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S.T. Game 23. Bird & Sanchez HR in Yanks’ 8-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez each homered in Sunday’s 8-5 Yankees’ win over the Marlins. It ups their spring training record to 13-9-1.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar.

The Yanks got four in the first when Gardner singled, stole second, and with one out,  Bird hit a 2-run HR. Stanton walked, and with two out, Didi singled and Neil Walker doubled in two.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Sanchez homered.

Severino was strong for three innings before faltering a bit, giving up a run on a Brian Anderson HR in the fourth and two in the fifth—Anderson getting an RBI double that inning.

In the sixth, Stanton walked, and with one out, was doubled to third by Didi. After a walk, Brandon Drury singled in two runs to make it 7-3.

Miami got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 7-4, Didi making a great play to save more runs from being scored, but the Yanks got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Gardner singled, Chris Gittens walked and Stanton singled in a run.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a HR in the eighth to the Marlins’ Joe Dunand for the final count of 8-5.

Gardner 2 for 4
Bird 1 for 3, 2-run HR.
Stanton 1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks
Sanchez 1 for 4, solo HR.
Gregorius 2 for 4
Walker 2 for 2, 2 RBI
Drury 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Aguilar 1 for 1.

Severino (W) 5 IP, 3 R,  7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder (H) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Shreve (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.


S.T. Game 22. Tanaka, German and Feyereisen roughed up in Yanks’ 9-3 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple of gopher balls, one to Miguel Cabrera (he of the 462 career HR and the last Triple Crown) as the Yanks lost 9-3 to Detroit in their Saturday exhibition game. The Yanks are 12-9-1 in spring training so far.

Opening Day is March 29. Luis Severino will start and be followed by Tanaka, CC and Gray. Jordan Montgomery starts the home opener on April 2.

The Yanks got two in the top of the first when with one out, Brandon Drury walked and Greg Bird doubled. A balk forced home one run, and Miguel Andujar singled in another.

Cabrera hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third, Tanaka gave up a triple to Alexi Amarista then a HR to Leonys Martin. He struck out Jeimer Candelario but Candelario reached on the wild pitch, then after the second out, went to second on another wild pitch, and after a walk, Victor Martinez singled to make it 4-2, Tigers.

The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fourth, when Erik Kratz singled and Ronald Torreyes walked. After a walk, Estevan Florial reached on an error, and Kratz scored.

The Tigers got two in the fifth off Domingo German. German gave up another run in the sixth.

J.P. Feyereisen gave up a two-run HR in the seventh.

Domingo Castillo 1 for 1
Drury 1 for 2, drew 2 walks
Jeff Hendrix 2 for 2
Francisco Diaz 1 for 1

Tanaka (L) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
German 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.



S.T. Game 15. Stanton HR’s in 10-3 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Giancarlo Stanton homered today in a 10-3 Yanks’ win over the Mets that made their spring training record 11-4.

The Gardner/Judge/ Stanton 1-2-3 today was a thing of beauty. In the first, Gardner and Judge singled and Stanton was HBP. Brandon Drury singled in one run and Tyler Austin’s force out brought in another.

I am not a big fan of Luis Cessa. Driving home from a 1/2 day of work today, both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio criticized Cessa for nibbling even though he throws 97. Good point. Cessa, it seems, struggles to get hitters out even when he is doing well. It doesn’t come easy. No easy outs. It’s one reason why if the Yanks need an emergency starter, I would rather have Domingo German than Cessa.

Cessa reached his pitch limit before he even pitched two innings. He was pulled with the bases loaded after just 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Then you saw something incredible.

We had not seen David “Houdini” Robertson pitch yet this spring training. Partly because of a touch of food poisoning he got recently. So in his first spring training appearance, “Houdini” comes in with the bases loaded and one out.

He strikes out both batters he faces. Really?

In the third, Gardner singled and Judge doubled. An RBI ground out by Drury made it 3-0 Yanks.

The Mets got a run in the fourth off Betances because Jose Reyes stole second and third off him. When asked in an in-game interview if he would prefer Betances slide-step, manager Aaron Boone said no, he doesn’t want to screw Betances up, but to let Betances concentrate on getting the batter out. But Betances’ slow move to the plate is a concern. He needs to hold runners on better. Boone’s point was to not let them get on base in the first place.

The Yanks got two in the fifth to make it 5-1 on Stanton’s HR.

An RBI single by Reyes in the sixth made it 5-2, and the Yanks got lucky on the play. Tyler Wade dove for the ball and rolled over his wrist. At first, it appeared as if he may have broken or severely sprained it, but he is OK.

