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Minor League Report. Walkoff HR for Fowler.


AAA: SWB  (12-10) won 7-6 in the bottom of the 11th on a walkoff HR by CF Dustin Fowler, who had an incredible game. The cycle. 5 for 6, 1 single, 2 doubles, triple, the GW walkoff HR, scored 2 runs and drove in 2.  RF Clint Frazier had a solo Hr. 1B Ji-Man Choi had 2 hits.

Smith 3 1/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.93
Webb 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.10
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.27
Shreve 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.42
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.00
Frieri (w, 1-0, 3.24) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.24

AA: Trenton (14-8), won 4-0. 1B Mike Ford 3 H, 2 RBI. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 H, RBI. 2 hits each for SS Gleyber Torres and LF Zack Zehner.

Herrera (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 W, 4 K.
Brewer (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Graham (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

HIgh A: Tampa lost 4-0. (10-14) 2B Nick Solak 2 hits.

Widener (0-3, 5.16) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 hr
Littell 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.71
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.22

Low A: Charleston lost 4-3 (13-12). CF Estevan Florial 2 h, rbi.

Rosa 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 2.61
Lane (L, 4-1, 1.76) 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Morris (BS, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1K 2.70


Pete Kozma was claimed off waivers by Texas.

Minor League Report. Torres returns.


The major leaguers made one move yesterday, DFA’ing Pete Kozma when Didi Gregorius came back. You wonder if another may be made soon.

Greg Bird is down to .109. He is 6 for 55. It’s amazing that the Yanks are 14-7 despite him (and also despite Gardner under .200 with zero RBI). But you have to wonder how long the rope is before the Yanks will be forced to send him down to straighten himself out.

Meanwhile, Ji-Man Choi, a 1B and lefty hitter just like Bird, is hitting .360 at SWB after two hits and an RBI in SWB’s (11-9) 6-3 win last night. I hope Bird heats up soon, but if he continues like this, you wonder if a flip-flop could be forthcoming.

Choi does have MLB experience, 54 games with the Angels last year, .170-5-12. He is only 25 himself, 26 in a few weeks. While not a “savior,” he may be able to do better than Bird is doing right now (until Bird gets straightened out) and be in a platoon with Carter.

But Bird got to take flight soon (sorry, had to throw that in there).

3B Ruben Tejada had a 2-run HR and is at .383. DH Dustin Fowler 2 for 2, triple, RBI. RF Rob Refsnyder and SS Cito Culver each had 2 hits.

Camarena (W, 2-0, 1.46) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Gallegos (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.60
Frieri (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

AA: Gleyber Torres returned from the DL and DH’d. He was 0 for 3 with a walk and is off to a slow start at .220. Trenton (12-8) lost 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 3 of Trenton’s 6 hits.

German (L, 0-3, 2.95) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 1 K. 1.46
Graham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Hissong 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.00

High A: Tampa scored in the seventh, eighth and ninth to walk-off with a 3-2 win.

LF Tito Polo 3 hits.

Swanson 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.00. Gave up 1 HR
Pena 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.24
Schwaab (w 2-0, 1.13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Low A:  Charleston (12-11) won 3-1. 3 hits for CF Blake Rutherford. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, and 2 hits & an RBI for RBI for SS Oswaldo Cabrera.

Diehl (w, 3-0, 2.33) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Sosebee (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.70
Gomez (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.70

Former MLB player Luis Olmo died at age 97. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1943-1945, 1949-1950 and for the Boston Braves in 1951. Mostly a backup OF who also played 2B and 3B, Olmo did play regularly when the majors were depleted during the war years of 1944 and 1945, doing well in those years.
1944: .258-9-85, 10 SB, OPS+ 84
1945: .313-10-115, 15 SB, led NL with 13 triples, OPS+ 127 and 17th in MVP voting.

He went 3 for 11 with a HR and 2 RBI in the 1949 WS against the Yankees.

In 462 MLB games, he hit .281. His 162 g. average was .281-10-95, OPS+ 102.

Game 20. Sweep at Fenway. Tanaka shuts out Boston, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a CG, 3-hit shutout in besting Boston and Chris Sale (a Yankee killer) 3-0 on Thursday night.

With the win, the Yanks go to 13-7 after sweeping the two games at Fenway. Another game was rained out and rescheduled.

The Yanks get Didi Gregorius back tomorrow. How about a hand for Ronald Torreyes, who hit .308-1-13 in Didi’s absence? He had two hits tonight. The only bone I can pick with Torreyes is no walks. But what a great job he did. Pete Kozma will most be likely be let go for Didi’s return.

