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Minor League Report/Problem with Sanchez?/Ex-Yankee Sanderson dies.


The Yankees were off Thursday.

I will not have a report on any of Friday’s action. I’ll be out of town.

AAA: SWB (4-4) won 9-8 in 10 innings. PH Mandy Alvarez GW hit.  LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI, but had to leave the game (see below) .RF/1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.

It appears as if Chance Adams, so good a few years ago, has taken a step backwards in his development.

The reason Higashioka was called up was—wait for it—there may be ANOTHER Yankee going on the DL, and that may be Gary Sanchez.

AA Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa (2-6) lost 8-6. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. LF Tyler Hill 2 RBI. 3B David Metzgar HR, 2 RBI. Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 2 unearned runs, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (4-4) lost 4-0. DH Josh Breaux 2 of the Riverdogs’ 5 hits.

Scott Sanderson, who spent two years with the Yankees in 1991 and 1992, has died at the age of 62. He was an All-Star in 1991. He spent 19 season in the majors, going 163-143, 3.84. His 162 g. average was 13-11, 3.84.

Sanderson was with the Expos (1978-1983), Cubs (1984-1989), A’s (1990), Yankees (1991-1992), Angels (1993), Giants (1993), White Sox (1994) and back with the Angels (1995-1996).

He was with the 1981 Expos that played in the NLCS, the 1984 and 1989 Cubs that played in the NLCS, and the 1990 AL pennant winning A’s. He got into five postseason games, going 0-0, 5.73.

Some of Sanderson’s best seasons:
1980 Expos 16-11, 3.11
1984 Cubs 8-5, 3.14
1989 Cubs 11-9, 3.94
1990 A’s 17-11, 3.88

For the Yankees, he went 16-10, 3.91 in 1991 and 12-11, 4.93 in 1992.

He was the player who wore #21 before Paul O’Neill.







S.T. Games 22 and 23. Yanks hit 3 HR in each game, win both. Hicks to miss Opening Day.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get to Sunday’s games, some news.

Kyle Higashioka sent down to AAA SWB.

Aaron Hicks will miss Opening Day. He got a second cortisone shot for his back.

This means, for a while (a week?) that Greg Bird AND Luke Voit could be on the opening day roster. Stanton would play LF, Gardner CF, Judge RF. Bird or Voit 1B, the other DH.

Rumors are the Yanks have made an offer to Gio Gonzalez, but are probably far apart. Being over the cap already, I can’t see the offer being substantive, and Gio made $12MM last year. My guess is that the Yanks probably offered half of that to cover themselves in case Severino has more issues and cannot come back in May.

Ok, the Yanks won BOTH split squad games today, hitting 3 HR in each game. So they are 13-6-4 for spring training.

Game 22. Yanks beat Phillies, 7-3.

Troy Tulowitzki 2 hits, a 2-run HR.
Greg Bird solo HR.
Gleyber Torres solo HR.
Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 SB
Matt Lipka 2 for 2, 2 SB

Great outing for James Paxton. Not so for Chad Green.

Paxton 4 1/3, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Green (BS)  2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
A. Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Game 23. Yanks beat Orioles, 5-3.

Jonathan Loaisiga needed a good outing to keep up with Luis Cessa and Domingo German as far as filling in for Luis Severino and CC Sabathia in April. He provided it.

Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI
Miguel Andujar solo HR.
Luke Voit 2 -run HR (the competition remains good and fierce between him and Bird).
Higashioka 2 hits.
Zack Zehner 2 hits, solo HR.

Loaisiga (W) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Hale (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hutchison (H) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Brothers (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 17. Yanks hit 3 HR, win 8-7, but disappointment for Loaisiga.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks came from behind to beat the Orioles in S.T. Game #17, 8-7, to go to 9-6-2 on the spring, and they did hit 3 HR, but when it comes to spring training games, there is more there than meets the eye.

The good is that they won.

But the disappointing thing tonight was with Jonathan Loaisiga. I like him, has great stuff. But with Severino and CC both going to miss the first couple weeks of the season, you need to see who will be stepping up to take their places in those first few weeks.

So far, Luis Cessa looks like he will be one of those pitchers.

Loaisiga had tonight to stake his claim to be the other one. He failed, giving up six runs (five earned) in two innings of work.

A disappointing performance from him tonight.

Most of the projected Yankees bullpen did well tonight. Good job.

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each hit 2-run homers. Kyle Higashioka added a solo shot, and the 1B competition between Voit and Bird remains competitive.

