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S.T. Game 20. The Kraken gets Cracking. 5 RBI as Yanks win 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After yesterday’s bad game, Chance Adams was sent down.

If the Yanks get an AL MVP this year, don’t be surprised if it isn’t Judge or Stanton. Sanchez has been great this spring and don’t count him out.

Sanchez had a 3-run HR and 2-run double today and that helped the Yanks to a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. It put the Yanks’ spring training record at 12-7-1.

Both Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances were off, both giving up 2-run HRs.

In the top of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a two-run HR to Ex-Yank, Francisco Cervelli.

Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the bottom of the first to cut it to 2-1.

The Pirates got a run in the top of the third to make it 3-1, but in the bottom of that inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, to make it 4-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got four in the fourth to stretch it to 8-3. Bird walked and with one out, Wade walked. Gardner reached on a error to load the bases and Judge walked to force in a run. Stanton grounded out to place a run and then Sanchez doubled in two.

Jose Osuna hit a 2-run HR in the sixth for Pittsburgh to make it 8-5, but in the eighth, Tyler Austin hit a solo HR for the final tally of 9-5.

If I were to guess the 25 man roster on Opening Day right now, it would be:

Sanchez, Romine, Stanton, Bird, Walker, Torreyes, Didi, Wade, Drury, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, and Austin. That is 13.

12  pitchers, which are: Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Warren, Green, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Chapman, and Betances.

I believe that Ellsbury, now with only two weeks until Opening Day, won’t be ready and the Yanks will put him on the DL to start the season. Clint Frazier could be headed to the 60 day DL because he is not coming along from his concussion.

So, I believe:

C: Sanchez and Romine
INF: Bird, Wade, Walker , Didi, Drury, Torreyes, and Austin (as backup to Bird)
OF: Stanton, Gardner, Hicks, Judge

Once Ellsbury is ready, the Yanks have to decide between Wade and Austin. Since Wade is more versatile, and Walker is being groomed to not only play 2B but 3b and 1B,  I think then Austin would be the one sent down.

Wade made a couple good defensive plays today. Even if he is the Opening Day starter at 2B, Torres may be ready in a few months. The Yanks envision Wade as a “Ben Zobrist” type. Capable of filling in at any of five positions based on need. Good speed, great range and as long as he can hit .260, steal 20 bases and flash that defensive speed, valuable.

Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances had tough days today.

Gray (W) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 Walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (H), 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  1 W, 2 K.
Heller (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Judge 2 for 2, scored 2. Drove in 2. Walked 2x.
Sanchez double, HR, 5 RBI
Austin solo HR.


S.T. Game 17. Yanks fall, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost 2-1 to the Twins Monday night to drop their S.T. record to 11-6.

Masahiro Tanaka went four innings, giving up a 2-run HR to Bobby Wilson in the second.

Tyler Austin hit a HR for the Yanks in the fourth.

Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade each had two hits. Each had a double.

Tanaka (L) 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
German 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

As I have mentioned before, I really like German as the emergency starter to come up from AAA over Cessa.

S.T. Game 11. Lind gets RBI, Yanks get double steal, and McKinney gets 3-run HR in Yanks’ 7-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I like some aggressiveness I see in the Yanks’ spring training so far. Even with all the power, I see a drag bunt by Tyler Wade the other day and a double steal today. I like it.

Now for Aaron Boone to call what Joe Girardi never did—a squeeze.

I like the aggressiveness. The homers will come, but be aggressive. Don’t just sit and wait for the HR.

The Yanks beat the Tigers today, 7-2, to run their spring training record to 9-2.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into and out of trouble, walking four in his outing.

After Detroit got a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, the Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth on an Aaron Hicks single.

The Tigers went up 2-1 in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the sixth when newcomer Adam Lind singled in a run.

In the eighth, a double by Tyler Austin (hard choice to back up Bird, a lefty hitter: the lefty Lind or righty Austin) an error and a walk to Erik Kratz loaded the bases. Estevan Florial grounded into a force out, scoring one run, then he and Shane Robinson, who had reached on that error, pulled off a double steal, Robinson scoring to make it 4-2. Nice aggressiveness there.