Same for Austin Romine, who has filled in admirably in Sanchez’ absence.

Sanchez starts rehab w/SWB on Tuesday.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Hicks (2 hits) singled, went to second on a groundout, third on a PB and scored on a SF by Holliday.

And so it stayed until the ninth. Great pitching duel.

In the ninth, Hicks singled, went to second on a single by Headley and scored on a single by Holliday (2 RBI tonight). Both runners moved up on the throw. Castro singled in a run to make it 3-0.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 2 runs, doing great after he was so disappointing last year. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Holliday.

2 hits, RBI for Castro. 2 hits for Torreyes.

Tanaka (w, 3-1, 4.20) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

Now, as for that ERA. Take away that opening day disaster, when he lost and gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP, since then he is 3-0, 2.30.

So taking away that first game, he has been the Tanaka we expected and need.


Minor League Report. Chance Adams continues his ascendancy.


Judging by various Twitter and Facebook posts, when Didi comes back, there won’t be too many people missing Pete Kozma.

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Chance Adams once again had a great outing. He is now 3-0 on the season, and an amazing 19-2 in his minor league career. He is just 22. Trenton (10-7) won 2-1. RF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits, RBI.

Adams (w, 3-0, 0.82) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 walks, 4 K.
Rutckyj (H, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50
Graham (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Coshow (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.91

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 6-5 (10-9). RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, triple, HR, 4 RBI. 2B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI. 2 hits for SS Diego Castillo.

Rosa 4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 w, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.87
Mahoney 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Sosebee (w, 1-1, 5.84) 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Gomez (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 0 K. 3.00

Game 18. Nova gets revenge, Montgomery shows grit in Yanks’ 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I have a lot to say about this game, which the Yankees lost 2-1 to drop them to 11-7.

First off, in only 3 major league starts, I am impressed with Jordan Montgomery, who has a 3.78 ERA after 3 starts. That is good for the rookie. Keep it up. I see a lot of Andy Pettitte-like qualities in him.

In the first inning, he had the bases loaded and no one out and minimized the damage. Just one run.

He went 6 IP, 2 R without his best stuff. Impressive.

But the Yanks only run came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (2) in the seventh as ex-Yankee Ivan Nova got the win and a bit of revenge.

My biggest gripe comes with poor baseball by the Yankees in the ninth inning.

With one out, Judge singled and Holliday walked. Torreyes hit what should have been a game-ending DP ball but the Pirates made an error that loaded the bases with one out.

Down 2-1. One out. A walk ties the game. Take a strike.

Instead, Aaron Hicks didn’t even take a strike or make the pitcher throw strikes. He swung at all three pitches and struck out.

Pete Kozma was forced to bat b/c the Yanks used up all their bench players. Kozma, who most likely will be released in a week when Didi Gregorius comes off the DL, is a good field, no hit player. He swung on a 2-0 pitch and grounded out to end the game. What is Kozma doing swinging at 2-0 instead of taking a strike and hoping for two more balls to force in the winning run?

I place some blame on Girardi. He should have given Kozma a take sign on 2-0. No way do you swing. Take a strike, maybe he will walk in the tying run.

Sometimes games are simply lost, and sometimes you lose because you aren’t playing heads-up baseball. Today, I feel the Yanks lost because they were not playing heads up baseball.

Would the pitcher have walked in a run? We’ll never know. But the Yanks didn’t give themselves a chance to find out.

As mentioned, I am impressed with Montgomery despite the loss.

But the Yanks need Bird to start hitting. He is at .104.

Also, Brett Gardner has to get it going. He is at .182. I know he was shopped around in the offseason, and I still feel he is trade bait if Frazier/Fowler or another OF gets it going in the minors.

But not only is Gardner at .182, but after 18 games, he has ZERO RBI. I know he is the leadoff hitter, but still, ZERO RBI.

Lastly, Kyle Higashioka needs to get his first MLB hit soon. He’s called good ballgames but hopefully he does not start pressing trying to get that first hit.

Hopefully he and Bird pick it up. This week in Boston would be a nice time to do so.

Montgomery (L, 1-1, 3.78) 6 IP, 2 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K.
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.04.

Game 14. Severino good, but Yanks’ win streak ends, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The line does not show how well Luis Severino pitched.

For six innings, he made only one mistake which was hit for a HR. He retired all the other batters. But entering the seventh, he was behind 1-0, despite a one-hitter.

