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.

S.T. Game 25. Yanks win, but problems loom.

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The Yankees’ 9-3 win today that raised their spring record to 19-6 was overshadowed by other concerns.

I don’t like the World Baseball Classic because of its timing. Players should be getting ready and not competing heavily in games in March. The WBC advances the timetable, which is why I am concerned about injuries in March to players going all out when they should be pacing themselves.

The Yanks found out today that Didi Gregorius, who was doing well in the WBC, will probably miss the start of the regular season because of a sore throwing shoulder.

As good as phenom Gleyber Torres has been this spring training, he has never played above High A ball (Tampa) and the Yanks won’t consider jumping him three levels to replace Didi. Instead, it looks as if it would be Tyler Wade at SS until Didi is ready. Wade is versatile, has more experience and has played at a higher level than Torres. It seems either he or Ronald Torreyes will man SS until Didi gets back.Ruben Tejada could be in the mix as well.

A blow and why I don’t like the WBC. As for Wade, all the Yanks want from him is to make the plays, and do the little things. He doesn’t have the power Didi would have. Just make all the plays on D, and do the little things offensively—steal a base, lay down a bunt, move the runner over. Nothing spectacular.

Michael Pineda exasperated us today. One outing after a 15 up, 15 down, 8 strikeout performance, he was knocked out in the second inning. This is why he drives us nuts. So much potential, so little consistency. Just like A.J Burnett.

The Yanks got four in the second. Refsnyder doubled in one, Torreyes singled in one and Gardner singled in two.

Given a 4-0 lead, Pineda drove us nuts again, giving up three runs and not making it out of the second inning. How long do we have to wait for him to realize his potential consistently? Thank goodness it is spring training. Starting pitchers just can’t give back four run leads in the regular season.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a two-run HR by Matt Holliday.

Gleyber Torres doubled in two in the eighth (and I, like many others, wish this kid would be the one replacing Didi until Didi is ready, but at 20, and no experience above High A, I could see not putting him the major league roster just yet, but yes, we all are impatient for him to arrive).

Dustin Fowler got a SF for the final run.

So a win, but concerns about Didi’s injury and Pineda’s inconsistency.

Two RBI for Gardner, two hits for Bird. Holliday with the 2-run HR. Billy McKinney went 2 for 2.

To me, besides Mitchell, Green has done very well. I would put Mitchell and Green in the rotation, send Severino and Cessa back to AAA and Warren to the bullpen. We’ll see what Girardi does.

Pineda (w) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Graham (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green (H) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller (H) 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

 

S.T. Game 24. Headley leads Yanks to 6-4 win.

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Chase Headley had 2 hits, inc. a 2-run double, and stole home on a double steal as the Yankees beat Houston 6-4 today in spring training action. The Yanks are now 18-6 on the spring.

Luis Severino didn’t pitch too well, though, and may have set himself back in the rotation battle.

I think Mitchell has pitched best. As for the other spot, who knows, maybe Jordan Montgomery comes out of nowhere to steal it. Warren has pitched well, but I really wonder if the Yankees would rather have him in the bullpen. Then again, he has done nothing wrong in trying for the rotation spot. He’s been OK.  Of Green, Cessa and Severino, I think Green has pitched best.

Of course, you never know if there could be a last minute trade for someone.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a 2-run double by Headley.

After Houston got a run in the second, Headley and Torreyes executed a double steal in the sixth to put the Yanks up 3-1.

But Severino gave up three runs, two in the sixth and another in the eighth and the Yankees entered the ninth inning losing 4-3.

A wild pitch enabled two runners to score, and an error on a SB attempt enabled the third run to score.

Gleyber Torres had another hit.

Clint Frazier had two hits but made an error.

The Yanks stole four bases (Headley, Torreyes, Frazier and Solano. Solano’s steal with Refsnyder on third forced the bad throw which let Refsnyder score).

Ex-Yankee Brian McCann went 3 for 3 for Houston.