Gardner 2 run HR.
Judge 2 run HR.
Voit 1 for 3
Bird 1 for 3 RBI (so far, a tough decision between the two)
Andujar 3 for 3
Higashioka solo HR.

Loaisiga 2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. Disappointing, and he could have made a statement.
Britton 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tarpley (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

S.T. Game 3. Tulo homers, Yanks one-hit Jays 3-0 and Andy joins front office.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Troy Tulowitzki and Kyle Higashioka homered, and the Yankees one-hit Toronto 3-0 to go to 2-1 on the spring training schedule. Aaron Judge added a double.

Tulo, who was let go by Toronto and picked up for minimum wage by the Yankees, so far looks good after missing all of 2018 and after playing just 66 games in 2017. We’ll see if it continues. The Yanks are only picking up half a million of his $20MM contract, with the Blue Jays paying the rest.

If Tulo can get anywhere close to where he was before the injuries, the Yanks may have a steal to fill in at SS until Didi Gregorius returns from his injury. Tulo is a 5x All-Star, 2x Gold Glove winner and 2x Silver Slugger winner. He got MVP votes in six different seasons and finished in the top 10 3x (2009-2011).

He’s 34 and after having missed all of 2018 and most of 2017, will need to be monitored carefully. But people are being blown away by how good he looks. Hopefully it isn’t a mirage, and Tulo puts a good bid in for Comeback Player of the Year.

He is a .290 career hitter (granted, most in Colorado) but has hit 20 or more HR in seven different seasons, and has a career OPS+ of 118.

Like I said, if he can come somewhat close to what he used to be, the Yanks got a steal.

The Yanks’ pitching was great today.

Paxton (w) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K
German 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chad Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Diehl 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Combined one-hitter, 2 walks, 10 K.  Cessa and German are battling for one of the few bullpen spots available. Betances, Chapman, Britton, Ottavino and Holder more or less have spots sewn up. You also have Loaisiga (who I think will continue to start, but at AAA), Farquhar, Colombe, etc. battling for those few spots also.

Andy Pettitte has agreed to join the Yankees’ front office as a special advisor, and yes, the Yankees’ great was approached by Derek Jeter to do the same for Jeter with the Marlins. At least the Yanks kept Andy. Just recently, Jorge Posada agreed to help out his old buddy Derek.



Yanks/Red Sox overshadowing other series? One team may have a beef about that.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because of the rivalry and the markets, the focus is on the Yankees/Red Sox series. You wonder how the other teams feel about that. The NL, and especially, one AL club.

With that focus on Boston/NY, Houston may be saying, “What about us? We won 103 this year, and we’re the defending WS Champs!”

And they would have every right to feel that way.

The Yanks made a couple of moves. That roster for the wild card game was only for that game so off goes Higashioka and Wade, and on goes CC and Tarpley.

Tarpley could be a shocker (or sleeper?). I saw his MLB debut on 9/2. He got in 10 games this year, no decisions, ERA 3.00.

9 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 6 W, 13 K. Walks too high, but here he will be facing the Red Sox in a postseason series, as most likely, a LOOGY.

Happ will start Game 1.

Boston has announced Sale, Price, Porcello and Eovaldi for Games 1-4.

Interesting a lot of lefties going up in Fenway. Happ, Sale, Price.

I haven’t seen the Yanks order, but after Happ, I expect Tanaka (Update: it is), then Severino, CC and then Happ. (Update: No starter named after Tanaka. Looking like 3/4 could be switched, CC then Severino?).

Happ has a 2.98 ERA or so in 21 games (20 starts) against Boston. A good record, but unconventional in that a lefty goes in Games 1 and maybe 5 up in Fenway.

Milw. won game 1 of their NLDS against Colorado. As I write this, the Dodgers have a nice lead in Game 1 over the Braves. (Update: Dodgers won 6-0).

A passing: Marty Pattin at the age of  75 yesterday. Angels 1968, Seattle Pilots 1969. Milwaukee Brewers 1970-1971, Boston 1972-1973, KC Royals 1974-1980.

Pattin faced the Yanks in the ALCS in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.

He was an All-Star in 1971 for the Brewers.

He won 17 in 1972 for Boston.

114-109, 3.62, ERA+ 102. Average 162 g. season? 22 Starts, 24 more in relief. 11-11, 3.62.


Game 125. Banged up Yanks win 2-1 in 12, worry about Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

No Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Didi Gregorius.

