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Game 16. Marlins maul Yanks, 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today.

Aaron Boone should have a mandatory practice at the stadium today to work on fundamentals and to rip his team for a stinker of a performance last night.

Losing 9-1 to the MARLINS?

There was enough blame to go around. Masahiro Tanaka was terrible, so was Giancarlo Stanton. Poor starting pitching, lack of clutch hitting, two errors (could have been three), a PB, a WP… all against probably the worst team in baseball.


Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe the Yanks will heat up and become more consistent when the weather heats up. But sooner rather than later. Maybe the rain outs over the weekend made Tanaka rusty. They didn’t hurt Severino.

But no excuses. This cannot continue.

Before the game, Kahnle to the DL with shoulder tendonitis and Cessa brought up.

Update: Cessa pitched, but strained an oblique and is headed to the DL.

Tanaka gave up three runs in the top of the first.  An error by Didi didn’t help matters. Miami got another run in the second to go up 4-0, and an error by Tyler Austin didn’t help there.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Gardner and Judge walked. The Yanks could get back into the game but Stanton GIDP. In the third, with one out and Gardner and Judge on base (both walked again) Stanton popped up. The next two times up, Stanton struck out. The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP. There are hints of Stanton being dropped in the order.

The Yanks drew seven walks in the game but were getting no-hit for a while. They only got four hits in the game, and the only highlight of the game for the Yanks came with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Miguel Andujar hit his first MLB HR. He had two of the hits and seems to be finally heating up.

Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth that basically iced the game for Miami. Miami got two more in the eighth.

Tanaka (L, 2-2, 6.45) 5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.72

Besides Stanton off to a bad start, Sanchez, who seems to be heating up, got off to a bad start, same with Wade, Walker, Andujar (finally heating up), Tanaka’s last two outings haven’t been good, Gray’s ERA is 6.92, higher than Tanaka’s, the bullpen hasn’t been as advertised.

Yes, there have been injuries, but…

It’s early, but things need to change soon. Last night was unacceptable, and against one of the worst teams in the majors.

Imagine this type of performance against, say, Houston.

A day off. A day to regroup. A day to right the ship.

There is too much talent here to be this inconsistent and to be like this at 8-8. Start turning it around.


Game 14. Hicks, Torreyes spark Yanks. 8-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Even against a righty pitcher, Manager Aaron Boone sat the lefty swinging, slumping (.094) Tyler Wade in favor of Ronald Torreyes. The move paid off as Torreyes had 3 hits and an RBI in the 8-6 Yankees’ win at Detroit Friday night that evened their record at 7-7.

Aaron Hicks hit 2 HR, one an inside-the-parker, and drove in 3 runs.

Miguel Andujar, who came into the game hitting .107, got a double and triple. Hopefully a sign he is out of it.

The Yanks scored first when Hicks hit his inside-the-park HR to make it 2-0 in the second inning.

They got three in the third when Andujar doubled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a double by Brett Gardner. Aaron Judge singled in Gardner to make it 4-0, and after Stanton struck out, Judge stealing second, a two-base error let Didi get on and scored Judge.

Jordan Montgomery pitched four scoreless innings then gave up a solo HR in the fifth.

The Yanks made it 6-1 in the sixth when Hicks hit his second HR of the game and season.

Montgomery tired in the seventh, giving up two runs that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3. The Yanks got two in the top of the eighth on a triple by Andujar, single by Torreyes to drive in a run, Gardner was HBP and Judge walked to load the bases, and after Stanton hit into a force at home, Didi got a SF.

They needed those runs because Dellin Betances had a bad outing, giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the ninth.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 HR, one an inside-the-parker, 3 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Torreyes 3 hits, RBI.

Montgomery (W, 1-0, 4.70) 6+ IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Betances 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.10 Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57

Game 13. Yanks lose, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far, we have been waiting to see the ace that Sonny Gray was in Oakland—the one that from 2013-2015, put up a 2.88 ERA.

We’re still waiting. Gray had a 3.72 ERA last year after the Yanks traded for him. Good, not great.

Last night he was bad, as was Severino and Tanaka the two games before, as Yankees’ starting pitching wasn’t too good in the three game series up in Boston. They lost last night 6-3, to drop two of the three games up in Boston. They are now 6-7 on the season, and 4 1/2 back of Boston already.

