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Game 127. A’s beat Yanks, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks struck early, but the A’s struck right back as Domingo German had trouble closing out the first and second innings in the Yanks’ (83-44) 6-2 loss in Oakland to the A’s Monday night.

Gary Sanchez homered in the top of the first (28) to give the Yanks a quick 1-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the first, with one out and two out, German gave up a HR to Matt Olson, then gave up another to Mark Canha. The back-to-back HR made it 3-1 A’s.

With two out in the second, a single and double made it 4-1 Oakland. It stayed that way until the sixth.

The A’s got two more in the sixth. A single, double, strikeout, and single plated two runs and drove German from the game.

Aaron Judge homered (13) in the eighth for the game’s final run. 6-2 A’s.

Judge’s blast (467 ft.) was the first homer he pulled to left all year.

The Yanks’ magic # to clinch the division outright (I ain’t getting into tiebreakers) still dropped to 26 because the Rays lost.

Judge HR (13)
Sanchez HR (28)
Urshela 2 hits .338
Gregorius 2 hits
Tauchman 2 hits.

German (L, 16-3, 4.15) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Loaisiga 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.   5.12

The Yanks signed Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league contract. This, along with the Ryan Dull, Tyler Lyons and David Hernandez signings of late, is probably just “taking a flyer”. Rosenthal was St. Louis’ closer, saving 45 games in 2014 and was an All-Star in 2015 when he saved 48, finishing 17th in MVP voting in the process. But he missed all of 2018 with TJ surgery and this year, in 22 games (12 Washington, 10 Detroit) has been brutal. 0-1, 13.50. For his career, Rosenthal is 11-25, 3.46 (ERA+ 114) with 121 saves.

One-time Yankee relief pitcher Octavio Dotel (14 games in 2006), along with 2B Luis Castillo, were implicated in a drug trafficking ring yesterday. Dotel pitched for 13 different teams from 1999-2013 and Castillo was a 2B for 3 teams 1996-2010, including the 2003 Marlins team that beat the Yanks in the WS.



Angels get Pujols, C.J. Wilson

Albert Pujols is now an Angel. The Angels, Gene Autry’s former team, will pony up $254 MM over 10 years to land the 31? year old. (If he’s more than his listed age of 31, the Angels are in trouble). Pujols is a 3x MVP, Former ROY, who in his eleven seasons in St. Louis NEVER finished out of the top 10 in MVP voting (and only once out of the top five), has a .328 career B.A., OPS+ 170, and 445 HR. He led the Cardinals to WS titles in 2006 and 2011. Pujols had a bit of an “off-year” in 2011, hitting .299-37-99 (just missing .300 and 100 RBI), OPS+ 150. Off -yr. for HIM that is, since he still finished 5th in this year’s MVP balloting.

If he retired right NOW (FAT CHANCE) he’s a first-ballot HOF.

Then the Angels moved on to another catch. They signed C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 MM deal. Wilson, whose Rangers lost to Pujols’ Cardinals in this year’s WS, went 16-7, 2.94 (ERA+ 152, AS, 6th in cya voting) in 2011. The 31 year old is 43-35, 3.60, ERA+ 126 in his career. He joins Jered Weaver, Haren, and Ervin Santana in what could be one very good foursome.

Octavio Dotel signed with Detroit. He was 5-4, 3.50 for Tor/St. Louis in 2011. ERA+ 115. For his career, the 38 year old is 54-47, 108 saves, 3.74. ERA+ 121.

Alex Gonzalez signed with the Brewers. I suppose this means that the Brew Crew are out of the Jimmy Rollins hunt. Gonzalez hit .241-15-56, OPS+ 76 for the Braves as their SS this year. Career .247, OPS+ 80, 34 years old.

K-Rod going back to Milwaukee, where he’ll be one very expensive setup man. The 29 year old was 6-2, 2.64, 23 saves, ERA+145 for the Mets/Brewers in 2011. 36-27, 291 saves in his career, ERA 2.51, ERA+ 172. He accepted arbitration.

David Ortiz also accepted arbitration from the Red Sox. Big Papi, 36, hit .309-29-96, OPS+ 154 for Boston in 2011, and was an All-Star and Silver Slugger winner. For his career, .283, 378 HR. OPS+ 136. … and what few remember—one steroids admission. (Accident or no accident?)

