S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.



Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.


S.T. Game 18. Phils beat Yanks, 7-3.



In what is now becoming an audition for the #5 starter spot left open due to Chris Capuano’s injury, Esmiel Rogers didn’t take the bull by the horns on Thursday night in a 7-3 Yankees loss to the Phillies.

Rogers gave up 3 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Chasen Shreve, who was trying to make the bullpen as an extra lefty reliever, also had a rough night.

The Yanks only managed four hits. Chase Headley had a HR.

Rogers 3 1/3, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K

Carpenter 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Webb 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K

Goody 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Shreve 1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 h, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 10-7-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 17. Tanaka impressive again as Yanks beat Braves, 12-5.



Masahiro Tanaka was impressive again, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings, as the Yanks beat the Braves 12-5 Wed. night. We can only hope that elbow holds up.

Stephen Drew and Brian McCann each homered, and Didi Gregorious went 3 for 3 with one of his hits being a triple. McCann was 2 for 2, walked twice, scored two runs and drove in two.

OF prospect Mason Williams continued a strong spring by going 1 for 1, scoring and driving in a run.

Conversely, Rob Refsnyder made his fourth error of the spring, and four of the five Braves’ runs were unearned.

Jacoby Ellsbury has an abdominal strain and is out a week.

The Yanks are 10-6-1 for the spring.

The pitching line:

Tanaka 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Andrew Bailey 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Danny Burawa 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and  2 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. He is making a name for himself this spring.

Jeff Pazos 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.



S.T. Game 16. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2.


In order for the Yanks to compete this year, CC Sabathia has to get somewhere close to being the old CC Sabathia rather than an old CC Sabathia. He needs to be the pre-2013 CC.

In his first spring start, CC was ok for 1 2/3, but had trouble getting that final out in the second as the Yanks lost 4-2.

Mark Teixiera (who also needs to get back to what he once was) had a solo HR.

Jose Pirela continued to make his statement for making the team by hitting a triple. Chris Young had two hits.

The pitching line:

CC Sabathia 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Dellin Betances 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Kyle Davies 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Domingo German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Chris Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walk and 3 K.

Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are 9-6-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 15. Eovaldi sharp in Yanks’ 3-2 win.


So far this spring training, I am encouraged by the pitching but have concerns about the offense.

The Yanks won Sunday afternoon over the Phils, 3-2, as Nathan Eovaldi had a strong outing.

In the first, Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored on a SF by Brian McCann.

The Phillies tied it in the seventh, but the Yanks scored two in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-1.

Chase Headley homered to break the tie, and later in the inning Slade Heathcott singled for what would be the deciding run of the game since the Phillies scored in the eighth.

Heathcott, 24, once a top prospect who has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, is having a strong spring training, hitting .500 so far. He missed almost the entire 2014 season, playing just 9 games for AA Trenton. The lefty-hitting CF has minor league stats which make you think he is a Brett Gardner clone.

The Yanks, now 9-5-1 for the spring, have off on Monday. CC Sabathia pitches in a game for the first time on Tuesday.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chase Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. A good outing for Whitley, who is trying to steal that #5 starter spot or make the team as a spot starter/long man.

David Carpenter 1 IP+, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Wilking Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Doing these posts is fun, and a hobby. Sometimes though, it can be work. When hobbies become work, it’s no fun.

Doing the posts could get sporadic soon. My mom needs major surgery in a few weeks and obviously, she comes first. Between my job, her health, and trying to understand how to handle an estate (if the worst happens), I’m pretty busy and stretched out right now.

So if the posts get sporadic in mid-April, you know why.


Al Rosen dies at age 91.

Al Rosen, the 4x All-Star and 1953 AL MVP who barely missed the Triple Crown that year, died Friday night at the age of 91.

Rosen’s career was abbreviated due to a bad back. He had to retire at the age of 32, just three years after his MVP season. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1947-1956, sparingly from 1947-1949 (35 games total), then taking over full-time from Kenny Keltner at 3B in 1950.

He went 0-1 in the 1948 WS. Although Cleveland won the WS in 1948, Rosen was just 1 for 5 that year in five games.

In that 1950 season, Rosen led the AL with 37 HR (also in getting HBP 10x) while finishing 17th in the MVP voting. The 37 HR stood as the AL rookie record until Mark McGwire broke it in 1987.

He was an All-Star and finished 10th in MVP voting in 1952 when he led the AL with 105 RBI. He also led the league in total bases.

In that 1953 season, he was the unanimous MVP, hitting .336-43-145. He led the majors in RBI, the AL in HR and was just one point short of Mickey Vernon of Washington for the AL batting title. He missed the Triple Crown by one point. He also led the league in runs scored, slugging average, OPS, the majors in OPS+ (180), and the league in total bases.

He hit .300-24-102 in 1954 as the Indians won the pennant. He was 3 for 12 in the WS, which Cleveland lost to the NY Giants in a four game sweep. He was on first base when Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1.

1955 saw Rosen become an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year, but his numbers fell to .244-21-81 as he started to have back problems. He led the league is SF with 11.

After a .267-15-61 season in 1956, Rosen retired.

He hit .285 with 192 HR in his career. His 162 game average was .285-30-111 with an OPS+ of 137. HOF numbers had he been able to be a full-time player for longer than just seven seasons.

A “leap baby”, Rosen was born on February 29, 1924. Rosen, being Jewish, refused to play on the High Holy Days. He spent four years in the Navy during WWII, fighting in the Pacific.

After his playing career was over, Rosen become involved in the front office. He became President and CEO of the Yankees (1978-1979). When you see clips of Bucky Dent’s famous HR in that playoff game at Fenway Park on October 2, 1978, it is Rosen you see seated next to George Steinbrenner.

Rosen left the Yankees to become President and CEO of the Houston Astros (1980-1985) and President/GM of the San Francisco Giants (1985-1992).  In that timeframe, the Yankees won the 1978 WS, the Astros won the NL West in 1980, and the Giants won the NL West in 1987 and the NL pennant in 1989.


S.T. Game 14. Yanks fall to Toronto, 1-0.

The Yanks had a split-squad today. For the sake of differentiation, the home game is marked as S.T. Game 13 and this away game is S.T. Game 14.

The Yanks lost the away game to Toronto, 1-0, getting just five hits, one by Paul O’Neill’s nephew, OF Mike O’Neill.

A-Rod was 1 for 3 (single.)

Esmiel Rogers, competing for that #5 starter spot now that Capuano is injured, tossed three shutout innings.

The pitching line:

Rogers 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Danny Burawa 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Tyler Webb 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks are 8-5-1 for the spring.