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

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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.

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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 12. McKinney slam, Amburgey 3-Run spark late Yanks’ comeback, 11-4.

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Billy McKinney, like Miguel Andujar, may start the year at AAA, but he, like Andujar, is making some kind of impression in Spring Training so far.

The 1B/OF hit an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Yankees got ten runs in the last two innings to defeat the Mets, 11-4, on Wednesday.  The Yanks are 10-2 in spring training so far.

Trey Amburgey hit a 3-run HR in the ninth.

Domingo German started, and should have pitched three scoreless innings, but with the bases loaded and two out in the third, Estevan Florial made an error that allowed two runs to score.

Personally, I like German as the emergency starter over Luis Cessa. Of course, you have Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, among others, still developing too.

The Yanks got one back in the fourth on singles by Tyler Austin and the red-hot Austin Romine, a passed ball that let Austin go to third, and an RBI groundout by Ronald Torreyes.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Mets in the fourth to make it 3-1. A couple of singles, an error by Yankees’ pitcher Dillon Tate and an RBI forceout made it 4-1 Mets in the sixth.

Then came six in the eighth and four in the ninth for the Yankees.

In the eighth, Abiatal Avelino singled with one out. Kyle Higashioka and Kyle Holder each singled to load the bases. Amburgey walked to force in a run, and an error forced in another before McKinney hit his grand slam.

In the ninth, Avelino singled and Higashioka hit a ground-rule double. Holder hit a pop-up single that dropped for a run, then Amburgey hit his 3-run HR.

The Yanks bashed out 17 hits.

One thing you notice late in these games, when it’s mostly AAA/AA kids playing, is how much the Yanks’ AA/AAA players seem to be better than the opponent’s.

Gardner 2 for 2 with a walk.
McKinney 1 for 1, grand slam, 4 RBI, with 2 walks.
Avelino 2 for 2.
Romine 2 for 3. Hitting .667 this spring training.
Higashioka 2 for 2.
Kyle Holder 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Amburgey 1 for 1 with a 3-run HR and bases-loaded walk. 4 RBI

German 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tate 2 IP, 1 R, unearned (his fielding error) 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.



Ex-CYA winner Halladay dies in plane crash; no GG for Gardner, Judge; AFL news.

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2x CYA winner and 8x All Star Roy Halladay was killed yesterday in a plane crash. He was 40.

Halladay pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays (1998-2009) and Philadelphia Phillies (2010-2013) winning 203 games. He won the CYA for Toronto in 200 and for the Phillies in 2010. He finished second in 2008 and 2011.

He was a 3x 20-game winner. On two other occasions he won 19.

He led the majors in wins twice, games started once. Seven times he led the league in complete games (a horse), four times in shutouts, four times in innings pitched.

He even finished top-10 in MVP voting twice—Sixth in 2010, Ninth in 2011.

In 2010, he pitched a perfect game in the regular season, then in the postseason threw a no-hitter in the NLDS.

He was 203-105 for an excellent winning pct. of .659. His 162 game average was 17-9, 3.38, ERA+ 131.

He was 3-2, 2.37 in five postseason starts.

He is eligible for the HOF with next year’s voting, after the 2018 season, along with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, among others. He has a good case.

What is also remarkable is how he rebounded and became a stud pitcher after having had a disastrous 2000 season—4-7, 10.64 ERA. That says a lot.

Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge were finalists for the Gold Glove awards, but both were denied. In LF it went to Alex Gordon, and Mookie Betts won for RF.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 3-2.

Yankees’ prospects:

CF Estevan Florial 0 for 2, 2 walks, scored a run. .268
1B Billy McKinney 1 for 3, walk, scored a run. .313
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3, walk, .375

RP Cody Carroll 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00




Yanks’ mgr. search, WS Game 3, AFL and Clemente award.

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Tim Naehring, front office exec, says he isn’t interested in managing the Yanks, so rule him out.

A couple other names to think about. One is Raul Ibanez, who has been talked about for a few years now as managerial material.

I wonder about Matt Holliday, who is at the end of the line. Would he retire to become manager? He has the respect of the clubhouse and is a leader, but would Cashman and Hal go with someone with no managerial experience?

John Farrell, recently canned by the Red Sox,  has interviewed with Washington.

Houston won WS Game 3, 5-3, knocking out Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish with four runs in the second inning. Houston now has a two games to one lead in the Series. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Dodger’s 1B who set the NL rookie record for HR in a season with 39, took the Golden Sombrero. So Judge isn’t the only rookie striking out a lot this postseason.

