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Game 92. Bullpen comes through. Yanks 7, Indians 4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What was supposed to be a pitching duel between Cy Young candidates Luis Severino and Corey Kluber turned into a bit of a slugfest, as neither pitcher had his best stuff. The Yanks (61-31) rallied late to win 7-4 and stay 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their 10th straight.

Severino struggled right off the bat, giving up a double, groundout and single for a run, and after a caught stealing, gave up a HR. The Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Brett Gardner hit the first of his two HR for the game, a 2-run shot that tied it up.

Severino gave the lead right back to Cleveland, giving up a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2.

Didi Gregorius, who homered off Kluber twice in Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, tied the game with a HR (16) in the fourth, and later in that inning Stanton singled, advanced to third on an error on Hicks’ sacrifice bunt. Bird, heating up, doubled to make it 4-3. The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out but could not tack on more runs.

Severino gave up a HR in the fifth that tied the game.

In the eighth, Gregorius walked, and with one out, Hicks doubled him in. Hicks stole third and scored on a SF by Bird that make it 6-4.

Gardner hit his second HR (9) of the game in the ninth for the final score of 7-4.

Not a good game for Austin Romine, who got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4 strikeouts).

Gardner 2 HR, 3 RBI
Didi solo HR
Bird 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits

Great job by the bullpen. 4 IP, no runs, no hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.31
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.85
Robertson (W, 6-3, 3.19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.68
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.38

Other notes. Hopefully MLB is wrong. They give Boston a 62 percent chance of winning the division, the Yanks, 38 percent.

The Yanks are 16-13 without Gleyber Torres, 45-18 with him.

Ex-White Sox backup INF Sammy Esposito (member of 1959 AL Champs) has passed away at age 86.

As for Manny Machado wanting to play SS? He’s a great hitter, but if he comes to the Yankees, the Yankees already have Didi. The defensive runs saved above average stat has Manny at -20, Didi -1. Big difference defensively.

Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time HR list with #630 last night. The only players with more are Barry Bonds 762*, Aaron 755, Ruth 714, A-Rod 696* and Mays 660.

Football player LeSean McCoy is in trouble, apparently beating the heck out of his girlfriend. We’ll see what kind of punishment the law and the NFL enforce.



HOF, a minor move, free agency, and a passing.

A minor move the Yanks made before we get to more major things. They got Kirby Yates, who was DFA’d by Cleveland, for cash considerations.

In 2014, Yates’ rookie year, he went 0-2, 3.75 for Tampa Bay. Last year, he was downright awful. 1-0, 7.97 for Tampa Bay, and he gave up 10 HR in 20 1/3 IP.

For his career, 1-2, 5.27 in 57 games. An extreme fly ball pitcher, 30%+ of his balls were fly balls last year, and you can see the HR ratio. Not good. 63K in 56 1/3. A flyer. The Yanks gave up no players for him and I am sure the cash considerations are minimal. Cleveland purchased him off the Rays in November, and the Yanks purchased him off of Cleveland now.

Vern Rapp, who managed the Cardinals in 1977 and part of 1978, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 87. He went 83-79 for the 1977 Cards, and was fired after starting 1978 6-11.

Denard Span signed with the Giants.

The HOF voting was announced on Wednesday, and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza werer elected.

Griffey broke the record for highest percentage. Only three voters (Moe, Larry and Curly? Were these the three idiots who voted for Mike Sweeney?) didn’t vote for Griffey. Why, who knows. Egotistical assholes? Perhaps. Griffey, while young and in his prime, was as close to Willie Mays as you would want. Power (630 HR), Speed (he didn’t steal often, but he had speed), Defense and throwing (10 GG), hit for average, .284. Not .300, but….               a 13x All-Star. 1997 MVP (Tino finished 2nd).    The only thing he didn’t get was a ring.

I saw one of his last HR’s at the Stadium. I think it was #601.

He was a joy to watch, but you hated it when he beat your team. Seattle, Cincy and the Chisox. OPS+ of 136.

