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S.T. Game #18. Garcia lit up, Mo is, well…the great Rivera. 2 errors lead to 5 unearned runs in 9-2 Yanks’ loss.

I’ll be putting game notes here. As I remarked on the previous post, this has more of a feel of a regular game. Regular lineup, and all the pitchers are guys expected to be on the team going north.

Later today, I’ll be checking out PSU men’s basketball. I don’t expect them to beat Ohio St. for the Big 10 title, but I’m hopeful that just getting there gets the Nittany Lions off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. Then, of course, to check out the seedings. It’s March Madness time!

Reports are that Mitchell Page died in his sleep at age 59. Page had a great rookie year for the A’s in 1977, .307-21-75, 42 SB, OPS+ 154. 2nd in ROY. Hit .285-17-70, 23 SB and 134 OPS+ in 1978. After the great start, his career then fizzled out.    

Not a good day for Freddie Garcia. Just 2 2/3 IP. 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, a HBP, 3 K. Eric Wordekemper came in and got the last out. 

A-Rod had a HR in the 2nd.  4-1 Twins after 2 1/2.

Ouch. I’m not a Wordekemper fan, but an error by Jeter leads to four unearned runs. 1st and 3rd, two out, E-6 followed by a three-run HR. 8-1 Twins after 3. Not good. Wordekemper 1 1/3, 4 Runs, all unearned, but a 3-run HR given up, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 K.

Soriano in. Scoreless inning, one hit.

No more Robert “Dead” Fish. KC claimed the Rule Fiver off waivers from the Yanks. 

Mariano gets in for the sixth. His first S.T. game.  41 years old? Bah… The Rivera we know and love. 1-2-3 and all strikeouts.

David Robertson a 1-2-3 7th, with a K. Still 8-1 Twins, after 7.

Kevin Russo got a SF in the 8th.

Andrew Brackman 1 2/3. 1 R, unearned. 2 H, 2 walks, 1 K. Ryan Pope with the last out.

Yanks lose 9-2. Now 6-10-2.

Only good news? The work of Soriano, Rivera and Robertson.

Postgame cuts: Brewer (who made the error in the 9th), Suttle and Krum. Turpen (Rule 5) cleared waivers, returned to Boston.

S.T. game #17. A.J. good, Vazquez continues to impress. Yanks fall late, 6-5.

A.J. Burnett will be on the mound as the Yanks are on the road today vs. the Nationals. It’s a 1 p.m. game. Details when available. 

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Russell Martin C
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Ramiro Pena 3B
Justin Maxwell LF
Melky Mesa CF

A.J. Burnett P

It is too bad Cliff Lee didn’t appear to check into the Yankees’ farm system. I know, prospects are potential, and potential means you haven’t done it yet. But it appears that age may have been one reason Lee didn’t go to NY, and why he had the Bombers third on his list. From MLBTR:

  • In an interview today on Philadelphia’s WIP Radio, Cliff Lee said that his top priority as a free agent was to join the team with the best chance of winning.  After the Phillies, his next choices were the Rangers and the Yankees, in that order.  New York was the third choice since, Lee says, I felt like with what the Red Sox had done and it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older, but I liked the Rangers.”
  • Also from MLBTR:

  • The Yankees have agreed to terms with Dominican right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Paniagua, 20, for $1.1MM, according to Badler. Paniagua, who had previously been suspended by Major League Baseball for one year for age and identity fraud, is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Badler writes. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and can touch 98 mph, while scouts are mixed on his secondary pitches. The signing of a previously suspended player for fraud is not unprecedented in MLB nor for the Yankees, for the matter, as Badler notes. Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals and Jose Rafael DePaula of the Bombers are two such examples.
  • A.J. went 4, and only made one mistake which was hit for a 2-run HR. 4 IP, 2R, 2H, 0 walks and 4 K. Jorge Vazquez has an RBI single and a 2-run HR, the other run came in on an RBI single by Cano. Chavez will most likely get the job, but Vazquez is opening eyes with his bat. 4-2 Yanks after 4 1/2.    

