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S.T. Game 32. Yanks reveal lineup in 6-3 loss?

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Masahiro Tanaka finally gave up a spring training run as the Yanks lost to the Tigers in spring training action today, 6-3.

Tanaka was still sharp however, despite taking the loss. He went 5 innings, and of the two runs he gave up, 1 was unearned.

Of note was the Yankees’ lineup, which Joe Girardi said could be the Opening Day lineup. It featured Gary Sanchez hitting second, Jacoby Ellsbury fifth (!) and Aaron Hicks 8th and in RF. (I would prefer Judge, myself). Ronald Torreyes would be the SS, batting 9th.

Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that Adam Warren is heading to the bullpen, leaving four candidates for the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation—Severino, Mitchell, Green and Montgomery.

The Tigers scored two in the top of the first, with help by two errors, one by Bird and another by Sanchez.

Ellsbury got an RBI groundout in the first.

Dellin Betances gave up a 2-run HR in the sixth. 4-1 Tigers.

The Yanks got two in the seventh to cut it to 4-3. Judge hit a solo HR. Tyler Wade singled and went to third on a two-base error and scored on a SF by Rob Refsnyder.

Apparently the Rays were interested in trading for Refsnyder earlier this week, but instead they made a deal with the White Sox for Peter Bourjos.

Ernesto Frieri gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth for the final score of 6-3 Tigers.

The Yanks are apparently going to try out Johnny Barbato as a starter at AAA SWB.

Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 walks, 6 K. Looks ready to go Opening Day (Sunday).
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR. Struck out the side but the 2-run HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.

S.T. Game 29. Severino’s performance raises questions in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

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Sorry for the late report, I was dead tired when I got home last night and even though I wanted to catch UCLA-Kentucky basketball, I fell asleep and didn’t go anywhere or meet friends at a club or do anything last night.

The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Phillies Friday, 3-2, to raise their spring training record to 21-7-1.

The main thing for me about this game is the role of Luis Severino. Severino is just 23, so it’s a bit early to decide starter or reliever for him, but the Yankees have to be wondering.

Last year, 11 games as a starter: 0-8, 8.50.
Last year, 11 games as a reliever: 3-0, 0.39.

This spring, Severino has been inconsistent as a starter, and that is one reason why the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation are still up for grabs, and why Jordan Montgomery is a surprise contender for one of those spots.

Now even though Severino has been inconsistent as a starter this spring, he was once again lights out in relief yesterday. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 strikeouts.9 Up, 9 Down.

At some point, you have to wonder about his role. The numbers aren’t lying. If Severino wants to start, his numbers as a starter have to start becoming more like his numbers as a reliever.

There has been a drastic difference between the two. The numbers don’t lie.

CC Sabathia started the game and was in and out of trouble. He gave up just 2 runs in 5 1/3 but was in and out of trouble. He did minimize the damage, and Aaron Judge helped by throwing out a runner at the plate. Chase Headley also helped on a forceout at the plate. The Phillies got both of their runs in the second.

The Yanks got a run in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI single.

In the ninth, the minor leaguers won it for the Yanks. Abiatal Avelino singled to start the inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to tie the game, and after two out, Trey Amburgey singled to win it.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Severino (w) 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 5 K.

Yankees in the WBC.

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I’ll admit, I don’t follow the WBC. This information comes from NJ.com.

Betances: Dominican Rep. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games. 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K.

Gregorius: Netherlands. 8 for 23. .348. 4 doubles, 1 HR. 8 RBI. 5 games. Went 0 for 4 this morning vs. Cuba in Netherlands’ 14-1 win.

Clippard: USA. 1-0, 0.00. 2 games, 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 5 K.

Layne: Italy. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 4 K.

Solano: Colombia. 3 for 14, .267. 2 RBI in 3 games.

Gallegos: Mexico. 0-0, 4.50. 1 game. 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walk, 1 K,. Gave up HR.

In addition to them, 1B coach Tony Pena is managing the Dominican Republic, and third base coach Joe Espada is a coach for Puerto Rico.

S.T. Game 10. Pineda shines in Yanks’ 11-1 win.

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Michael Pineda can be so exasperating. With his stuff, he’s such a tease. With his stuff, he should have been much better than 6-12, 4.82 last year.

Yesterday, Pineda showed how good he could be. In his two innings of work, he gave up a single, got an out, and then struck out five straight batters. You wonder if he can ever get it together and be consistent over a full season.

At least it’s a good start to THIS season. Now to be consistent.

The Yanks routed Detroit 11-1 yesterday to go to 8-2 in spring training. Gary Sanchez homered, drove in 3 runs and threw a guy out trying to steal.

Aaron Hicks was 2 for 2 with a walk. He singled, homered, scored 2 and drove in 2.

Donovan Solano drove in 2 runs, as did Rashad Crawford.

