just five outs while giving up five runs.

Personally, from what we’ve seen in spring training, I would choose Domingo German right now as my emergency starter. That could change as the year progresses. But it’s clear so far that Adams needs some more work.

After he gave up the 2-run HR to Adam Jones in the bottom of the first, the Yanks did come back with three in the top of the second.

Drury and McKinney walked, and Romine singled to load the bases. Torreyes got an RBI on a groundout, and with two out, Shane Robinson singled in two.

Adams then gave up three runs in the bottom of the second, two on a HR by Jonathan Schoop.

The Orioles got one in the third to make it 6-3, and Erik Kratz homered in the fourth for the Yanks to cut it to 6-4.

Baltimore got one in the seventh for the final score of 7-4.

Adams (L) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Hale 3 IP, 0 r, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
LeBlanc 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

I can’t see LeBlanc sticking. Shreve has outperformed him.

Adam Lind, signed recently by the Yanks to a minor league deal, was released by the Yanks today. That could be good news for Tyler Austin, who appears to be making the team as the backup to Greg Bird at 1B. Austin, who also can play corner outfield, appears as if he’ll play 1B if the Yanks need to give Bird a rest or sit hit against a tough lefty pitcher. Here is where Austin, a righty batter, had the edge over the lefty swinging Lind in backing up the lefty swinging Bird.


S.T. Game 18. Yanks, Tigers, tie 2-2. Gleyber sent down.

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This is one reason why I don’t care too much about the final score of spring training games.

Not until say, the last 10 games or so. Maybe less than that.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a run in the top of the ninth to blow the save as the Yanks tied the Tigers 2-2 on Tuesday.

Come the regular season, Gallegos isn’t pitching the ninth, no offense to him. It’s gonna be Chapman, Betances or Robertson, and the latter two only if Chapman needs a day off.

CC started and pitched well, giving up just one run on a HR by Leonys Martin in 4 IP.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi tied it with a HR, then Hicks singled, and with one out, Lind walked. Torres walked and Shane Robinson hit into a forceout which put the Yanks up 2-1.

A single, WP and single off Gallegos tied the game for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks had a chance to win it. Jeff Hendrix walked, stole second and went to third on an error but the Yanks could not get him in. (Message to Aaron Boone, squeeze, unlike Girardi, who never did). Jace Peterson and Kyle Higashioka both struck out. Tyler Wade walked and went to second on defensive indifference (Wade being the winning run, the other team isn’t doing THAT in the regular season) but Estevan Florial grounded out.

Gleyber Torres and Kyle Higashioka were reassigned to minor league camp.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game. They struck out 11x.

CC 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gallegos (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I feel sorry for the Mets’ David Wright, who had another setback. Troubled with back problems the past few years, the great Mets’ 3B should just retire. I admire him trying but really, it’s time to retire.





S.T. Game 17. Yanks fall, 2-1.

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The Yanks lost 2-1 to the Twins Monday night to drop their S.T. record to 11-6.

Masahiro Tanaka went four innings, giving up a 2-run HR to Bobby Wilson in the second.

Tyler Austin hit a HR for the Yanks in the fourth.

Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade each had two hits. Each had a double.

Tanaka (L) 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
German 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

As I have mentioned before, I really like German as the emergency starter to come up from AAA over Cessa.


Yanks sign 2B Neil Walker to 1 yr. $4MM deal.

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This free agent market and the bargains out there are ridiculous.

The Yanks signed veteran 2B Neil Walker to a 1-yr., $4MM deal.

Walker, 32, a switch-hitter, made $17.2 MM last year (took the qualifying offer), and 10.5 MM the year before that. MLB trade rumors had him projected to get a two-year, $20MM deal. The Yanks get him for a year at $4MM? (Plus incentives that could make him more $$).


This Yankees’ lineup is getting downright scary.

Walker has battled some injuries the past two years, but his 162 g. average is .272-20-80 with an OPS+ of 113. In this lineup he could be batting 8th or 9th.

20 HR/80 RBI from a guy hitting 8th or 9th? That reminds me of Scott Brosius in 1998 when he hit .300-19-98, OPS+ 121 batting at the bottom of the lineup, and we all know how good that 1998 team was.

Last year, Walker missed some 45 games but between the Mets and Brewers, hit .265-14-49, OPS+ 111.

Can you imagine a lineup something like Gardner/Judge (batting 2nd because of his AL leading 127 walks and an OBP of .422 last year) Stanton (so Judge and Stanton both bat in the first inning, putting that much pressure on the starting pitcher) Didi (to break up the righty bats) Sanchez, Bird, Hicks, Walker and Drury?


OK, you have an OPS+ of 100 that is average. Here is what the OPS+ was last year, with that lineup, in the order I gave you.

104/171/165/106/126/84 (Bird was hurt most of last year, but was 135 when he came up at the end of 2015 let’s hope it’s that)/ 122/111 and 89. Drury, who hit .267-13-63 is the low guy there at the end.

Let’s repeat that, and give Bird the 135.


100 is league average.


Walker has played for the Pirates (2009-2015), Mets (2016-2017) and Brewers (2017). He has that NY experience with the Mets.

Twice he has popped 20 or more HR in a season. He has one Silver Slugger Award.

It’s a one-year deal, so what it means for Gleyber Torres and/or Tyler Wade remains to be seen. For now, it probably sends them both to the minors and buys more time. SWB should have one killer team this year. How it also affects say, a Thairo Estrada or Abiatal Avelino is to be determined also, not to mention Tyler Austin or Adam Lind if Walker is slated to backup at 1B.

I wonder if some prospects could be moved in a blockbuster for a top-notch pitcher.

Primarily a 2B, Walker has a little experience at 3B and 1B also. Hopefully he does better for the Yanks in the postseason than he did for Pittsburgh. In 8 postseason games, he is 2 for 31.

To clear roster space, the Yanks DFA’d OF Jake Cave, released INF Danny Espinosa and sent INF Kyle Holder down to minor league camp.

Yankees’ advisor Reggie Jackson is scheduled for knee surgery after a fall.