The game was interrupted by a rain delay of about 45 minutes.

I read somewhere that there are rumors that Gray, like Severino may have been two nights before, could have been tipping his pitches. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild has some work to do.

Gray gave up four runs in the second, two more in the third. He hit one batter, forcing him from the game, and threw three wild pitches. Just a poor outing.

Meanwhile the Yanks were being no-hit for six innings, with their only base runner coming when Stanton was HBP in the fourth. Judge broke up the no-no with a seventh-inning double. The Yanks got just four hits in the game.

Gary Sanchez’ bases-loaded double in the ninth scored the Yanks’ three runs.

Before the game, I was wondering if Ronald Torreyes might get playing time because of the struggles of Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar. Torreyes did start at 3B, with Andujar getting a day off. He went 1 for 3 with a double. Manager Boone should keep him in there. Torreyes is hitting .353 in his limited playing time so far this year. Meanwhile Tyler Wade continues to struggle, down to .097 (and just 12 for 89 in his MLB career so far), and Andujar is at .107. As I wrote yesterday, to paraphrase the Who, the Kids are NOT alright. Pulling for the kids, but if they keep going like that, you can’t go with them. Sooner or later, you have to produce.

Hopefully the Yanks can right the ship soon. Right now, they aren’t clicking.

Gray (L, 1-1, 6.92) 3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K.
German 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.76
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.14
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

Minor league report. Tampa tosses a 1-hitter. Big day for Hess at Low A.


I am amazed how, 10 games into the season, some Yankees’ fans are criticizing Aaron Boone and Phillies’ fans Gabe Kapler. Some of the Phillies’ players are already ripping Kapler.

These are new rookie managers. 10 games? Really?

As far as Boone goes, I haven’t seen anything to criticize him on yet. For one thing, he can’t control the injuries that have hampered him. For another, it’s not his fault some guys haven’t performed yet (Sanchez 2 for 32 and Stanton 7 for 42 with 20 strikeouts, also the bullpen has been shaky and that was supposed to be a strength).

Give it more time. Criticizing Boone after 10 games? Really?

AAA: SWB (3-1) beat Lehigh Valley 5-3. Kyle Higashioka HR (2), 3 RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 doubles. 2 hits each for DH Billy Fleming and LF Zack Zehner. Each had an RBI.

Camarena 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 w, 3 K. 0.00
Espinal 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.25
Holder (BS, W 1-0)   2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR.
Gomez (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (2-3) lost 11-1. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Keller (L, 0-1, 11.57) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 6.00
Mesa 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. 10.13 Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Update: The HR Jose Mesa Jr. gave up was to Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

High A: Tampa (3-2) won 5-1. RF Estevan Florial 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Solo HR for SS Hoy Jun Park. 1B Tim Lynch 2 hits.

Nick Green (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER,  1 H, 2 w, 6 K.
Diehl (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  7.36
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.   0.00

Low A: Charleston (2-3) won 10-2. 3B Chris Hess 3 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI. Frederick Cuevas 2 doubles. RF Steven Sensley 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR shy of cycle. 1B Dalton Blaser 2 hits.

Ramos (W, 1-0, 1.80) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 h, 0 W, 7 K
Weissert 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  0.00
Martin 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 w, 1 K. 0.00



Game 7. Yanks fall, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was a pitcher’s duel into the sixth. In the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge hit his second HR of the year to make it 1-0 Yankees.

But Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t hold the lead. He gave up a two-run HR and Chad Green, brought in to slam the door, instead opened the floodgates and the Orioles scored three more runs in a five-run seventh for them which won the game for Baltimore, 5-2.

So far this season, the Yanks have gotten good performances from their starters but the bullpen, predicted to be one of the best bullpens ever, has failed them.

The Yanks got only four hits tonight. Judge’s blast being only the second hit.

In the third, Wade doubled and moved to third, but with one out and Gardner up, no squeeze. Perfect situation for one. Speed at third and at the plate. No one squeezes home runs anymore. Instead Gardner struck out, couldn’t even get the SF, and Judge made out.