Billy McKinney continued his impressive spring with a 2 for 2 day.

Greg Bird was 1 for 1 with 2 walks.

Pineda (w) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (h) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Heller 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

S.T. Game 7. Mitchell, Ellsbury lead Yanks to 8-7 win.

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I kind of wish these games counted.

After 7 spring training games, the Yanks have a 6-1 record, and the only loss was when they tied the game in the top of the 9th only to lose it in the bottom of the 9th.

This evening, Bryan Mitchell (competing for a starting spot) pitched three scoreless, hitless innings and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and homered to lead the Yanks to an 8-7 win. They had an 8-0 lead after six and hung on.

Starlin Castro had 2 hits and an RBI but made one of the Yanks’ three errors, the other two coming by Donovan Solano.

Austin Romine had two hits and Gleyber Torres, the top prospect, had a hit. Torres didn’t start the game but is now 4 for 5 for the spring.

Mitchell (W) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Montgomery 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR, back to back. A 3-run shot (2 runs charged to Montgomery) and a solo one.
Hissong (H) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Camarena (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.

I see more trouble for Met David Wright. I think it may be time for him to retire.

A-Rod to YES booth? and players soon leaving for the WBC.

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After a couple years of being praised for his contributions to the FOX postseason broadcasts, could it be that Alex Rodriguez could be doing some work for the YES network? Maybe not full-time but part-time? Rumors are that this could happen.

Some Yankees, like Didi Gregorius, who homered yesterday in the Yanks’ spring training opener and Dellin Betances will be leaving camp soon to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees’ second spring training game is this afternoon at Clearwater, home of the Phillies. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees.

Gossage, like Levine, needs to zip it.

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Besides Randy Levine needing to zip it more often, another person who needs to zip it is Rich “Goose” Gossage, who showed up in camp with his annual rant against relief pitchers, and particularly the great and classy Mariano Rivera.

Goose was great. His plaque is in Monument Park, deservedly so. In his prime, 1978-1983 as a Yankee, he averaged 7-5, 2.10, and 25 saves/yr. Remember that he missed 1/2 of 1979 due to the Cliff Johnson fight and 1/3 of 1981 due to the players’ strike. He is in the HOF, rightfully so, with a record of 124-107, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA and ERA+ of 126. (Goose also spent part of 1989 with the Yanks, at the end of his career). In that 1978-1983 time frame, he averaged 1 2/3 innings per appearance.

Goose spent one year starting for the White Sox in 1976.

Now Goose did pitch 2 2/3 innings in that famous Bucky Dent playoff game vs. Boston in 1978.

In what seems to be his annual rant against baseball today, he says (with expletives) not to compare him, Sutter, Fingers, etc. to pitchers like Rivera, Chapman, etc. because the latter day pitchers are one-inning guys. Fair enough.

But the way Goose disparages Rivera is uncalled for. Mariano’s #42 is retired by the Yankees, rightfully so, and Mo should be joining Goose in the HOF in 2019. He should get in almost unanimously, if not unanimously (there is always one jerk out there) on the very first ballot. What’s Goose going to do, boycott the ceremony?

Taking away Mo’s rookie season of 1995, when he started 10 games, from 1996 to the end of his career, Mariano pitched in 950 games, 1216 2/3 IP, averaging almost 1 1/3 innings per appearance—not too far off of Goose’s 1978-1983 average of 1 2/3. Rivera, of course, finished his career 82-60, a record 652 saves, 2.21 ERA and ERA+ a record 205.

And Mo did pitch three innings in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

The game changed. Goose should not hold Mo responsible for that or disparage Mo. Mo did his job, as the job requirements demanded at that time, as good or better than anyone else, just as Goose did his job, as the requirements demanded at the time, as good or better than anyone else.

The game has changed. Pitchers don’t throw complete games anymore. You don’t see starters throwing 300 innings in a season anymore. But you don’t hear Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson bitching about today’s great starters, do you?

In the same way, relief pitching has changed. I’m old school, and can agree with and sympathize with Gossage’s opinion.

But at the same time, Goose comes across as a bitter, classless, crotchety old man.

It’s to the classy Rivera’s credit that he doesn’t respond in kind. Mo’s not like that.

Enough already. Goose should just praise Mo for the great reliever he was, add that there were two different kinds of eras, and say I was great in mine, Mo was great in his, and be done with it.

Because Goose’s bitching is getting rather tiresome.

Between Goose’s rant and Randy Levine’s gloating over the Dellin Betances’ arbitration case, I was a little ashamed this week—a week I usually can’t wait for, what with spring training starting.

Hey guys, zip it, and let’s concentrate on baseball. Don’t disparage the game and the players but respect and honor good players.

Because your comments this week were very sad to hear, and I’m sure I am not the only Yankees fan saddened, disheartened, and quite frankly, a bit pissed at what I saw and heard.