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Game 96. Yanks slam Rockies, 8-2, behind some ex-Rockies. Lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, ex-Rockies D.J. LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Adam Ottavino tormented their former team, and Aaron Judge added a 2-run HR as the Yanks (63-33) beat Colorado 8-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks’ AL East lead grew to 9 over Tampa Bay and 11 over Boston.

The Rockies struck first, scoring two in the second off of J.A. Happ. Ryan McMahon led off the inning with a HR, then an out later, Chris Ianetta singled and then scored on a double by Garrett Hampson. Hampson advanced to third on the play on an error by Gleyber Torres. Happ got out of further trouble, when, on a fly ball to LF Mike Tauchman,  Tauchman lined up perfectly to catch the ball and then threw a perfect one-hopper to Gary Sanchez to nail Hampson, who was trying to tag up and score on the flyout, at the plate.

The Yanks took over in the third inning. With one out, LeMahieu, the former Rockie (as is Tauchman and Ottavino) singled. Both Judge and Sanchez walked, and Encarnacion hit a grand slam, his 29th HR of the season, to put the Yanks’ up 4-2.

Tauchman was huge in this game. Besides throwing a guy out at the plate, his hustle came up big. He made a nice sliding catch at one point in the game, and in the fourth, with two out, blooped a hit into shallow left. He hustled it into a double, and that hustle paid off when LeMahieu singled him in to make it 5-2.

Tauchman singled with one out in the sixth, and then showed off his hustle again by stealing second. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a fielders’ choice grounder, beating the play at the plate. More hustle. LeMahieu reached on that play, and then Judge added a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-2.

The Yanks got excellent relief pitching as Happ, Ottavino and Stephen Tarpley combined for 17 K. 

With Nestor Cortes, Jr. having gone a few innings on Thursday, he was sent down and Tarpley brought up in order for the Yanks to have a “fresh arm.”

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI .330
Judge 2-run HR (11), threw out a guy at second.
Encarnacion grand slam HR (29), 4 RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Tauchman 3 hits, scored two runs due to hustle, made great defensive plays.

Happ (W, 8-5, 4.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. In and out of trouble all night, helped by Tauchman and Judge.
Ottavino (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.66
Tarpley (S, 2) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.30.

Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for this game due to his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday’s DH.

I can’t help but think. With the excellent defense (and hitting) LeMahieu and Urshela provide, could good bat/weak glove youngsters Clint Frazier and (the injured) Miguel Andujar be on the trade block in order to land a starting pitcher? There are only so many spots to go around to fill up a team, and someone would have to go.

My reports this weekend may be spotty, if at all. I’ll be up in Cooperstown Sunday for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.



Games 41 & 42. Gleyber hits 3 HR to help Yanks sweep O’s. Andujar out for rest of season.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar will have season ending surgery on his shoulder. Probably the reason the Yanks went out and got Kendrys Morales yesterday…..to try and replace Andujar’s bat.

The Yanks (26-16) swept the Orioles in an old-fashioned, single-admission DH today, winning the first game 5-3 and the second 3-1.

Game 1: The Yanks hit 4 HR. J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the first, but Gary Sanchez hit a bomb (HR #12) to tie it up in the bottom of the first. After the Orioles scored in the top of the second, Gleyber Torres and Cameron Maybin homered in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 3-2. For Maybin, his first HR as a Yankee (also first of the season).

Happ gave up another gopher ball in the fourth which tied the game. But in the bottom of the fourth, Torres hit his second HR of the game to put the Yanks up 4-3. One out later, Gio Urshela got on on a 3-base error and scored on a single by Mike Tauchman. Tauchman was up only for the day b/c DH’s allow a 26th man.

Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR
Torres 2 hits, both solo HR
Maybin solo HR

Happ (W, 3-3, 4.44) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.69
Kahnle (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.08
Britton (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.95
Chapman (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.30

Game 2:  Torres got his 3rd HR of the day and Luke Voit drove in 2 runs as Domingo German improved to 8-1, 2.50 on the season.

With two out in the third, D.J. LeMahieu doubled and Voit, 0 for his last 22, doubled him home.

Torres’ HR (8) in the fourth made it 2-0. The Orioles cut it to 2-1 in the fifth.

German got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Thairo Estrada doubled and scored on a single by Voit.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI
Torres solo HR

German (W, 8-1, 2.50) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Britton (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.79
Chapman (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.16

With the sweep, the Yanks (26-16) are 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. They play the Rays this weekend in a three-game set. The Yankees are off on Thursday.

Yanks ppd. again; p/u a player; and the minor league report.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Rain, Rain,, go away. For the second straight night, the Yanks were ppd. This game will be made up as the first game of a separate admission/day-night DH on August 12.

Meanwhile, the Yanks made a move, picking up 1b/dh Kendrys Morales from the A’s in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, New York transferred righty Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Meaning we would not see him again until probably late July.

I am not sold on this move. Morales, 35, hit just .204-1-7 in 34 games for the A’s this year. OPS+ 61. A switch-hitter, he has hit .267 with 212 HR, OPS+ 112 in his MLB career, but I have to wonder how much is left in the tank. Last year he hit .249-21-57 for Toronto in 130 games, OPS+ 113.

