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Games 41 & 42. Gleyber hits 3 HR to help Yanks sweep O’s. Andujar out for rest of season.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar will have season ending surgery on his shoulder. Probably the reason the Yanks went out and got Kendrys Morales yesterday…..to try and replace Andujar’s bat.

The Yanks (26-16) swept the Orioles in an old-fashioned, single-admission DH today, winning the first game 5-3 and the second 3-1.

Game 1: The Yanks hit 4 HR. J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the first, but Gary Sanchez hit a bomb (HR #12) to tie it up in the bottom of the first. After the Orioles scored in the top of the second, Gleyber Torres and Cameron Maybin homered in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 3-2. For Maybin, his first HR as a Yankee (also first of the season).

Happ gave up another gopher ball in the fourth which tied the game. But in the bottom of the fourth, Torres hit his second HR of the game to put the Yanks up 4-3. One out later, Gio Urshela got on on a 3-base error and scored on a single by Mike Tauchman. Tauchman was up only for the day b/c DH’s allow a 26th man.

Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR
Torres 2 hits, both solo HR
Maybin solo HR

Happ (W, 3-3, 4.44) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.69
Kahnle (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.08
Britton (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.95
Chapman (S, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.30

Game 2:  Torres got his 3rd HR of the day and Luke Voit drove in 2 runs as Domingo German improved to 8-1, 2.50 on the season.

With two out in the third, D.J. LeMahieu doubled and Voit, 0 for his last 22, doubled him home.

Torres’ HR (8) in the fourth made it 2-0. The Orioles cut it to 2-1 in the fifth.

German got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Thairo Estrada doubled and scored on a single by Voit.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI
Torres solo HR

German (W, 8-1, 2.50) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Britton (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.79
Chapman (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.16

With the sweep, the Yanks (26-16) are 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. They play the Rays this weekend in a three-game set. The Yankees are off on Thursday.


Game 37. Yanks 2-hit M’s, win 3-1. Gio with the big hit again. Hicks to return Monday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The emergence of Gio Urshela continues. What this will mean for Miguel Andujar, last year’s ROY runnerup, will be interesting once more people start coming off of the DL. Andujar may have to DH more. If that’s the case, Stanton has to play OF more, and that then affects people like Clint Frazier or Brett Gardner, esp. when Hicks and Judge return. A domino effect.

Aaron Boone will have to make decisions. But these will be tough but good decisions and not decisons made out of necessity because half of your roster is on the DL.

Urshela, who didn’t start the game, got a big bases-loaded single with two outs and two strikes on him in the bottom of the eighth to give the Yanks two insurance runs they would need in a 3-1 win over Seattle Thursday night.

The win puts the Yanks (22-15) 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East (2nd place) and the Yanks now go into the Trop (one of, if not the WORST stadium in MLB) for a three game weekend series. The Yanks can take over first place if they can sweep the Rays this weekend.

They won’t have Aaron Hicks yet, though. Hicks, 0 for 11 on his rehab stint so far, obviously doesn’t feel his swing is there yet, so he will go from playing for A+ Tampa to AAA SWB for this weekend, play three games for SWB, then rejoin the Yanks on Monday. We’ll see what the corresponding move will be.

The Yanks’ pitchers two-hit the Mariners last night, with the only blemish being a two-out, two-strike HR given up by Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth which made Urshela’s hit that much more important.

J.A. Happ pitched five innings of scoreless ball, giving up just one hit. The bullpen up to Chapman was superb, especially Adam Ottavino who got out of a jam in the sixth.

The Yanks got a run in the second when Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres singled. After Andujar (2 for 22 since coming off the DL) and Mike Tauchman flied out, Cameron Maybin doubled in Frazier. It looked like Torres may have had a chance to score, but he held at third. Thairo Estrada grounded out to end the inning.

That was all the scoring until the eighth. Ottavino got a big DP ball to end the top of the sixth and keep Seattle from scoring.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the score still 1-0 Yankees, D.J. LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez both singled. Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout, then stole second. Clint Frazier struck out. Torres was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base. Urshela, who replaced Andujar for defensive purposes, then drove in two runs to make the score 3-0 Yankees. Tauchman then struck out to end the inning.

