Ex-Yankee Steve Kline dies at age 70.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Steve Kline, a RHP who won 16 games with a 2.40 ERA for the 1972 Yankees, died June 4 at the age of 70.

Kline pitched for the Yankees from 1970-1974, and was included in the trade in which the Yanks gave up a bunch of pitchers for Chris Chambliss. After pitching for the Yanks and Indians in 1974, Kline was out of the majors for two years before coming back briefly in 1977 with the Braves.

Kline’s best years were his first three. In 1970, he was with the Yanks for half the season, going 6-6, 3.41 in 15 starts, with one relief appearance, ERA+ 104.

He went 12-13, 2.96 in 1971, ERA+ 111 in 30 starts, one relief appearance.

In 1972, he went 16-9, 2.40, ERA+ 123 in 32 starts. He pitched over 200 innings in both 1971 and 1972.

He turned just 25 after that 1972 season, but his career went downhill from there. After going 34-28, 2.80 from 1970-1972, ERA+ 114, he went 9-17, 4.61, ERA+ 81 for the rest of his career.

He finished his career 43-45, 3.26, ERA+ 102. His 162 game average was 12-13, 3.26.

As a hitter, he hit .124.

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Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (30-33) swept a DH.

Reg. Sched. game: Won 5-2. DH Clint Frazier 2 hits, solo HR. RF Billy McKinney 3-run HR. SS Abiatal Avelino solo HR. 2 hits for 1B Ryan McBroom.

Swanson (W, 1-1, 5.11) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Joe Harvey (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.35

Makeup of 5/12 rainout: Won 2-0. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits. 1B Brandon Drury 2 rbi.

Update: Drury played 1B in that Makeup game. Could the Yanks be considering bringing up Drury to platoon with Bird at 1B and demoting Tyler Austin?

Cortes 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 5.19
Gallegos (W, 1-1, 4.15) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton (37-25) won 8-3. RF Trey Amburgey HR, 4 RBI. LF Zack Zehner 3-run HR. 2B Billy Fleming 4 for 5, RBI. 1B Gosuke Katoh and DH Devyn Bolasky 2 hits each.

Stephan (W, 1-2, 3.15) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Sosebee 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  6.75
Reeves 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.93

High A: Tampa (34-31) lost 4-3 in 10. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, rbi.

Rosa 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Kamplain 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.73
Frawley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.03
Wivinis (L, 0-1, 2.70) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A: Charleston (31-32) lost 6-1. 3B Welfrin Mateo HR.

Sears (L, 0-5, 2.57) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Junk 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.18

Game 62. Didi and CC lead Yanks to 3-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and Didi Gregorius homered twice in the Yanks 3-0 win over Washington Tuesday night.

The win enables the 43-19 Yankees to stay 1/2 game ahead of Boston in the AL East.

The Yanks got two in the second when Didi, with one out homered to make it 1-0. Hicks then walked, and Walker singled Hicks to third, Walker going to second on the throw. Romine’s SF made it 2-0 Yanks.

Didi’s 2nd HR of the game, and #13 on the season, made it 3-0 in the sixth.

Sabathia (W,4-1, 3.27) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K.  1 HBP
Green (H, 9) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.95
Betances (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.    1 HBP    3.41
Chapman (S, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.26

Jonathan Loaisiga (already nicknamed Johnny Lasagna) will start Friday for the Yanks. A few things on him. Before this year, never pitched above Low A. 4 starts High A this year, 6 in AA, none more than 5 innings. Nice K/BB ratio this year of 58/4.

Monday’s minors. Cessa starts rehab.

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AAA: SWB (28-33) won, 10-3. 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI for 1B Ryan McBroom. Solo HR RF Billy McKinney. Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade 2 hits each.

Hale (W, 3-2, 4.69) 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.55
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.25
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.47

AA: Trenton (36-25) off.

High A:  Tampa (34-30) lost 4-1. C Ryan Lidge HR. Luis Cessa starts rehab. It looks like Jonathan Loaisiga will be coming up to temporarily replace the DL’d Tanaka in the rotation. We’ll see how long Tanaka is out, how long Loaisiga will replace him and if Cessa could be in the mix depending how long Tanaka is out. Cessa showed the rust last night.

