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S.T. Game #12. Garcia superb vs. Braves in Yanks’ 5-4 win.

The lineup.

Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Jesus Montero C
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B
Ramiro Pena SS

Freddy Garcia P

Garcia tries to impress. Colon is surprisingly giving Garcia a good run for his money so far.

Game on YES this afternoon. MLB.TV over the Internet has it too, and I believe MLB network will show it tape-delayed this evening.

More later.    

Just want to add: Are you as excited about a “Killer B” appearance in Spring Training as I am? As regular readers know, I do update you daily, and as much as possible, not only on the Yankees games as the season goes along, but also on what’s happening in the minors. That way, you’ll be able to see how Betances and Banuelos are doing at AA Trenton (or SWB if called up), along with the rest of the Yanks’ top prospects.

 From Lohud:

. Available in the bullpen: Dellin Betances, Dave Robertson, Andrew Brackman, Robert Fish, Warner Madrigal, Romulo Sanchez, Daniel Turpen, Brian Anderson and Eric Wordekemper.

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Brad Suttle, LF Austin Krum, CF Melky Mesa, RF Jordan Paraz.

• There is no backup DH listed, suggesting the Yankees are going to let Posada get a full game of at-bats.

Looks like Betances and Brackman are going today. Killer B alert.  

Garcia has a great outing. 9 up, 9 down with 2 K. Yanks lead after 3, 3-0. If Larry Takacs (an LVYFC member) is right when he says that lots of times, it takes someone one full season in NY to adjust, then Granderson is due for a big year. 2-run triple by Granderson, who scored on a Posada single.

Betances ok, not great today. 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Yanks up after 5, 4-1. Vazquez had double, Nunez single and SB. Laird SF.

Yanks got one in sixth on Single by Nunez, SB, and Single by Pena to go up 5-1. Nunez trying to take backup infielder position from Pena, and had HBP, 2 singles and 3 SB today. Strange inning for David Robertson and Jesus Montero in 6th. Robertson struck out three, but one reached on wild pitch. 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K and 2 wild pitches. 5-3. Brackman for the 7th. Scoreless inning, 1 H, 1 K. 5-3 yankees after 7.

 Warner Madrigal pitched a scoreless 8th, one walk. Romulo Sanchez came in for the 9th and things got a little hairy. Walk, single and error loaded the bases. DP, run scored, then a popup.

Yanks win 5-4 and even their S.T. record at 5-5-2.

S.T. Game #8, vs. Washington @ GMS Field. CC & Joba roughed up in Yanks 10-8 loss.


S.T. Game #8. I believe it’s on YES for those who have it, possibly also WCBS 880 AM. CC gets his work in today.

Brett Gardner LF
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jorge Posada DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Jorge Vazquez 1B
Ramiro Pena SS

CC Sabathia


Girardi: Impressed by Betances, Banuelos, Chavez, Nunez, Brackman (hasn’t gotten into game yet). With Cervelli’s injury, Montero has opening.Notice Killer “B’s” mentioned. Also, Nunez over Pena for backup IF job? Chavez to make team and be a steal? Pena, Laird, Vazquez AAA bound?



Not on YES. My fault.

CC gets his work in, but it’s worst performance by a starter so far this spring. 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. Joba finished the inning for him. After 3, Washington up 5-0.



Crazy day as Yanks get 8 in 4th to take the lead. Gardner double, Swisher reach on E4, Gardner scores. Granderson walks, Posada reaches on E1, Swisher scores, 2nd and 3rd. Chavez singles one in, Montero singles one in. Nunez singles one in. The hot Vazquez doubles two in. All with no out. After an out, Gardner, who doubled to start the inning, triples in a run. Then two groundouts strand Gardner. With the long inning, Robertson pulled after just one batter (K). Fish in. Has scoreless inning.

