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Game 31. Yanks’ bats explode in 15-7 win over White Sox.

Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday.

I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up.

Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9).

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3.

A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4.

Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7.

In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th)
Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9)
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
Higashioka 2 hits.

Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38



Game 20. Yanks blast 4 HR in 12-2 8-inning blowout of KC for seventh straight win.

The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

The Yanks hit four homers in the game.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino.

After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 3-run HR (6)
Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
Torres 2-run HR (2)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Higashioka 3 RBI

Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31
Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91

Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP.

The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average).

Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.

Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article.

Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close.

Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth.

After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4.

Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4)
Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 RBI
Gallo solo HR (1)

Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32
Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04
Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great.

Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games.

One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs.

Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.


S.T. Game 16. Higashioka stays red hot, hits 2 HR as Yanks crush defending champs, 10-0.

Kyle Higahioka probably wishes this WAS the regular season. The red-hot Yankees catcher hit two more HR today (Saturday) as the Yankees (7-8-1 in spring training) crushed the defending WS Champion Atlanta Braves, 10-0 in a rain-shortened, 5 1/2 inning affair.

Higashioka, who now has seven HR in spring training, drove in 3 runs. The Yankees scored in each of their five innings. Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a solo HR. Anthony Rizzo also had two hits, including a solo HR. D.J. LeMahieu was 3 for 3 with an RBI. Aaron Hicks was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI.

After a scare earlier this week with a bit of a sore arm, Luis Severino was everything the Yankees could have hoped for today. If he can get back to being the Severino of 2017 and 2018 and be a solid #2 starter behind Gerrit Cole, that will be key to the Yankees’ success this season. Both he and Nestor Cortes, Jr. pitched well today.

Severino (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.


S.T. Game 15. Yanks beat Tigers 6-2. Higashioka stays hot.

You hope he doesn’t leave it in spring training. Kyle Higashioka is red hot.

Higashioka had 2 hits and 2 RBI, including his FIFTH HR of spring training as the Yankees (6-8-1 in spring training) beat Detroit 6-2 Friday afternoon.

Anthony Rizzo had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits, and minor leaguer Carlos Narvaez had a 2-run Double.

The Pitching Line

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K
Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K
Green (W) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up HR
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 12. Yanks crush Phils, 14-2.

The Yanks (5-6-1 in Spring training) crushed the Phils, 14-2, in Spring training on Tuesday.

After Clarke Schmidt started, the rest of the pitching was of guys who all should be bullpen to start the season.

Marwin Gonzalez continued to crush the ball, hitting a 3-run HR, driving in 4 runs, and going 3 for 3. The swtich-hitter who can play six different positions appears to have mde the team in my eyes.

Kyle Higashioka also continued to be hot this spring, crushing his fourth HR of spring training.

Minor Leaguer Max Burt hit a grand slam, and minor leaguer Ben Cowles also homered.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits.

Pitching line:

Schmidt (W) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Luetge (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Peralta (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holmes (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Hopefully nothing serious. Luis Severino with some arm soreness. The rotation to start the season is Cole, Severino, Montgomery, Taillon, and Cortes.

S.T. Game 10. Cole struggles, but Yanks win 7-4 behind 5 HR (2 by Judge)

The Yankees (3-6-1 in spring training) hit 4 HR, two by Aaron Judge, in beating Pittsburgh 7-4 Sunday afternoon.

Judge was 3 for 3 and drove in 3 runs. Besides Judge, Josh Donaldson had a solo HR leading off the bottom of the first for the Yanks, and Kyle Higashioka and Marwin Gonzalez (2-run HR) also homered.

Gerrit Cole struggled in his first spring training outing, but others, especially Jordan Montgomery, did well.

The Pitching Line:

Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Loseke 1 IP, 09 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
Montgomery (W) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Mauricio (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Abreu (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Greene (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

S.T. Game 8. Severino struggles again as Yanks lose to Phillies, 6-5.

A non-roster invitee (Ryan Weber) trying to make the team who gives up 3 runs to lose the game doesn’t bother me that much. Performances like that means he doesn’t make the team. He’s sent to the minors or released.