In the seventh, he gave up a hit. Pete Kozma had a DP ball hit to him. He flubbed it. Instead of no one on, two out, there were two on, no one out.

Severino made his second and last mistake of the game, giving up a 3-run HR.

His last outing was stellar. So, really, was this one. If he can continue to do this…

As for Kozma, he is in there for his defense. The .222 career hitter can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. He needs to make that play.

The Yanks’ offense was asleep tonight, as the only run they scored was in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Starlin Castro. They got only 4 hits.

Still, if the next batter, Aaron Judge, hits a HR, it’s a walkoff grand slam.

BTW, Judge, in batting practice, hit a ball OVER the LCF bleachers, probably a 500 ft. shot.

Do it in a game, Aaron.

Oh well, a loss after eight straight wins. The Yanks are now 9-5.

As I write this, Toronto is losing and could drop to 2-11. Who saw that coming?

So start a new streak with Tanaka tomorrow, Yanks.

As for Severino, keep it up. If you pitch like you did tonight, you’ll win more than you lose. He gave up only 3 hits, but 2 were HR. A solo shot and a 3-run shot.

Severino (L, 1-1, 4.05) 8 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, just 3 hits, no walks, and 10 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 1 K. 0.00



S.T. Game 34. Yanks blow out Phillies, 14-1. 25 man roster set.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

On a day when the Opening Day Roster of 25 men was set, the Yanks scored 9 in the top of the first and cruised to a 14-1 win over the Phillies.

Before the game started, Aaron Judge was anointed the RF, Luis Severino the #4 starter, Pete Kozma the backup infielder, Bryan Mitchell to the Bp.

Now if Mitchell is only there until a 5th starter is needed, that I do not know. But it appears that he is in the BP and the #5 starter spot is between Green and Montgomery, neither being needed until April 16. Which is why Montgomery is going to AAA and Green AA, both pitching on the same day, aligned for April 16. Mano a mano. Best pitcher gets the April 16 assignment.

So Aaron Judge is the RF. Luis Severino the #4 starter…

and the 25 man roster for Sunday, Opening Day,  is:

Sanchez and Romine.

Holliday, Bird, Carter,  Castro, Kozma, Torreyes and Headley.

Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge &  Hicks.

Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Severino.

Chapman, Betances, Clippard, Layne, Shreve, Warren and Mitchell, along with Holder.

My friend Josh doesn’t like Holder over Heller.

Now if Montgomery or Green is named the #5 starter on April 16, who goes? Shreve? Holder?

I wasn’t too sure about Shreve. Kozma is there until Didi gets back.

I’m a little worried about CC. He didn’t have a good spring, nor did Gardner or Carter. We’ll see.

Severino had a shaky first today, but calmed down thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Yanks got nine in the first on a RBI single by Judge, Torreyes singled in two, Refsnyder singled in two, Ellsbury singled in one, and Sanchez capped things with a 3-run HR.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR in the second.

In the sixth, Chris Carter doubled in a run and prospect Rashad Crawford hit a 2-run HR.

Severino (w) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 4 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Marsh 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Frare 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Ellsbury had 2 hits and an RBI. Sanchez the 3-run HR. Torreyes 2 hits, inc. the HR, 4 RBI. Crawford the 2-run HR, and Refsnyder 2 rbi.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring record at 25-8-1. They have an exhibition game today at the Braves’ new field in Atlanta (Michael Pineda starting). They are off Saturday and the regular season starts in Tampa against the Rays on Sunday with Tanaka on the mound.


Yanks name Judge RF, Severino #4 and send down Refsnyder.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

According to the blog River Avenue Blues and some other sources, the Yanks have made a couple of decisions.

Aaron Judge has won the RF job, and Aaron Hicks will be the fourth OF.

Rob Refsnyder has been sent down to AAA. Pete Kozma will be the utility infielder, with Ronald Torreyes manning SS until Didi Gregorius returns.

Luis Severino has been named the #4 starter. #5 is still up in the air between Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and Jordan Montgomery. The Yanks won’t need Severino until the home opener April 10 and the #5 until April 16th.

Remember that next week I’ll resume postings for not only the major league games but for the minor leaguers too, that way you can keep track of the prospects like Gleyber Torres.

Random thoughts as we head to Opening Day.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t mind the Sanchez 2 Bird 3 lineup. Girardi wants to be certain that both get up in the first inning where if they weren’t 2-3 one of them wouldn’t get up in the first in the event of a 1-2-3 inning. Also more at bats for when the lineup turns over.  Basically it’s subbing Bird in the first inning for Ellsbury (as well as splitting lefty/righty hitters).