As mentioned above, the single by Urshela proved huge when Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth. Final, 3-1 Yankees.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.344, what a pickup; leads AL in batting average (won one already when with Colorado)
Torres 2 hits
Urshela 2 RBI (.354, came into the year a .225 hitter; what a surprise)
Maybin RBI double (.323, great pickup so far).

Happ (W, 2-3, 4.36) 5+ IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 HBP, 7 K.
Ottavino (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.86
Kahnle (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.20  (what a rebound from last year)
Britton (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.52
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.63

I am fighting a URI/Chest cough, so bear with me on the reports. Thanks!

Game 32. Paxton to DL, and Yanks fall, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Saturday’s game, the Yanks put James Paxton on the 10 day DL. They brought up Jake Barrett from SWB, where Barrett was 0-1, 1.50 in eight games. Barrett, 27, RHP, spent MLB time with Arizona 2016-2018, going 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113. He’ll probably be with the Yanks until the Yanks need a starter (Loaisiga, probably) to fill Paxton’s spot next turn around.

J.A. Happ, meanwhile, gave up 2 HR in the Yanks’ (18-14) 7-3 loss to the Twins Saturday. It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Happ so far, and with Paxton now shelved, the Yanks really need Happ to step it up.

The Yanks were down 5-0 in the seventh when Brett Gardner doubled, Cameron Maybin singled him to third and Gardner scored with Maybin moving up on a WP. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Maybin to cut it to 5-2.

But the Twins came right back with runs in the eighth and ninth.

The other Yankees’ run came when Gary Sanchez hit his eleventh HR of the year in the bottom of the eighth.

Miguel Andujar returned to the lineup, had a hit but made two errors.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR

Happ (L, 1-3, 4.93) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.14
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  10.38
Barrett 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Today’s game (Sunday) has been pushed back from 1 PM to 4 PM because of the weather. The Yanks hope the rain stops and that they can get the game in.



Game 27. Sanchez 467 ft. slam leads Yanks past SF, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez wasn’t doing too much since coming off the DL (rushed? just one rehab game?) but he made up for it big time Saturday with a 467 ft. grand slam as the 16-11 Yanks beat SF 6-4. It was the first grand slam of Sanchez’ career.

The Yanks have won 8 of their last 9, despite all the injuries.

J.A. Happ pitched great. He started the season slowly, but looks to be coming around.

The Yanks scored in the third when Cameron Maybin walked, was bunted over to second by Happ and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

One thing LeMahieu and Gio Urshela give is great defense. Both made excellent defensive plays in this game. The more I see of LeMahieu, the better his signing looks.

In the fifth, Maybin singled. Thairo Estrada singled, and Happ’s bunt didn’t do the job, Maybin being nailed at third. LeMahieu walked to load the bases and Luke Voit was HBP to force in a run, 2-0.

Sanchez then unloaded his bomb—HR #7 of the season, to make it 6-0.

The Yanks were cruising until the bottom of the ninth, when Luis Cessa gave up both a 3-run HR and a solo HR to make the final score closer than it should have been. Aroldis Chapman had to come in to get the final out.

Sanchez grand slam.
Urshela 3 hits.

Happ (W, 1-2, 4.68) 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.15
Chapman (S, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.38


Game 22. Yanks, one strike away from winning in 12, win in 14, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

An error and a wild pitch helped the Yanks (12-10) win a marathon, 4-3, over the Angels Monday night in a game that lasted 14 innings and ended after 2 A.M. Eastern Time.

The Yanks were one strike away from winning 3-2 in 12, but Aroldis Chapman hit a batter and gave up a game-tying single after that.

The Yanks got the first run of the game in the first on a Luke Voit HR (5).

J.A. Happ gave up a 2-run HR in the second to Jonathan Lucroy and the Angels took a 2-1 lead. Happ was good, otherwise. Maybe he is coming around after a rough beginning to the season.

Kyle Higashioka opened the third for the Yanks with a double and later scored on a SF by Gleyber Torres (after a couple of walks) to tie the game at two.

That’s where it stood until the twelfth, when Clint Frazier doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a groundout, and after a walk to Mike Ford, Gio Urshela hit a SF to put the Yanks up 3-2. Urshela would be heard from again later.

But in the bottom of the twelfth, with two out, a man on second, and two strikes, Chapman hit the batter, then gave up the game-tying single. On we go.