What does bother me is a member of your starting staff (Luis Severino) struggling greatly.

Such was the case as the Yankees (2-5-1 in spring training) lost to the Phillies, 6-5 on Friday afternoon.

Kyle Higashioka was 3 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Marwin Gonzalez (don’t be surprised if his versatility lets him make the team) had an RBI, as did minor leaguer Brandon Lockridge. D.J. LeMahieu had 2 hits and walked. Aaron Judge walked three times.

The Pitching line:

Severino 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 0 K.
Coleman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Banuelos 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Weber (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.

MLB network will have a documentary on Don Mattingly on April 3.

I saw a picture of the damage Yankees’ Low A Tampa manager Rachel Balkovec received. It’s nasty. Lucky she’s ok, but she will have a shiner for a while after being struck in the face from a batted ball.

Gallo a GG finalist.

Joey Gallo is one of three finalists for the Gold Glove award, mostly for his defensive work he did for Texas while playing RF. Aaron Judge is not one of the three finalists.

Gallo is the only Yankee up for the award. He previously won the award in 2020.

Gio Urshela, for all his defensive prowess, wasn’t a finalist, nor has he ever won the award.


Nelson Cruz won the Roberto Clemente Award. Kyle Higashioka was the Yankees’ nominee.

Game 158. Jays edge Yanks, 6-5. 4 games left and 4 team WC scramble.

Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole didn’t have it last night as the Yankees’ 7-game winning streak was snapped by Toronto, 6-5.

A few starts ago, Cole had to leave the game early with tightness in his hamstring. The Yanks have not said anything since, but Cole hasn’t been the same since. I wonder if there is a correlation, and if it is still bothering him. Cole could be forced to start Sunday on three days rest if the Yankees need to win Sunday to make the postseason.

It is a 4-team scramble for the two wild card spots. Oakland has been eliminated.

Wild Card Standings:

YANKEES 90-68 — top wild card for now, four games to go
Boston 89-69 -1 2nd wild card for now
Seattle 89-70 – 1 1/2 just 1/2 game behind Boston
Toronto 88-70 -2 1 game behind Boston

By the way, Houston still hasn’t clinched the AL West. Their magic # is 1 over Seattle. And how would you like to be San Francisco or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West? 104 wins for SF, 102 for LAD so far. One will have to host a one-game, sudden-death wild card game despite winning more than 100 games!

If the Yanks do make the postseason, here is hoping no one on the Yanks does what P Devin Williams of Milwaukee did in celebrating. He punched a wall and broke his throwing hand. No postseason for him, and a big loss for the Brew Crew.

Bo Bichette has killed the Yanks this year, hitting seven HR. Last night he hit two in Toronto’s win.

Cole gave up a 2-run HR in the first inning to Marcus Semien. Semien’s 44th HR of the season set a new record for second basemen in a season.

Cole gave up a run in the second. Bichette hit his first HR of the game in the third. After three, it was 4-0, Toronto.

With two out in the top of the fifth, the Yanks got two runs when Gleyber Torres doubled, Gio Urshela singled in Torres, and Brett Gardner doubled in Urshela. Torres was the first Yankee to reach base.

Cole gave up another run in the fifth, and on one double, wasn’t helped by his defense, especially Joey Gallo. 5-2, Toronto.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 5-3. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a SF by Aaron Judge.

The Yankees tied it at five in the top of the seventh, but not without injury cost. Gallo led off the inning by getting HBP and had to leave the game later. Torres singled. After an out, Luke Voit PH and struck out but on a WP, both runners advanced, and Voit got injured. Kyle Higashioka singled to tie the game.

Gallo had to go for x-rays, and had to be PH for in the ninth inning. No word yet. Voit may be day-to-day.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bichette hit his second HR of the game, this one off reliever and losing pitcher Clay Holmes, and it was the game-winning blow. 6-5 Toronto.

Before the game, Jonathan Loaisiga activated of the IL, and Andrew Heaney optioned down.

Torres 3 hits
Higashioka 2 RBI


Cole 6 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.23
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.22
Holmes (L, 8-4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.71 (Pit/NYY stats).