Before the game, Didi was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. I was surprised that Luke Voit was brought back up instead of Tyler Wade. With Neil Walker going back to 2B, the infield looks OK with Torreyes as a backup, but if Walker goes back to 2B, what then, about the OF, where Walker was filling in?

Wade still hasn’t proven that he can hit MLB pitching, but at least he can play OF as well as IF. Voit can’t (1 MLB inning in RF), so I was a bit surprised at the move for Voit. Besides, Shane Robinson hasn’t given anything. I still hope the Yanks can make a deal for an OF before 8/31 (the deadline for that player to be postseason eligible), especially if problems remain with Aaron Judge and that fractured wrist. And we won’t even get into Clint Frazier (still on concussion DL) or Jacoby Ellsbury (who hasn’t played anywhere all season and is done for the year).

Now the Yanks have to hold their breaths on Aroldis Chapman. More on that later.

With a depleted lineup, others (like Greg Bird (.206) and Brett Gardner (.243), especially) need to step up. Bird, however, was 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts last night in the Yanks’ 2-1 squeaker of a 12-inning win.

With the win, the Yanks (79-46) move to 8 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Houston and Oakland (each are tied for 1st in the AL West) for the top wild card slot.

It wasn’t easy, since the Yanks had to escape a couple of late inning jams.

The Yanks threatened in the second but didn’t score.

In the fourth, Andujar singled, and with one out, Torres singled. Walker singled in a run to make it 1-0. Romine was HBP to load the bases, Tabut Tanaka (damned NL no-DH rules) popped up and Gardner flied out.

Tanaka got out of a jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched well, but made a mistake in the fifth. As we all know, when Tanaka (gopher-ball prone) makes a mistake, it leaves the yard. At least it was just a solo HR. Game tied at 1.

Chad Green escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Cole escaped a bases-loaded, NO out situation in the bottom of the eleventh, helped by a nice 6-2 forceout at home by Gleyber Torres.

In the top of the twelfth, Kyle HIgashioka singled. Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was HBP to load the bases. Miguel Andujar hit a SF for the eventual game-winning run. A WP moved up the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Bird struck out.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Chapman came in, walked the first batter, and removed himself from the game after only six pitches because of increased pain in his knee. He’s been dealing with it most of the season, but the pain was worse and he’ll have an MRI today. So there is THAT for the Yanks to be concerned with. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield was moved to the bullpen for SWB so that Sheffield could help in that capacity down the stretch.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman, pitched well, and the game ended when Higashioka nailed the baserunner trying to steal second.

David Robertson wasn’t available due to a tender shoulder.

2-1 Yanks in 12 innings.

Stanton 2 hits.
Andujar GW SF.
Torres 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, 2 walks, RBI
Higashioka 1 for 1, scored winning run, threw runner out for last out.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H,  1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.90
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.24
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.12
Cole (W, 4-1, 5.53 Wash/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Chapman 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.11  Threw just 6 pitchers, left game, injured.
Kahnle (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.39




Game 124. Bird slams Jays, but Didi hurt in Yanks’ 10-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since the Yanks finished 97-65 in 2011, the Yanks are 32 games above .500 since the win today puts them at 78-46. Since Boston lost, the deficit in the AL East is 9 1/2. They are 4 games up for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks head to Miami. They are off on Monday.

The win could be costly, however. Didi Gregorius, in beating out an RBI single in the first inning, bruised a heel while running into the first baseman, and it could put him on the DL.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the first, but the Yanks came back with six runs before making an out.

Hicks and Stanton walked, then they executed a double steal. Andujar (red/hot) singled in one run. Didi singled in another but got hurt on the play. Torres got an infield single that loaded the bases.

Bird then hit a grand slam (HR #11) to make it 6-0.

Ronald Torreyes replaced Didi, going to 2B while Torres shifted over to SS. Torreyes, off the bench, got 3 hits in the game.

Happ gave up another HR in the sixth which made it 6-2, but the Yanks got four in the bottom half of the inning for the final of 10-2.

Gardner singled and Hicks walked. Stanton singled in one run. Andujar got an RBI on a forceout. Torreyes doubled, and Torres was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Bird grounded into a force at home, Higashioka singled in two runs.

Andujar 2 RBI
Bird, grand slam, 4 RBI
Higashioka 2 RBI
Torreyes 3 hits
Torres 2 hits

What a pickup Happ has been. 4 starts, 4-0 as a Yankee.

Happ (14-6, 3.84, Tor/NYY) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18
Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.34