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Game 68. Yanks doomed by HRs, get edged by Rays, 5-4.

Isaac Paredes of Tampa Bay hit 3 HR and drove it 4 runs to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the Yankees (50-18) Tuesday night. Nestor Cortes gave up 2 of the HR, and Clarke Schmidt the other.

Cortes gave up 3 HR on the night.

In the bottom of the first inning, Cortes gave up back-to-back HR to Paredes and Harold Ramirez, and the Rays were up 2-0.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the second. With one out, Kyle Higashioka singled, and Marwin Gonzalez doubled him to third. D.J. LeMahieu’s two-out single plated both runners.

Paredes homered off Cortes in the third to make it 3-2. In the fifth, Cortes gave up a one-out single. Rather than have Cortes face Paredes again, manager Aaron Boone brought in Clarke Schmidt. Understandable since Cortes had given up two HR to Paredes. The move backfired when Paredes hit Schmidt’s first pitch for a 2-run HR, Paredes’ third HR of the game, to make the score 5-2.

In the top of the ninth, with the Yanks down to their last out, Gonzalez hit a 2-run HR (2) to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-4. Aaron Judge then came to bat as a PH, but his attempt to tie the game was caught in front of the fence on the warning track.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI
Gonzalez 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (2)

Cortes (L, 6-3) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.31
Schmidt 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13
Marinaccio 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 2.81
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.66

Marinaccio is starting to come around. Isiah Kiner-Falefa should be back soon, he’s nursing a sore hamstring.

I had to peek at the schedule to see when the Yanks play Boston next. It’s in Fenway, July 7-10, then Boston comes to NY July 15-17. One reason I looked is that even though Boston (now in third) is 12 1/2 games back of the Yanks, they are 27-11 after an 11-20 start, and the Yanks haven’t played the Red Sox since the opening series to the season.

A couple of moves. Ender Inciarte at AAA became a free agent and signed with the Mets. Albert Abreu is back with the Yanks (going to AAA) after having been DFA’d by a couple of teams. The Yanks DFA’d David McKay.

CORRECTION: Abreu is out of options and has to go on the major league roster. A move is forthcoming.

Minor League Action 6/16/22

First some moves. Luis Severino was reinstated off the Covid list after last night’s Yankees game and Ryan (we hardly knew ye) Weber was DFA’d. For one game, Weber did his job well.

Ender Inciarte was released from AAA SWB. A couple promotions. Pitchers Jose Mujica up to AAA, Tanner Myatt up to AA.



AAA: SWB (25-38) lost 3-1.
SS Jose Peraza 3 hits

Brito 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.04 in AAA
Shane Greene (L, 1-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.00
Zach Greene 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.81
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.20

AA: Somerset (39-21) won 11-4
LF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI #26 prospect
CF Jeisson Rosario 2 RBI
SS Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (7)
3B Max Burt 2 hits, 2 RBI

Spence 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.50
Ramirez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.20
Minnick (W, 3-2) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 4.13

High A: Hudson Valley’s game ppd.

Low A: Tampa (25-35) won 14-2.
CF Jasson Dominguez 3 hits. #3 prospect.
C Antonio Gomez 2 hits, 2 RBI. #18 prospect
3B Marcos Cabrera 2 Hits, 3 RBI 2-run HR (10)
SS Benjamin Cowles 3 hits.
LF Grant Richardson 4 hits, 5 RBI Grand Slam (4)
2B Roberto Chirinos 2 RBI

Carela (W, 4-1) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. 2.31
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40
Neely 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.27

Minor League Action from 6-12-22.

AAA: SWB (23-37) lost 10-1.
2B Derek Dietrich 2 hits.
DH Ender Inciarte 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Krook (L, 1-6) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 5.47
Shane Greene 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75
McKay 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.50

AA: Somerset (35-21) lost 7-1 in 10 innings.
DH Chad Bell HR (7)

Vasquez 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 1 HBP. 2.22 #15 prospect
Espinal 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Coleman 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.75
Minnick (L, 2-2) 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR (Grand slam). 1 HBP. 4.50
Ramirez 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.51

High A: Hudson Valley (28-29) won 10-7.
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 2 RBI. #5 prospect .208
DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (6)
LF Aaron Palensky solo HR (4)

Sikkema 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.45 #19 prospect
J. Munoz 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.33
Alvarez (W, 3-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.59
Hutchison 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.38
C. Gomez 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 2.93
Correa (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.14

Low A: Tampa (24-33) lost both games of a DH.
Game 1: Lost 3-2.
3B Marcos Cabrera 2 hits, RBI

Champlain (L, 1-4) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 8 K. 1 WP 3.74
Neely 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.47
Santana 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.42

Game 2: Lost 2-1.