Game 102. Seattle snaps 17 gm. losing streak. Beat Yanks 9-2.

Today’s game is an afternoon game. The Yanks have off tomorrow.

I’ll be at work today, so there will be nothing here except a recap when I get home tonight.

Phil Hughes will be up against King Felix.

Given the matchup, and the fact that Seattle has lost 17 in a row, it looks good for the M’s to end their streak. Sooner or later, they’ve got to win one.

Yesterday’s combined 18-k (14 CC, 2 each by Robertson and Mo) tied the Yankees record for the most by the Yanks in a game. Of course, the record they tied was the one set by Ron Guidry in June 1978 when the Gator struck out 18 Angels by himself.


Phil Hughes rebounded and pitched well, 2 R in 6 ip, but he took the loss in  a 9-2 Mariners win that snapped Seattle’s 17 gm. losing streak. Hughes goes to 1-3, 8.24 (6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 3 K ).

Seattle scored a run in the third when Ichiro singled and scored on a triple by Dustin Ackley. They put four singles together in the fifth to make it 2-0, with one runner being thrown out at the plate.

The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a SF by Jeter.

After Hughes departed, the Mariners broke it open with five in the seventh. Wade came in, GO, double, single. 1st and 3rd, one out and Logan replaced Wade.  Cano made an error on a force attempt, a run scored. The error would prove to be very costly. A walk loaded the bases, then Logan got a K, which should have been the third out, limit the damage to 3-1. It was the second out however, and Mike Carp’s triple cleared the bases to make it 6-1. Luis Ayala came in and gave up a double to make it 7-1 before getting the last out of the inning. The game had gotten away from the Yankees.

Cano’s RBI groundout made it 7-2 after eight, but Hector Noesi gave up two runs in the ninth for the final of 9-2.

Wade 1/3, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 hits, 0 walks or K. ERA to 1.88.
Logan 1/3, 3 R, all unearned, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, ERA to 3.29.
Ayala 1 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, ERA to 1.47.
Noesi 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K, ERA to 3.34.

Congats to Ervin Santana of the Angels. A no-hitter today vs. the Indians.


The Reds sent Johnny Gomes to the Nats yesterday (.211-11-31 OPS+ 100).

From MLB.com:

The White Sox, Blue Jays and Cardinals completed what amounted to a three-team trade on Wednesday that sent right-hander Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.92, ERA+ 104, CWS) to St. Louis and outfielder Colby Rasmus (StL .246-11-40, OPS+ 111)  to Toronto, and nine other players changing teams, with as many as three more to be named later.

The White Sox got reliever Jason Frasor (2-1, 2.98, ERA+ 137) and pitching prospect Zach Stewart from Toronto in exchange for Jackson and third baseman Mark Teahen (. About two hours later, the Blue Jays sent Jackson to the Cardinals, along with relievers Octavio Dotel (2-1, 3.68) and Marc Rzepczynski (2-3, 2.97) and outfielder Corey Patterson (.252-6-33, 13 sb) and three players to be named later or cash, and received Rasmus, left-handers Brian Tallet (0-1, 8.31) and Trever Miller (0-1, 4.02) and right-hander P.J. Walters (0-0, 9.00).

who’s going where? From MLB.com:
A look at which players went where in the 11-player trade between the Cardinals, Blue Jays and White Sox:
Cardinals Blue Jays White Sox
Octavio Dotel Trever Miller Jason Frasor
Edwin Jackson Colby Rasmus Zach Stewart
Corey Patterson Brian Tallet
Marc Rzepczynski Mark Teahen
3 PTBNL or cash P.J. Walters

In another deal, the guy I wanted but the Yanks werent’ pursuing (and Beltran didn’t want to DH anyway) looks to be going to SF.  Click the link for details.

From Twitter: Yanks tried for Nolasco. Marlins not ready to deal him (7-7, 4.04).

The Cubs called the Yanks on Carlos Zambrano. Yanks not interested.

Wang back in majors. Starts for Wash. Friday vs. Mets.

Hurting M’s sign Wily Mo Pena. Matt Stairs DFA’d by Nats.

Lots of info. One last thing: A-Rod turned 36 today.

Quiet time.

Not much going on out there. Didn’t see many bowl games. Watched the Steelers. Waiting for PSU-FLA., and checking out the rumors (denied by the Paterno family) that JoePa wants to hang it up.