In the 14th, Gleyber Torres struck out but reached on a throwing error by Lucroy. After Frazier struck out, Torres reached second on a WP. (Thanks, Angels for the gifts). Mike Tauchman struck out and the Angels intentionally walked Ford, once again, to get to Urshela, and once again, their strategy backfired. Torres stole third, and Urshela then singled him home with what proved to be the game-winning run.

Urshela is known for his glove, not his bat, and he has made a couple nice defensive plays this year, including last night. But he is hitting well for the Yanks so far. (.297). So it’s funny to see the Angels walk Ford (.071, just one MLB hit since being called up) twice to get to Urshela. At least Gio delivered both times.

Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Happ 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.96
Ottavino 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.77
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.16
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  1.74
Chapman (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  3.00
Holder (W, 1-0, 5.54) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

It’s early, but one thing I’m concerned about already is Ottavino. He’s pitching well, but it seems like, with Betances out and Green and Holder (until last night) struggling, that Ottavino is in there everyday. I’m worried about Ottavino burning out eventually.

After opting out of his contract, the Yanks did give Gio Gonzalez his release.

The Yanks did sign Brad Miller for depth, mostly a SS/2B/1B, the lefty hitter, 29, is a .240 hitter who does have some pop. He hit 30 HR for Tampa Bay in 2016. I hate to say this, but with this move, and also with the earlier move in getting Mike Tauchman, you have to wonder if the Yanks aren’t all that high on Tyler Wade, who still hasn’t proven he can hit MLB pitching. Otherwise, if they were sold on Wade, why would they make these moves? Eventually a player runs out of chances, and you have to wonder if Wade and/or Greg Bird is reaching that point. Just being honest, here.

Game 17. Yanks sweep Bosox behind Gardner’s slam.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

J.A. Happ entered the game with an ERA of 8.76, and things didn’t look too promising early on because he gave up a HR in the first and a 2-run HR in the second to put the Yanks (8-9) down 3-0.

Happ settled down, however, and Brett Gardner’s 100th career HR—a grand slam—enabled the Yanks to beat Boston 5-3 to take both games of the two game series.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Clint Frazier, who had three of the Yanks’ five hits.

Gardner’s slam came in the seventh. It was his fourth HR of the season.

Ottavino got into, and out of, trouble in the eighth.

Happ 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.23
Kahnle (W, 1-0, 3.38) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.00
Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57


Games 13 & 14. Yanks lose Friday, win Saturday on 1-hitter. CC back, but bad Betances news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This will be brief, because I was out of town Friday night and all day Saturday.

The Yanks lost Friday night 9-6. J.A. Happ (0-2, 8.76, took the loss Friday) and Chad Green (0-2, 11.81) have been disappointing so far and both didn’t pitch well at all Friday night. They have to improve.

Greg Bird has to also. 6 for 35, 16 whiffs. Only one hit for extra bases.  James Paxton is 1-2, 6.00.

As for Bird, when guys get healthy, then someone has to be sent down, and if your numbers aren’t there, then….

It’s just the nature of the business. If he wants to stay in the majors, he’ll have to pick it up. Voit is only hitting .200, but Voit does lead the Yanks with 13 RBI.

The Yanks are in 2nd in the AL East, but 4 1/2 back of the Rays. It’s early but don’t discount Tampa Bay. Boston, like the Yanks, has been struggling so far. (5-10).  For the Yanks to get better, some players (see above for an example) must play better, as well as others have to get healthy.

The Yanks (6-8) snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. CC Sabathia returned from the DL (Stephen Tarpley sent down) and combined with three relievers on a one-hit shutout as the Yanks won 4-0.

Aaron Judge hit his 4th HR of the year in this game.

Tyler Wade squeezed home a run. I love to see that. With all the injuries, the Yanks have to find different ways to win. With Wade’s speed and bunting ability, this is one of them.

I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home.

If short on power because of the injuries, then pitching and defense and speed.

Dellin Betances’ shoulder isn’t better. Bone spur. Cortisone shot. Shut down 6-7 weeks, probably out 3 months.

Saturday’s pitching line:

CC 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K
German (W, 3-0, 1.38) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

CC is now 11 strikeouts short of 3000 for his career.