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S.T. Game 25. Wade makes team, gets 2 hits, but Yanks lose 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Wade will be going north with the Yankees, and doubled and tripled today, but the Yanks lost their spring training game on Tuesday, 8-3 to the Tigers.

It puts the spring training record (meaningless) at 13-11-1.

Because of the chance for rain, the Yanks kept most of their regulars home to work out, and instead of Sonny Gray starting this game, it was Brady Lail. The relievers were AAA or lower as well.

Recently demoted Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial were both in the starting lineup.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when Wade tripled and Neil Walker singled.

Lail gave up two in the bottom of the first.

The Tigers got three in the fourth and one in the fifth. 6-1 Tigers.

Jorge Saez hit a 2-run HR in the eighth for the Yanks but the Tigers came right back with two runs of their own.

Lail (L) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Frawley 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

So Wade makes the team.

C Romine and Sanchez
1B Bird
2B Walker and Wade
SS Didi and Torreyes
3B Drury (Walker, Wade, Torreyes also can play other positions)
OF/DH Gardner, Hicks, Judge, Stanton

That is 12. The question is whether the Yanks go north with 12 pitchers or 13.

If 12 pitchers, they are Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Green, Warren, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Betances and Chapman.

As to who that last guy will be? Position player Tyler Austin, or P probably Jonathan Holder?

Ellsbury and Clint Frazier DL bound.

Toronto named their Opening Day Starter. So it will be Severino vs. J.A. Happ on March 29 up in Toronto.


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 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 11. Lind gets RBI, Yanks get double steal, and McKinney gets 3-run HR in Yanks’ 7-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I like some aggressiveness I see in the Yanks’ spring training so far. Even with all the power, I see a drag bunt by Tyler Wade the other day and a double steal today. I like it.

Now for Aaron Boone to call what Joe Girardi never did—a squeeze.

I like the aggressiveness. The homers will come, but be aggressive. Don’t just sit and wait for the HR.

The Yanks beat the Tigers today, 7-2, to run their spring training record to 9-2.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into and out of trouble, walking four in his outing.

After Detroit got a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, the Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth on an Aaron Hicks single.

The Tigers went up 2-1 in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the sixth when newcomer Adam Lind singled in a run.

In the eighth, a double by Tyler Austin (hard choice to back up Bird, a lefty hitter: the lefty Lind or righty Austin) an error and a walk to Erik Kratz loaded the bases. Estevan Florial grounded into a force out, scoring one run, then he and Shane Robinson, who had reached on that error, pulled off a double steal, Robinson scoring to make it 4-2. Nice aggressiveness there.

In the ninth, Tyler Wade reached on an error, Ron Torreyes singled and Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

McKinney 3 run HR, his 3rd HR of spring training.
Hicks 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Lind 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

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 6. Yanks lose, 9-6, but Sanchez hits tape-measure HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks finally lost a S.T. game, 9-6 (not that spring training results matter), to drop to 5-1 on the exhibition season, but Gary Sanchez hit an absolute bomb of a HR in the game.

The lineup looked like what could be the Opening Day lineup: Gardner, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, Bird, Didi, Hicks, Drury and Torres. I would move Bird, a lefty hitter, up, to split up the three righty bats of Judge, Stanton and Sanchez, but have no complaints if manager Aaron Boone wants those three right in a row.

Sanchez hit a two-run bomb, over the “o” of the scoreboard announcing George M. Steinbrenner field, in the first inning.C

Luis Cessa, who will probably start at AAA, and serve as rotation insurance in case of injury, had a good first inning, struggled in the second (not giving up a run), but came unglued in the third.

Single, single, error by Torres (who made a couple nice plays later) for a run, then gave up a 3-run HR.

The Tigers got a run in the sixth off Betances and another in the eighth off of Will Carter.

6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

With two out, Erik Kratz was HBP and both Ryan McBroom and Tyler Wade walked. Estevan Florial singled in two.

One thing I’ve seen about the 20 yr. old Florial, who probably is slated for High-A Tampa, is that this kid can fly. Two triples so far in spring training. Probably two or three years away from the majors, but can he run. CF of the future (no offense to Hicks or Ellsbury).

His single made it 6-4. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP that enabled Wade to score. He then scored on another WP to tie the game.

Michael King gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to lose the game for the Yanks, 9-6.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game, 2 by Stanton (inc. a double that hit the fence), 2 by Sanchez (inc. the bomb of a HR) and the one by Florial.

Cessa 2+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K, 1 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Carter 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
King (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Even though I do the minor league reports all year long, I have no clue who Will Carter and Michael King are.

Carter, 25, RHP, went 3-1, 3.26 in 15 games (six starts) for AA Trenton last year.

King, a 22 yr. old RHP, was in Low A for the Marlins last year, going 11-9, 3.14.

Remember that often in spring training, games are decided at the end by players who will be starting the season in maybe AA or lower.

Rudy Regalado, a backup INF for the 1954 pennant winning Cleveland Indians, has passed away at the age of 87.

S.T. Game 5. Andujar HR’s again in Yanks’ 9-8 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks just traded for Brandon Drury, who is presumed to be the Yanks’ starting 3B on Opening Day, but Miguel Andujar is saying “not so fast.”

Andujar, 23, who hit a walkoff HR on Monday night, hit another HR on Tuesday against Toronto in the Yanks’ 9-8 win.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 5-0.

The question with Andujar isn’t his bat or arm, it’s his glove.

Toronto got a run in the second when ex-Yankee Russell Martin homered off of Chad Green.

The Yanks’ tied it in the top of the fourth on a HR by Danny Espinosa. Espinosa, the former Nationals’ regular, is trying to make the team as an infielder, 2B/SS/3B. He is signed to a minor league deal at present. Good power and D, too low a batting average and too many strikeouts. That is what he needs work on.

The Yanks made it 2-1 in the fourth, scoring the second run on a WP.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the fourth to go up 3-2.

The Yankees tied it in the top of the sixth on Andujar’s HR.

Toronto got two in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-3.

OF Shane Robinson cut it to 5-4 in the top of the seventh with a SF, and 1b Ryan McBroom tied it in the eighth with a HR.

But the Yanks were not done in that eighth inning. A WP made it 6-5 Yankees, then OF Mark Payton hit a bases-loaded double to make it 9-5.

Toronto got a run in the eighth on a HR by Reese McGuire, and two in the bottom of the ninth on a HR by Jason Leblebjian.

Payton 1 for 1, 3 RBI.
Andujar solo HR.
McBroom solo HR
Espinosa solo HR.
Austin Romine C, 2 for 2.
Estevan Florial, CF, 2nd triple of spring training. Also walked, scored 2 runs.


Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Hale (BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Rosa (w) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Coshow (S) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Keep an eye out this year on that new rule change limiting trips to the mound. Even though it’s just spring training, Sanchez, who makes a lot of trips, had to watch himself on Monday night. He is trying to prepare himself for the season, and it could have hurt Chance Adams on Monday night. Sanchez wanted to go to the mound and didn’t, because of this new rule. We’ll see how it affects pitchers. The best can work things out on their own, but it’ll be interesting to see how the youngsters are affected if they run into trouble and the catcher or a teammate can’t visit the mound.