The Yankees got two in the bottom of the sixth on a walk to Jace Peterson, a double by Ronald Torreyes, and a 2-run double by Kyle Holder. 7-2 Yanks.

The Mets got a run in the seventh but the Yanks came back with three in the eighth.

Francisco Diaz and Jace Peterson singled. A force out by Abiatal Avelino drove in one run. Holder singled to put runners at first and second. Estevan Florial singled, one runner scored and an error put runners on second and third. Shane Robinson hit a SF to make it 10-3 Yanks.

One friend of mine is still critical of Judge batting second because of his 52 HR last year. He would like to drop him down in the lineup. He is critical of the 208 strikeouts last year, too. But a guy batting first or second is a guy you want to have a good OBP. Judge, despite the strikeouts, did lead the AL with 127 walks, so his OBP was excellent, the best in the league. You want good OBP guys in front of Stanton and Sanchez. So Judge does fit the bill there.

The fact that Gardner/Judge/ Stanton makes a pitcher wary of facing BOTH Judge and Stanton right away in the first inning is a valid point.

Earlier, I advocated a Gardner/Judge/Bird/Stanton/Sanchez/Didi first six.

I change my mind. Instead, I would like Gardner/Judge/Stanton/Didi/Sanchez/Bird front six.

I say this for a couple of reasons. One, get both Judge and Stanton up right away in that first inning.

The other? Instead of Bird splitting up the righty bats, use Didi instead. If one is on first base, and Sanchez doubles, who is more likely to score from first on the double, Didi or Bird? That is why, even though unconventional, I would bat Didi cleanup.

Gardner 2 for 3 with a walk, scored 2 runs.
Florial 1 for 1
Judge 2 for 2 with a walk, scored 2 runs. Finally broke out.
Stanton 2-run HR.
Drury 2 RBI.
Kyle Holder 2 for 2 with 2 RBI.

We saw a lot of the bullpen today.

Cessa (W) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. Really, not good. 3 walks. Nibbling too much. Way off. Four outs. Five base runners. Three by walk.
Robertson (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. See above. Fabulous.
Chapman (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Warren (H) 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Foley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Yankees’ pitchers combined for 14 K.





S.T. Game 13. Sheffield, LeBlanc blow lead, Yanks lose 7-6. Cuts made.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a couple of cuts after today’s 7-6 loss to the Phillies.

One was to Justus Sheffield, who, although a top prospect, had a tough spring training and a rough day today.

Others were Cale Coshow, Dillon Tate, Ryanel Espinal, Trevor Lane, and Chace Numata.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead, but between Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc, blew it in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 10-3.

Luis Severino looked good, the Phils getting an unearned run in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks scored three runs when with two out, Sanchez walked, Didi hit a 2-run HR, Drury (who made the error on that unearned run) doubled, and Kratz singled him in.

The Yanks got three in the fifth when Hicks walked, Judge reached on an error, and Bird walked to load the bases. Stanton singled in two, and Sanchez singled in another.

Then Sheffield and LeBlanc let the game get away.

Hicks 1 for 1 with 2 walks.
Stanton 2 RBI.
Didi 2 -run HR.
Romine 1 for 1, hitting .692! 
Drury 2 for 3.

Severino 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
LeBlanc (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Apparently Aaron Judge is saying no to the HR derby this year.

Apparently also, the Mets have taken a cheap shot at the Yanks’ Monument Park. This from a team that has 2 WS titles since its inception, none since 1986. A team that runs as if they weren’t a big market but a small market team thanks to Bernie Madoff.

A team that boasts that they don’t retire as many numbers as the Yanks. Well, they CAN’T retire as many because not that many deserve it. Of the five numbers retired by the mets, one never played for them (Jackie Robinson’s #42, retired by all of baseball), two are managers (#14 Gil Hodges and #37 Casey Stengel, and Casey’s teams sucked) and only two are players, #41 Tom Seaver and #31 Mike Piazza. Let’s face it. The Mets’ Monument Park would be a five foot by five foot square right now.

Start by winning WS, Mets. Then you can complain about Monument Park. The dynasty you SHOULD have had in the 1980s and 1990s got pissed away by coke addicts Gooden and Strawberry (who, to be fair, George gave second chances to). Who are you going to put in your own Monument Park, Ed Kranepool? Buddy Harrelson? Please.

When you have your OWN Ruth’s, Gehrig’s, DiMaggio’s, Mantle’s, Berra’s (not as manager), Jeter…. then say something.