Cessa (L, 0-1, 10.80) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 1 K.
Trieglaff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.70.
Nelson 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W. 4 K. 3.86
Lane 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

Low A: Charleston (31-31) won 6-3. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, RBI. RF Leonardo Molina 3 hits. 2 hits, RBI 2B Welfrin Mateo.  LF Carlos Vidal 2 hits, both triples, 4 RBI.

Deivi Garcia 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.60
Weissert (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 H, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.89
A. Severino (BS, 3; W, 2-1, 4.11) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Zurak (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.54

Game 61. Yanks blanked by Mets, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks went into Sunday night’s game with a 4-game winning streak, and the Mets with an 8-game losing streak. All things must pass, and the Mets blanked the Yanks 2-0 on a 3-hitter. Miguel Andujar had 2 of the Yanks’ 3 hits. The Mets only had five hits themselves.5

The Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of Boston, who also lost on Sunday.

The Mets got Luis Severino’s pitch count up, and he was gone after 93 pitches and 5 innings. Seve threw over 30 pitches in the first inning.

In the fifth inning, Seve struck out the first two hitters, but then gave up a single to .139 hitting Jose Reyes. He got two strikes on ex-Yankee Todd Frazier, but Frazier hit a 2-run HR for the only runs of the ballgame.

It was the first time the Yanks were shut out all year.

Since I was at the game, and it’s now past 2 AM, no minor league report today.

Severino (L, 9-2, 2.27) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.35
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.53
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.49

One thing I wonder. When will Aaron Boone start hitting Andujar (.310) fifth and drop the .190 hitting Sanchez down in the order?

Minor League Report.

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Since I will be at the Yankees/Mets game Sunday night and getting home late, there will be no report on the Sunday minor league games, just a recap on the major league game.

AAA: SWB (27-33) lost 9-4. 2B Tyler Wade 3 hits, double, solo HR. 3B Brandon Drury 2 hits, double, 2 walks, RBI. 2 hits for DH Bruce Caldwell.

Rogers (L, 5-5, 3.72) 4 2/3 IP, 5 R, 13 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Espinal 1 2/3 IP, 1 R 3 H, 2 W, 2 K   2.97
Lail 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.02
Coshow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.68

AA: Trenton (36-24) won 9-1. 3B Mandy Alvarez grand slam. RF Jhalen Jackson solo HR. LF Zack Zehner 2 doubles,  2 RBI.

Tate (W, 4-2, 3.43) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Koerner 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.72
Frare 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.69

High A: Tampa (33-29) won 11-2. 2B Diego Castillo 3 for 3, 5 RBI. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, 2 RBI. DH Dom Thompson-Williams a solo HR.

Whitlock (W, 2-0, 0.96) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harris (H, 1) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.19
Wivinis 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. All outs by K.   2.77

Low A: Charleston (29-31) lost 5-1. 2B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, solo HR.  CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits.

R. Garcia (L, 2-3, 3.83) 4 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Higgins 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.  2.19

Game 60. Yanks comeback to beat Mets, 4-3. Tanaka to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German settled down after giving up 2 HR and 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks (42-18) came back to beat the Mets 4-3 Saturday night. It keeps the Yanks 1/2 game ahead of 44-21 Boston.

The Yanks got a double by Hicks to lead off the game, but couldn’t score him. In fact, Hicks was picked off of second to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, ex-Yankee Todd Frazier homered off German, Brandon Nimmo tripled, and Asdubral Cabrera hit a 2-run HR. 3-0 Mets already.

But to his credit, German was great after that, keeping the Yanks in the ballgame.

Gleyber Torres homered (11) in the third to cut it to 3-1.

German got out of a second and third, two out jam by striking out Jay Bruce in the bottom of the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases for Aaron Judge in the fifth, but Judge grounded out. He’d redeem himself later.

Miguel Andujar tied the game in the sixth with a 2-run HR (8).

Judge homered (18) in the eighth for the game-winning run. 4-3, Yanks.

Judge solo HR, Game-winning hit.
Andujar, 2 hits, 2-run HR that tied the game.
Gregorius 3 hits
Torres solo HR.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.32. Settled down after 3-run first inning.
1 WP by German, 1 HBP.
Robertson (W, 5-2, 3.94) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1-2-3, all strikeouts. 3.54
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.30

Before the game, Masahiro Tanaka was put on the DL and Ronald Torreyes brought up from SWB. We’ll have to see how long Tanaka is out and who replaces him in the rotation.