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The minors tonight.

AAA: SWB won 10-4. Ex-MlB, 39-year-0ld Ramon Ortiz 4 r, 3 er, in 6 ip (10-5, 3.25). Cory Wade 2 scoreless, 0.89. Another big game for LF Chris Dickerson (plays all OF positions) 3 H, double, HR, 3 RBI. I’d be shocked if he isn’t a September (expand the rosters) callup. SS Eduardo Nunez 1 for 5, 2 RBI. RF Darnell McDonald (ex-Boston) with 3 hits and an RBI. 2 hits, rbi for DH Ronnier Mustelier.

AA:  6-1 loss for Trenton. Shaeffer Hall 5 r, 4 er in 5 1/3 (8-8, 3.52). 2B Walt Ibarra 2 hits, RBI.

High A: 8-6 loss for Tampa. Jose Ramirez 2/3 IP to start the game. 3 R, all unearned. 0 h. 3 walks, 0 k. A strange line. C Gary Sanchez 3 h, double, 3 rbi. DH Slade Heathcott 2 h, rbi.

Low A: ppd.

The minors today

AAA: A 6-3 win for Empire St. (SWB). Finally, a good outing by one of the touted youngsters. Warren 6 2/3, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 1 K. The RED_HOT DeWayne Wise double, HR, 2 RBI. 2 h, 2 Rbi Kevin Russo. Doug Bernier 3 for 3.

AA: 8-5 loss for Trenton. Melky Mesa 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Josh Romanski 3 R in 5 IP, Ryan Pope (L) 2 R in 1 ip. Francisco Rondon 3 R in 2 IP.

High A: 8-0 shutout win for Tampa. Zach Nuding five shutout innings. Rob Segedin 2 H, 3 RBI.

Low A: 8-5 win for Charleston. Tyler Austin 4 for 4,  2 doubles. Mason Williams 2 h, triple. Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 h, rbi.

S.T. Game 32 Yanks lose on walkoff in 9th, 7-6; AAA roster cuts needed

In the old days, the Boss might have gone nuts, losing a walkoff to the Mets.

The Yanks lost 7-6 on a walkoff HR by Ike Davis in the bottom of the ninth. It might have taken a while to explain to the boss that a MLB star like Davis went deep off a 21 year old in Mark Montgomery who was pitching in Low A Charleston last year. Um, a 21 year old who was in low A last year pitching in the 9th of an exhibition game isn’t exactly Mo blowing one.

Montgomery was 0-0, 1.91, 15 saves for Staten Island and Charleston last year. He’ll probably be at Charleston or Tampa. He did have 51 K in 28 1/3 IP last year. But still, a legit star in Davis vs. a low-A kid. So take it as that.

The thing that was bothersome today was a poor start by Ivan Nova, who went 2 2/3, 5 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 3 K. A poor performance, and it’s good to get it out of his system now. But Nova has NOT had a good spring, and he has two bullpens to right himself before his first regular season start.

Down 4-0 after three, the Yanks got a solo HR by Swisher (2 hits today) in the fourth.

In the sixth, they scored five runs to take the lead. Andruw Jones had a RBI single, DeWayne Wise was HBP with the bases loaded, Bill Hall had a SF, Doug Bernier (2 hits) had a RBI single and Chris Dickerson had an RBI single. This was all off of Jon Niese of the Mets after the Mets got four good innings out of Pelfrey.

Dave Phelps had relieved Nova in the third. 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K in his bid to become the Yanks’ long man.

He was replaced by D.J. Mitchell, who in his bid to be the long man went 3, 1 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 1 K. He gave up the tying run in the bottom of the sixth.

Pat (ambidextrous) Venditte went 2/3, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 0 k. Branden Pinder went 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Then came Montgomery, and Davis was the only batter he faced.

NOTES: The Yanks drop to 17-12-3 with the loss today. They will end the exhibition season tomorrow with a game vs. the Mets at home in Tampa, then have a workout day at Tropicana on Thursday before starting the season vs. the Rays Friday afternoon. Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch one inning tomorrow and expect him to get a huge ovation.

The Yanks released Jorge Vazquez. He hit .262-32-93 at AAA last year, but there is no place for the 30 year old 1B/3B. He has power, but holes in his swing and no patience (30 walks, 166 strikeouts). The Yanks recently signed Steve Pearce, 29, a righty hitting 1B/3b/OF, who has had 465 at bats with the Pirates in his MLB career (2007-2011), .232-9-52, OPS+ 79. He’ll be at 1B for Empire State. Vazquez basically wanted out after realizing he’s not in the Yanks plans at all.