Messinger (L, 0-4) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. 4.85
Watson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 3.18
Dees 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.09
Anderson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.08
Cortijo 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76

Minor League Action 6/4/22

AAA: SWB (19-33) lost 2-1.
2B Jose Peraza 2 hits
LF Ender Inciarte 2 hits, solo HR (3)

Ken Waldichuk 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2 HBP 1.76 (combined AA/AAA: 4-1, 1.43) #6 prospect
M. Gomez (L, 1-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.22
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP 1.40
Shane Greene 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 balk 0.00

AA: Somerset (31-18) lost 3-2 in 10 innings.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (6) .208-6-24 #1 prospect.
1B Max Burt solo HR (4)

Spence 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.76
Espinal (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.70
Minnick 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.25
Jennings (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.03

High A: Hudson Valley (23-26) won 6-5 despite giving up 10 walks.
SS Trey Sweeney 2-run HR (6). #5 prospect .199-6-20
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
LF James Nelson 2 hits, RBI
CF Aldenis Sanchez 2 hits.

Panacual 4 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 2 K. 2.16
Miller 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 6.00
Hutchison 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.05
Ruegger (W, 1-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.50
Myatt (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.82

Low A: Tampa (L, 21-28) lost 8-2. Only 3 hits. Struck out 17x.

Fitts (L, 0-4) 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 7.39
van Zijll 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.69
Santana 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 1 Balk. 1.54
Cortijo 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.55

Moves: Jose Mujica from AAA to AA
Kyle Zurak released.

Minor League Action from 5/27/22.

AAA: SWB (17-28) lost 7-3, despite getting 15K from their pitchers.
2B Oswald Peraza solo HR (5) (#2 prospect) .206-5-15
CF Ender Inciarte 2 hits, (ex MLB, 1X All-Star, 3X Gold Glove) .278

Maciejewski (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR 13.50 (1st game AAA started yr AA)
Nittoli 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.43
Bristo 2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR 6.75
Shane Greene 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 0.00 (Ex MLB and former Yankee, just signed)
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.65

AA: Somerset (27-15) won 3-2.
C Josh Breaux 2-run HR (8) (#25 prospect) .204-8-17
DH Brandon Lockridge 2 hits (#17 prospect) .238

Luis Medina 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.95 (#11 prospect)
Ramirez (W, 3-0) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.00
Coleman (S, 1) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 0.00 (recently promoted from High A)

High A: P Carlos Gomez recently promoted to here from Low A.
Hudson Valley (19-23) lost 12-10
2B Cooper Bowman 2 hits, 5 RBI. 2 HR, Solo shot and 2-run shot (5). (#24 prospect) .250-5-20
SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (4) (#5 prospect) .190-4-15.
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits. (#10 prospect) .277
3B Tyler Hardman 2 hits
DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI

Beck Way (L, 2-2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR 6.41 (#21 prospect)
J. Munoz 3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.04
Blanton 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 7.90
Myatt 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.95
Ruegger 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR 4.91
Alvarez 2/3IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.38

Low A: Tampa (20-23) lost 10-9 in 10 innings. They struck out 18x
CF Jasson Dominguez (aka the “Martian”) 2 hits. (#3 prospect) .278
C Antonio Gomez 3-run HR (2) (#18 prospect) .218-2-9
3B Marcos Cabrera solo HR (8)
DH Kyle Battle solo HR (1)
2B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits 2 RBI

Fitts 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 6.52
Holloway 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.64
Cortijo 1 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 5 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 5.68
Santana 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.90
Neely (L, 2-1) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up GW 3-run HR. 6.64

Game 43. Trevino walks off Orioles in 11th. Yanks win 7-6. More injury problems.

The Yankees (30-13) got Kyle Higashioka off the Covid List, but had to place Aroldis Chapman on the 15-day IL with an Achilles issue, then later saw Giancarlo Stanton leave the game with a tight right calf muscle. Also, D.J. LeMahieu was a late scratch because of a wrist issue.

Hopefully Stanton and LeMahieu are day to day. One, because of their bats (Stanton 11 HR, 35 RBI so far). For another, no one at AAA is hitting or deserves a callup. Maybe Ender Inciarte, but that is it.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s wrapup, Aaron Judge can’t do it alone, and needed help in the lineup from his teammates. Tuesday night Judge (0 for 5) got that help as the Yankees beat Baltimore 7-6 in 11 innings.

Anthony Rizzo homered (11) in the bottom of the first to put the Yankees up 1-0.

In the bottom of the third, Jose Trevino homered (2) to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Gleyber Torres hit the first of his two HR for the evening in the bottom of the fourth and the Yanks were up 3-0.