Maybe Joe wants to match Connie Mack (managing Philadelphia A’s at age 88 in 1950) or Amos Alonzo Stagg (advisor to son at age 90 at Susquehanna University in 1952; then to Stockton, where he coached kickers in 1958 at the age of 96!)

Texting Teix: Mark Teixeira is another believing that Pettitte is leaning towards retirement. This is his viewpoint from recent texts between the two. 

Dotel to the Blue Jays.

Quiet time. Waiting for whatever move the Yanks do next.

Yanks get Kerry Wood, DFA Park

ESPN is reporting that the Yanks may be getting Kerry Wood for bullpen help. Wood, of course, has fought injuries his whole career. He is 33, and just 1-4, 6.30 (ERA+ 62) this year with 8 saves. He was 3-3, 4.25 in 2009, 20 saves (ERA+ 99). For his career, Wood is 81-68, 3.71 with 62 saves, ERA +116.   Wood was supposed to have a great career as a starter, but injuries forced him to the bullpen in 2007.

Wood was the ROY in 1998 (13-6, 3.40) for the Cubs, and had a 20K game that year as the Cubs made the playoffs. He missed all of 1999. He battled injuries off and on and had a career high 14 wins in 2003. When healthy, he was overpowering, K-ing 200+  4x, leading the majors with 266 in 2003. The 4 200K seasons are a bit impressive since only twice was he able to give 200 innings. He was only able to give 4 games in 2006.

Wood has averaged 10.3 K/9 in his career. The talent is there, but can he stay healthy?

Wood’s postseason mark is 2-2, 3.68 in 8 games, 5 starts.

Update: The deal is official. Wood to Yanks for cash and/or player TBD.

Waiting for details, but ESPN reports Dotel to Dodgers.

Also, it appears that Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth(less) are going from KC to the Braves.  

Update II: The Yanks DFA’d Chan Ho Park to make room for Wood. Park was 2-1, 5.60 for the Yanks this year.

I see where Jeremy Hermida was DFA’d by Boston.

Interesting. Big Ben is worried about getting booed by Steelers fans…he should have thought about that before…this Steelers fan is fed up with Big Ben’s antics.   

More deals: AZ involved in sending Qualls to TB, Snyder to Pittsburgh. Pirates send Bobby Crosby to AZ along with D.J. Carrasco and Ryan Church.  

OF on the move

Rick Ankiel signed a deal with KC. He hit .231-11-38 last year for St. Louis, OPS+ 76. 26 walks, 99 K. In 2008, Ankiel, the former pitcher, hit 25 HR for the Redbirds.

The Mets traded for Gary Matthews Jr. from the Angels. Matthews hit .250-4-50 for the Angels last year, OPS+ 83. A move designed to help ease the Beltran hurt. Matthews, 35, is a .258 career hitter, OPS+ 93. To get him, the Mets traded reliever Brian Stokes, 2-4, 3.97 with the 2009 Mets.

Octavio Dotel signed with the Buccos.

So, Tiger Woods is apparently in a sex-addiction clinic in Mississippi. I would hope it isn’t co-ed.

Speaking about addiction, Miggy Cabrera has been going for treatment of alcohol abuse. His drunken domestic abuse episode with his wife during the last weekend of the season sure didn’t help his Tigers, who blew a 3 game lead with 4 to play.

Interesting bit in the NY Post today. 60 Minutes does a feature on the preponderance of Samoans in the NFL, but in 1988 Jimmy the Greek got canned for his thoughts about the preponderance of blacks in the NFL. One reader (and the Post) pointed out that the views espoused by both seemed similar…only the same network (CBS) that canned the Greek in 1988 airs similar viewpoints now?

Add Fergie Jenkins to the bash McGwire now bandwagon.


Cashman says Matsui’s OK

7 p.m. Pete Abraham (link at right) ran into Brian Cashman at the Stadium today and writes on his blog that Cashman says that Matsui is healthy and will be ready to go come spring training. That’s a relief. I’d still expect Godzilla to DH a lot, what with recovering from knee surgery. Where that leaves Giambi (hopefully not 1b) who knows.