In other minor league news, DeWayne Wise and Jayson Nix went unclaimed by other teams and thus can be sent to Empire State (AAA; and yes, it’ll be strange to write Empire State instead of SWB).

My friends at the BBD blog had this recently for AAA:


PITCHERS: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Juan Cedeno, Manny Delcarmen, Adam Miller, Mike O’Connor, Ryan Pope, and Kevin Whelan.

CATCHERS: Ryan Baker.

INFIELDERS: Brandon Laird, Steve Pearce, Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo, and Jorge Vazquez.

OUTFIELDERS: Dan Brewer, Colin Curtis, Jack Cust, Cole Garner, Austin Krum, and Ray Kruml.

Ok. The losers among Phelps, Warren and Mitchell for the long man spot will go here. Jason Bulger (just signed) will go here soon. Pettitte may go here soon for one start on his way back, then you have the rehab projects later on who could go here late in the year (Aardsma? Joba?). Romine will go here once his back gets better. Recently picked up Craig Tatum will go here to catch (100 mlb games with Cincy/Balt., .223-1-22 in 269 AB). You figure that Doug Bernier goes down here to be another infielder. Bill Hall does NOT have an opt-out clause in his contract and so will be going to Empire State as well, per Chad Jennings of Lohud quoting Brian Cashman. Now add Nix.

Now look at the OF. You see the recently acquired Cust there, and a bunch of others. When Russell Branyan’s back gets better, he has to fit in at 1b/3b or Dh. Now add Wise to that bunch.  Also NOT on the list above is Chris Dickerson or Justin Maxwell.

From LoHud:

Cashman said he has not gotten any calls on outfielder Justin Maxwell. Despite a great spring, it seems that the Yankees have no spot on the roster for Maxwell, who’s out of options. Is Cashman surprised teams aren’t calling about him? “I don’t know what other people’s needs are out there,” he said.

In short… that AAA roster looks crowded. We’ll see what happens as far as narrowing that roster down.


S.T. Game 22. Yanks win both today. Take road part of split squad, 5-3 over Phils

Robbie Cano had 3 hits (2 doubles) and 2 RBI, and Hiroki Kuroda was solid as the Yanks beat the Phils 5-3 today in the road portion of their split squad games today.

See the previous post for the home portion, in which the Yanks beat the Twins 6-4.

The two wins up the Yanks S.T. record to 12-9-1.

Kuroda went 5 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Doug Bernier had 2 hits (1 double) and an RBI, Francisco Cervelli had two hits, Eric Chavez a hit and an RBI, and young Dante Bichette, Jr. got into the game.

Brandon Laird added an RBI single.

New daddy David Phelps (his wife delivered a baby on Wed. night) finished up. 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

S.T. Gm 20. Yanks/Boston tie. Chipper to retire

Before I get to the game post, a tip of the cap to Chipper Jones. The career-long Brave and 1999 NL MVP decided to call it quits after this season. He enters the season with 454 HR and a .304 batting average. One of the top 10 3B (and yes, he spent some time in LF) of all-time. Probably top-five.

The Yanks blew a 4-0 lead tonight and ended up in a 4-4 tie with Boston on a game televised by ESPN. There was a lot to like, but when they say a tie is like kissing your sister, then what is a tie with Boston? Far worse.

The good part: Adam Warren and Dellin Betances, both ticketed for the AAA rotation, combined for seven shutout, two-hit innings—mostly against Boston’s A lineup.

Warren 4 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 3 K.
Betances 3 IP, 0R, 0 h, 3 walks (control issues) and 4 K.

The Yanks got two in the fourth on an RBI triple by Granderson followed by a single by Jones.

Doug Bernier (2 hits and a great defensive play tonight) had a two-run single in the fourth.

Cory Wade spoiled the great effort by the youngsters. In 2/3 of an inning, he gave up 3 R, 4 hits, 0 walks, 0 K.

Juan Cedeno went 1/3. 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and a K.

Kontos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

From Lohud:

Besides the great job by Warren & Betances tonight, David Phelps — who was supposed to start this game before his wife went into labor — has pitched 7.2 innings without an earned run this spring. D.J. Mitchell has a 0.89 WHIP and 1.00 ERA. The Yankees upper-level pitching prospects have each made strong impressions this spring, suggesting they’re more than capable of filling a hole should this overflowing rotation need a spot starter or two.

In other words, that AAA rotation should be something else (add Banuelos to that, and maybe even Nova/Pineda—-after all the Yanks have 7 starters for 5 spots now. Even if Garcia is dealt when Pettitte is ready, someone (Hughes, Pineda or Nova) goes down).