Warren 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Severino (BS) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Gallegos (w) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Gurka (S) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

S.T. Game 23. Rough welcome. New Yanks’ pitcher loses game in 9th, 5-4.

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The Yanks just signed Ernesto Frieri the other day and Baltimore gave him a rough welcome, hitting a HR off of him in the top of the 9th as the Yanks lost 5-4.

The Yanks struck first, as Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run in the third and Gary Sanchez later doubled in two more that same inning.

After three scoreless innings, CC Sabathia lost it a bit in the fourth, giving up three runs, all with two out.

Baltimore got a run in the 7th when Tommy Layne gave up a HR, but the Yanks tied it in the 8th on a HR by Billy McKinney.

Then Frieri gave up the HR in the 9th to cost the Yanks the game. The Yanks fall to 17-6 for spring training (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team, MLB doesn’t).

Sabathia 4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K. Gave up HR. Good first three innings, (0 R, 0 H, 2 K) but with two out in fourth, lost it a bit.

Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR
Niese 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Frieri (L) 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, o walks, 3 K. Struck out side but gave up GW HR.

S.T. Game 22. Yanks no-hit Tigers, 3-0.

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Masahiro Tanaka continued his impressive spring training, and prospect Jordan Montgomery continued to impress as they, along with Chasen Shreve, combined to no-hit the Tigers today, 3-0.

The win improves the Yanks spring training record to 17-5 (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team, MLB doesn’t). Too bad these games don’t count.

The Yanks got all of their runs in the fourth. Matt Holliday doubled and scored on a double by Chase Headley, who himself scored on a double by Rob Refsnyder. Refsnyder scored on a single by Ronald Torreyes.

Before the game, Jorge Mateo was sent back to the minors, and not to AA Trenton, but to High-A Tampa.

Tanaka (w) 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Shreve (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Montgomery (S) 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

Montgomery is a big lefty, 6’6″, 225, and 24 years old. His minor league career has been:

2014 Rookie/short season A (Staten Island) combined: 7 starts, 3 relief, 1-1, 3.79. 20 K in 19 IP.

2015 Low and High A combined. 10-8, 2.95. 24 starts, 1 relief. 132 K in 134 1/3 IP.

2016 AA and AAA combined. 14-5, 2.13. 25 starts. 139 1/3 IP, 134 K.

So far he has impressed manager Joe Girardi in camp.

Tanaka hasn’t given up a run in some 13 1/3 spring training innings.

S.T. Game 21. Yanks come back behind 4 HR to win 11-5, sign reliever.

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Down 4-1 after two innings, the Yanks came back to beat Toronto 11-5 to improve their spring record to 16-5.

The Yanks hit four HR in the win. Aaron Hicks, Starlin Castro, Rob Refsnyder and Clint Frazier all homered.

Hicks had 2 hits, Frazier 2 hits and 2 RBI. 2 hits for Ronald Torreyes. 2 hits for Castro. Ji-Man Choi had 2 RBI. Mason Williams had 2 RBI.

The day was not a good day for Luis Cessa who had a rough outing and appears to be AAA bound after that.

If I were to guess, Adam Warren will be a long man out of the bullpen (not that he can’t start or deserves a starting position, but he’s too valuable in the bullpen) and that the two rotation spots are between Mitchell, Green and Severino.

James Kaprielian had his first and only outing of the spring. The Yanks are bringing him along slowly after his injury last year. He and Mason Williams, who missed most of spring training with a knee problem, were sent down to minor league camp after today’s game.

The Yanks signed reliever Ernesto Frieri. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015. Frieri saved 23 games between the Padres and Angels in 2012 and 37 games for the Angels in 2013. A gamble… since 2013 he is 2-4, 13 saves, 6.37 ERA. For his career, 11-13, 3.55 ERA+ 105, 73 saves. The righty is 31.

Bryan Mitchell was impressive again.

Today’s pitching:

Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Mitchell 3 IP, 1 R,  2 H, 1 walk,  5 k.
Kaprielian (w) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.