4x HR champ. 56 in 1997 and 1998. Topped 140 RBI in three consecutive seasons, 1996-1998.

JAWS ranks him as the 5th best CF of all-time. Behind Mays, Cobb, Speaker and Mantle, and ahead of Dimaggio and Snider. Do you who rounds out the top 10? Beltran, Lofton and Andruw Jones. (Ashburn is 11th).

Piazza’s defense wasn’t that great, but a catcher with a .308 BA and 427 HR made up for it. OPS+ 142, even higher than Griffey’s, and this was a catcher. Higher OPS+ than Griffey, and higher BA.

I hope the rumors that kept him out until now are not true. Steroids. Rumors, but not confirmed. I’d hate for those rumors to be confirmed years down the road. What then, remove him?

He and Bill Dickey, another HOF catcher, hit .362 in a season.

The 1993 ROY, Piazza finished top 10 for MVP 7X, including back-to-back runnerup finishes in 1996 and 1997 with the Dodgers.

While Griffey is going in as the first Mariner in their history, Piazza is going in as the second Met (Tom Seaver).

Close but no cigar goes to Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Significant improvement for Mike Mussina & Curt Schilling.

Even for Bonds and Clemens.

Next year, Jorge Posada is on the ballot. I’d expect a nice vote, maybe 25% but nowhere near the 75% to get in.

Vlad Guerrero comes on. I believe he will make it but on the first year may get only 63% or so.

Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, while they certainly have the stats and credentials, are linked to steroids and I don’t believe they will get in. While Pudge (Rodriguez) wasn’t convicted, Manny as suspended twice.

Game 7. A-Rod ties Griffey on HR list as Yanks shutout Angels 5-0

The home opener.

The Yanks won their fourth straight game as they shutout the Angels 5-0 on the strong pitching of Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuroda (1-1) went 8, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K. This is the Kuroda Yankees’ fans were hoping for when the Yanks signed the 37 year old this offseason.

David Robertson finished up, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Swisher (2 hits) gave Kuroda all the runs he needed with a 3-run double in the first.

A-Rod (3 hits) hit a HR in the third. The HR, #630* (asterisk unfortunately necessary) tied Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth on the all-time career list. A-Rod is now 30 HR behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.

Curtis Granderson hit a HR in the fifth to make it 5-0, the eventual final score.

Derek Jeter got hit #3099.


Game 29. Yanks crush Boston behind Teix 3 HR, Cervelli 5 RBI, 14-3.

1st. Jeter singles (infield), Gardner gets a bunt single but Teix GIDP. Ugh. Alex walks, Cano flies out. Darn it, Teix, heat up. CC has a 1-2-3.

2nd. Yanks down 1-2-3. CC gives up two singles but gets a K and a DP.

3rd. Ramiro Pena leads it off with a double. Jeter walks and Gardner bunts the runners over. RBI singles by Teixeira and Alex. Cano GIDP. 2-0 Yanks.   

Damn. CC gives it back. Two out. Hr to McDonald, HBP Pedroia and HR Martinez. 3-2 Boston.

God, I want to mute McCarver and Buck.   

4th. The Great Gazoo comes through. Walk by Swisher, 2-base error and Cervelli singles home a run. Winn was gunned down at the plate, though. Cervelli to 2nd.  To 3rd on a WP.   He is stranded. 1-2-3 for CC.

5th Teix breaks the tie. About Time, Teix! HR. #3. A walk, single  and walk load the bases with two out for….the Great Gazoo. Cervelli. He’s been amazing and is that again. A 2-run single. 6-3 Yanks. Can you believe Cervelli is hitting… .415? Maybe every Yankee should wear that helmet.

A lineout, walk and popup. CC gets an 0-2 count, then two balls and …. the tarp. Rain delay.   

Checking other blogs. LoHud has some good news about Nick Johnson. Inflamed tendon, not torn. Meaning hopefully Johnson is back sooner. Unless he tears it sneezing or something.

Junior Griffey. Hanging on too long? Last year he only hit .214, but did have 19 HR, upping his career total to 630. Right now he is at .216. Only two of his 16 hits are for extra bases.

