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Minor League Report. Bird starts rehab today, Castro soon.


Greg Bird begins his rehab today (Wednesday) and Starlin Castro is expected to do so on Friday.

AAA: SWB’s game was suspended because of rain. It’ll be completed today with the regularly scheduled game then following (Bird should be in that one). SWB was losing 5-2 in the fifth at the time of the suspension.

AA: Trenton (78-42) gave up 2 in the top of the 11th and lost 6-4. 2B Nick Solak 4 hits, 2 doubles, triple, 2 RBI. SS Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Carter 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.18
Pena 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.50
Gomez 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.57
Carroll (L, 1-5, 3.10) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.

High A: Tampa (75-46) won 8-2. LF Devyn Bolasky 3 hits, HR shy of the cycle, 3 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits 2B Kyle Holder. 2 RBI CF Trey Amburgey. Tampa pitchers K’d 12.

Hebert 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 6.32
Frare (W, 1-2, 4.57) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K. Nice.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.35

Low A: Charleston (66-54) lost 2-1. C Ryan Lidge (cousin of former MLB closer Brad Lidge) 2 hits, RBI.

Nelson (L, 2-10, 4.67) 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 5 W, 8 K.
Diehl 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.51
DeCarr 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 5.87

Game 96. Another 1-run loss. 6-5 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Seattle, 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday night to drop their record to 50-46. At present, they are tied with Tampa Bay for one of the two wild card spots.

If the Yanks fail to make the playoffs, they can just look at their record in one-run games this year. It is presently 9-19. As a result, they are presently eight games below what their Pythagorean (expected) record should be.

The Yanks got one in the second when Sanchez doubled, Gregorius singled him to third and Todd Frazier GIDP.

Then Masahiro Tanaka had the HR bug bite him again, as he gave up 4 runs, inc. 2 HR, in the third inning.

In the fifth, Garrett Cooper tripled and Ronald Torreyes hit a SF to cut Seattle’s lead to 4-2.

Aaron Judge cut it to 4-3 in the sixth. ALL RISE to his 32nd HR.

The Yanks tied the game at 4 in the top of the eighth on a single by Gardner, double by Clint Frazier that sent Gardner to third. Judge was intentionally walked. Matt Holliday hit a SF.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Robbie Cano hit a HR off of David Robertson to put Seattle back on top, 5-4. Cano hit what seemed like a good pitch, but as for pulling Kahnle, who struck out the side in the seventh,….. see below.

The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Didi Gregorius walked, Jacoby Ellsbury PR and stole second, and Ronald Torreyes singled Ellsbury home.

Even though Tommy Kahnle struck out the side (he did hit one batter) in the ninth, manager Joe Girardi brought in Adam Warren for the tenth, and maybe Warren was due for a bad outing, for he didn’t get anyone out, giving up the winning run.

I hated seeing Kahnle leave there. Someone is doing well, leave him in. Oh well, but ANOTHER one-run loss. Imagine the Yanks’ record and where they would be in the standings if they were 14-14 in one-run games instead of 9-19. 55-41 looks a lot better than 50-46. They would be in first place, too.

The same with Robertson in the eighth. Chad Green has a 1-2-3 seventh, and Girardi pulls him for Robertson, going by the book (or binder).

Burn the book and binder. Go by what you see. Guy is pitching well, has a 1-2-3, has no troubles, leave him the hell in. Stop being a lazy manager going by the book, putting a new guy in for no reason other than “it’s his inning” and blowing games by doing so.

We saw both Green and Kahnle pulled after good innings only to see their replacements give up runs. Aaargh.

When Hicks returns, Clint Frazier goes down (until September callups or another OF injury). It’ll be tough to see, because he had two hits last night. But you can’t exactly send down $21MM/yr bust Ellsbury. Frazier has options, Ellsbury, the veteran, doesn’t, and Ellsbury has 3 years left on that bad contract (and a $5MM buyout for 2021). Sending down the redhead will hurt, b/c Clint Frazier has done well and has been a sparkplug.

Before the game, the Yanks DL’d Starlin Castro (aggravated the hammy) and brought up Tyler Wade.

C. Frazier 2 hits. Judge HR.  Torreyes 2 RBI.

Tanaka 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 5.37
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.66 (why pull him?)
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 2.80
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 2.31  1 WP. (see Green)
Warren (L, 2-2, 1.99) 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

The Yanks have to start winning these one-run games. One way to start is to keep pitchers in that are doing well and to stop this one inning at a time, go by the book managing. Guy pitches an inning, strikes out the side, LEAVE HIM IN FOR ANOTHER INNING! He’s on!