More from LoHud:

 Tonight’s game ended in a tie because Girardi had run out of pitchers who he actually planned on pitching in this game. The Yankees had extra lower-level pitchers on the trip, but it seems Girardi didn’t want to use them. “I just said, that’s it,” Girardi said.

Bobby Valentine wasn’t happy with Girardi for calling the game before it could go into the 10th inning. It is odd that Girardi had extra pitchers on the travel roster but chose not to use them. He said that he was worried about tomorrow’s doubleheader. “We’ve got a long day tomorrow too,” he said. “We need pitching.”

• One seemingly available pitcher was D.J. Mitchell, but the Yankees had him throw a side when it seemed there wouldn’t be enough innings for him to pitch. “We have a responsibility to build him up too,” Girardi said.

My take? Maybe Girardi could have used Mitchell, maybe not. But after Valentine suicide squeezed home the tying run in the 9th in an exhibition game, Girardi could have thought “Screw you for doing that in an exhibition game. I know you have someone warming up for the 10th, but now I’m going to screw you.” Just saying….

Um… Cough, cough. Ibanez. 0 for 3 tonight. 2 for 37 this spring. Down to .054 this spring. Um….. CC is a good hitting pitcher. I think even CC would be better than 2 for bloody 37.

March Madness. Had 12 of the Sweet 16. Tonight got Louisville over Mich. St right, Ohio St. over Cincy right (exact matchups) as well as Syracuse winning this game to advance to Elite 8 (had them over Vandy though, not Wisc.).  I couldn’t win on FLA/Marq. b/c I had Missouri winning this one.

But….12 of Sweet 16. Only one of my Elite 8 done to date. All Four Final Four teams still alive.

This may be the best year I’ve ever had picking the NCAA tournament bracket.

Update: I should add that for the Yanks to play Boston in a spring training game, that one or the other of the teams must take a 2 1/2 hour bus ride. Add a night game on top of that, and can you really be surprised that one or the other didn’t want to go extras?

S.T. Gm. 13: Jays bruise Garcia (literally), Banuelos, Yanks, 7-5

Freddy Garcia didn’t pitch badly, but got a bruised hand for his troubles, and prospect Manny Banuelos was roughed up as the Yanks lost to Toronto in spring training game #13, 7-5. The loss drops the Yanks’ Grapefruit League record to 5-8.

Garcia went 3+ innings, giving up 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 walk, and getting one K. He gave up a HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the second. Encarnacion led off the 4th by lining one back off Garcia’s bare hand. It was said that Garcia suffered a bruise, and went for x-rays.

Cory Wade came on and finished the 4th, but not before giving up a two-run HR to J. P. Arencibia. That HR put Toronto up 3-1. Earlier, an RBI double by Granderson had tied the game in the third.

Wade’s line: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Banuelos was roughed up in the fifth. Walk, K, Flyout…ok, not bad, but then another walk, a 3-run HR by that man, Encarnacion, again, then a triple and single. 7-1 Toronto. He finally got a groundout to end the inning.

1 Ip, 4 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 1 K.

The Yanks got four in the sixth, on a two-run double by Doug Bernier and a two-run single by DeWayne Wise to make it 7-5. That is how it ended.

D.J. Mitchell pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, walking no one and striking out four.

For those of you who wanted Damon over Ibanez, you may be right. Ibanez is down to .083 so far this spring, and NY Post writer Joel Sherman states that he hasn’ t seen Ibanez hit a ball hard all spring. Um, Damon is still out there. Keep swinging in the cage, Johnny. If Ibanez is still lousy in May, maybe you’ll get a call?

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBS chips in on the Pineda talk—that he showed up in camp overweight and his fastball is far below what it should be.

Hopefully x-rays are negative on Garcia.

As for the offense, Granderson and Wise each had two hits.

Tomorrow the Yanks will face the Nats. Starting for the Nats is our old buddy, Chien Ming Wang.

UPDATE: X-Rays on Garcia negative, thankfully.

S.T. Game 7: Garcia, Soriano & Prospects team up to shut out Braves, 3-0

The Yanks shut out the Braves 3-0 today to snap their four-game S.T. losing streak and raise their spring training record to 3-4.

Freddy Garcia pitched three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out two.

Rafael Soriano pitched the fourth, and retired the batters 1-2-3.

Manny Banuelos and D.J. Mitchell, both ticketed for the AAA rotation, each pitched two scoreless innings. Banuelos gave up two hits and struck out three. Mitchell gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one.

Juan Cedeno faced one batter in the ninth and struck him out. Kevin Whelan finished, 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 strikeout.

Derek Jeter singled, walked and scored two runs. Swisher had an RBI double in the first, Cano a SF in the fifth. The last run scored in the seventh on a Doug Bernier double followed by a Melky Mesa single.