We will have to see if Boone is like Girardi and never squeezes.

After Judge broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth with a HR (2), Tanaka gave up a 2-run HR to Adam Jones in the top of the seventh. After a ground out and single, Chad Green replaced Tanaka.

A single and double made it 3-1 O’s. Then a strikeout but another single made it 5-1 O’s. Instead of slamming the door, it was kicked wide open.

The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a double by Didi and a single by Neil Walker.

They loaded the bases for Walker in the eighth but he grounded out.

A lot of guys aren’t hitting right now. Whether it is the cold or something else, who knows.

Tanaka (L, 1-1) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.92
Green 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 w, 3 K. 6.75

The Yanks fall to 4-3 on the season.

Trayce Thompson to the Yanks didn’t last long. The Yanks wanted to send him to AAA SWB but to do so, Thompson, who was out of options, had to clear waivers. He did not and Oakland claimed him. So off he goes to the Bay.

Game 5. Maybe today for home opener? Injury report…

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After being snowed out of their home opener yesterday, the Yankees (2-2) try it again today at 4 PM. Rain is in the forecast, however.

On the injury front … (from the NY Post)….

Aaron Hicks was prepared to hit and throw indoors Monday because the right intercostal problem that landed him on the DL felt better.

“I am going to see the [doctor] for the OK,’’ Hicks said after the Rays-Yankees game was snowed out at Yankee Stadium. “Feeling good.’’

Hicks played Opening Day in Toronto on Thursday and landed on the DL Friday. He is eligible to come off the shelf next Monday, which is an off day for the Yankees. So, the earliest the switch hitter could return is April 10 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.


Boone didn’t have an update on Ellsbury on Monday, but Sunday the manager said he was hopeful of getting Ellsbury back Thursday, when he is eligible, but “not expecting it.’’


According to (manager Aaron) Boone, Adam Warren said his right ankle “feels pretty good’’ and the hope is the right-handed reliever will be able to pitch Tuesday against the Rays if needed.“When I checked on him this morning he said it felt pretty good, so we will see,’’ Boone said.

Warren was forced out of Saturday’s game when he took a smash off the ankle.

The Yankees voided the minor league option of right-hander Ben Heller and placed him on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right elbow bone spur.

Game 1. What a debut for Stanton in Yanks’ 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since 2011, the Yanks won on Opening Day, and what a Yankees’ debut for Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton became the first Yankee to homer twice on Opening Day since Joe Pepitone in 1963.

He became the first Yankee to homer twice in his first game as a Yankee since Roger Maris on Opening Day of 1960.

What the Yanks did in their final exhibition game against the Braves on Monday night carried over to today. Get an early HR to take an early lead. Get another HR to add onto it. Get great starting pitching and a lights out performance from the bullpen.

I’ll take that recipe all year long.

In the first, Gardner reached on an error, and after Judge struck out, Stanton, in his first official AB as a Yankee, hit a 2-run HR.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge walked, and back-to-back doubles by Stanton and Sanchez gave each an RBI and made it 4-0.

Brett Gardner, who was robbed of a couple of hits earlier on well-hit balls, hit a HR in the seventh to make it 5-0 Yankees.

Luis Severino went 5 2/3 and Chad Green 1 1/3 of one-hit ball. So the Yanks had a shutout and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the eighth but Dellin Betances gave up a HR.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit his second HR of the game to make it 6-1.

I have to admit, John Sterling’s HR calls for Stanton were horrible. Just say “give that man a Stanton ovation” …..works better than what he used.

The Blue Jays have to be worried about 3B Josh Donaldson’s shoulder. The 2015 MVP made poor throws to first on each play he had today. Very poor throws.

Gardner solo HR, robbed of two hits
Judge 2 hits, single and double, walked, struck out twice
Stanton double, 2 HR, scored 3 runs, drove in 4
Sanchez RBI double
Hicks 2 hits.

The Yanks’ pitchers threw a 2-hitter with 12K.

Severino (win) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Just a reminder that there will be posts on the minor leagues once the minor leaguers start next week, so you can keep up on Torres, Sheffield, McKinney, Adams, Florial and others…

So Aaron Boone wins his MLB debut as a manager…. of course the team made it easy for him….