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Yanks set for tonight. Severino starting. Colorado eliminates Cubs.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In the NL wild card game last night, Colorado eliminated the Cubs in the wee hours of the morning, 2-1 in 13 innings. The Rockies advance to face the Brewers.

The Yanks and A’s meet tonight in the AL wild card game.  (8 PM, TBS). Luis Severino will start for the Yanks. Here is hoping he is dominant, but the Yanks also could say throw as hard as you can for as long as you can, even if it is only three or four innings and then turn it over to the bullpen.

Here is also hoping no passed balls from Sanchez, and that his .186 bat wakes up and he hits a homer or two.

The roster could change after the game. But for this game, besides the starters, C Sanchez, 1B Voit, 2B Torres, SS Didi, 3B Andujar, OF of McCutchen, Hicks and Judge and DH Stanton, the backups are OF Gardner, C Romine, C Higashioka, INF Walker, INF Hechevarria, INF/OF/PR Wade.

Backing up Severino are Happ, Lynn, Tanaka, Green, Chapman, Betances, Robertson, Britton and Holder. Should the Yanks advance, expect CC to replace Wade. As for Higashioka next round or Bird (or another pitcher) that’s up in the air.

The A’s are going with 11 pitchers, 10 of them relievers, and one guy for extra-innings protection. So the Yanks could be facing a new pitcher every inning or every other inning. Strange scenario but it is what it is. Hopefully, for the Yanks’ sake, too many cooks spoil the soup and eventually the A’s put a pitcher out there who doesn’t have it. Eventually, if you use too many pitchers, you may find the rotten egg.

In a one and done scenario, you never know who might wind up being the hero… or goat.

The Twins fired manager Paul Molitor. So Texas, the Angels, the Twins, the Blue Jays, probably the Orioles, others? looking for new managers. Surprisingly, Joe Girardi isn’t rumored for any of these open positions.


Mgr. of year, Doerr, AFL, & another managerial candidate.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Paul Molitor of the Twins and Torey Luvullo of the Diamondbacks were named the AL and NL Managers of the Year, respectively.

Joe Girardi finished fourth.

HOF 2B Bobby Doerr died Monday at the age of 99. He was the oldest living HOF and oldest MLB player. Now the oldest living HOF is Red Schoendiest.

Doerr played his entire career with the Red Sox, 1937-1951, missing 1945 due to WWII service. His #1 was retired by Boston. He had to retire at the age of 33 due to a bad back.

A 9x All Star, Doerr drove in 100 runs 6x. He led the league in triples with 11 in 1950. 8x he received MVP consideration, and he finished in the top 10 twice.

His 162 g. average was .288-19-108, OPS+115. JAWS, on baseballreference.com lists him as the 22nd best 2B of all-time.

He hit .409 in his only postseason, the 1946 WS when the Red Sox lost to Schoendiest’s Cardinals in seven games.

Add Chris Woodward, Dodgers’ 3B coach, to the list of people to be interviewed by Brian Cashman for the Yankees’ managerial job. Woodward, 41, was a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Mariners, Red Sox, Blue Jays (again) and Mariners (again) from 1999-2011. His 162 g. average was .239-8-47, OPS+ 71. He made the postseason in 2006 with the Mets, going 1 for 1 with a double, and scoring a run.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 6-5. Yankees’ prospects:

2B Kyle Holder 1 for 5, double, scored a run. .333
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, single, .347
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 4, .281
RF Estevan Florial 3 for 4, 2 doubles, scored a run, RBI. .273

Some Brian Cashman remarks suggest that Gleyber Torres will be given every shot to win the 3B job in spring training over Chase Headley, and it doesn’t appear they will try to sign free agent Todd Frazier. 3B Miguel Andujar is in the mix but the Yanks are worried about his glove (then DH him!). It also looks as if Jacoby Ellsbury will be a $21MM fourth outfielder, with the Yanks going with Gardner, Hicks and Judge in the OF, which would leave Clint Frazier at AAA.