Game resumes. Poor CC. One strike away from a possible win. Rain. Aceves gets a popup to end the 5th. I can’t see it though, the beginning was on Fox, but I can’t get the conclusion. To the radio.

ANOTHER DAMNED INJURY! Aceves gives up two hits but gets two outs in the 6th. He gets hurt in making a pitch. It doesn’t look good. Logan in. Gets a K to end the inning.

Have to find out about Aceves. Damn it. UPDATE: back trouble.

Welcome to the team, Teixeira! His 2nd HR of the game. Now his season starts.

RBI single for Swisher in the 7th.

Robertson gets work to continue to right himself.  Not good. A K, but 2 singles. Joba time. He gets out of it.

2-run single for Swisher in the 8th. 2-run single for Cervelli. Cervelli had 3 hits, 5 RBI and now is hitting a ridiculous .429.

Kevin Russo made his MLB debut and flied to right in his first AB.

Joba gets two out in the 8th, a walk and Marte came in.

The capper—after a Jeter double, Teixeira hits his third HR of the game. The first two were lefty, the last one righty. As with last year, it seems his season starts on 5/8. (Last year, 5/8 was when Alex came back; I believe Alex vs. the Angels was the last time a Yankee had 3 hr in a game).

Marte gave up a walk in the 9th. Nothing else.

Be a few days off for Aceves. Enough already. The nicks and pains are getting ridiculous. Aceves did get the win, 3-0. He has started his career 14-1.

14-3 win. 21-8 despite the injuries.

Teixeira 4 for 6, 3 HR, 5 RBI and gets over the Mendoza Line.  Swisher 3 RBI, Cervelli 3 for 4 with 5 RBI.  


From Lohud:

Sabathia said the pitch that hit Dustin Pedroia was simply a fastball that got away from him. Girardi said the same thing. “His fastball was cutting today, and that’s happening a little bit with him. When he does that, his command is off.”

Wonder if McCarver can read that?

Yanks end April 15-7 after a 6-4 comeback win. Jeter active hits leader as he sparks the victory.

Entering tonight, Jeter was tied with Griffey for the active hits lead with 2775. Exiting, it appears like Jeter, with 2778, will have it all to himself.

More importantly, Jeter had a 2-run HR and a  2-run triple. 3 hits, 4 RBI in the Yanks’ 6-4 victory. HR #228.

Save # 533 for Mo in the 9th. No W for Andy, though, 6 ip. 4 R. Pettitte gave up a 3-run blast in the first. The W goes to Aceves. 1 IP.

The 8th was Marte and Joba. The 9th—Mo. 

Gardner had 2 hits and got SB #10.

…and so April ends. 15-7.  


Game 20. Yanks over Orioles 8-3.

The opening day lineup tonight.  

So what do you think of Hughes so far? Remember that he won’t turn 24 until June. But 3 starts. 2-0, ERA 2.00. 18 K in 18 IP. JUST SIX HITS! He has to work on the pitch count and the walks (11—too much).   But remember….he hasn’t turned 24 yet. Cut down on the walks, get the pitch count down. But we are starting to see the Hughes we’ve wanted to see.

Posada was HBP early in the game. Replaced by Cervelli.

According to the Post, Girardi had to talk to some guys about the time and place for bunting.

Saw the Phils/Giants ending today. Lidge will be back soon for the Phils and they better hope he is the Lidge of old. Even though the Phils won today, their pitching (outside of Doc) is shaky.

I don’t know what happened with Winn on the one throw last night but it looked like his cleats got caught as he attempted his throw home.

Goodness, I thought of something today. How much easier would it be to hate Boston if Schilling became their manager? Could you imagine a White Sox/Red Sox ALCS? God to see, or for that matter  hear, Ozzie Guillen and Schilling both running off their mouths.   

Yanks started hot tonight. Two in the first (Double Jeter, single Nick J., SF Alex) and three in the second. The key in the 2nd was a two-run triple by Swishalicious.

Cano HR’d later to make it 6-0. His sixth—already.

