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Minor League Report. Judge, Stanton at SWB (Stanton HRs) but SWB gets hammered. Trenton gets just one hit again.


AAA: DH Aaron Judge started his rehab for SWB, and was joined there by RF Giancarlo Stanton, but SWB (38-27) got hammered, 16-3. Judge was 0 for 4, striking out 3x. Stanton was 1 for 3, striking out 2x, but hitting a 3-run HR (and reports are it was an absolute BOMB).

2B Breyvic Valera 2 hits (.419). CF Billy Burns 2 hits. Awful night for starter Dan Camarena, who gave up 12 R, 10 ER, in 2 1/3 IP.

Danny Farquhar, trying to comeback from that brain aneurysm last year, gave up 4 runs, 2 HR, in 1 1/3 IP.

AA: Trenton (36-26) only got one hit (and no, it wasn’t a ninth-inning bunt, it was a second-inning single) in losing 3-0. Starter Garrett Whitlock 1 R in 6 IP.

High A: Tampa off. The first half of the season is over, and the FSL All-Star Game is tonight. Tampa finished the first half 28-38, sixth in the seven-team division, 13 1/2 back.

Low A: Charleston (36-32) lost 7-6 in 10 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, solo HR. DH Anthony Seigler (2018 1st round pick) 2 hits. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, 3 RBI.


Games 65 & 66. Yanks regain share of first with a DH Split vs. Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka got through one bad inning, pitching into the seventh, as the Yanks pounded the Mets, 12-5.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a double by Didi Gregorius and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

Tanaka gave up 4 runs in the third, inc. a 3-run HR to put the Mets up 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got one back when Brett Gardner singled, he and D.J. LeMahieu were safe all around on an error, and with two out, Gary Sanchez singled to make it 4-2.

The Yanks got five in the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (5) and a 3-run bomb by Luke Voit (16).

With two out in the fifth, the Yanks tacked on two more runs on a double by Morales, RBI single by Urshela, and RBI triple by Gardner. 9-4.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-5, the Yanks got a run in the seventh when Clint Frazier and Urshela each doubled.

Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 12-5.

Voit 3-run HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (20)
Gregorius 2 hits
Morales 3 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 4-5, 3.58) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57.

Game 2: You worry about the Yanks’ pitching and their health and if they need or will get another pitcher. German on the IL for now, Tanaka’s elbow, CC’s knee, Severino and Montgomery haven’t pitched at all this year, Loaisiga on IL, and with Game 2’s starter, James Paxton, you wonder if his knee is affecting him. In his last two starts, Paxton’s ERA has gone from 2.81 to 4.04.

He was knocked out in the third. After just 11 pitches, the Mets, who won this game 10-4, were up 3-0 after a double, single, and 3-run HR.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third, knocking Paxton out of the box.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the third to cut it to 6-3. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Gleyber Torres singled in one run, and forceouts by Frazier and Urshela brought in two more.

But a 2-run HR off of Chance Adams in the fourth made it 8-3 Mets.

Adams, the “26th man” for the DH (and therefore going back down after the game), gave up another HR in the fifth, 9-3.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a run in the top of the ninth, 10-3 Mets.

Brett Gardner homered (10) in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 10-4 Mets.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .316
Sanchez 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (10)

Paxton (L, 3-3, 4.04) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.10
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.53

Dellin Betances has been shut down for a few weeks. Lat issue.

The Yanks could be getting Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in about a week to two weeks.

First round draft pick Anthony Volpe (SS) has signed with the Yankees.

With the split, the Yanks (41-25) are tied for first with Tampa Bay. They are off Wednesday.

Game 54. First four batters doom Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Four batters and 14 pitches into the game, the Yanks were down 4-0. They fought back but lost 5-4.

So at the 1/3 point in the season, the Yanks are 35-19 (a 105 win pace, despite all the injuries) and the lead in the AL East is one game over Tampa Bay.

Those 14 pitches resulted in an error, a single, a bloop single for a run, and a 3-run HR. Before recording an out, Masahiro Tanaka and the Yanks were down 4-0. Tanaka rebounded to give six innings, but the rough beginning put the Yanks in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a run when Gary Sanchez hit his 17th HR of the season.

San Diego got a run in the sixth to go up 5-1.

The Yanks got three in the seventh when Kendrys Morales walked, and one out later, Thairo Estrada walked. Brett Gardner singled to load the bases, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3. Luke Voit re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Aaron Hicks drove in a run on a ground out, 5-4.

The Yanks put the leadoff man on in the ninth, but couldn’t bring him around to tie the game.

LeMahieu 2 RBI (.313)
Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (17)
Urshela 1 for 1, PH single (.333)

Tanaka (L, 3-4, 3.20) 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Joe Harvey 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.50
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.16

Aaron Judge has started hitting off a tee. Didi Gregorius’ AAA rehab game was rained out. James Paxton comes off the DL today to start and CC looks good to go for Sunday. Slowly, some guys are starting to work at coming off the DL.

UPDATE: After the game, Harvey was sent down to make room for Paxton’s return.

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

Minor League Report. Rehabs starting. Reports on Judge, Tulo, Didi, Stanton.


Aaron Judge threw yesterday but still is a long ways away. He has not begun swinging a bat yet. Oblique strain.