Too many cooks spoil the soup. Keep putting in relief pitchers, and eventually you find the one who has nothing that day and who will blow the game for you.

Managers (and not just Joe) need to change their philosophy, or otherwise they may be going home in October earlier than they would like.

Game 93. Yanks lose 6-1, make moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a couple of moves. They DFA’d Rob Refsnyder and Ji-Man Choi. They sent down Chasen Shreve. They announced that Todd Frazier would be at 3B, and they are moving Chase Headley to 1B.

In the meantime, they lost to the Twins 6-1. Jordan Montgomery pitched five good innings but that one bad one was a doozy.

With two out in the second inning, he had men on 2nd and 3rd. He couldn’t get out of the inning, giving up a two-run single, a walk, another single for the third run, then a 3-run HR to Miguel Sano. Six runs.

The Yanks got their only run in the seventh on an RBI single by Gardner.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Castro 2 hits.
C. Frazier 2 hits.

They had six of the Yanks’ seven hits.

Montgomery (L, 6-5, 4.09) 6 Ip, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gavve up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.70
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.43

With the loss, the Yanks are 48-45. A couple of late nights ahead as the Yanks head to Seattle.

Hoping for a trade for a good starting pitcher.


Saturday’s minor league action.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

ICYMI, Tyler Wade was sent down when the Yanks activated Starlin Castro off of the DL.

AAA: SWB (58-34) won 2-1. Chance Adams was a bit off. SWB only had 4 hits. 2 hits, RBI for 3B Miguel Andujar.

Adams 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 4 W, 3 K. 2.45 @ AAA.
Feyereisen (W, 1-1, 3.09) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Jones (S, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

AA: The big Yanks weren’t the only ones to go extras. Trenton (61-30) lost 7-6 in 13 innings. 3B Billy Fleming 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. CF Tito Polo 4 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits.

Acevedo 4 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.37
Carter 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 2 W, 1 K. 4.15
Coshow 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.74
McNamara (L, 0-2, 6.35) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up walkoff HR.

High A: Tampa (50-40) won 5-4. DH Tim Lynch solo HR. 2B Nick Solak 2 RBI. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, RBI.

Tate (W, 4-0, 3.00) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Espinal (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.54
Mesa (S, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.21 Gave up 1 HR (son of ex-MLB Jose Mesa).

Low A: Charleston (50-42) came from behind 4-0 to win with one run in the seventh, one in the eighth and three in the top of the ninth. 1B Brandon Wagner solo HR. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

Nelson 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.87
Diehl (w, 9-2, 4.05) 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.

Minor League Report. Castro continues rehab.


Before getting to the minors, I have to wonder why the disappointing Ellsbury was in the lineup last night, not the hot Clint Frazier, when the Red Sox started a lefty last night.

Probably $$$$, Ellsbury’s contract vs. the rookie.

But with Frazier hot lately, and that left field wall so enticing for a righty batter, a lefty on the mound…. just saying. And Ellsbury still doesn’t look right coming off that concussion.

AAA: SWB (57-34) scored two in the top of the ninth to win 3-1. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, rbi.

Enns 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K. 2.30
Gallegos (W, 1-1, 2.16) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Rumbelow (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (61-29) lost 2-1. 3B Billy Fleming HR. 2B Starlin Castro 1 for 4, double, on rehab assignment. CF Jorge Mateo 2 hits.

Littell 7 Ip, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1.59
Carroll (L, 1-3, 1.80) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.

High A: Tampa (49-40) won 8-7. SS Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI. 1B Tim Lynch 2 RBI. 3B Daniel Barrios 2 hits, RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Widener 4 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.94
Frare 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 6.35
Tarpley (W, 2-0; 0.00) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Schwaab (S, 5) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Low A: Charleston (49-42) won 6-0 on a two-hitter. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. CF Blake Rutherford 2 hits, RBI. 2B Diego Castillo and C Donny Sands 2 hits each.

Perez (W, 6-3, 2.83) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Harris 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.31
Cedeno 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.50

Game 87. Yanks lose Pineda, blow game to Boston, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What an awful day.

We now know why the Yanks delayed so long in announcing their rotation setup for the Boston series.

It’s because Michael Pineda probably has thrown his last pitch as a Yankee.

Pineda was to become a free agent at the end of the year. Any chance of him ca$hing in disappeared when he was diagnosed over the All Star break with a torn UCL. Tommy John surgery has been recommended and he’ll be out for the rest of the year. He won’t return until late 2018 at the earliest, maybe not until 2019.

