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S.T. Game 26. All rise, twice. Judge HRs 2x in Yanks 9-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Wednesday’s game, the Yanks sent a couple of people down, and one of them, Tyler Austin, is the indication that they are going with just three bench people, meaning 12 position players, and 13 pitchers to start the season.

Besides Austin, also going down are Ben Heller, Giovanny Gallegos and Billy McKinney.

It appears that that 25th spot will be going to Jonathan Holder or Domingo German.

I prefer it go to Holder. Here is why. I’m more sold on German as an emergency starter than Luis Cessa (see below for what Cessa did tonight). So as an emergency starter, I want German to stay stretched out to give multiple innings, and not waste away in the Yanks’ loaded bullpen going only an inning or two at a time. Keep him stretched out at AAA. So then go with Holder in the bullpen (and see below for what Holder did tonight).

As for the game tonight, Aaron Judge homered twice, walked twice, scored four runs and drove in four in the Yanks’ 9-4 win over Baltimore. The Yanks’ spring training record is 14-11-1.

The lineup looked like an Opening Day lineup, with the exception of Ronald Torreyes batting 9th and playing 3B instead of Brandon Drury.

The lineup was Gardner/Judge/Bird/Stanton/Sanchez/Didi/Hicks/Walker/Torreyes.

Having written that, the first two innings featured the kind of offensive bludgeoning we hope to see from the Yanks this year.

After Cessa gave up a HR in the top of the first to put the Orioles up 1-0, the Yanks came right back with two in the bottom of the first. With one out, Judge walked, and with two out, Stanton singled, Sanchez walked and Didi doubled home two.

Some don’t like Judge hitting second because of the 52 HR last year. I don’t mind it because he also led the AL with 127 walks. You do want someone on base for Stanton and Sanchez (and others).

In the third, with one out, Torreyes and Gardner singled, and Judge walked again, this time to load the bases. Bird singled in two. After Stanton grounded into a force, Sanchez reached on an error, a run scoring. 5-1 Yanks.

Cessa gave up a couple runs in the fourth to make it 5-3 O’s. By this time, Gary Sanchez had already thrown out TWO Orioles attempting to steal.

In the bottom of the fourth, Judge hit the first of his two homers for the night to make it 6-3 Yanks.

In the fifth, David Robertson ran into trouble then turned into Houdini again. Single, double to make it 6-4, WP. But then foul out, and two strikeouts, to stand that runner at third.

Holder (see above) came in and pitched two scoreless innings. Like I wrote, stretch German out at AAA to have him as emergency starter, keep Holder on the team (until Ellsbury is ready to come off the DL).

In the eighth, Aroldis Chapman got a strikeout, then an error by Hicks and a double put men on second and third for the Orioles, but Chapman got a strikeout and Chaz Hebert then came in and got a strikeout to get out of it.

In the bottom of the eighth, Abiatal Avelino and Brett Gardner each singled, and Judge hit his second HR of the game to make it 9-4.

Gardner 2 hits. Scored 2x
Judge 2 HR, 2 walks, scored 4, drove in 4.
Bird 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 RBI

Cessa (W) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K
Holder (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Hebert (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.


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 20. The Kraken gets Cracking. 5 RBI as Yanks win 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After yesterday’s bad game, Chance Adams was sent down.

If the Yanks get an AL MVP this year, don’t be surprised if it isn’t Judge or Stanton. Sanchez has been great this spring and don’t count him out.

Sanchez had a 3-run HR and 2-run double today and that helped the Yanks to a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. It put the Yanks’ spring training record at 12-7-1.

Both Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances were off, both giving up 2-run HRs.

In the top of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a two-run HR to Ex-Yank, Francisco Cervelli.

Aaron Judge doubled in a run in the bottom of the first to cut it to 2-1.

The Pirates got a run in the top of the third to make it 3-1, but in the bottom of that inning, Gary Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, to make it 4-3 Yankees.

The Yanks got four in the fourth to stretch it to 8-3. Bird walked and with one out, Wade walked. Gardner reached on a error to load the bases and Judge walked to force in a run. Stanton grounded out to place a run and then Sanchez doubled in two.

Jose Osuna hit a 2-run HR in the sixth for Pittsburgh to make it 8-5, but in the eighth, Tyler Austin hit a solo HR for the final tally of 9-5.