    Make it 4-3 after 5. Hector Noesi gave up a HR.

    Noesi went 3 IP. Not good. 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.

    It’s tied at 5 after 7 1/2. Cano reached on a 3=base error and scored on a Pena SF for the Yanks’ fifth run.

    So far, I’m much more impressed with Banuelos and Betances, who are AA-bound, than with the pitchers like Noesi and Phelps who are AAA-bound. It appears as if Banuelos and Betances could leap-frog some AAA pitchers quite quickly.

    Vazquez 3 hits, 3 RBI today.  

    Adam Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, but in the bottom of the 9th, Eduardo Nunez made a two-base error.  Warren was pulled for Robert “Dead” Fish (Rule 5). A bunt moved the runner to 3rd. Phenom Bryce Harper was HBP, then an intentional walk loaded the bases as the Yanks looked for the DP. Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, came in and gave up a game-winning single. 6-5 Nationals. Yanks drop to 6-9-2.

    Warren 1 IP, 1 R (unearned),  1 hit, 0 walks or K. Fish 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 HBP, 1 walk, 0 K.

    Turpen 1 batter, a single.

    Vazquez had 3 of the Yanks’ 6 hits.   


    S.T. Game #14. CC & Halladay put on a show but Rule 5 pitching, error cost Yanks, 7-0.

    The game may be in question for it is raining in FLA. We’ll see if it lets up by this afternoon. Rafael Belliard finally gets some action after his calf injury.

    Brett Gardner LF
    Russell Martin C
    Jorge Posada 1B
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Nick Swisher RF
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Jesus Montero DH
    Ronnie Belliard 3B
    Ramiro Pena SS

    CC Sabathia P

    Colin Curtis got his diagnosis: Partially dislocated shoulder.

    The Lower Hudson Journal reports today’s subs:

    Available in the bullpen: Dave Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Romulo Sanchez, David Phelps, Robert Fish and Daniel Turpen.

    Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Brandon Laird, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Austin Romine

    Ugh. MLBTR reports that one talent evaluator has Carl “The American Idle” Pavano as the best pitcher so far this spring. Meanwhile, Phils Mgr. Charlie Manuel got a 2-year extension through 2013.

    Yanks take on the Phils this afternoon. CC vs. Halladay.

    One tweet states that the Braves’ minor league coach struck by a ball this week could lose his left eye. Let’s hope not. He has multiple facial fractures.

    Another tweet: All 3 officials from the RU-St. John’s game yest have voluntarily withdrawn from rest of Big East Tournament-not surprised. If you didn’t see/read/hear about it, that officiating in the last few seconds was completely inexcusable.

    Last tweet for now: From Sweeny Murti of WFAN: Yogi Berra tripped in clubhouse, fell backward. He’s ok but taken to hospital as precaution. Another scare, thankfully ok. (You have to remember, Yogi turns 86 in May). :

    Yogi update: feeling fine, resting comfortably, hoping to be released later today.

    Two innings down and just what you’d expect from CC/Halladay. Only one baserunner (Victorino single) and he was doubled up on a lineout.  

    Four down and scoreless. That’s probably it for CC. 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Yanks have 2 hits off Halladay. Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.

    I didn’t think CC would go five (or Halladay, for that matter) but after four innings, both pitchers are putting on a clinic. I think after four innings, each had thrown just 15 or 16 pitches or so. CC has a 1-2-3 5th. 5 IP, 0 R, 3H, no walks and 2 K. Both he and Halladay have thrown just 20-25 pitches each. 

    Wow. Halladay is back out there for the 6th. Kind of early for him to go so deep, but after 5 2/3, he’s only thrown 22 pitches. Yanks get a couple hits in the sixth, but with 2 out, 2nd and 3rd, Posada strikes out. Halladay, 6 IP, 25 pitches. Still scoreless.  