Troy Tulowitzki is taking grounders at third and expressed a willingness to play all over the infield. But once Didi (see next paragraph) returns, will there be any room for Tulo? Heck, there may not be room for LeMahieu what with Voit, Torres, Gio and Urshela in the infield, and Estrada may have to go down for Didi. Unless LeMahieu goes to third, but what then of Urshela?

Didi Gregorius got into an extended spring training game. He got two hits, made an error.

For Giancarlo Stanton, see below, high A Tampa.

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton (25-16) swept a DH.

Reg. sched. game: 6-2 win. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 for 3, RBI (.340). 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta a 3-run HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits (.325). Trenton had to use an “opener” in this game.

Makeup of 5/12: Won 4-3. 2 hits Ruta (.355).   LF Rashad Crawford 2 for 2, RBI. 20 yr. old Deivi Garcia (a kid to watch) (W, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa (18-25) won 9-2. RF Giancarlo Stanton started his rehab. 1 for 3, solo HR  and 2 strikeouts. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 solo HR. DH Steven Sensley 2 hits.  LF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, 2 RBI. Clarke Schmidt (W, 2-2, 3.48) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K.

Low A: Charleston (24-20) won 5-2. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Josh Breaux solo HR. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, 2 RBI.  (.338). Jio Orozco (W, 4-2, 2.53) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 31. The Kraken homers twice, but Paxton leaves early with knee injury in Yanks’ 6-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered twice, but James Paxton had to leave after just three innings with a knee injury in the Yanks’ (18-13) win over the Twins Friday night.

Paxton will have an MRI today, and the hope is that it isn’t serious.

In other injury/rehab news, the Yanks sent down Mike Ford after the game. Miguel Andujar is to be reactivated today.

Also (from MLB.com):

Clint Frazier is expected to join AA Trenton for rehab games Saturday and Sunday and be reactivated on Monday.

Aaron Judge is improving as he recovers from a left oblique strain, but he isn’t ready to resume baseball activities, and manager Aaron Boone said the team isn’t at the point where it can offer a timetable yet.

Aaron Hicks (back) will continue to play in extended spring games through the weekend before joining Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons for rehab games starting Monday. He could return next weekend.

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) could begin a rehab assignment in a few weeks.

As for Troy Tulowitzki, the veteran shortstop is dealing with a new mild calf strain and will be shut down for a week. He was seemingly nearing his return from the left calf strain he suffered in early April.

No word on Stanton.

The game was a bit sloppy, as both teams gave each other some runs.

In the first inning, Brett Gardner reached on a three-base error and after a walk to Luke Voit and a Gary Sanchez strikeout, scored on a single by Gleyber Torres. After Ford struck out, Gio Urshela singled but Voit was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  A bad send by 3B coach Phil Nevin there. The slow-footed Voit was out by plenty.

In the second, with one out, Cameron Maybin walked. Tyler Wade was HBP. With two out, Voit singled in a run but was thown out trying for a double. 2-0 Yanks.

An error by Torres helped the Twins get an unearned run in the third, 2-1 Yanks.

The Yanks got two in the fourth thanks to more gifts from the Twins. Mike Tauchman reached on an error, Maybin singled and Wade bunted them over. A WP brought in one run and Gardner’s groundout plated another. 4-1.

Sanchez homered in the fifth (9) and in the seventh (10) and the Yanks took a 6-1 lead into the eighth, when Zack Britton gave up a two-run homer that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3, which would be the final score.

Sanchez 3 hits, 2 solo HR.

Paxton 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.  3.11
Holder (W, 2-0, 4.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.20
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Britton 1 iP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.15  Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.19

Nice job by the bullpen picking up the baton from the injured Paxton.

Game 20. Judge HRs but gets hurt in Yanks’ 9-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The injury list keeps growing.

This time it’s Aaron Judge going onto it. After homering earlier in the game, Judge strained an oblique muscle in his rib cage while singling later in the game. As he goes onto the crowded IL, Gary Sanchez is due to come off of it.

Sanchez is expected to play in a rehab game Monday and rejoin the team on Wednesday.

Judge’s HR (5) in the first gave the Yanks (10-10) a 1-0 lead.

Clint Frazier’s HR (5) in the second made it 2-0.

In the third, Gleyber Torres hit what was originally called a 3-run HR, but he was rulled out because of fan interference. When will fans learn? If you want a ball that badly, go to Disk’s Sporting Goods and buy one. Anyway, the moron of a fan was kicked out, Gleyber was called out, and manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing the call.

In the fourth, back-to-back HRs by Mike Tauchman (3, a 3-run blast) and D.J. LeMahieu (1) made it 6-0 Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka was superb, his only blip being a solo HR he gave up in the sixth which cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tauchman walked and Judge got injured on his single. Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Judge. With two out, Torres singled in Tauchman and Frazier singled in Torres.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela doubled and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 9-1 Yanks.

Jonathan Holder gave up a home run in the ninth. Yanks win 9-2.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR. Injured and to the IL.
LeMahieu solo HR, first as a Yankee.
Frazier 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR.
Urshela 3 hits.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Tauchman HR, 3 RBI.

The bottom of the Yanks’ lineup did some damage.

Tanaka (W, 2-1, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 6.55