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Game 13. 8 in a row. Montgomery’s 1st MLB win. Holliday, Judge HR in 7-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Rookie Jordan Montgomery got his first MLB win, and the Yanks were powered by HRs by Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge as they won their eighth game in a row, 7-4, to go to 9-4 on the season.

Montgomery took a shutout into the seventh before faltering and giving up a 3-run HR. By that time, the Yanks had a 7-0 lead thanks to Holliday and Judge.

Holliday hit a 3-run bomb (2) in the second that went 459 feet. After the HR, Starlin Castro and Chase Headley each doubled to make it 4-0. Headley went to third on an error by Melky Cabrera, and scored on an Aaron Judge single to make it 5-0.

Judge hit a HR (4) in the fifth to make it 7-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits. Both Judge and Holliday had 3 RBI. Starlin Castro had 3 hits.

Montgomery (w, 1-0, 4.22) 6+ IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up HR. 1st MLB win.
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.00
Chapman (S, 4 ) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00

Earlier in the day, the Yanks traded P Johnny Barbato to the Pirates for either cash or a player to be named later.

Minor League Report. Adams and Torres shine at AA. High A marathon.


AAA: SWB lost 4-2. Mason Williams 2 hits, RBI for Clint Frazier.

Barbato (L, 0-1, 4.50) 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gurka 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Gallegos 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 1 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 0.00

AA: Gleyber Torres doubled in his first at bat and Chance Adams pitched 5 2/3 no-hit innings as Trenton won 6-2. Trenton took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

Torres was 2 for 4, playing SS. 2B Thairo Estrada was 3 for 4 with an RBI, and 1B Mike Ford had 2 hits and 3 RBI. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. had 2 hits, double, HR, 2 RBI (remember he did not get an invite to MLB camp).

Adams (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 walks, 5 K.
Frare 1 2/3, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 10.80
Feyereisen (S, 1) 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00

High A:   Tampa went 16 innings in losing 5-4.

Jhalen Jackson DH, HR, 2 RBI. 1B Mandy Alvarez 2 Hits. 2 Hits for RF Austin Aune.

Domingo Acevedo 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.71
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 0.00
McNamara 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 0.00
Brewer 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 0.00
Harris 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 2.70

Despite 22 K in 12 1/3 IP, Tampa lost the game.

Low A: Charleson won 6-4. DH Blake Rutherford 2 RBI.

Orozco 4IP 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 2.25
Diehl (W, 1-0, 9.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gomez (S,1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 5 K. 0.00



S.T. Game 19. Bullpen fails in Yanks’ 10-6 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

While the northeast shoveled out from a blizzard, the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 10-6 as the bullpen had a rough outing.

Gary Sanchez homered in the first inning, and in the second, Gleyber Torres (hard to believe he’ll only be at AA) doubled in one run and scored another on a single by Ronald Torreyes.

Luis Severino had a 1-2-3 first and struck out the side in a 1-2-3 third but gave up a HR (albeit wind-blown)  and double in the second.

Jon Niese pitched a scoreless inning and walked the leadoff hitter in the fifth. In came Johnny Barbato, and he and Dietrich Enns had rough outings.

Tampa Bay got six in the fifth to go up 7-3. Torres hit a 2-run HR in the sixth to cut it to 7-5 but the Rays came back with three more in the bottom of the frame.

Miguel Andujar singled in a run in the ninth.

The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record (I count the win over the Canadian WBC team, MLB doesn’t) to 14-5.

Sanchez had a passed ball, Torres made an error, as did Clint Frazier.

Greg Bird had a double and a triple.

Just a hunch that Severino and Mitchell win the last two starting spots.

The 25-man could be: Sanchez and Romine C, Bird 1B, Carter 1B/DH, Holliday DH (OF if needed), Castro 2B, Gregorius SS, Headley 3B, Torreyes Utility INF, Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge and Hicks OF.

Starters: Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Mitchell, Severino
Relievers: Warren (too valuable here to have him start), Niese, Layne, Clippard, Betances and Chapman.

Today’s pitching line:

Severino 3 IP, 1 r, 2 h, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up HR.
Niese (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Barbato (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 2 K.Gave up HR
Enns 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 4 walks, 1 K.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Gurka 1 Ip 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks hit 4 HR in beating Canada’s WBC team, 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees beat the Canadian WBC team today 10-4, hitting four HRs in the process.

Matt Holliday, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka connected.

Luis Severino had a shaky outing.

Jorge Mateo went 2 for 2 and had a SB. Hicks also had one of the three SBs for the day for the Yankees as he went 2 for 3.