This is very much like what happened to Nathan Eovaldi. The Yanks let him go, and another team signed him on the cheap, waiting out 2017 with Eovaldi and hoping he’ll be ok for 2018. The same could happen with Pineda, just one year later. It does appear Pineda is done as a Yankee, much like Eovaldi was.

In the meantime, Bryan Mitchell (this Sunday) and Luis Cessa (later) will be taking Pineda’s spot. Manager Joe Girardi said that Chance Adams isn’t ready for a callup to the big leagues yet. Despite a great record, Girardi stated that Adams still has some things to work on first.

As for a trade to get a pitcher, we’ll see. You know the other teams will hold the Yanks up, knowing they are desperate.

Also, it was revealed that Greg Bird has had yet another setback and surgery on his ankle is looking more and more likely.

Garrett Cooper made his MLB debut for the Yanks last night, and it was a rough one for him, as he struck out three times.

Then there was the game, which the Yanks blew by giving up 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to Boston. Boston won 5-4. The Yanks are now 45-42, and and 7-19 in their last 26 games.

The loss dropped the Yanks into third place in the AL East, 4 1/2 games behind Boston. Tampa Bay jumped into second.

Boston didn’t even hit the ball out of the infield in scoring those two runs.

The bullpen, which was such a strength in April and May, has become a disaster.

In this 7-19 skid, TEN of the Yankees’ losses have been by one run. TEN.

Some problems: While they are 26-17 at home, they are 19-25 on the road. They have to start winning on the road.

More importantly, they need to start winning one run games. They are 9-18 this season in one-run games. Unacceptable.

They scored first on a Gary Sanchez RBI single in the third, but Boston’s Hanley Ramirez hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the frame to put the Red Sox up 2-1. Boston got an RBI single from Dustin Pedroia to put Boston up 3-1 in the fourth.

Jordan Montgomery only lasted four innings. Chad Green did another great job in relief and probably should be considered for the later innings and more important work.

In the fifth, Headley doubled, Gardner singled in a run, and Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (14) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

In that bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up two infield hits, and a double steal put men on second and third with no one out. Ronald Torreyes’ second error of the game enabled the tying run to score, and after an intentional walk to load the bases, Chapman walked in the winning run.

Chapman, who the Yanks signed to a five-year deal this offseason to bring him back, hasn’t been the dominating Chapman of years past. He spent some time on the DL earlier this year, and you wonder if that usage in last year’s postseason by the Cubs is having an after effect. A 3.92 ERA is quite high, esp. for him.

The bullpen has to get straightened out. The Yanks have to start closing out these one-run games, not blowing them. It seems like Chad Green has been the only good, consistent bullpen guy lately, maybe Warren, too.

The Yanks have three more games in Boston this weekend (day/night DH Sunday) then go to Minnesota and Seattle. By the time the trip is over, we’ll know a lot about whether this team is still in it or not. These next two weeks are important, both from a win/loss standpoint and for what the team does in the trade market.

The Yanks did get Matt Holliday back last night (rough night, 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts) and should get Starlin Castro back off the DL today.

But they don’t pitch, and the Yanks need to be shutting down opponents late in games.

Montgomery 4 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.78
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.80.
Warren (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.96
Betances (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 3.07
Chapman (BS, 3; L, 2-1; 3.92) 0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.

Minor League Report. Castro starts rehab.


The Yankees resume play tonight.

AAA: SWB (56-34) won 6-1. CF Mason Williams 3 hits. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, solo HR. LF Jake Cave 2 RBI.

Cessa (W, 4-6, 3.80) 6 IP,. 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Lail (S, 2) 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR. 4.55

AA:   Trenton (61-28) scored two in the top of the ninth to win 7-5. 2B Starlin Castro was 1 for 3 in starting rehab. CF Jorge Mateo a 2-run HR. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits. 3B Billy Fleming 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI. C Jorge Saez 2-run HR.

Camarena 6 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 3 K. 4.07
Gomez (W, 2-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Pinder (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00

AA: Tampa (48-40) won 4-2. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2 hits 2B Nick Solak.

Keller 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. 5.73
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 k. 2.82
Foley (W, 1-1;  1.42) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 k.
Mesa (S, 2) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.04

Low A: Charleston (48-42) won 7-5. C Donny Sands 3 RBI. DH Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI. RF Carlos Vidal solo HR. 2 hits for LF Estevan Florial.

Nick Green 4 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. 4.06 Gave up 1 HR.
Frawley (W, 5-1, 1.40) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (S, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 k. 0.79