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S.T. Game 16. Didi and Judge HR, but Montgomery struggles in 7-5 loss.

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Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge homered, but the Yanks (11-5) lost their spring training game to Miami 7-5 on Sunday.

Jordan Montgomery, recently confirmed as the #5 starter, started and struggled.

He gave up a triple to ex-Yankee Starlin Castro with two out in the first but got out of it, but gave up a 2-run double with two out in the second to Miguel Rojas.

In the third, with one out, he gave up a walk and a single. Brady Lail replaced him and gave up a 3-run HR to Brian Anderson to put the Marlins up 5-0.

The Yanks got two in the fourth when Bird and Sanchez singled and both moved up on a passed ball. Didi grounded out to score one runner and move the other up and Miguel Andujar hit a SF to score the other.

Sanchez, by the way, looks really good in spring training so far, offensively AND defensively.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a 2-run HR to Cameron Maybin in the fifth to put Miami up 7-2. This also happened with two out. With two out, Anderson doubled and Maybin hit his HR. I think it’s safe to say that LeBlanc will NOT be beating out Chasen Shreve for the second lefty in the bullpen spot behind closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yanks got two in the top of the sixth. Sanchez reached on an error, was PR for by Kyle Higashioka, and Didi hit a 2-run HR. Miguel Andujar almost went back to back, hitting a triple off the fence, but was stranded at third.

Judge hit a mammoth shot in the seventh for the final score of 7-5.

Judge solo HR.
Didi 2-run HR, 3 RBI
Andujar triple, RBI. He’s going to make it tough to send him down.

Montgomery (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

For Miami, Castro had that triple, and ex-Yankee Garrett Cooper had 3 hits.

Meanwhile, Clint Frazier is still having trouble with that concussion.




S.T. Game 9. Yanks beat Boston, 5-3.

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The Yanks rallied late to beat Boston Saturday, 5-3, to run their spring training record to 8-1.

Aaron Hicks started the scoring with a third inning HR. Boston tied it in the fourth.

In the sixth, Gleyber Torres doubled, went to third on a balk and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 2-1 Yanks.

Boston got a couple of dunk hits to put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

But in the top of the eighth, Danny Espinosa walked, and Kyle Holder doubled. After an out, Jeff Hendrix doubled in two and after a walk and the second out, Miguel Andujar (him again) singled in Hendrix.

Hicks HR
Andujar RBI single
Drury and Torres each with a double.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Hendrix 2 RBI double
Holder double

Adams 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Sheffield (BS) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
J. Holder (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

To me, Adams just needs to work on his command a little more (the walk) and on his move. 2 SB off him last time, one on Saturday. Justus Sheffield has talent, also needs a bit more polish.

We haven’t seen Luis Severino, David Robertson or Aroldis Chapman yet. Waiting on them.






S.T. Game 8. Austin’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 5-4 win.

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Sorry for the late report. High winds in the northeast have knocked out power off and on.

As for Friday’s game, there is something about getting someone who may take your job that puts a bug up your butt and makes you work harder, and in the case of a couple of Yankees, better.

We’ve seen what Miguel Andujar has done since the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury.

Yesterday the Yanks signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract to have insurance for Greg Bird. Tyler Austin responded by hitting a 2-run walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 5-4 win and better their record to 7-1 in this exhibition season.

This has been a strange free agent off-season. I mean, Lind is forced to accept a minor league deal? It has an opt-out at the end of spring training, so Lind may not be here long. But if anything happens to Bird or Austin between now and then…. Lind, 34, is a lefty hitter who, in a platoon role with Washington last year, hit .303-14- 59, OPS+ 123. He has hit 20 or more HR in six different seasons, and in 2009 had a .305-35-114, OPS+ 141 season for Toronto, for whom he has spent most of his MLB career. His 162 game average is .272-24-87, OPS+ 112. A professional hitter who has exactly 200 HR in his career. You think someone would have picked him up by now.

The only thing about Lind is his splits, and why he platooned last year. A .288 hitter vs. righties, just .217 against lefties in his career. Primarily a 1B or DH, he can play LF, but it isn’t advised.

Speaking of LF, manager Aaron Boone stated that Jacoby Ellsbury would get some playing time there (a nice decision if Gardner is hurt or needs a day, because you are getting the same type of player there), but Ellsbury then strained an oblique so he’s out for a while.

Clint Frazier is still having problems after getting that concussion a week ago.

As for the game, you don’t know what to make of Masahiro Tanaka. He had a bad outing yesterday, but you don’t know how spring training carries over to the regular season. In 2016, Tanaka had a rough spring training, but a 14-4, 3.07 regular season. Last spring, he only gave up one run all spring training long, but then struggled most of the year to a 13-12, 4.74 year before his great postseason. So who knows? Anyway, he couldn’t make it through two innings and gave up four runs.

Down 4-0 early, the Yanks got two in the fourth on a double by the red-hot Andujar, and another in the fifth on an RBI single by Didi Gregorius, who went 3 for 3.

Austin then hit his two-run walkoff HR in the ninth for the 5-4 win. Tyler Wade got the inning going by beating out a bunt. Nice to see.

Giancarlo Stanton had two doubles.

Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson had a pinch-hit appearance, and struck out. He did take a couple good rips, though.

Jordan Montgomery had a nice outing.

Tanaka 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR to top Atlanta prospect, maybe the best young prospect in the game today.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Montgomery 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.