CC gave up a run in the third. 6-1.

The Yanks got one back in the 5th. Cervelli’s been superb. Comes off the bench due to injury and gets a ribbie hit. 7-1 Yanks. He gets another hit later.

RBI single by Jeter in the 6th and it’s 8-1.

Baltimore gets one in the 6th, and a Markakis solo blast in the 7th. 8-3.

CC went 7 2/3. 11 hits, but just 3 R. 2 walks, 5 K. Joba got the last out in the 8th.

Gardner’s 2 hits put him at .310; 3 hits for Swisher tonight.

Two hits for Jeter tonight give him 2773, two behind Griffey for the active lead (to my knowledge).

Mitre for the 9th. For work. Yanks up 8-3. 1-2-3 for Mitre.


Visiting Day. Pujols must be smiling at Howard’s Contract. The New Whitson?

There was the thrill the Yankees received by being at the White House, but I’ll bet the thrill the Yankees gave, rather than received, today was bigger, for they took the trophy and made visits to disabled vets at Walter Reed Hospital. There must have been a lot of smiles there, even from soldiers who aren’t Yankees fans. Classy move, Yankees.

Speaking of smiles, a huge one for Ryan Howard, who inked a $125M, 5 year extension for the Phils today. As I heard Jayson Stark say, with Halladay extended, Howard, etc. the Phils realize that with their core, they could dominate for a stretch. You wonder how high they will take their payroll because guys won’t come cheaply. Jayson Werth could become available, and he may cost a lot. Do the Phils have that kind of money?

Halladay has been dominant, as expected. 4-0, 0.82. In that league… but the Phils do have concerns. Cole Hamels hasn’t bounced back so far. That 2009 comedown has lingered on. 2-2, 5.11. Moyer is 47 and 2-1, 5.00. Anyone believe in Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71)? Ibanez has stuggled and is 37, 38 in June. It’s early and the Phils should have enough to win the East, but there are holes, and who knows what Brad Lidge will be like?  

Albert Pujols must be smiling at Howard’s deal. Could Pujols get $30M a year?

Hmm. I’m not giving up on Vazquez yet but concerns are creeping in. His next scheduled start is at the Stadium on Saturday and that could get quite ugly. The fans could be booing from the national anthem on. I don’t think it will help. I think Vazquez could right himself, but I wonder if the fans will let him do so? Or will they drive him out of town? Will each pitch be scrutinized? Will he even be allowed to throw a ball without being booed? The fans may demand perfection. That isn’t fair. When each pitch has to be perfect. Boos are ok, but they can’t suffocate the guy. Give him room to breathe and see if he can work it out. He’s too important to “kill off”, but having said that…    

Is Vazquez     Vazquez

the Next

Ed Whitson ????

as some suggest? (Uncle Joe, the Truth…)

Granted Vazquez has dug a hole for himself with his start this year. I wonder if the fans will help turn it into a grave.

Yankees pitchers graveyard

Hmm. Yankee pitchers’ graveyard. Whose names would include Jack McDowell, Ed Whitson, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson and possibly Javy Vazquez?   

 Check Twitter, Sommerfrieze. Still working out bugs and learning it, but trying it out.  

Girardi had a couple questionable moves this weekend against one of the best managers in baseball in Scioscia. The Marte sequence (walk him, pull him, don’t walk him…watch Scioscia green light him on 3-0). The Robertson pulling.

He’ll have to decide on Thames. Granted Thames (who, if you recall, had a TERRIBLE spring training) is 7 for 14, 2 doubles and an HR, but you can tell the D takes a beating with the speedier Gardner not in there.    

AA, and High A are off today. AAA SWB rained out. (Lousy weather here the last two days and maybe tomorrow too). Low A Charleston is it, will have a report later.  

Jeter just two hits behind Ken Griffey, Jr. to be the active hits leader.  

Update: Charleston, low A, won 5-0. HR by Zoilo Almonte and DeAngelo Mack. Six scoreless IP by Jose Ramirez.

It’s too early to look at who is doing well in the minors. Maybe stats in say, June.