Fish pitched two scoreless innings (Rule 5 pitcher). Turpen, another Rule 5, goes 1, gives up 2 R, 1 ER. Nationals take lead. Romulo Sanchez gives up a run on 2 H, 2 walks in his inning. Austin Romine has rough inning. 2 SB on the young catcher, then he doubles leading off inning but in thrown out trying for 3 while team down 10-8. Mistake by 22 yr. old prospect there. Ryan Pope pitches scoreless 9th. Yanks lose 10-8, fall to 2-5-1 in S.T. play. 

Both Rule 5 pitchers, Fish & Turpen, will probably be offered back to their teams. Just saying.

S.T. Game #2. Nova, Betances good in outings. Vazquez HRs again as Yanks beat Phils 7-3.

The lineup, from LoHud.

Gardner LF
Swisher RF
Granderson CF
Posada DH
Chavez 1b
Montero C
Nunez 2b
Laird 3b
Pena SS

Pitching: Nova

Chavez, Nova,  Nunez, Montero, & Pena all get their cracks to show what they can do. It’s like “Audition Sunday.” LoHud reports Sergio Mitre, Boone Logan, Dellin Betances and Adam Warren, among others will follow Nova. Betances and Warren, hmmm… youngsters to watch. Of  course, Mitre is looking for a starting gig as well.

A setback for Rafael Belliard, originally in the lineup. Calf injury. Laird takes over, same lineup spot.

LoHud reports that Nova had a 1-2-3 first. The Yanks were six up, six down, although Montero hit the ball hard.

Nova got another groundout and two K’s in the 2nd. He’s now done. Good outing for him. Six up, Six down. 2 K’s in 2 IP.

The Yanks don’t have a hit through three, but Montero hit the ball hard. Liner to 3rd.

Mitre threw a scoreless 3rd, giving up 1 hit.   

In the 4th now, scoreless. Gardner, showing patience, has two walks. 

Granderson hits a 2-Run HR in the 4th.

Wow. I mean wow. Betances conjures up images of J.R. Richard. The big guy (6’8″, 245) faces four hitters. The first up? Top Phils’ Prospect (and Baseball America #4) Domonic Brown. Three pitches. Three swinging strikes. Next? Ben Francisco. Same thing. He walks Carlos Ruiz on four pitches, but then Wilson Valdez. Three pitches, three swinging strikes. Some first impression. 13 pitches. 9 are swinging strikes as he strikes out the side.

Gardner and Swisher get back to back doubles leading off the sixth. 3-0 Yanks. Ryan Howard makes an error on a ball Granderson hits and PR Jordan Parraz scores. 4-0. Mike Schwimer pitching for the Phils. May as well be Friends’ David Schwimmer as Posada doubles in Granderson. 5-0. Montero shows his bat as he singles in PR Dan Brewer. 6-0 after 5 1/2.  Not a good outing for Schwimer. 

Not a good day for Phils top prospect Domonic Brown. First, Yankee Prospect Betances whiffs him on 3 pitches, all swinging strikes. Now Adam Warren does the same.  

I don’t know what to take from Adam Warren’s performance, however. I’ll see what Girardi says. Warren struck out Brown and Ryan Howard, but also gave up 1 R, 1 hit (double) and 2 walks in his 1 1/3 IP.

In the 9th, Jorge Vazquez HR’d for the second straight day, this one off of Brad Lidge. They knew he could hit, the question is his fielding. Not only that, he plays 1B and 3B and we know who plays those positions for the Yankees.

Buddy Carlyle gave up a 2-Run HR to Ben Francisco in the bottom of the 9th. Final score 7-3 Yankees. 

Update: Betances was hitting 97! 


Yanks lose spring training opener, 5-4

The Yanks lost their spring training opener to the Phils, 5-4.

Bartolo Colon gave up 1 run in 2 IP. Joba had a 1-2-3 with a K, David Robertson pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. Joba, for all the weight issues, was hitting 94-95 already.

David Phelps gave up 2 R on 3 hits in his inning of work. Hector Noesi pitched two scoreless innings.