S.T. Game 7. Yanks bomb 5 HR (2 by Andujar) in 6-4 win.

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There is a poem by Dylan Thomas titled Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night.

Maybe Miguel Andujar is taking that title literally.

So the Yanks traded for Brandon Drury. So they think Andujar’s defense needs improvement.

Andujar is not going gentle into that good night back to AAA.

Well, his bat is speaking volumes. Remember, spring training leaves a lot to be desired. Andujar may be doing well, but if it is against AAA or AA pitchers and not, for example, Dallas Keuchel or Justin Verlander…. you have to take that with a grain of salt.

But Andujar has been impressive. Today, 2 more HR against the Phillies in the Yanks’ 6-4 win that pushes their spring training record to 6-1.

He homered in the second inning to put the Yankees up 1-0 and again in the third to make it 2-0.

The Yanks hit five HR on the day, including another by Billy McKinney (his second). On top of that, Estevan Florial got his third triple of spring training. The guy can fly. Most players can’t get three triples in a year.

After Andujar homered in both the second and third, giving him 4 HR for spring training, the Phils got a run in the fourth on a HR by Aaron Altherr to cut the lead to 2-1.

Newly acquired Brandon Drury made it 3-1 with a HR in the top of the fifth.

Tyler Austin made it 4-1 with a HR in the top of the sixth.

The Phillies got a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes hit a SF to make it 5-2 and Billy McKinney hit his 2nd HR of spring training to make it 6-2.

The Phils got two in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 6-4.

Florial triple, walk, scored a run.
Drury solo HR.
McKinney solo HR.
Andujar 2 for 4, 2 solo HR.
SS Kyle Holder 2 for 2.
Austin solo HR.
Romine 1 for 1 with a walk.


Sabathia (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
German (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up Altherr HR.
LeBlanc (H) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Gallegos 0 IP, 2 R, 2H, 2W, 0 K. Faced 4 batters, 2 scored.
Heller (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.


S.T. Game 5. Andujar HR’s again in Yanks’ 9-8 win.

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The Yanks just traded for Brandon Drury, who is presumed to be the Yanks’ starting 3B on Opening Day, but Miguel Andujar is saying “not so fast.”

Andujar, 23, who hit a walkoff HR on Monday night, hit another HR on Tuesday against Toronto in the Yanks’ 9-8 win.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 5-0.

The question with Andujar isn’t his bat or arm, it’s his glove.

Toronto got a run in the second when ex-Yankee Russell Martin homered off of Chad Green.

The Yanks’ tied it in the top of the fourth on a HR by Danny Espinosa. Espinosa, the former Nationals’ regular, is trying to make the team as an infielder, 2B/SS/3B. He is signed to a minor league deal at present. Good power and D, too low a batting average and too many strikeouts. That is what he needs work on.

The Yanks made it 2-1 in the fourth, scoring the second run on a WP.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the fourth to go up 3-2.

The Yankees tied it in the top of the sixth on Andujar’s HR.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-3.

OF Shane Robinson cut it to 5-4 in the top of the seventh with a SF, and 1b Ryan McBroom tied it in the eighth with a HR.

But the Yanks were not done in that eighth inning. A WP made it 6-5 Yankees, then OF Mark Payton hit a bases-loaded double to make it 9-5.

Toronto got a run in the eighth on a HR by Reese McGuire, and two in the bottom of the ninth on a HR by Jason Leblebjian.

Payton 1 for 1, 3 RBI.
Andujar solo HR.
McBroom solo HR
Espinosa solo HR.
Austin Romine C, 2 for 2.
Estevan Florial, CF, 2nd triple of spring training. Also walked, scored 2 runs.


Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Hale (BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Rosa (w) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Coshow (S) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Keep an eye out this year on that new rule change limiting trips to the mound. Even though it’s just spring training, Sanchez, who makes a lot of trips, had to watch himself on Monday night. He is trying to prepare himself for the season, and it could have hurt Chance Adams on Monday night. Sanchez wanted to go to the mound and didn’t, because of this new rule. We’ll see how it affects pitchers. The best can work things out on their own, but it’ll be interesting to see how the youngsters are affected if they run into trouble and the catcher or a teammate can’t visit the mound.

S.T. Game 4. Andujar’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 4-3 win; Frazier out with concussion.

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Cody Carroll gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the ninth when the Yanks were one strike away from winning, but Miguel Andujar hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Yanks, 4-3, over the Phillies.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 4-0.

After Sonny Gray pitched two scoreless innings, the Phils got a run in the third off of Yanks’ prospect Chance Adams. Maybe Adams needs to work on his move, because the Phils stole two bases off him that inning. Gary Sanchez did pick a runner off of second to bail out Adams. Sanchez had a double in the game.

The Yanks’ Ben Heller hit a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Phils up 2-0.

The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when, with two out, Brandon Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on an error, and Tyler Wade singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Drury tripled and Andujar doubled him home.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the eighth. With one out, Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin both walked and Jorge Saez singled in a run, with Austin being thrown out at the plate.

That set the stage for the ninth, with Scott Kingery tying it up for the Phils with his HR, only to see Andujar win the game for the Yanks with his walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth.

It wasn’t a good night for Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out all three times up.

Andujar was 2 for 2, double, HR, 2 RBI.

Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Adams 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. HBP.
Keller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll (W) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

OF Clint Frazier will be out of action a couple of days. He sustained a concussion on Saturday (S.T. Game #2) in making a catch in the outfield where he bumped his head against the LF fence.

Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

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Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.