I do wonder about Ellsbury fifth, and also have to wonder how temporary that would be and how much lower Ellsbury goes down in the lineup.

For don’t you think that when Didi Gregorius is back, that HE will be hitting fifth, not Ellsbury, and that Ellsbury would then be hitting, say, eighth? Especially since Didi had 20 HR last year and was showing power again in the WBC and in spring training before his injury?

Gardner-Sanchez-Bird-Holliday-Didi-Castro-Headley-Ellsbury-Judge/Hicks when Didi gets healthy?

More random thoughts. It depends on how long Tyler Austin takes to heal, but if Chris Carter continues to be a whiff machine, should he be looking over his shoulder when Austin finally is ready to play?

The coaching staff wanted to bring Gleyber Torres north, even though he has never played above AA. Says a lot. The front office wants him to get more experience in the minors, at least in AA before coming up to the majors. Could be bypass AAA altogether? It just shows how fast he is coming.

I also think Gardner and Ellsbury should be looking over their shoulders. Gardner would be the easiest one to move because of Ellsbury’s prohibitive salary. But with both starting to hit the age of 33 and showing some decline, and with some promising outfielders coming (Fowler, Rutherford, Frazier, McKinney, Mason Williams), I wouldn’t be surprised to see one moved.

In fact, Gardner hasn’t had too good of a spring training. If the Yanks wanted to play their best outfield based on spring training results, the argument wouldn’t be over RF (Hicks or Judge) but CENTER field (Gardner or Ellsbury). They would have Hicks in LF and Judge in RF, for both have done better than Gardner or Ellsbury this spring. Just saying.

Jon Niese re-signed with the Yanks after being released the other day. He’ll stay in Tampa in extended spring training to build up more arm strength. A surgery late last year has him behind.

The next two days are huge in filling out the rotation. Jordan Montgomery starts today vs. Toronto and Luis Severino starts tomorrow vs. the Phillies. It will be very interesting to see how they do and if their performances make them or break them as far as being in the rotation. The Yanks won’t need a fifth starter until April 16.

Pete Kozma (good field/can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat) may make the team with Didi out, then get DFA’d when Didi is ready.  I’d like to see Tyler Wade there instead of Kozma, though.

UPDATE: Wade and Kyle Higashioka were sent down to minor league camp last night.

We’ll see what happens. A lot of decisions on the 25 man roster have to be made in the next few days. The season starts Sunday.

S.T. Game 30. Yanks get two in bottom of 9th to win. Rotation battle continues.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees took advantage of a couple of Blue Jays’ errors to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win that raised their spring training record to 22-7-1 (if only they can start the regular season 22-7!).

To me, the story of the game isn’t the win. It is that Adam Warren didn’t pitch well in starting the  game, and thus, the battle for the #4 and #5 starter spots is still wide open.

A few days ago, Luis Cessa was sent to minor league camp.

A #5 starter may not be needed until Game 13 or so. In fact, because of off days, a #4 starter may only be needed once in the first 13 or so games.

So manager Joe Girardi may have extra time to make a decision. With Warren not stepping up today, he may be going back to the swing man role. Spot starter/Long relief.

Which would leave four others for the two spots (unless the Yanks make a trade). Those four are Luis Severino, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell and the surprise, Jordan Montgomery.

Severino I talked about yesterday. Big difference in him between starting and relieving.

Mitchell may have won one of the spots.

Could Montgomery surprisingly win the other?

Toronto got a run in the first and two in the second to go up 3-0, Warren giving up a 2-run HR in the second.

The Yanks got two in the second when Greg Bird continued his phenomenal spring with yet another HR (7) and Austin Romine singled in a run.

The Yanks tied it in the third on an RBI single by Matt Holliday.

Warren gave up another HR in the fourth and Toronto went up 4-3. The Blue Jays got a run in the seventh off of Jon Niese to make it 5-3.

I like Mason Williams, who is overlooked when talking about Yankees’ outfield prospects. It seems like he is always hurt. He singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut Toronto’s lead to 5-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Zach Zehner singled and after Wilkin Castillo struck out, Ronald Torreyes reached on an error. Rob Refsnyder flied out but Williams reached on a two-base error that tied the game and put runners on second and third. Pete Kozma singled to win the game.

Opening Day is just over a week away. The first three starters are Tanaka, CC, then Pineda. But who gets #4 and #5? It seems like no one is stepping up to outright claim it.

And that is why Montgomery has a chance.

Warren 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Holder 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Niese 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Marsh (w) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.