    No sixth for CC. Robertson in.

    Hopefully nothing is wrong with Robertson. He gave up a first-pitch triple, then was pulled for Rule 5 player, Robert Fish. Fish gives up a walk, SB. SF. 1-0 Phils.

    …and Fish shows why he’s a Rule 5 player. After the SF, a double for a run, single. With 1st and 3rd, a pickoff for out #2, but then he gives up a 2-run HR. Gets out of it with a K. Fish’s spring ERA? 10.38. It is safe to presume the Yanks will be giving him back.  4-0 Phils.     

    Robertson 0 IP (one batter) 1R, 1 hit (triple), 0 walks or K.
    Fish 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, gave up HR.

    Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, for the 7th, replacing (Dead) Fish. Hey, given the way Fish pitched, it’s appropriate; he stunk.

    Turpen pitched a scoreless inning. No hits, 1 walk, 1 K.

    Mark Prior for the 8th, and Prior’s numbers aren’t helped by a two-out, two-base, let two runs in error by CF Justin Maxwell. Prior does get 2 K, but 2 walks, a double, a double steal and that E-8 let in 3 R, 1 ER. Phils 7-0. Wordekemper in to try and finish the inning. Wordekemper throws a WP, but gets the out.  

    Prior 2/3 IP, 3R, 1ER, 1H, 2 walks, 2 K.   

    Here is an example of why I’m not worried about Fish’s or Turpen’s performances:  If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team’s 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price.

    Really, Fish and Turpen had no chance of making the club to start with, much less staying on the 25-man all season.

    Yanks get just 4 hits in a 7-0 loss. Now 6-6-2 for spring training.

    Good news to take out of it—CC was superb.  



    S.T. Game #8, vs. Washington @ GMS Field. CC & Joba roughed up in Yanks 10-8 loss.


    S.T. Game #8. I believe it’s on YES for those who have it, possibly also WCBS 880 AM. CC gets his work in today.

    Brett Gardner LF
    Nick Swisher RF
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Jorge Posada DH
    Eric Chavez 3B
    Jesus Montero C
    Eduardo Nunez 2B
    Jorge Vazquez 1B
    Ramiro Pena SS

    CC Sabathia


    Girardi: Impressed by Betances, Banuelos, Chavez, Nunez, Brackman (hasn’t gotten into game yet). With Cervelli’s injury, Montero has opening.Notice Killer “B’s” mentioned. Also, Nunez over Pena for backup IF job? Chavez to make team and be a steal? Pena, Laird, Vazquez AAA bound?



    Not on YES. My fault.

    CC gets his work in, but it’s worst performance by a starter so far this spring. 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. Joba finished the inning for him. After 3, Washington up 5-0.



    Crazy day as Yanks get 8 in 4th to take the lead. Gardner double, Swisher reach on E4, Gardner scores. Granderson walks, Posada reaches on E1, Swisher scores, 2nd and 3rd. Chavez singles one in, Montero singles one in. Nunez singles one in. The hot Vazquez doubles two in. All with no out. After an out, Gardner, who doubled to start the inning, triples in a run. Then two groundouts strand Gardner. With the long inning, Robertson pulled after just one batter (K). Fish in. Has scoreless inning.

    Fish pitched two scoreless innings (Rule 5 pitcher). Turpen, another Rule 5, goes 1, gives up 2 R, 1 ER. Nationals take lead. Romulo Sanchez gives up a run on 2 H, 2 walks in his inning. Austin Romine has rough inning. 2 SB on the young catcher, then he doubles leading off inning but in thrown out trying for 3 while team down 10-8. Mistake by 22 yr. old prospect there. Ryan Pope pitches scoreless 9th. Yanks lose 10-8, fall to 2-5-1 in S.T. play. 

    Both Rule 5 pitchers, Fish & Turpen, will probably be offered back to their teams. Just saying.