Baltimore got a run in the fifth to cut the Yanks lead to 3-1, then got four runs in the top of the seventh to go up 5-3. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR to Austin Hays to start the inning, and later in the inning, Michael King, struggling lately after a brilliant start to the season, gave up a 3-run HR to ex-Yankee Rougned Odor.

It’s strange how, nine starts into this season, and with a good ERA of 3.30, Jordan Montgomery still doesn’t have a win. He is 0-1.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the seventh and tied the game up. With one out, Torres hit his second HR of the game (7) to cut the lead to 5-4. One out later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled and Marwin Gonzalez was HBP. Trevino singled to tie the game.

The game went into extra innings with that ghost runner start the man on second rule that I despise. No one scored in the tenth inning, and here is where I have to question Aaron Boone and other managers. No one bunts anymore.

In the bottom of the tenth, Aaron Judge flied to right, moving Ghost Runner Aaron Hicks to third. With one out, the Orioles intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to a) set up a DP and B) face Estevan Florial, who has a total of 34 MLB at bats, and who is 0 for 11 this season. A logical move. Why then, not have Florial bunt the winning run home on a squeeze play? The bunt ensures (unless he pops it up) that you stay out of the DP. Florial has speed. So does Hicks at third. Instead, Florial grounded out, and the run didn’t score because Torres then struck out. This isn’t just Boone. The same goes for other managers. But if a situation called for a bunt, that was it. Two speedy runners, a rookie with little MLB experience at bat. Just get the ball down and the winning run probably scores. Oh well.

The Orioles got a run in the top of the eleventh off of Yankees’ pitcher Clarke Schmidt, who did nothing wrong. It’s why I hate that ghost runner rule. A groundout moved the runner to third, another brought him home. Schmidt did nothing wrong, got the outs but the runner scored.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Torres was the ghost runner, and a flyout by Miguel Andujar moved Torres to third. Kiner-Falefa singled to tie the game, and Gonzalez singled IKF to second. Trevino then lined a single down the third base line to win the game.

Hicks 2 hits
Rizzo solo HR (11)
Torres 2 hits, both solo HR, (7)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits, RBI
Trevino 3 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (2). GW walk-off RBI single.

Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.30
King (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.96
Luetge 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.56
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.40
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.80
Schmidt (W, 3-2) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.69




Minor League action from May 17, 2022

AAA: SWB (13-23) lost 4-3. The team doesn’t hit. Struck out 13x.
1B Greg Bird solo HR (3)
RF Ender Inciarte 2 hits

Krook 5 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 2 H, 7 K. 1 WP 4.04
Nittoli 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.44
Weber (BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.60
Bristo (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.65

AA: Somerset (22-11) won 10-3.
RF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI (#27 prospect)
C Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI (#26 prospect)
CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI (#18 prospect)
LF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits
1B Chad Bell 2 RBI
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, 2 RBI; 2-run hr (1)

Brito (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.44
Loseke 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.83
Ernst 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Mujica 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley (15-18) lost 5-3.
2B Cooper Bowman 2 hits (#25 prospect)
1B Eric Wagaman solo HR.

Abeyta (L, 0-3) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. gave up 1 HR. 1 Balk. 6.20
Correa 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 Balk. 1.26
Ruegger 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.32

Low A: Tampa (14-19) lost 4-3, striking out 16x.

Yulie 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. 6.39
Milam (L, 3-3) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.07
Neely 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 7.02




Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (8-10) scored two in the bottom of the ninth to beat Lehigh Valley, 4-3.
LF Ender Inciarte 2 hits, RBI

Wesneski 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.37 (#8 prospect)
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 3.52
Greene (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.82

AA: Somerset (10-7) lost 2-1.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI (#1 prospect)

Boyle 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. 5.40
Zurak 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jennings (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up HR. 2.13

High A: Hudson Valley (10-7) won both games of a doubleheader.
Game 1: 5-3.
C Austin Wells 2-run HR (#4 prospect)
3B Tyler Hardman 2 RBI

Sauer 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.60
Diaz (W, 1-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Coleman (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 2: 3-2.
C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (2)

Will Warren 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.65
Giacone (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.86
Mauricio (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.91
Hutchison (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 9.00

Low A: Tampa (7-10) won 10-3.
CF Jasson Dominguez 2 hits, RBI (#3 prospect)
LF Madison Santos 3-run HR (1)
1B Anthony Garcia 4 for 4, 3 RBI 2 solo HR (4)
3B Marcos Cabrera 2 hits
C Anthony Seigler 2-run HR (2)
RF Raimfer Salinas 2 hits

Fitts 4 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.52
Holloway (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Messinger 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K 1 HBP 4.91
Neely 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K. 6.00

Minor league report. Balkovec (female manager) wins her first game.