Don’t do it when you traded away Amos Otis, Ken Singleton, Nolan Ryan. Don’t do it when your best are good but not all-time stars.

Make your own dynasty in Queens. Don’t ridicule ours.


S.T. Game 9. Yanks beat Boston, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks rallied late to beat Boston Saturday, 5-3, to run their spring training record to 8-1.

Aaron Hicks started the scoring with a third inning HR. Boston tied it in the fourth.

In the sixth, Gleyber Torres doubled, went to third on a balk and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 2-1 Yanks.

Boston got a couple of dunk hits to put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

But in the top of the eighth, Danny Espinosa walked, and Kyle Holder doubled. After an out, Jeff Hendrix doubled in two and after a walk and the second out, Miguel Andujar (him again) singled in Hendrix.

Hicks HR
Andujar RBI single
Drury and Torres each with a double.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Hendrix 2 RBI double
Holder double

Adams 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Sheffield (BS) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
J. Holder (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

To me, Adams just needs to work on his command a little more (the walk) and on his move. 2 SB off him last time, one on Saturday. Justus Sheffield has talent, also needs a bit more polish.

We haven’t seen Luis Severino, David Robertson or Aroldis Chapman yet. Waiting on them.






S.T. Game 7. Yanks bomb 5 HR (2 by Andujar) in 6-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There is a poem by Dylan Thomas titled Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night.

Maybe Miguel Andujar is taking that title literally.

So the Yanks traded for Brandon Drury. So they think Andujar’s defense needs improvement.

Andujar is not going gentle into that good night back to AAA.

Well, his bat is speaking volumes. Remember, spring training leaves a lot to be desired. Andujar may be doing well, but if it is against AAA or AA pitchers and not, for example, Dallas Keuchel or Justin Verlander…. you have to take that with a grain of salt.

But Andujar has been impressive. Today, 2 more HR against the Phillies in the Yanks’ 6-4 win that pushes their spring training record to 6-1.

He homered in the second inning to put the Yankees up 1-0 and again in the third to make it 2-0.

The Yanks hit five HR on the day, including another by Billy McKinney (his second). On top of that, Estevan Florial got his third triple of spring training. The guy can fly. Most players can’t get three triples in a year.

After Andujar homered in both the second and third, giving him 4 HR for spring training, the Phils got a run in the fourth on a HR by Aaron Altherr to cut the lead to 2-1.

Newly acquired Brandon Drury made it 3-1 with a HR in the top of the fifth.

Tyler Austin made it 4-1 with a HR in the top of the sixth.

The Phillies got a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes hit a SF to make it 5-2 and Billy McKinney hit his 2nd HR of spring training to make it 6-2.

The Phils got two in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 6-4.

Florial triple, walk, scored a run.
Drury solo HR.
McKinney solo HR.
Andujar 2 for 4, 2 solo HR.
SS Kyle Holder 2 for 2.
Austin solo HR.
Romine 1 for 1 with a walk.


Sabathia (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
German (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up Altherr HR.
LeBlanc (H) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Gallegos 0 IP, 2 R, 2H, 2W, 0 K. Faced 4 batters, 2 scored.
Heller (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.


S.T. Game 4. Andujar’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 4-3 win; Frazier out with concussion.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Cody Carroll gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the ninth when the Yanks were one strike away from winning, but Miguel Andujar hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Yanks, 4-3, over the Phillies.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 4-0.

After Sonny Gray pitched two scoreless innings, the Phils got a run in the third off of Yanks’ prospect Chance Adams. Maybe Adams needs to work on his move, because the Phils stole two bases off him that inning. Gary Sanchez did pick a runner off of second to bail out Adams. Sanchez had a double in the game.

The Yanks’ Ben Heller hit a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Phils up 2-0.

The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when, with two out, Brandon Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on an error, and Tyler Wade singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Drury tripled and Andujar doubled him home.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the eighth. With one out, Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin both walked and Jorge Saez singled in a run, with Austin being thrown out at the plate.

That set the stage for the ninth, with Scott Kingery tying it up for the Phils with his HR, only to see Andujar win the game for the Yanks with his walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth.

It wasn’t a good night for Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out all three times up.

Andujar was 2 for 2, double, HR, 2 RBI.

Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Adams 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. HBP.
Keller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll (W) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

OF Clint Frazier will be out of action a couple of days. He sustained a concussion on Saturday (S.T. Game #2) in making a catch in the outfield where he bumped his head against the LF fence.