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Torres wins award, Yanks cut 3.

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The Yanks were off as far as playing today, but some Yankees news.

Gleyber Torres won the Jack Dawson award as the best rookie in camp.

The Yanks cut 3. Ruben Tejada, the former Met, Donovan Solano, and Wilkin Castillo.

S.T. Game 31. Yanks win, but concerns about Mitchell, Carter.

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The Yanks beat the Rays 7-4 today in spring training action to go to 23-7-1 on the spring, but concerns linger after this game.

Chris Carter, signed for $3.5 MM by the Yanks to be an insurance policy in case Greg Bird struggled, is struggling mightily himself, going 0 for 3 with 3 more strikeouts today (he did walk and score a run). In some 48 spring training at bats, he has struck out 23x and is hitting .128. When Tyler Austin heals and is ready, and if Carter keeps doing this, could Carter face an early release?

Jon Niese was released by the Yanks and has 24-48 hours to decide if he’ll accept a minor league assignment. He likes the Yanks, liked the routine, so it may be that he re-signs and goes to extended spring training.

Besides Carter, the other concern today is that Bryan Mitchell did not step up and claim a starting rotation spot. He struggled, much like Adam Warren did yesterday. This is the time of spring training where you want to see someone step up, be dominant and claim that #4 or #5 starter spot. Wednesday and Thursday, when Severino & Montgomery start in games (I forget in which order; Yanks are off Monday, Tanaka’s last outing before Opening Day is Tuesday), could be huge in determining who gets those spots.

The Yanks scored one in the second on a SF by Ronald Torreyes on a play in which Aaron Judge was thrown out at third.

Mitchell gave back two runs in the top of the third.

The Yanks got three in the third on RBI singles by Hicks, Bird and Romine. 4-2 Yanks.

After the Rays got another run in the fourth off Mitchell, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run HR by Aaron Hicks, who is giving Judge a battle for that RF spot. 6-3 Yanks.

Ruben Tejada homered in the sixth. 7-3 Yanks.

The Rays got the final run of the game in the eighth.

Mitchell (w) 3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Chapman (H) 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. My friend Josh really likes him. Could make the team.
Shreve (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Graham (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Hicks 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI. Judge 2 for 3.

S.T. Game 30. Yanks get two in bottom of 9th to win. Rotation battle continues.

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The Yankees took advantage of a couple of Blue Jays’ errors to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win that raised their spring training record to 22-7-1 (if only they can start the regular season 22-7!).

To me, the story of the game isn’t the win. It is that Adam Warren didn’t pitch well in starting the  game, and thus, the battle for the #4 and #5 starter spots is still wide open.

A few days ago, Luis Cessa was sent to minor league camp.

A #5 starter may not be needed until Game 13 or so. In fact, because of off days, a #4 starter may only be needed once in the first 13 or so games.

So manager Joe Girardi may have extra time to make a decision. With Warren not stepping up today, he may be going back to the swing man role. Spot starter/Long relief.

Which would leave four others for the two spots (unless the Yanks make a trade). Those four are Luis Severino, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and the surprise, Jordan Montgomery.

Severino I talked about yesterday. Big difference in him between starting and relieving.

Mitchell may have won one of the spots.

Could Montgomery surprisingly win the other?

Toronto got a run in the first and two in the second to go up 3-0, Warren giving up a 2-run HR in the second.

The Yanks got two in the second when Greg Bird continued his phenomenal spring with yet another HR (7) and Austin Romine singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by Matt Holliday.

Warren gave up another HR in the fourth and Toronto went up 4-3. The Blue Jays got a run in the seventh off of Jon Niese to make it 5-3.

I like Mason Williams, who is overlooked when talking about Yankees’ outfield prospects. It seems like he is always hurt. He singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut Toronto’s lead to 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Zach Zehner singled and after Wilkin Castillo struck out, Ronald Torreyes reached on an error. Rob Refsnyder flied out but Williams reached on a two-base error that tied the game and put runners on second and third. Pete Kozma singled to win the game.

Opening Day is just over a week away. The first three starters are Tanaka, CC, then Pineda. But who gets #4 and #5? It seems like no one is stepping up to outright claim it.

And that is why Montgomery has a chance.

Warren 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Niese 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Marsh (w) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.


S.T. Game 29. Severino’s performance raises questions in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

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Sorry for the late report, I was dead tired when I got home last night and even though I wanted to catch UCLA-Kentucky basketball, I fell asleep and didn’t go anywhere or meet friends at a club or do anything last night.

The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Phillies Friday, 3-2, to raise their spring training record to 21-7-1.

The main thing for me about this game is the role of Luis Severino. Severino is just 23, so it’s a bit early to decide starter or reliever for him, but the Yankees have to be wondering.

Last year, 11 games as a starter: 0-8, 8.50.
Last year, 11 games as a reliever: 3-0, 0.39.