In the ninth, Tyler Wade reached on an error, Ron Torreyes singled and Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

McKinney 3 run HR, his 3rd HR of spring training.
Hicks 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Lind 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.


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

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.



Game 143. Frazier’s 3-run HR keys Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Strange night. Strange venue. Strange record set. Strange pitching performance.

The Yanks were the road team in a game played at Citi Field. But the game wasn’t against the Mets. Because of Hurricane Irma, the game, supposed to be in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays, was moved to a “neutral” site. Of course, Queens isn’t THAT far from the Bronx. You can argue about the neutrality.

Anyway, Jacoby Ellsbury set a MLB record for most times reaching on catcher’s interference in his career (breaking Pete Rose’s record) and it was a key play in a 5-1 Yankees win.

The key blow in the game was a 3-run HR (24) by Todd Frazier.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second when Adeiny Hechevarria tripled in a run. Hechevarria barely missed a cycle tonight.

The Yanks only got four hits on the night, but three came in the fourth inning, when they scored all five of their runs.

Judge walked, and Sanchez singled him to third. Didi tied the game with a SF. After Castro struck out, Holliday reached on a two-base error, Sanchez scoring. Ellsbury set that catcher’s interference record. Frazier then hit his 3-run HR.

With one out in the fourth and a 5-1 lead, Girardi pulled CC. I don’t know if the knee was acting up or what, but two outs away from getting credit for a win, and having a 4-run lead, it seemed odd.

UPDATE: Two on, one out, and Longoria owns CC. Hence the quick hook. Girardi didn’t want the 5-1 lead to get away. Went to Robertson, surprising, gutty move and the correct one.

Odder yet, was who came in to pitch in the fifth inning. David Robertson, who is more used to pitching later in ballgames. Robertson, so used to pitching one inning and closing games, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings in gaining the win.

Greg Bird was supposed to start but was a late scratch at 1B for Tyler Austin. Austin did get a double. The Yanks got just four hits and struck out 11x, but did draw four walks and there were the two Rays’ errors (one being the catcher’s interference).

UPDATE: Bird was scratched with back spasms. Who knows when he’ll return. The guy can’t catch a break.

The win puts the 78-65 Yanks 3 back of Boston with 19 to go, and strengthened their hold on the top wild card spot.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.85. A quick hook.
Robertson (W, 8-2, 2.10) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Longer than usual outing.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.83

In case you missed it, Aaron Judge the other day set a rookie record for most walks in a season. Also, he is one of only 5 Yankees to have a 40 HR season age 25 or younger. The others? Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

Cleveland won their 19th straight game tonight. Meanwhile, the once sizzling hot Dodgers have lost 10 in a row.

UPDATE: With these three games being moved to Citi Field, it means 17 of the last 20 games this regular season for the Yankees will be played in NY. The other 3 are in Toronto.


Game 141. Yanks strike late, and combined 1-hitter beats Texas, 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino, David Robertson, & Aroldis Chapman combined on an one-hitter to beat Texas 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the one-hitter,  the Yanks were still down 1-0 entering the top of the eighth. Texas got a run in the fifth on a walk and double.

In the top of the eighth, Frazier was HBP. Holliday, PH for Bird, singled Frazier to third and after Gardner popped up (Why doesn’t Girardi ever squeeze a runner home?), Headley hit a SF to tie the game.

Sanchez singled to put runners at first & second, but Didi grounded out.

In the top of the ninth, Castro singled and after a force out by Judge, Ellsbury singled Judge to third. Frazier was HBP again to load the bases. Tyler Austin, who entered the game at 1B after Holliday had PH for Bird (and was PR for by Wade), singled to make it 2-1 and after Gardner popped up, Headley walked for the 3-1 final score.

The win keeps the 76-65 Yanks 4 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East with 21 to go. The Yanks maintain the top wild card spot by 2 1/2 over the Twins and they are 4 1/2 up as far as losing out on the playoffs altogether.

Gardner 2 hits
Headley 2 RBI
Frazier HBP on consecutive at bats.

Severino 7 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 10 K. 2.96
Robertson (W, 7-2, 2.20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.92.

Girardi pulled Robertson after only 8 pitches (ugh) but it worked out.