I opened up the N.Y. Post today and what did I see? A guest column by the ever-present Hank Steinbrenner. I guess we just can’t get enough of him. Hank’s column on the Super Bowl was the first of what will be a series. Does the Styx song “Too Much Time on My Hands” apply to Hank? Update, 1/26, 2 p.m. Apparently the series is a series of guest writers of which Hank was the first. My bad. Hank can go back to his day job. How good that is is up to you to determine. Meanwhile, Cashman and Theo Epstein were part of a guest speaker series in NJ the other night. When asked about the Santana deal, Cashman said to cheers, “My strong recommendation is that we stick with our young pitching and keep it in-house.”

The Mets are rumored to be close to having a step-brothers act. Livan Hernandez could be joining El Duque over at Shea. I’ve seen much written about Livan being an “innings eater.” To me, that is sometimes a backhanded compliment and I think it applies here. Livan’s IP and K’s have gone DOWN in each of the last four years. His WHIP and ERA have each gone UP in each of the last four years. I see it as a risky signing. Trends don’t lie.

Paul Lo Duca has strained his knee and will be getting an MRI soon. Gee, you think it might be steroid related? (Lo Duca, of course, is prominently mentioned in the Mitchell report). Giambi–knee problems. Bonds–knee problems. Steroids can build muscle mass but they don’t build up tendons or ligaments. Result? More strain, wear and tear on ligamants and tendons, and they can’t handle it because it is unnatural. Yes, you can bulk up too much. I remember what Tony Kubek said once on “Game of the Week.” This was when players were bulking up (and we didn’t really know HOW they were bulking up). Tony stated that the name of the game wasn’t bulk, but flexibility. Remember that. He also stated the same things about ligaments and tendons that I just did.

Apparently the Yanks were interested in bringing back Octavio Dotel. Dotel, of course, spent part of 2006 with the Yanks after recovering from surgery. If healthy, the Yanks could have used him. He is a K machine and could (once again, I state if healthy) have been a set-up man for Mo. Are you really confident in Farnsworth(less) and/or Hawkins? The Yanks were only going to give a one-year deal. It seems like one-year deals for middle relievers are now the Yanks’ M.O. Dotel got $11M and 2 years from the Chisox. No way were the Yanks going there.

Happy 90th to Tiger broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell. Personally, I am looking forward to wishing Tommy “Old Reliable” Henrich a happy 95th on this blog next month. If anybody reading knows how Tommy is doing, please feel free to comment. I have a ball autographed by Henrich, and remember an interview he did with WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog some years back. What a delight that was.

Via Phil Mushnick, Marty Appel (a familiar name to any die-hard Yankees fan) reminds us that Scotsman Lawrence Tynes is the SECOND Scotsman to win a title for a team known as the Giants. While Tynes’ FG won the NFC title for the football Giants, the baseball NY Giants had, of course, the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”—Scotsman Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning HR of 1951.

9 p.m. Hmmm… in 2004 Boston came back from 0-3 down in the ALCS to stunningly defeat a NY team. Could a NY team return the favor with a stunning win in this year’s Super Bowl? Revenge would be sweet for New Yorkers, wouldn’t it?

Super Bowl XLII (42) Line….Pats by 14

6:30 p.m. Not much happening today, as its a football hangover day. I see the line opened at 14 for the Super Bowl, Patriots favored. I know Roman numbers, but really wish the NFL would just bag it. I mean, God willing I live another 46 years, but Super Bowl LXXXVIII? How about just Super Bowl 88?

At least I’ll dig the halftime show. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Cool. Of course, Tom is also known as Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury.

I couldn’t live in Green Bay, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, etc. Too cold for me. Heck my last name is Sommer, what does that tell you? Also, I like the “Frieze”, not the “Freeze.”

Brett Tomko signs with K.C. The righty will be 35 in April. Between the Dodgers and Padres last year, he was 4-12, 5.55 (ERA+ 80). He is 93-92, 4.62 (ERA+ 93) for his career. For the last three years he has had the spot starter/long relief role.

Octavio Dotel signs with the White Sox. Will he stay healthy? Between KC and Atlanta last year, he was 2-1 with 11 saves and a 4.11 ERA (ERA+ 112) in 30 2/3 IP. He did strike out 41. He only pitched in 10 MLB innings for the Yanks in 2006 and only 15 1/3 IP for the A’s in 2005. The 34-year-old flame-throwing righty reliever is 39-32, 3.76 (ERA+ 121) with 82 saves for his career. He has struck out 773 in 641 IP. He had to recover from Tommy John surgery in 2005.