This spring, Severino has been inconsistent as a starter, and that is one reason why the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation are still up for grabs, and why Jordan Montgomery is a surprise contender for one of those spots.

Now even though Severino has been inconsistent as a starter this spring, he was once again lights out in relief yesterday. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 strikeouts.9 Up, 9 Down.

At some point, you have to wonder about his role. The numbers aren’t lying. If Severino wants to start, his numbers as a starter have to start becoming more like his numbers as a reliever.

There has been a drastic difference between the two. The numbers don’t lie.

CC Sabathia started the game and was in and out of trouble. He gave up just 2 runs in 5 1/3 but was in and out of trouble. He did minimize the damage, and Aaron Judge helped by throwing out a runner at the plate. Chase Headley also helped on a forceout at the plate. The Phillies got both of their runs in the second.

The Yanks got a run in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI single.

In the ninth, the minor leaguers won it for the Yanks. Abiatal Avelino singled to start the inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to tie the game, and after two out, Trey Amburgey singled to win it.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Severino (w) 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 5 K.

S.T. Game 28. Surprise rotation candidate does well as Yanks play to a tie.

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Jordan Montgomery wasn’t considered a favorite for a rotation spot at the beginning of spring training, but has worked his way into the discussion. He did ok in a start Thursday against the Rays, as the Yanks and Rays played to a 5-5 tie in spring training action.

The tie puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 20-7-1.

Montgomery, 24, is a big (6’6″) lefty who went 14-5, 2.13 between AA and AAA last year. He has just six games of AAA experience.

He gave up 2 runs in 4 1/3 IP on just three hits and struck out 8. One run was because Aaron Judge misplayed a single into a triple and the runner scored on a SF, another scored when Graham, who followed Montgomery, allowed Montgomery’s runner to score—with two out.

The Yanks came back from 5-0 down. In the sixth, they scored two runs on doubles by Ellsbury (who had 2 hits), Hicks and Judge (who also had 2 hits).

Ronald Torreyes (who had two hits) got a solo HR in the seventh. A couple of walks, a wild pitch and a SF by Clint Frazier later that inning cut the Rays’ lead to 5-4.

The Yanks had the tying run thrown out at the plate in the eighth, but tied the game in the ninth when Tyler Wade reached on a two-base error, stole third and scored when the catcher made a throwing error on the steal attempt.

Chris Carter, signed as insurance in case Greg Bird wasn’t ready, has struggled mightily this spring. He did go 1 for 4 Thursday but is hitting just .122 this spring with 22 strikeouts in 41 at bats. Bird, meanwhile, had another double yesterday, his seventh, to go with his six homers, and he has a .432 spring training average.

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Graham 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Brewer 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.


S.T. Game 27. Bird is the word. 2 HR. Tanaka dominant again. Ex-Yanks’ mgr. Green dies at 82.

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Greg Bird found out before the game that not unsurprisingly, he won the 1B job for the Yankees. He celebrated by hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs in the Yanks’ 7-3 win over the Phillies today. The win made the Yanks 20-7 for the spring.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, continuing his dominant spring. In 19 2/3 spring training innings, he hasn’t given up a run.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the 4th, and added a 3-run shot in the 6th. Chase Headley hit a solo HR in the 6th.

Ruben Tejada doubled a run in during the 8th inning to make it 7-0 before the Phils scored 3 late runs.

Tanaka (w) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Nice comeback from rough Yanks’ debut the other day.
Marsh 1 Ip, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mantiply 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Dallas Green, who managed the Yanks for most of 1989, going 56-65, died today at the age of 82. He is most famous for managing the 1980 Phillies to the first world championship in that team’s history. He also managed the Mets. He was a major league pitcher from 1960-1967, with the Phils and Mets teams he pitched for.

I wasn’t a fan of Green, esp. in 1989 when he managed the Yanks. God bless him and his family but one thing happened to Green that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

His granddaugher was killed several years ago by that nutcase who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords survived, Green’s granddaughter did not.


S.T. Game 26. Yanks lose 4-2; Find out Didi out for a month.

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The Yankees found out today that Didi Gregorius will miss at least the first month of April. We’ll see if it is longer than that.

In tonight’s game, they lost 4-2 to Boston, getting just four hits and striking out 14x.

Matt Holliday’s 2-run HR accounted for the only runs.

Starlin Castro had 2 of the 4 hits.

Chris Carter has been awful this spring. He struck  out twice today and is at .118. It could be he is there only until Tyler Austin is ready and is released, even though he is making $3.5 MM. He has to start showing something soon.

Bryan Mitchell wasn’t bad, despite the loss. I think he should get one of those two rotation spots.

Mitchell 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Cessa (L) 2 Ip, 1 r, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. I think he is SWB bound
Niese 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, and 2 K.