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S.T. Game 23. Bird & Sanchez HR in Yanks’ 8-5 win.

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Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez each homered in Sunday’s 8-5 Yankees’ win over the Marlins. It ups their spring training record to 13-9-1.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar.

The Yanks got four in the first when Gardner singled, stole second, and with one out,  Bird hit a 2-run HR. Stanton walked, and with two out, Didi singled and Neil Walker doubled in two.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Sanchez homered.

Severino was strong for three innings before faltering a bit, giving up a run on a Brian Anderson HR in the fourth and two in the fifth—Anderson getting an RBI double that inning.

In the sixth, Stanton walked, and with one out, was doubled to third by Didi. After a walk, Brandon Drury singled in two runs to make it 7-3.

Miami got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 7-4, Didi making a great play to save more runs from being scored, but the Yanks got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Gardner singled, Chris Gittens walked and Stanton singled in a run.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a HR in the eighth to the Marlins’ Joe Dunand for the final count of 8-5.

Gardner 2 for 4
Bird 1 for 3, 2-run HR.
Stanton 1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks
Sanchez 1 for 4, solo HR.
Gregorius 2 for 4
Walker 2 for 2, 2 RBI
Drury 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Aguilar 1 for 1.

Severino (W) 5 IP, 3 R,  7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder (H) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Shreve (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.


S.T. Game 19. Lind released, Yanks lose 7-4 as Adams bombed.

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Well, in the test who see who would be the Yanks’ emergency starter if they need one this year, Chance Adams isn’t doing so well. Maybe there is a reason he wasn’t called up late last year despite a good year between AA and AAA.

Adams gave up 2-run HRs in the first and also the second innings as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 7-4, to drop their spring training record to 11-7-1.

Adams got just five outs while giving up five runs.

Personally, from what we’ve seen in spring training, I would choose Domingo German right now as my emergency starter. That could change as the year progresses. But it’s clear so far that Adams needs some more work.

After he gave up the 2-run HR to Adam Jones in the bottom of the first, the Yanks did come back with three in the top of the second.

Drury and McKinney walked, and Romine singled to load the bases. Torreyes got an RBI on a groundout, and with two out, Shane Robinson singled in two.

Adams then gave up three runs in the bottom of the second, two on a HR by Jonathan Schoop.

The Orioles got one in the third to make it 6-3, and Erik Kratz homered in the fourth for the Yanks to cut it to 6-4.

Baltimore got one in the seventh for the final score of 7-4.

Adams (L) 1 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Hale 3 IP, 0 r, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
LeBlanc 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

I can’t see LeBlanc sticking. Shreve has outperformed him.

Adam Lind, signed recently by the Yanks to a minor league deal, was released by the Yanks today. That could be good news for Tyler Austin, who appears to be making the team as the backup to Greg Bird at 1B. Austin, who also can play corner outfield, appears as if he’ll play 1B if the Yanks need to give Bird a rest or sit hit against a tough lefty pitcher. Here is where Austin, a righty batter, had the edge over the lefty swinging Lind in backing up the lefty swinging Bird.

S.T. Game 16. Didi and Judge HR, but Montgomery struggles in 7-5 loss.

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Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge homered, but the Yanks (11-5) lost their spring training game to Miami 7-5 on Sunday.

Jordan Montgomery, recently confirmed as the #5 starter, started and struggled.

He gave up a triple to ex-Yankee Starlin Castro with two out in the first but got out of it, but gave up a 2-run double with two out in the second to Miguel Rojas.

In the third, with one out, he gave up a walk and a single. Brady Lail replaced him and gave up a 3-run HR to Brian Anderson to put the Marlins up 5-0.

The Yanks got two in the fourth when Bird and Sanchez singled and both moved up on a passed ball. Didi grounded out to score one runner and move the other up and Miguel Andujar hit a SF to score the other.

Sanchez, by the way, looks really good in spring training so far, offensively AND defensively.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a 2-run HR to Cameron Maybin in the fifth to put Miami up 7-2. This also happened with two out. With two out, Anderson doubled and Maybin hit his HR. I think it’s safe to say that LeBlanc will NOT be beating out Chasen Shreve for the second lefty in the bullpen spot behind closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yanks got two in the top of the sixth. Sanchez reached on an error, was PR for by Kyle Higashioka, and Didi hit a 2-run HR. Miguel Andujar almost went back to back, hitting a triple off the fence, but was stranded at third.

Judge hit a mammoth shot in the seventh for the final score of 7-5.

Judge solo HR.
Didi 2-run HR, 3 RBI
Andujar triple, RBI. He’s going to make it tough to send him down.

Montgomery (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

For Miami, Castro had that triple, and ex-Yankee Garrett Cooper had 3 hits.

Meanwhile, Clint Frazier is still having trouble with that concussion.



S.T. Game 13. Sheffield, LeBlanc blow lead, Yanks lose 7-6. Cuts made.

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The Yanks made a couple of cuts after today’s 7-6 loss to the Phillies.

One was to Justus Sheffield, who, although a top prospect, had a tough spring training and a rough day today.

Others were Cale Coshow, Dillon Tate, Ryanel Espinal, Trevor Lane, and Chace Numata.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead, but between Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc, blew it in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 10-3.

Luis Severino looked good, the Phils getting an unearned run in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks scored three runs when with two out, Sanchez walked, Didi hit a 2-run HR, Drury (who made the error on that unearned run) doubled, and Kratz singled him in.

The Yanks got three in the fifth when Hicks walked, Judge reached on an error, and Bird walked to load the bases. Stanton singled in two, and Sanchez singled in another.

Then Sheffield and LeBlanc let the game get away.