Eric Wordekemper gave up 2 R on 3 hits and blew a 4-3 lead in the 8th in taking the loss. The winning hit was a little bases loaded blooper with two out that fell in. LF Colin Curtis appeared to take a step back, costing him a chance for the out. Luis Ayala pitched a scoreless ninth.

In the first, Brett Gardner made a nice catch against the fence to rob Ryan Howard of a double and an RBI.

Jorge Vazquez had 2 hits, one a monstrous 2-run HR to CF that cleared the 408 sign and the huge batters screen behind the 408 sign.  Francisco Cervelli had an RBI double, and Mark Teixeira an RBI triple.

A-Rod and Brandon Laird had doubles in the game. The Yanks were 1 for 9 with RISP.

The first Phils run was set up by some shoddy fielding. Nick Swisher couldn’t cut off a ball and misplayed the gapper single into a triple.

Nova tomorrow. LoHud reports that Nova will be followed by Mitre, Logan and Betances.

Friday thoughts.

Posada in slump since his return (remember, he had no rehab games). 3 for 27.

Cervelli .181 in last 28 days.

Teixeira didn’t get over .200 until May 8th. His current .226 is the highest it’s been all year.

Dunno if A-Rod can DH. Awaiting word on that groin tightness. Hope no DL. 3B Brandon Laird is hitting .307-12-55 at AA, but he’s only played those 58 games at AA. He’s 22, righty bat, brother of the Tigers’ Gerald Laird.

A 28 year old veteran of the Mexican League, Jorge Vazquez, was on the DL most of this year. He just returned. At AA Trenton, he is 15 for 34 (.441). He had 57 games for Trenton in 2009, .329-13-56. He, like Alex and Laird, is a righty bat. Looking at baseballreference.com on Vazquez, however, it shows some brutal defense at 3B. Laird there is not much better.

Hmmm …. Lady Gaga is a Yankees fan? Considering what she did yesterday during the Mets’ DH at Citi Field, we may want to disown her. No need in having fans act like some fans did in Philly this year. Don’t know the complete story here, but gee, they start the boorishness young in Philly, don’t they? Wonder if that is how Pukemon got started?

Speaking of the Phils, let’s hope that their bats don’t wake up against the Yankees. They were shut out for the seventh time in 2010 last night. I know Rollins is out, but a team with Howard, Utley (8 for his last 56), Werth (1 for his last 17), Victorino shouldn’t have that much trouble scoring runs. The defending NL champs are down to 31-27 and now face Boston and the Yanks on the road.

Would people advocating trading Hughes and Cano for Johan Santana a few years back advocate that now? I think not. Patience IS a virtue.

Pettitte once again tries to go for two milestones. A win over the Astros tonight (first time he’s faced the team he briefly played for, 2004-2006) would be #237 of Pettitte’s career…passing Whitey Ford on the all-time list and tying him with Clark Griffith and Waite Hoyt. It also would be Andy’s 200th win as a Yankee.

Hmmm…consider this. Joel Sherman in the Post offers this scenario: No rumors, no talking to execs, just a thought. Say the Yanks trade Vazquez to an NL team at the deadline for prospects, then turn those prospects along with one or two of their own to Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Yanks want to be sure they don’t give up too much. But we’ll see what names (Montero, Romine, McAllister, Noesi, Dave Adams, Laird, Nova) all of a sudden get a lot of “trade bait” talk. I will add:

You may have three lefties (always good at the Stadium) in the four-man postseason rotation…

AND PHIL HUGHES IN THE BULLPEN. September could see limiting Phil’s innings.

Lee is 4-2, 2.77 for Seattle this year.

Ask yourself. Would you rather have Phil starting two games in a postseason series, or possibly having a bigger impact by being available for five games out of the bullpen as a bridge to Mo? It’s an interesting question, especially if Aceves can’t come back. Hughes…8-1, 2.71 now as the bridge (with Joba) to Mo in back of CC, AJ, Lee and Andy? That’d make us giddy and other teams sick.  