From MLBTR.com:

A followup MRI on the ailing right shoulder of Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar revealed little to no changes in his shoulder from the April MRI that initially revealed a small labrum tear, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday afternoon (Twitter links via James Wagner of the New York Times and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Andujar, according to Boone, has been encouraged to discuss the situation with his family and will spend the next day or so mulling his options. Season-ending surgery is still on the table, it seems.

The update from Boone comes just a day after Andujar was placed back on the 10-day injured list following a brief return to the active roster. Andujar missed the entire month of April and a few games early in May before returning on May 4 to go 3-for-34 (all singles) with one walk and nine strikeouts. While both Andujar and the team had hoped that the small nature of the tear would allow him to play through the injury, that poor showing has cast further doubt on his ability to do so.

AAA: SWB (18-15) lost 4-2. C Kyle Higashioka 2-run HR.

AA: Trenton (21-13) lost 6-4. RF Rashad Crawford 2 hits.  DH Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, RBI. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 3 RBI, but an error that cost the Thunder 3 unearned runs. Starter Albert Abreu 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 8 K.

High A:  Tampa (17-20) lost 5-3. RF Isiah Gilliam solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI. Janson Junk 3 scoreless relief IP.

Low A: Charleston scored a run in the bottom of the 9th on a WP to win 6-5.  RF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. CF Josh Stowers 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 – run HR. 2 hits 1B Mitchell Robinson. 2 hits SS Eduardo Torrealba. WP Jefry Valdez with 3 scoreless, hitless innings of relief.


Yankees moves. Not all are good.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

While we are waiting through a rain delay (when will it stop being cold, drizzly, rainy, windy, raw and downright miserable in the Northeast?) an update on Yankees’ moves today.

Aaron Hicks is back, scheduled to lead off and play CF tonight if the game gets in. Mike Tauchman was sent down for Hicks.

Tonight’s scheduled starting pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, has been placed on the IL with a sore shoulder. Rotator cuff inflammation. He’s had shoulder trouble in the past. He’ll be shut down for 4 weeks. Luis Cessa will start in his place and Chance Adams has been brought up from SWB where he was 2-1, 4.80 in six starts. Last year, Adams was 0-1, 7.04 in three games for the Yanks, one start.

Hopefully James Paxton comes off the IL soon. With Luis Severino not back until after the All-Star break, and Jordan Montgomery not back until August, maybe the Yanks need to look at Dallas Keuchel. Rumors are they may be the front runners for Keuchel, but that a signing wouldn’t occur until after the baseball draft so that the Yanks wouldn’t have to pay compensation. That would be in the first week of June.

Also, Miguel Andujar goes back on the IL. He’ll have that shoulder reevaluated. Since coming off the IL, he has only been 3 for 34. I suggested the other day that maybe there is more to that shoulder injury. He hasn’t looked himself, and maybe that injury not only hampers his throwing but his hitting too. Surgery, which could cost him the rest of the season, isn’t out of the question. His exit velocity is down, and of the six hits he has this year (and he’s only hitting .128), none have been for extra bases. No infield call-up yet, instead the Yanks just brought back Nestor Cortes.

Game 40. Yanks beat Rays, 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all of the injuries, the Yanks still hit the quarter-pole of the season at 24-16 after a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay today.  With the win the Yanks climb back to within a 1/2 game of the Rays.

They won despite striking out 17x. In return, Yankees’ pitchers struck out 12 Rays.

It started out as a pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka, who was great today, and last year’s CYA winner Blake Snell. Snell early on was mowing down the Yanks.

But with two out in the fifth, Austin Romine and Mike Tauchman doubled, Romine scoring on Tauchman’s double, and Tauchman scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Tanaka’s only mistake came when he gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

The Yanks made it 3-1 in the eighth. Luke Voit led off the inning with a walk, and one out later, Brett Gardner, who didn’t start the game, singled. Miguel Andujar bounced into a forceout, but Voit then scored on a WP.

In the ninth, after a long delay due to a power outage, Thairo Estrada hit his second HR of the season to make it 4-1. Romine and Tauchman both singled. LeMahieu bunted the runners over and Voit was intentionally walked. Gio Urshela, who up until that point was 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts for the game, singled in two runs. Gardner followed with a SF to make it 7-1.

Chad Green, just back from SWB struck out the side in the ninth. Good to have the old Chad Green back and not the guy who was struggling so badly earlier in the season that he had to be sent down to straighten himself out.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Voit 0 for 2 (1 for last 26) but walked 3x, scored 2x.
Urshela 2 RBI (see above; tough day until that last at bat)
Gardner 1 for 1, SF, RBI
Andujar 0 for 5, 3 strikeouts. You wonder if that shoulder is really OK. Down to .128
Estrada solo HR. Prior to that, he was like Urshela. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts. Both came through in the ninth.
Romine 2 hits
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 3-3, 3.44) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.12
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  14.54


In case the injuries continue, the Yankees added some infield depth Sunday.