Severino 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 k. Gave up HR.
Graham (w) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Barbato 2 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Enns 2 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gvae up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

A-Rod was hired by Fox to work for Fox and FS1 and may yet be hired by the YES network. Rumors are he’s currently dating Jennifer Lopez.

S.T. Game 9. Toronto edges Yanks in 9th, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ six game winning streak came to an end with a 3-2 loss to Toronto today in their spring training game. The loss drops the Yanks’ S.T. record to 7-2.

Both losses so far have been the same. The Yanks tie it in the top of the 9th only to lose it in the bottom of the 9th.

Unfortunately for Joe Mantiply, he’s the pitcher who lost both games.

Jose Bautista hit a 2-run HR off of Luis Severino to put the Blue Jays up 2-0 in the first.

Ji-Man Choi’s 2-run single tied it for the Yanks in the 9th. Mantiply then gave up a HR to Ryan McBroom to lose it.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits.

Severino 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up HR.
Barbato 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Graham 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Rutckyj 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K,
Lail 1 IP 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Mantiply (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR.

S.T. Game 3. Severino sharp in Yanks’ 7-2 win. Castro, McKinney HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino had a nice debut in the majors in 2015, going 5-3 with an ERA of 2.89, but last year was a disaster. In 11 starts, he was 0-8, 8.50. He fared better in relief, going 3-0, 0.39.

At just 23, the Yankees and Severino still hope his role is as a starter and Severino worked with fellow countryman Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Famer, on some things this offseason. Severino looked good today in pitching two scoreless, hitless innings in the Yanks’ 7-2 win over Toronto. The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 2-1.

Starlin Castro hit a 3-run HR.

Billy McKinney, who the Yanks got along with Gleyber Torres in the Chapman deal, hit a 2-run HR. The lefty swinging OF, 22, hit .246-4-44 in AA last year and could be AA bound again.

Gary Sanchez may be 0 for 6 in two spring training games so far, but he showed today that he isn’t only offense and home runs. In case you forgot about his arm, he threw out two runners trying to steal—in the same inning.

Yankees’ pitchers combined on a three-hitter, with 10 K.

Severino (w) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Barbato (H) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Gurka 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up HR
Feyerisen (H) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.


The Minors. Enns good again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB split a DH.

In the regularly scheduled game, SWB won 2-1 in 8 innings (both games of a DH scheduled for 7). Dietrich Enns probably isn’t on the 40 man roster, and I don’t know what move the Yanks may need to make to get him on it, but I hope they do and soon. I don’t know why the NY media, be it print, TV or radio, isn’t mentioning him. The 25 year old lefty pitched 5 1/3  innings last night and gave up 1 run.  Between AA and AAA this year, he is 13-4, 1.62. How could he be better? What does he need to do for a callup? I’d like to see him get a shot. He got a ND. Johnny Barbato 2 2/3 for the win. Mason Williams 2 hits.

SWB lost 3-2 in an 8-inning game. This was a makeup of a game rained out on May 29th. Donovan Solano 2 hits, rbi. Clint Frazier 2 hits. Jake Cave 2 hits.

AA: Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston off.

The Minors. Big game for Tampa’s Cornelius.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat Lehigh Valley 3-2. Chad Green 5 IP, 2 R, 10 K. Tyler Webb, Johnny Barbato and Jonathan Holder (Up from AA) combined for four scoreless innings of no-hit relief. Ben Gamel walkoff SF, Clint Frazier 2 hits.

AA: Trenton won 2-1. Kyle Haynes 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 8 K. (Don’t know why he was bumped down to AA). Trenton only got 3 hits, 2 RBI Mike Ford.

High A: Tampa won 8-5 in 11 innings. 3B Kevin Cornelius’ 2nd HR of the game, an 11th inning grand slam, was the big blow. Cornelius had 3 hits, 2 HR, double, 6 RBI. Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, Thairo Estrada 3 hits. Connor Spencer 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-0. They got just four hits and made four errors.

Game 109. Castro slams Indians, 13-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro’s grand slam was the key blow in a 13-7 Yankees’ win over Cleveland that put the Yanks at 55-54 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits.

In the first inning, the Yanks got a run on an RBI groundout by McCann. Earlier that inning, Mark Teixeira got a nice ovation and doubled. Earlier in the day, Teixeira announced that this would be his last year. Thoughts on that at the end of this report.

In the third, McCann doubled in a run, and then, after the Indians issued an intentional walk to Headley to load the bases, Castro hit his grand slam, his 12th HR of the year, to make it 6-0.

Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth, but Gary Sanchez’ first MLB RBI, on a double, made it 7-3 Yanks after five.