Sherman also raises the name of Matt Thornton, someone the Yanks have craved for a while. I’m not sold on Marte, and Logan didn’t show much. Thornton, the 6’6″ lefty White Sox reliever, is 33. 2-3, 3.81 with two saves this year. 23-22, 3.72 for his career.

If Alex has to miss time, and Teix continues to struggle, but the Yanks continue to play well because of a certain hitter, then the “Cano for MVP” chants could and should begin.

Joba shows effects of flu in 12-7 Yankee S.T. loss to Tampa.

Hughes went 2 IP, giving up 1 run on a HR. 2 IP, 1 R, earned, 1 walk and 0 K. Just that one hit. 

Joba struggled. Badly. He has been fighting the flu, so you wonder if he gets a pass on today’s performance. So far the three underling amigos (Aceves, Gaudin and Mitre) have done better than Phil and Joba. Granted the underlings faced the Pirates while Hughes/Joba had the Rays.

Chad Jennings at LoHud states that Chamberlain just estimated that he was at 60 or 70 percent today.

Joba’s line?    1 1/3; 5 R, all earned. 3 H (2 triples and a double) , 3 walks. 1 K.

Kevin Whelan got no one out. He gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks.

Igawa, who the Yanks may try to reinvent as a LOOGY (to get something out of him) actually did well, going 1 2/3 with 0 R, 0 H and 2 K. David Robertson pitched a scoreless inning with a K.

Not much on the hitting side. A-Rod was 0 for 2 with 2 strikeouts. Robbie Cano had 2 hits (double) and made a great play. Francisco Cervelli had 2 hits (triple) and drove in a run.

With Posada ahead of him, and guys like Montero and Romine behind him, Cervelli may never be better than a backup catcher. But you have to love the way he handles pitchers. From LoHud, Cervelli: “Next time, they will hit my glove. Don’t worry.”

He is young himself (Cervelli turns just 24 tomorrow). But I think Cervelli has the makeup to be a good coach once his playing days are through. He seems to take charge well.

Down 8-1, the Yankees minor leaguers scored 6 in the 7th. Montero had a walk (he struck out later). Eduardo Nunez, Miranda, Russo and Jorge Vazquez all got doubles.

But Grant Duff gave up 3 in the 8th and Dustin Moseley one in the 9th.

12-7 Rays.  

Game 126. Rangers @ Yanks. Lineup and preview.

YANKEES (78-47 +6, +6 on Pythagorean record; OPS+ 118; ERA +101)

That ERA+ has dropped from 104 to 101. Hmmmm…..

BA; HR; RBI; SB/SB att; OPS+ Comments… (*=team leader)
Jeter SS .334*-16-57-21*/26*-129 (career high is .349 in 1999) 
Swisher RF .245-21-66-0/0-120 (Betcha if Jeter gets on to lead off the game that Swish won’t be bunting)
Teixeira 1B .286-31*-93*-2/2-142*
Rodriguez 3B .267-22-68-8/9-136
Matsui DH .268-23-71-0/1-130
Posada C .277-16-60-1/1-121 (237 HR)
Cano 2B .315-20-65-4/9-121
Hairston LF .303-1-6-0/0-118 (10 for 33 as Yankee)
Melky CF .267-11-48-6/8-94 (Girardi bunted a 120 OPS+ guy to set things up for a 94?)

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (10-6, 4.25). ERA+ 105

JD gets a night off.

Minor league stats for SWB and Trenton. Remember when I said that Eric Duncan would never make it? Some bashed me for that and said that I was wrong. Well, check his stats…or lack thereof. Don’t know (what with Teixiera) what the Yanks will do with Miranda and/or Jorge Vazquez … a real shame is what injuries have done to Alan Horne.  

Passings: One’s taste in politics, literature and music is one’s own, but three indisputable giants of their respective fields died today. Regardless of what you may think about their deeds, each was a legend in their craft: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Dominick Dunne, and Ellie Greenwich. 

2nd inning. Hip-Hip Jorge gets #17, a 3-run blast.