Arizona Fall League: Koerner struggles.

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The Arizona Fall League hasn’t been kind to Yankees’ prospect Brody Koerner so far. In two games, his ERA is 24.30.

Last night, Scottsdale lost 12-2, and Koerner took the loss.

1 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 2 K, gave up 1 HR, made 1 error on a pickoff.

DH Greg Bird was 1 for 4, single, and struck out twice.

3B Miguel Andujar was 1 for 3, single, walk, and struck out once.

Mets prospect and former NFL QB Tim Tebow is 0 for 12.

NLCS: Dodgers even series at 1 each.

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In a game that featured just five hits, Adrian Gonzalez got the big one, a second inning HR that was the only run of the game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 1-0 to even the series at one game apiece.

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of 2-hit ball. Kenley Jansen pitched 2 innings of no-hit ball for the save.

Today is an off day for the NLCS.

The ALCS Game 3 is tonight. Cleveland is up 2 games to none over Toronto.  The series switches to Toronto.

One of these years my Steelers will draft a decent backup QB to Big Ben. After the upset loss to the Dolphins yesterday, it was discovered that he has a torn meniscus that will require surgery. No word from what I’ve seen as to how long he’ll be out, but now the 4-2 Steelers face New England next week with Landry Jones at QB. Yuk.

Cubs slam Dodgers in Game 1 of NLCS; Cleveland goes up 2-0 in ALCS.

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Andrew Miller may be the most dominating player in the postseason right now. In 7 2/3 innings of relief, he has struck out 17. He pitched two more scoreless innings of relief yesterday, giving up no hits and no runs and striking out five in Cleveland’s 2-1 win over Toronto.

The win puts Cleveland up 2 games to none. They now head to Toronto for the next three games in the best-of-seven ALCS. Today is an off day.

Once again, Francisco Lindor came up with the game winning hit for the Indians.

In the NLCS, Miguel Montero hit a PH grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and lead the Cubs to a 8-4 win in Game One of the NLCS. I don’t know what Joe Blanton was thinking. He gave up the meatball on an 0-2 pitch. Then, the next hitter, Dexter Fowler, hit another HR and it was game over.

This after Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, no one out and the Cubs having a 3-1 lead. He got two strikeouts but Adrian Gonzalez tied the game with a single before Chapman got the final out.

Ex-NY Jet Dennis Byrd over came a severe injury on the football field to learn how to walk again when it looked like he would be paralyzed for life. How sad is it to learn that after overcoming that, that Byrd died in a car accident yesterday.

I am watching the ND-Stanford game yesterday, and ND gives up a safety. I have to ask, why with your team backed up against its own end zone, is the QB in a shotgun? The center snaps the ball over the QB’s head and into or through the back of the end zone for a safety. Too often I see shotgun and no back formations. When backed up against your own end zone, do it the old-fashioned way—-have your QB right under the center with his hands under the center’s ass for the snap. It’s not that complicated, coaches.

Arizona Fall League: Only Gleyber Torres of the Yankees’ prospects played. He was 0 for 4 and struck out twice. There are no games today, Sunday.

Arizona Fall League: Torres provides walk-off hit.

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Gleyber Torres, at 19, may be one of, if not THE youngest player in the Arizona Fall League this year, but he made his presence known with a walk-off single last night in Scottsdale’s 8-7 win.

Torres, normally a SS, played 2B last night.

It was a mixed night for Yankees’ prospects. Some of, but not all of the hitters did well. The pitchers did not.

Torres: 2 for 4. Scored 2 Runs. Single and Double. Walkoff single for his RBI. Also walked.
Tyler Wade: SS getting OF time. CF. 0 for 5, struck out 3x
Greg Bird: DH. 1 for 5. Another double.
Miguel Andujar. 3B. 1 for 4. single.

Dillon Tate: 1 IP of relief. 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
J.P. Feyereisen: 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 0 K. Blew the save, got the win thanks to Torres.

I’ve read reports on Torres and pitcher James Kaprielian that are very favorable. Be patient, Yankees fans.

Indians shut out Toronto, go up 1-0.

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The Yankees trading Andrew Miller to Cleveland and Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs at the trade deadline may prove to be the biggest baseball move of 2016, especially if the Indians meet the Cubs in the World Series.

Miller’s five outs of relief in Game 1 of the ALCS all came by strikeout as he pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as Cleveland beat Toronto 2-0 Friday night in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Francisco Lindor’s 2-run HR in the sixth was the only scoring.Both starters, Cory Kluber (6 1/3 scoreless) and Marco Estrada pitched well, but Estrada’s one mistake cost him.

Hey, no midges.

Game 2 at 4 pm today.

NLCS Game 1, Cubs/Dodgers tonight at 8.

Dodgers advance to NLCS.

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The Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 to advance to the NLCS where they will play the Cubs.

The Dodgers scored all four runs in the seventh, coming from down 1-0. Clayton Kershaw had to come out of the bullpen with two on and one out to close out the game. Justin Turner drove in two runs.

I don’t know what the Nationals third base coach was thinking on one play when Jayson Werth was thrown out at the plate. He was out by 30 feet.

Chris Parmalee refused assignment to SWB and opted to become a free agent.

No Yankees prospects played for Scottsdale in their Arizona Fall League game yesterday.


Arizona Fall League: Good night for some Yankees’ prospects.

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James Kaprielian was dominating, and Gleyber Torres homered in the Scottsdale Scorpions 6-4 loss last night in the Arizona Fall League. Here’s how the Yankees’ prospects on that team did:

A good night for some. Others, not so much.

James Kaprielian 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 6 K.
Brody Koerner 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 0 K.

2b Tyler Wade 0 for 3, scored a run, walked, made an error.
SS Gleyber Torres 1 for 4, solo HR, struck out twice.
DH Greg Bird 2 for 4, scored a run, 2 doubles, 1 RBI.
3B Miguel Andujar 2 for 4, scored a run.

Bird, coming back from a shoulder injury, isn’t cleared to throw hard enough to play 1B yet.

You may recall that Gary Sanchez was in the AFL last year, and did well. In 22 games last year, he hit .295-7-21.