AAA: SWB (4-0) won both games of a double header.

Game 1: 7-6 in 8 innings (minor league games are 7 innings if a DH).
1B Greg Bird hit a 2-run HR (1) in his first at bat back with the Yankees’ organization. He had 2 hits.
3B Phillip Evans had 2 hits and an RBI, RF Tim Locastro had 2 hits.

D. Garcia (#29 prospect) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 2 HBP. Was Wild. 3.00
Nittoli 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 20.25
McClain 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP. 0.00 Seeing a lot of wildness here, Walks, WP, HBP…
McKay (W 1-0, BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Weissert (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 2: Won a blowout, 10-1.
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI, (#14 prospect)
CF Ender Inciarte 2 hits, 4 RBI, Both hits were 2-run HR. (2)
C David Freitas 3 hits, RBI, HR (1)
LF Matt Pita 2 hits, RBI, HR (1)

Weber 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.25
Semple (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

AA: Somerset won their opener, 6-2.
Interesting game. A combined one-hitter, but with 10 Walks and 2 HBP.
#1 prospect SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI
LF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI (#27 ranked prospect in Yankees’ system)
C Josh Breaux 2-run HR (1) (#26 prospect)
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits

Medina 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 W, 2 K. 5.40 Wild. (#12 prospect)
Loseke (W, 1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 1 HBP
Maciejewski (H, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.00
M. Gomez (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 0.00 1 HBP
Jennings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley lost their opener, 7-6.

SS Trey Sweeney solo HR (1) (#5 prospect)
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits (#11 prospect)
RF Pat DeMarco 4 for 4, RBI

Sauer 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1 WP. 3.00
Barclay 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 5.40
Alvarez (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Hutchison (L, 0-1; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 21.60
W. Diaz 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Low A: Rachel Balkovec, first female manager of a minor league affiliate, won her debut, as Tampa won their opener, 9-6.

C Antonio Gomez 3 RBI (#19 prospect)
1B Anthony Garcia grand slam (1)
3B Marco Cabrera solo HR (1)

Yulie 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 WP, 1 HBP 8.10
Milam 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.75
Watson (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00
Montas (H, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W 4 K. 4.50
Messinger (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H,0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.00

All in all, very nice, but the one concern was in pitchers being wild.





Yanks sign Cordero, Inciarte to minor league deals.

With the lockout, not much is going on, but the Yankees did sign two to minor league deals yesterday.

RHP Jimmy Cordero, 30. Washington, 2018, Toronto 2019, and the White Sox 2019-2020. 3-5, 4.55, ERA+ 99 in 83 MLB games, all in relief. Pitched in 2 games, 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the White Sox in the 2020 postseason. He missed all of 2021 after having had TJ surgery in March, 2021.

They also signed Ender Inciarte, 31, lefty hitting OF. Inciarte is a 1x All-Star, and 3x Gold Glove winner. He’s stolen 20 or more bases in three separate seasons. A .280 lifetime hitter, his 162 game average is .280-8-50 with 22 SB and an OPS+ of 91. But in 163 games since 2018, Inciarte has only hit .223-8-44, 12 SB and an OPS+ of only 67. He hit .215-2-10 for the Braves in 2021, OPS+ 55. He was released by the Braves in July so he wasn’t part of their WS Championship run. He signed with the Reds, didn’t play for them, and was released by the Reds in August. He has played with Arizona (2014-2015) and Atlanta (2016-2021).

Inciarte provides some depth (along with maybe Estevan Florial) in case Aaron Hicks can’t pick up the slack in CF. Hicks missed most of the 2021 season with a wrist injury and has been injury prone. Florial, 24, has shown flashes but despite hitting .300 (6 for 20) in the majors last year (and 7 for 23 in his MLB career), he only hit .219-17-47 with 13 SB between AA/AAA in 2021.

With Hicks injury last year, Brett Gardner was forced into more playing time than expected in 2021. Not only that, at times Aaron Judge started in CF, along with some appearances by journeymen Greg Allen and Jonathan Davis. Allen and Davis are both gone, and Gardner is now a free agent, but Gardner is 38 years old. Gardner only hit .222-10-39 in 2021, OPS+ 90. With Inciarte being younger, having had some speed and a lefty bat, you wonder if the signing is to replace Gardner on the roster with Inciarte and you wonder if this is a goodbye to the long-time Yankee in Gardner. Also, don’t be surprised if the Yankees still pursue someone else for CF.

Speaking of Judge, he just got married last week in Hawaii.