    S.T. Game 6. Yanks, Rays finish in 1-1, 10 inn. tie.

    No word yet on Cervelli.

    Here is the running account of the game I had on LVYFC’s Facebook page.  

    No score through 2. Gardner walked in 1st, SB, but P/O 2nd. Chavez doubled in 2nd, left stranded. Good outing for Garcia, 2 IP, 0 R, 2H, 0 walks, 1 K (Evan Longoria). So far this spring, the only Yankee starter to give up a run has been Bartolo Colon (1 R in 2 IP vs. Phils in the S.T. opener).

    In 3rd, Nova gives up a double and a single, but Gardner charges the ball and throws out the runner at the plate. No score after 3.

    After 5 1/2, still scoreless. Yanks’ bats a concern, just 1 hit. Nova 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
    ‎1-2-3 sixth for Betances (warning, Killer “B” alert!)

    Betances came out for the 7th. Nice start. K’s Manny and Joyce but then gives up a double and 12 straight balls. Warren in.

    Nice job by Warren. The prospect comes in, bases loaded, 2-out, Yanks down 1-0 and throws 3 pitches, all called strikes.

    Yanks tie it in 8th with 2 hits and help of an error. It’s why you can’t take wins and losses too seriously this early in spring training. Guys ticketed for AA make errors, walk the ballpark, throw wild pitches that decide these games.

    Betances 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks, 2 K. Warren scoreless 8th. 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. To the 9th, 1-1.

    Yanks/Rays finish in a 1-1 tie after 10 innings. Rule 5 pitchers pitched the 9th. Robert Fish got a strikeout, then Dan Turpen came in. Turpen gave up a hit, then got 2 K. In the 10th, prospect D.J. Mitchell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, all groundouts. Yanks only got 4 hits.

    S.T. game #3: CC, Banuelos, Prior all do well in Yanks 6-2 loss

    As for the score, just consider this. Four of the runs given up by the Yanks were by two Rule 5 pitchers, Dan Turpen (2) and Robert Fish (2).

    As for the pitchers we really were interested in, nice job.

    CC went 2, giving up 0 R, 2 H, no walks and 2 K.

    Pedro Feliciano went 1 IP. The projected loogy got his lefty to ground out, then faced four straight righties. He gave up hits to Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn but bounced back nicely by whiffing Magglio and getting Miggy Cabrera (and all his problems) to ground out.

    Then Manny Banuelos. Yesterday we were awed by Dellin Betances, who’ll start at AA. Banuelos, 20, likewise will begin the season at AA and is looked at more for 2012 than 2011 (seasoning, needs to work more innings, like Betances.) So how did Banuelos do? 7 pitches. All strikes. Groundout on pitch one. Then two strikeouts. Wow. He and Betances are really opening eyes. Too bad they aren’t ready NOW.

    Mark Prior did well in his one inning, two flyouts to RF sandwiched around a K.

    As stated, it was two Rule 5 pitchers who gave up 4 runs. Turpen went 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. Fish went 1, 2 R, 3 H, no walks and a K.  The other two runs were given up by prospect D.J. Mitchell (AAA bound) who gave up 2 runs in his lone inning, 3 hit, 0 walks, 1 K. 1 HR.

    Offensively, Teixeira had 2 hits, one a double, and drove in a run. Alex was 1 for 3 with a double. Jorge Vazquez continued to show a good bat. No, he didn’t HR for the 3rd straight game, but he was 2 for 2 with a single and double. The problem with the soon to be 29 year old Vazquez is that he plays 1B and 3B. You have Teixeira and A-Rod there. Vazquez isn’t known for his D. He can swing the bat but his BB/K ratio is poor despite his great power. In 2009/2010, Vazquez played in 143 minor league games (AA/AAA) and hit .300-31-124. But he had just 26 walks to 148 strikeouts.

    The other RBI came on a single by Andruw Jones. The team was just 2 for 15 with RISP.