The CYA will be announced today. It’s expected that Luis Severino will finish third.

UPDATE: Jim Rivera, an OF for the 1959 AL Pennant winning Go-Go White Sox, has passed away at the age of 96. Rivera played for the Browns (1952), White Sox (1952-1961) and KC A’s (1961) from 1952-1961. He led the AL in triples with 16 in 1953. He led the majors in SB with 25 in 1955. As a backup OF, he hit .220-4-19, OPS+ 77 in 1959 for the White Sox. He was 0 for 11 in the WS that year. His 162 g. average was .256-11-58, 22 SB, OPS+ 96.




Yankees re-sign OF Chris Young

Well, there goes my hope in the Yanks maybe going after Michael Morse for corner OF/backup 1B/ backup DH.

The Yanks re-signed Chris Young to be their 4th OF. The righty-hitting Young started last year with the Mets and finished it with the Yanks. He gets a one-year deal for $2.5 MM.

Young hit .222-11-38 combined last year, OPS+95. His 162 g. average is .234-23-71 with 19 SB. OPS+ 94. Has power and speed, but low batting average and averages 143 strikeouts a year.

Mostly a CF, he can play all 3 OF positions, and hit 32 HR in 2007 for Arizona. In 2010, he was an All-Star, when he hit 27 HR and had 28 SB for the D-Backs.

While Ichiro Suzuki, who just turned 41, still wants to play in the majors next year, the signing of Young probably means Ichiro is done with the Yankees. The Yanks have Gardner, Ellsbury and Beltran in the outfield, two lefty hitters and a switch-hitter, and now have Young, a righty batter, to back them up. Ichiro, of course, is a lefty hitter.

Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez isn’t only being talked about as perhaps the Yanks next hitting coach, but he also is a finalist for the Rays’ open managerial position now that Joe Maddon has gone to manage the Cubs.

New Twins manager: HOF Paul Molitor.




Recent happenings.

Ok, since the WS ended, a couple of managerial moves.

Joe Maddon has opted out of his Rays contract and has taken over the Cubs job, replacing Rick Renteria.

HOF Paul Molitor will be the new manager of the Twins, who let Ron Gardenhire go.

The Yanks have offered a qualifying offer to David Robertson (1 yr., $15.3 MM). We will see if he accepts. So far, no one receiving a qualifying offer has accepted. This burned Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales last year. If D-Rob declines and goes elsewhere, the Yanks get a draft pick. Will D-Rob accept? Can they work out a deal?

The Yanks are apparently talking to Chase Headley to see if he wants to return. Headley could hit the open market, too.

Soon, I’ll be taking a look at the Yanks and will state what I would do if I were Cashman. You may have your own thoughts. Feel free to share.

In winter league ball, Greg Bird, Tyler Austin, Jose Pirela and Aaron Judge are all doing well. Bird tagged a 450 ft. hr in the Arizona Fall League all-star game.

Game 6. Yanks get first HR of 2014 in 6-4 win.

Brett Gardner, of all people, got the Yanks off the HR schneid with a 2-run blast as the Yanks hung on to beat Toronto 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Yanks had gone five games without a HR before Gardner hit their first HR of the season to put them up 6-1. They needed that HR.

The Yanks broke out with three in the first when Gardner walked, stole second (the Yanks haven’t been caught stealing this year yet, and had three steals today) moved to third on a groundout by Jeter, and scored on an Ellsbury groundout. After a walk to McCann and a HBP to Soriano, Kelly Johnson doubled home two runs.

CC gave a run back right away on a leadoff HR by Melky.

The Yanks got three in the fourth on a walk to Roberts, who stole second. Solarte doubled him home and Gardner homered to put the Yanks up 6-1.

Derek Jeter had two hits in the game to move him to 3320 for his career. The two hits passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list and puts Jeter #8 all-time. Next up are Carl Yastrzemski at 3419 and Honus Wagner at 3430. Jeter should end his career #6, behind Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial and Speaker.

