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Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.

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Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.

 

Game 10. A-Rod sparks Yanks with 2 HR, 2 behind Mays. 5-4.

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Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.

But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.

After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?

I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.

Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.

A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.

Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.

A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner)  proved to be the game winner.

He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.

Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Rogers 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.

 

Minor league news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.

 

Game 7. Drew’s PH slam leads Yanks past Orioles, 6-5.

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Stephen Drew hit a PH grand slam, and the Yanks held on to beat the Orioles 6-5 at Baltimore on Monday night.

The win raises the Yanks’ record to 3-4.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the second on a Chris Young HR but Michael Pineda gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixeira tied the game in the top of the fourth with a HR, his third of the season and #366 of his career.

In the sixth, I got upset at Pineda. With two out, a man on third and a 1-2 count, apparently he tried to get a fastball past Adam Jones. At least it looked like a fastball while I was watching the game on TV. Before the pitch, I was muttering “give him a slider, down and away, and make him fish.” Nope, fastball up and a 2-run HR.

But in the top of the next inning, Drew’s PH grand slam put the Yanks up 6-4. But in the bottom of the inning Pineda got in trouble (I would not have even had him start the inning). Dellin Betances came in and was shaky, one run scored, but he got out of the inning. He was still shaky in the eighth, but Andrew Miller came in and got a five-out save.

Pineda 6 1/3 IP (W) 5 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 9 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S) 1  2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

 

 

Game 6. More like it! 7 run first helps Yanks to 14-4 win.

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Going into this game, the Yanks had a batting average of .193. If you believe in the law of averages, even with a bad hitting team you knew that had to improve sometime.

The Yanks scored 7 in the first inning, and except for one inning with 2 WP and an error, there was much improvement over the first five games. There may still be concern over Tanaka, but except for one bad inning, he was ok. The jury is still out on him.

In the first, Ellsbury walked and Gardner singled him to third. Beltran forced the runner but a run scored. Teixeira walked and the Yanks got a break when an error loaded the bases. A-Rod cleared them with a double to make it 4-0. That hit (#2945) drove Alex’s RBI total to 1974. He would add another later in the game to make it 1975. Baseball Reference lists only three players (Aaron, Ruth and Anson) with 2000.

After A-Rod’s bases-clearing 3-run double, Headley hit a 2-Run HR and Stephen Drew made it back-to-back with a HR of his own.

Boston came back with three in the fourth. Tanaka threw two WP and there was an error. Sloppy. That needs to improve but with the seven-run first, it didn’t hurt too much.

A 2-run single by Gardner and SF by Teix in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-4.

Hanley Ramirez homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. You have to wonder…. in the first two games this year, Tanaka was ok for two innings, then faded. Is that the elbow? Ok the first time around but not the second? Time will tell.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on an A-Rod bases-loaded walk, a Headley single and a Drew SF to go up 13-5.

Brian McCann ended the scoring with a solo HR in the 8th.

Gardner, 2 h, 2 RBI. 4 RBI for A-Rod. Headley 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 RBI for Drew. Hopefully this wakes the offense up.

Tanaka (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 4 K. ERA still 7. Two outings, 4 and 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER in 9 IP. The jury is still out.

Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K>

Davies 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ‘

Moves: After the 19 inning game, Chasen Shreve was sent down. He can’t be brought back for 10 days. When he was sent down, Matt Tracy came up and made his MLB debut. Baseball can be cruel sometimes. The Yanks DFA’d Tracy today and gave Kyle Davies (who pitched tonight, see above) a MLB contract. If Davies’ name sounds familiar, it should. He is the guy who gave up A-Rod’s 500th HR.

S.T. Game 34. Yanks win final exhibition game, 4-3.

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In a game played in Washington, D.C., the Yanks won their final exhibition game of 2015, 4-3 over the Nationals. The Yanks are off on Easter Sunday and open the regular season at home against Toronto on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit two-run homers, and Nathan Eovaldi settled down after a shaky start. Eovaldi gave up hits to three of the first five batters he faced (a fourth reached on a walk) and three runners scored.

After that the Yanks pitching shut down the Nationals.

Brett Gardner had two hits.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks went 17-16-1 in spring training action.

The Yanks have chosen John Ryan Murphy as the backup C, and have DFA’d Austin Romine.

S.T. Game 31. Pineda sharp again in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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The Yanks had a split squad on Thursday, so for the sake of clarity, the home game will be S.T. Game 31 and the road game S.T. Game 32.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued his great spring with another strong effort in a 6-2 Yankees’ win.

The pitching line:

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Andrew Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.

David Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Austin Romine had 2 hits as he tries to make the team as the backup catcher or improve himself for trade bait. He is out of options.

OF prospect Aaron Judge, ticketed for AA Trenton, had 2 RBI.

Garrett Jones had two hits, as did Stephen Drew.

Chris Young had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, getting 2 hits and an RBI.

Refsnyder is heading down to AAA to work on his defense. He’s hit well this spring but has made six errors.

Chase Whitley had a good spring, but, probably in an effort to keep his innings up and Whitley sharp in the event of needing an extra starter, will begin the year at AAA. Should the Yanks need sixth starter for a day to give the rotation an extra day of rest, it appears that Whitley would be the guy.

Making the team for now are relievers Chason Shreve (giving the Yanks a third lefty out of the bullpen along with Miller and Justin Wilson) and Chris Martin.

The only spot not settled is backup catcher.

The 25-man Opening Day Roster looks like this, barring a last minute injury.

C: McCann
Backup C: Murphy or Romine.

Infield: Teixeira, Drew, Gregorious, Headley, Gregorio Petit.

1B/Corner OF backup/DH: Jones.

DH/3b /1B: A-Rod

OF: Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Young

Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Eovaldi, Warren.

Bullpen: Rogers, Shreve, Martin, Carpenter, Wilson, Betances, Miller.