    Francisco Cervelli, fighting Jesus Montero for that backup C spot, was 2 for 3.

    Russell Martin got his first action—at DH. He was 0 for 1 with two walks.

    Crawford to Boston for 7 yrs and $142M


    Woke up to find out Carl Crawford went to Boston for 7 years and $142M. That Werth signing messed everything up. I had Werth to Boston, Crawford to the Angels. Once Werth went to DC, all bets went off, I suppose.

    Boston now has a good lineup with speed. As written somewhere, it could look like this: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Catcher (Saltalamacchia? Aging Varitek? Will they go after Martin?) and Scutaro. Rotation Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, Laptops, Lackey and if needed Wakefield (at 44).

    The Red Sox 2010 missed the playoffs much as the Yanks of 2008 did. (In fact, both teams had the same record—89 wins). Now Boston is attacking the winter of 2010/2011 as the Yanks did 2008/2009. Yankees fans hope the result is different—otherwise Beantown will have a parade in early November 2011.

    Some speed there with Ellsbury and Crawford. At the top of the lineup and in the OF. Think Francona wants to test the Yankees’ catchers out right now?

    Do the Angels now focus on Lee? I don’t know. Their focus is more on improving their offense and as such, Beltre could be their #1 target now.

    But as for the Yanks, this necessitates getting Lee even more. Especially with the uncertainty of Pettitte’s return.

    A Tweet from Sweeny Murti of WFAN:

    Guess Yanks do believe 7 yr offer now. Improving their bid so soon tells you how badly they want/need Lee.

    Hmmm….Yanks going the painful extra mile and a 7th year? If so, 7 years and 165 M? (That’s 23.57 per). Whew.

    You wonder if this now puts Boston over the top as 2011 AL East favorites. If so, I’d still have the Yanks as the wild card for now (pre-Lee). How far the Rays drop will be interesting since Crawford, Benoit, Bartlett (SD) and Pena are gone, and Soriano is to follow. Navarro (not a recent help) went to the Dodgers. That will be one different team and could be passed by Toronto if the Blue Jays can make some good moves. The Orioles are looking to improve but from what I’ve seen haven’t done anything significant yet. Targets (Konerko) still don’t go to Baltimore. I’d expect Buck to have them playing better in 2011 but wonder if it’ll be enough to keep the O’s out of the AL East basement. The O’s are sending prospects to the Twins for J.J. Hardy, though.

    Another note from Murti, and a good one:

    BOS adding LH bats Crawford and Gonzalez just made LH reliever more important for NYY. Also more expensive! (Downs? Feliciano?)

    Remember Logan is all the Yanks have right now. Marte not back until mid-August (if EVER). Logan 2.93 was far lower than he ever put up before. It now looks as if Downs, Feliciano or Romero now a necessity as well. Reyes has signed with the Phils. 

    Now here is class. From LoHud. A tweet from Curtis Granderson yesterday:

    One year ago today, I was traded to the 27-time World Champion NY Yankees. Thank you fans, teammates, and front office for an amazing year.

    I see a report that KC got Melky.

    In the Rule 5 draft, the Yanks took 22 year old Robert Fish, a lefty pitcher, from the Angels. In high A/AA in 2010, Fish was just 5-5, 6.79 but did have 73 K in 58 1/3.  They also took Right-hander Daniel Turpen, who went 7-6 with a 4.30 ERA in Double-A last season, out of the Red Sox chain.

    The Padres took George Kontos from the Yankees. Kontos, 24, was 0-4, 3.60 for A+/AA/AAA in 2010 for the Yanks farm teams. Lance Pendleton was taken by the Astros. Pendleton was 12-5, 3.61 AA/AAA in 2010 but is 27. More later.   

    Update, 12/10/10: Reported that the Angels offered 6 and $108M but were blown away by Boston’s 7/142.

    Update, 12/16: See Comments below for Bartlett.