Hicks 1 for 1 with 2 walks.
Stanton 2 RBI.
Didi 2 -run HR.
Romine 1 for 1, hitting .692! 
Drury 2 for 3.

Severino 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
LeBlanc (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Apparently Aaron Judge is saying no to the HR derby this year.

Apparently also, the Mets have taken a cheap shot at the Yanks’ Monument Park. This from a team that has 2 WS titles since its inception, none since 1986. A team that runs as if they weren’t a big market but a small market team thanks to Bernie Madoff.

A team that boasts that they don’t retire as many numbers as the Yanks. Well, they CAN’T retire as many because not that many deserve it. Of the five numbers retired by the mets, one never played for them (Jackie Robinson’s #42, retired by all of baseball), two are managers (#14 Gil Hodges and #37 Casey Stengel, and Casey’s teams sucked) and only two are players, #41 Tom Seaver and #31 Mike Piazza. Let’s face it. The Mets’ Monument Park would be a five foot by five foot square right now.

Start by winning WS, Mets. Then you can complain about Monument Park. The dynasty you SHOULD have had in the 1980s and 1990s got pissed away by coke addicts Gooden and Strawberry (who, to be fair, George gave second chances to). Who are you going to put in your own Monument Park, Ed Kranepool? Buddy Harrelson? Please.

When you have your OWN Ruth’s, Gehrig’s, DiMaggio’s, Mantle’s, Berra’s (not as manager), Jeter…. then say something.

Don’t do it when you traded away Amos Otis, Ken Singleton, Nolan Ryan. Don’t do it when your best are good but not all-time stars.

Make your own dynasty in Queens. Don’t ridicule ours.


S.T. Game 10. Yanks lose 9-1.

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Concern? Or not a concern. Stanton played LF today and messed up a couple of balls there. Now some was because of switching from RF to LF and also because he lost the balls in the sun. Others? Who knows.

But not good.

The Yanks lost to the Rays, 9-1, to drop the spring training record to 8-2.

Between Chad Green’s  pitching and Gary Sanchez throwing out a runner attempting to steal, the first two innings went smoothly.

A couple of errors by Danny Espinosa at 3B led to four unearned runs.

Ronald Torreyes had two hits.

Green 2 IP, 0  R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Chapman (L) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Heller  1 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned) 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Espinal 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 0 w, 1 k.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up a 3-run HR.


S.T. Game 3. Yanks win, 8-3

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The Yanks beat the Phils Sunday, 8-3, to run their spring training record to 3-0.

A couple of people with something to prove did so today.

First off, Jordan Montgomery, currently the #5 starter. Hearing all the talk about Lynn, Cobb or others, Montgomery went out and tossed two scoreless innings.

Secondly, Danny Espinosa. The former National (21 HR in 2011 and 24 in 2016 but years of 166, 189 and 174 strikeouts and a .221 career batting average) had a bases-loaded double in the first inning, knocking in 3 runs. An excellent defender, he has nice pop for an infielder but that batting average and way too many strikeouts…. needs to concentrate on just making contact…. forget about the power let it come.

Aaron Hicks had two hits and scored two runs.

Ronald Torreyes had a double and a SF.

Kyle Higashioka (C) was 3 for 3 and scored two runs.

Minor League OF Jeff Hendrix drove in 2 runs.

Top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield had a good first inning but ran into trouble in his second inning of work.

Montgomery (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Mikael Franco). 1 HBP.
LeBlanc (H) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Yanks sign lefty to minor league deal.

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From MLBTR.com (edited):

The Yankees have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Wade LeBlanc, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB Spring Training and an opt-out opportunity just before the start of the season, per Crasnick, who notes that the deal comes with a potential $1MM base rate of pay in the Majors. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that LeBlanc also has an opt-out on June 15 and would earn a monthly salary of $32K in the minors. …

LeBlanc, 33, engineered a return to the majors after spending a season in Japan in 2015. …  After spending some time as a swingman for the Mariners in 2016, he landed with the Pirates and threw well enough to earn a major-league contract in the following offseason.

Things didn’t go quite as hoped in 2017, as LeBlanc managed only a 4.50 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in his 68 innings in Pittsburgh. …

As has long been the case, LeBlanc was much more effective last year against righties than when pitching against same-handed batters. It seems he’ll join a camp battle to earn a place as a long man for the Yankees.

The only lefty other than Chapman was Chasen Shreve, so LeBlanc gives Shreve some competition. LeBlanc, 33, was 5-2, 4.50, ERA+ 96 with a save for Pittsburgh last year. For his career, he is 30-35, 4.40, ERA+ 88. He has started 79 games, and relieved in 97.

He actually pitched in one game for the Yanks in 2014. If you remember that, you are better than me.

Also from MLBTR.com:

The Yankees were reportedly willing to part with outfield prospect Clint Frazier in a trade for then-Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole earlier this offseason, but no deal come together between the teams. Although Pittsburgh ended up trading Cole to Houston on Saturday for a four-player package, the Pirates valued Frazier over everyone they got back from the Astros, according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic. However, the Pirates liked the package they got from the Astros better than the offers the Yankees made, including a final pitch from the Bombers that consisted of three prospects, per Bowden (Twitter link).

Quantity over Quality.

Also, it’s reported that the Yanks offered Frazier or Adams, but not both.

And, it’s also reported that Miguel Andujar was a deal-breaker. No surprise since Frazier is blocked by other outfielders, but Andujar really isn’t blocked by any other 3B right now, and Andujar is off the table.

Also interesting is that Adams may be available in the right deal, but Justus Sheffield is off the table (as are Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial). As for Thairo Estrada, it probably depends on the right deal.