The Yankees announced they had claimed Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Giants, and they’ll send the 27-year-old from Venezuela to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, they moved Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list. Bird, who has said timetables are “pointless,” last played a game April 13.

Valera, a second and third baseman, adds some depth to a farm system that has graduated Gio Urshela and Thairo Estrada, valuable contributors since injuries forced their call-ups.

Valera, who has appeared in 37 big-league games since his 2017 debut, has played in the majors for the Cardinals, Dodgers and Orioles. At Triple-A this year, the switch-hitter was slashing .257/.396/.338 with a home run and two steals in 24 games. He rarely strikes out, having K’d 10 times and walked 16 times.

Valera in his 37 MLB games is 16 for 74, .216, with 0 HR and 8 RBI.


Game 39. Yanks fall, 7-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks used all of their “A” list bullpen guys in Friday night’s win, meaning they had to use the “B” list guys last night. When your starter (CC) doesn’t go more than five innings anymore, that could and was a problem for the Yanks (23-16) in their 7-2 loss to Tampa Bay last (Saturday) night. The loss drops the Yanks 1 1/2 back of the Rays in the AL East.

CC gave up solo homers in the second and third innings. In the top of the fifth, the Yanks got one run back when Gleyber Torres singled and Clint Frazier doubled him home. After an out, Gio Urshela singled but Frazier had to be held at third. Mike Tauchman GIDP to end the inning.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the sixth on D.J. LeMahieu’s 2nd HR of the season.

But when Jonathan Holder came in, he gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Both runs scoring on infield singles.

Nestor Cortes gave up a 3-run HR in the eighth that sealed the Yanks’ doom. Cortes was sent down after the game as it appears Chad Green has worked out his troubles at SWB and is on the way back up. It’s not official, though. Not yet.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game.

I can’t understand Brett Gardner (.199) hitting third. I know the Yanks are banged up, but third?

Meanwhile, Luke Voit is in a 1 for 24 slump, and Miguel Andujar is just 6 for 42 for the season.

Torres 2 hits.
LeMahieu solo HR.

Sabathia 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.   3.26
Holder (L 2-1, 4.50) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cortes 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.   13.50


Game 37. Yanks 2-hit M’s, win 3-1. Gio with the big hit again. Hicks to return Monday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The emergence of Gio Urshela continues. What this will mean for Miguel Andujar, last year’s ROY runnerup, will be interesting once more people start coming off of the DL. Andujar may have to DH more. If that’s the case, Stanton has to play OF more, and that then affects people like Clint Frazier or Brett Gardner, esp. when Hicks and Judge return. A domino effect.

Aaron Boone will have to make decisions. But these will be tough but good decisions and not decisons made out of necessity because half of your roster is on the DL.

Urshela, who didn’t start the game, got a big bases-loaded single with two outs and two strikes on him in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yanks two insurance runs they would need in a 3-1 win over Seattle Thursday night.

The win puts the Yanks (22-15) 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East (2nd place) and the Yanks now go into the Trop (one of, if not the WORST stadium in MLB) for a three game weekend series. The Yanks can take over first place if they can sweep the Rays this weekend.

They won’t have Aaron Hicks yet, though. Hicks, 0 for 11 on his rehab stint so far, obviously doesn’t feel his swing is there yet, so he will go from playing for A+ Tampa to AAA SWB for this weekend, play three games for SWB, then rejoin the Yanks on Monday. We’ll see what the corresponding move will be.

The Yanks’ pitchers two-hit the Mariners last night, with the only blemish being a two-out, two-strike HR given up by Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth which made Urshela’s hit that much more important.

J.A. Happ pitched five innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit. The bullpen up to Chapman was superb, especially Adam Ottavino who got out of a jam in the sixth.

The Yanks got a run in the second when Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres singled. After Andujar (2 for 22 since coming off the DL) and Mike Tauchman flied out, Cameron Maybin doubled in Frazier. It looked like Torres may have had a chance to score, but he held at third. Thairo Estrada grounded out to end the inning.

That was all the scoring until the eighth. Ottavino got a big DP ball to end the top of the sixth and keep Seattle from scoring.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the score still 1-0 Yankees, D.J. LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez both singled. Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout, then stole second. Clint Frazier struck out. Torres was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base. Urshela, who replaced Andujar for defensive purposes, then drove in two runs to make the score 3-0 Yankees. Tauchman then struck out to end the inning.

As mentioned above, the single by Urshela proved huge when Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth. Final, 3-1 Yankees.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.344, what a pickup; leads AL in batting average (won one already when with Colorado)
Torres 2 hits
Urshela 2 RBI (.354, came into the year a .225 hitter; what a surprise)
Maybin RBI double (.323, great pickup so far).

Happ (W, 2-3, 4.36) 5+ IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 7 K.
Ottavino (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.86
Kahnle (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.20  (what a rebound from last year)
Britton (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.52
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.63

I am fighting a URI/Chest cough, so bear with me on the reports. Thanks!