If I were to guess the 25 man roster on Opening Day right now, it would be:

Sanchez, Romine, Stanton, Bird, Walker, Torreyes, Didi, Wade, Drury, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, and Austin. That is 13.

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

I believe that Ellsbury, now with only two weeks until Opening Day, won’t be ready and the Yanks will put him on the DL to start the season. Clint Frazier could be headed to the 60 day DL because he is not coming along from his concussion.

So, I believe:

C: Sanchez and Romine
INF: Bird, Wade, Walker , Didi, Drury, Torreyes, and Austin (as backup to Bird)
OF: Stanton, Gardner, Hicks, Judge

Once Ellsbury is ready, the Yanks have to decide between Wade and Austin. Since Wade is more versatile, and Walker is being groomed to not only play 2B but 3b and 1B,  I think then Austin would be the one sent down.

Wade made a couple good defensive plays today. Even if he is the Opening Day starter at 2B, Torres may be ready in a few months. The Yanks envision Wade as a “Ben Zobrist” type. Capable of filling in at any of five positions based on need. Good speed, great range and as long as he can hit .260, steal 20 bases and flash that defensive speed, valuable.

Sonny Gray and Dellin Betances had tough days today.

Gray (W) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 Walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (H), 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  1 W, 2 K.
Heller (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Judge 2 for 2, scored 2. Drove in 2. Walked 2x.
Sanchez double, HR, 5 RBI
Austin solo HR.

S.T. Game 12. McKinney slam, Amburgey 3-Run spark late Yanks’ comeback, 11-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.



S.T. Game 10. Yanks lose 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Concern? Or not a concern. Stanton played LF today and messed up a couple of balls there. Now some was because of switching from RF to LF and also because he lost the balls in the sun. Others? Who knows.

But not good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays, 9-1, to drop the spring training record to 8-2.

Between Chad Green’s  pitching and Gary Sanchez throwing out a runner attempting to steal, the first two innings went smoothly.

A couple of errors by Danny Espinosa at 3B led to four unearned runs.

Ronald Torreyes had two hits.

Green 2 IP, 0  R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Chapman (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Heller  1 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Espinal 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 0 w, 1 k.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up a 3-run HR.


S.T. Game 4. Andujar’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 4-3 win; Frazier out with concussion.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Cody Carroll gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the ninth when the Yanks were one strike away from winning, but Miguel Andujar hit a two-out, two-strike HR in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Yanks, 4-3, over the Phillies.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 4-0.

After Sonny Gray pitched two scoreless innings, the Phils got a run in the third off of Yanks’ prospect Chance Adams. Maybe Adams needs to work on his move, because the Phils stole two bases off him that inning. Gary Sanchez did pick a runner off of second to bail out Adams. Sanchez had a double in the game.

The Yanks’ Ben Heller hit a batter with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Phils up 2-0.

The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when, with two out, Brandon Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on an error, and Tyler Wade singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Drury tripled and Andujar doubled him home.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the eighth. With one out, Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin both walked and Jorge Saez singled in a run, with Austin being thrown out at the plate.

That set the stage for the ninth, with Scott Kingery tying it up for the Phils with his HR, only to see Andujar win the game for the Yanks with his walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth.

It wasn’t a good night for Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out all three times up.

Andujar was 2 for 2, double, HR, 2 RBI.

Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Adams 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. HBP.
Keller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll (W) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

OF Clint Frazier will be out of action a couple of days. He sustained a concussion on Saturday (S.T. Game #2) in making a catch in the outfield where he bumped his head against the LF fence.

S.T. Game 1. Wade sparks Yanks to 3-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A few weeks ago, before the Yanks got Brandon Drury, David Cone advised people not to forget about Tyler Wade. Wade made Cone look good today, going 2 for 2. His sixth inning hustle double sparked a three-run rally as the Yanks opened the spring training set of games with a 3-1 win over the Tigers.

After Wade (SS) doubled and was balked to third, Kyle Higashioka (C) drew a one-out walk and Danny Espinosa (3B) was HBP to load the bases. Jake Cave (LF) drove in one run with a groundout, and Jorge Saez (DH) singled in two.

Spring training, lot of players getting action and a lot you may not have heard about, especially the minor leaguers who generally are the ones playing late in these games.

Besides Wade, Saez also had two hits.

Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Heller 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Hale (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Coshow (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Gallegos (S) 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.