An RBI single by Headley and a bases loaded walk to Sanchez upped the lead to 9-3 in the sixth.

After the Indians got a run in the seventh, Aaron Hicks homered (4) and Ellsbury got an RBI single to make it 11-4 after seven.

Cleveland scored three in the eighth, but Brett Gardner insured the win in the bottom of the eighth with a 2-run single.

Pineda (w, 6-10, 5.17) 6+ IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.28 (AZ/NYY ERA)
Barbato 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 7.62. Faced 4 batters, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 4.10

Now on Teixeira’s retirement announcement:

Teixeira’s 8 years with the Yanks was good and bad.I have mixed feelings about it.

The good: WS Champ in 2009, a season where he led the AL in HR, RBI and Total bases and finished 2nd in MVP voting. 201 of his 404 HR (so far) were with the Yanks, putting him in select company as to who hit 200 or more as a Yankee. 4 years of 30+ HR with the Yanks, 3 years of 100+ RBI. 3 Gold Glove Awards. Led AL in runs scored in 2010. 2x All-Star as a Yankee.

The bad: After hitting .292 in 2009, he hit .240 2010-2016 (so far). He hasn’t hit over .260 since that first season with the team. He has not played in 130 games in a season since 2011. Only played in 15 games in 2013.  So his record with the Yanks is one great year of 2009, then spotty thereafter.

Hard to say where he ranks as a Yankees 1B. Gehrig, obviously, is and always will be #1. After that, you have, in no particular order, Mattingly, Tino, Chambliss, Skowron, Giambi, Teix, Pipp, Pepitone… Teix was better defensively than all but Mattingly. Even Hal Chase, who many would say was fixing games, is in there.

.269, 404 HR as of now.8 years in a row of 30/100. 5 Gold Gloves. 2x Top 10 for MVP. MVP consideration in 7 different seasons. Only Mantle, Murray, Chipper Jones and Beltran have more HR as a switch-hitter. 127 OPS+ .   HOF? I think he falls short. His 162 g. average is .269-36-114, damned good. Baseball Reference has him #28 among first basemen all-time (Gehrig is #1).

Not a HOF career in my eyes, but a damned fine one. All the best, Teix.

Now to see Greg Bird and Tyler Austin battle for the job next year.

Game 108. 2/3 done. Yanks at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

2/3 of the season is over, and the Yanks are dead even at .500 at 54-54. They haven’t varied much from that .500 line all season long.

One thing we have seen from Nathan Eovaldi this season is this: the tendency to give up HR (he leads the team in that) and the tendency to pitch well, but have that one bad inning that bites him.

He had that tonight.

Eovaldi went 7 innings, and gave up 5 hits, but two of them were HR. Of the five hits he gave up, three were in the same inning, two of them were HR, costing him 4 runs, and that was the game.

Other than that he was OK, but that is like asking Mrs. Lincoln, other that the assassination, how did you like the play?

But that is Eovaldi. So frustrating.

Eovaldi gave up a solo HR to Ex-Yank Kelly Johnson in the fifth, and after his own fielding indecision cost him, gave up a 3-run HR to Jay Bruce.

Meanwhile, Ex-Yank Bartolo Colon owned the Yanks, and the Mets won 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came in the seventh on a double by Gary Sanchez and an RBI single by Aaron Hicks.

Eovaldi (L, 9-8, 4.80) 7 IP, 4 R, 5H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3 hits, 2HR, all 4 runs–same inning. Sigh.

Warren 1 IP. 0 R,  1 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 5.18 (Cubs/NYY)

Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.16.


Sometimes I wonder if this is all you get from Eovaldi and Pineda. (To quote the Peggy Lee song, Is That All there is?) If so, it’s not good enough.

Meanwhile, the A-Rod situation is getting embarrassing. He doesn’t play. The Yanks have basically a $27MM man (his salary for the rest of this year plus 2017) who does nothing but sit on the bench. Girardi is managing one man short. A-Rod doesn’t play, doesn’t PR or PH, can’t play the field.

If that is the case, please cut him and eat the $27MM. I know it’s a lot of money to eat, but this is getting embarrassing.

Of course, it would be easier if A-Rod did what Mike Schmidt of the Phillies did in 1989—-accept that he was done, and retire mid season.

But there is that $6MM bonus for hitting #700…. and Alex is just 4 homers short. But if he isn’t playing, you wonder IF, not WHEN he will get those four homers.

It’s sad. It reminds me so much of Willie Mays, 1973 or Steve Carlton in the late 1980s, where everyone knew the player was done and should pack it in, except that great player himself.

Luis Severino will start Tuesday against Boston. Chad Green was sent back to AAA, and Johnny Barbato brought up.