Ex-Yankees’ C Brian McCann of Houston had 3 hits and an RBI. 1B Yuri Gurriel homered for them. Brad Peacock threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the save.

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Brett Gardner of the Yankees was up for it.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 6-5.

Yankees’ prospects:

RF Estevan Florial, 1 for 3, doubled, scored a run, walked. .343.
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 3, rbi, walk. .290
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3 , scored a run, RBI, walk. .390

Cody Carroll got the save (3). 1 scoreless inning, 0 hits or walks, 2 K. 0.00.




Yankees let Girardi go. Who replaces him?

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So Joe Girardi’s contract has expired, and the Yankees are going in a different direction. They decided not to retain him.

So which direction do they go in?

Girardi in 10 years averaged 91-71. In ten years, he took the Yanks to the postseason six times.

He ranks sixth as far as tenure and games won in Yankees’ history.

He won a WS. Three times he took the team to the ALCS but lost. He lost one series in the ALDS and lost another year in the WC game.

He oversaw the fading out of Pettitte, Jeter, Mo, Posada and A-Rod, not to mention Teixeira.

So I break it down, the manager search, into categories.

A lot may depend on someone who may be a long-term solution with the young guys.


Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly. Both Yankees’ legends. Willie hasn’t managed since the Mets. No second offers. Donnie is still under contract with Florida. Will they let him go?

Experienced, and available.

Brad Ausmus. Just canned by the Tigers.
Dusty Baker.Just canned by Washington. I am not a fan of his.
Pete Mackanin. Just canned by the Phillies, bumped into their front office.
Terry Collins. just canned by the Mets.
John Farrell, just canned by Boston.

I don’t think they’ll go with that list above.

Other candidates include:

In the organization:
Josh Paul, in the organization.
Tim Naehring, in the organization, former MLB player.
Tony Pena, coach, Managed KC for a few years, but older than they may want. Did win a mgr. of the year w/KC, but too old for a young team?

Guys in the minors now, like

Al Pedrique: current SWB mgr. Guys had to go through him to get to the majors. Since he knew these youngsters at AAA, does he follow them to the majors?

Jay Bell. Former MLB SS managed at Tampa (A+) this year.

An ex-MLB Mgr. associated w/the Yankees:
Trey Hillman, two full years and part of a third w/kc. Currently managing a Korean club.

Guys in the majors, like:

Kevin Long: Mets hitting coach, formerly NYY hitting coach.

Current Yankees coaches like:

Joe Espada, 3B Coach
Robbie Thomson Bench Coach


So where do they go from here?

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are finalists for Gold Glove awards.

As for the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale tied 4-4.

2B Yankees’ Prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4 and scored a run. .417.

WS Game 3 is tonight.





ALCS Game 2. Yanks clipped by Astros in 9th 2-1. In 0-2 Hole.

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Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth to win Game 2 of the ALCS, 2-1 for Houston over the Yankees.

Houston now leads the series two games to none.

Correa and Altuve each had two hits, accounting for four of Houston’s five.

Correa’s HR in the fourth gave the Astros a 1-0 lead. It was ruled no fan interference on the play as a youngster almost pulled a “Jeffrey Maier.”

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier. Frazier’s ground-rule double was odd in that it stuck in the fence.

In the ninth, Altuve singled and Correa doubled him home. The throw beat Altuve, but catcher Gary Sanchez could not catch it cleanly and Altuve scored.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game, as Justin Verlander got a CG win with 13 K.

Severino 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K,
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Loss) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Joe Espada is having a bad couple of games as the Yankees’ third base coach. Bird thrown out at the plate in Game 1, and in Game 2, Brett Gardner was thrown out at third trying for a triple.

One thing about Aaron Judge batting second: He does draw lots of walks, so his OBP is good (although right now he is slumping badly with many strikeouts), but with Judge up, Gardner doesn’t run because he doesn’t want to get thrown out at second with Judge up. A double-edged sword. You got the homers and walks with Judge #2, but at the expense of a Gardner SB?

Game 3 is in the Bronx on Monday night.

In the NLCS, the Dodgers took Game 1 from the Cubs, 5-2.

In the Arizona Fall League,  Scottsdale lost 11-1. Yankee SS prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4. DH Thairo Estrada was 2 for 4 with the RBI. Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning, walking one batter.