CC gave up 3 runs in the sixth. He went 6, 4 R,  7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. (1-1, 7.50). He has given up 10 R in 12 IP this season so far.

Adam Warren a 1-2-3 seventh. Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th,  giving up a two-out triple.

Robertson Save #2 in the 9th. With one out, he gave up a hit and a walk but got out of it.

Gardner the HR and 2 RBI. Jeter 2 hits. Johnson 2 RBI.

Soriano finally got a hit and is now 1 for 19.



Game 5 lineup and notes.

Today’s lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

Teix DL’d. Romine brought up.

I don’t give detailed stats this early into the season. Not until we have a lot.

The Yanks are still looking to hit their first HR of the season. Jeter is one hit away from tying Paul Molitor for 8th place all-time.  Meanwhile, Dean Anna got his first hit last night and Soriano is 0 for 12 so far this year. The Yanks are 5 for 5 in SB so far, three by Ellsbury.

This will be Pineda’s first regular season start as a Yankee.



Game 3. Scrubs lead Yanks to 4-2 win. Torch passed.

Joe Girardi put out a different lineup vs. a lefty pitcher tonight. He sat Ellsbury, McCann and Kelly Johnson. He played Soriano in LF (didn’t help. Sori is now 0 for 11). He DH’d Beltran and put Ichiro in RF, Cervelli C and Solarte at 3B.

Ichiro and Solarte helped the Yanks to a 4-2 win tonight over Houston.

Ivan Nova struggled but got the win. He gave up a run in the first, but it easily could have been more. He went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 5 walks and 1 K. Not pretty, but a win.

Adam Warren was an unsung hero tonight. Great job. Four batters, four outs. 1 1/3, 2 K.

Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th. 2 K.

Then…. the torch officially got passed. No more Mo for the 9th. Robertson pitched a scoreless 9th & got the save.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season.

Derek Jeter got hit #3318 tonight. He is now one behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list.

Five of the Yanks’ seven hits tonight came from bench players. The 40-year-old Ichiro got two hits and scored three runs.

Yangervis Solarte, who stole Nunez’ job away from him, got his first three MLB hits in his second MLB game.

It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Nunez, who was DFA’d by the Yanks when they decided to keep Solarte over Nunez.

Meanwhile, Opening Day at the Stadium on Monday will see a tribute to the “core four.” Pettitte and Rivera will be throwing out the first pitch(es) to Posada & Jeter.

Game 138. 5 in 8th give Yanks 6-4 win.

The Yanks need to win every game they can right now. Going into this evening, they were 2 1/2 behind for the last wild card spot, 25 games to go and they have to jump over a couple of teams.

Which is why losing 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th to the White Sox looked so bleak. But the Yanks got five in that inning to pull out a BIG 6-4 win.

Chicago got a run in the first, and the Yanks tied it in the 2nd on a double steal. Nunez swiped second while Wells stole home.

Chicago got a 2-run triple by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth to go up 3-1. De Aza’s HR made in 4-1 in the 7th.

In the 8th, after Gardner struck out, Jeter got hit #2 of the night and #3315 of his career. MLB states that he passed Eddie Collins on the all-time list. BaseballReference has him tying Collins. Those old-time (Collins 1906-1930) players stats have discrepanices. Boxscores weren’t that accurate back then. Anyway, Jeter is now 4 behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list. MLB has Derek 9th on the hits list and soon he’ll pass Molitor for 8th.

Cano doubled. Soriano singled to make it 4-3 and A-Rod singled. Granderson’s PH single tied it up and after Reynolds struck out, Nunez doubled in two to make it 6-4.

Kuroda 6 1/3, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K. 2.99.

Claiborne (just back) 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.74.

Logan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (W, 5-2, 3.08).

Mo the save. #40 on the season, #648 for his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. A 1-2-3 inning that lowers his ERA to 2.12.

It is the 9th time in his career that Mo has saved 40 games in a season. And this year, at age 43… and he is only a few months away from 44 years old.

The Yanks go to 74-64 and jump over the O’s.

The minors.

I won’t be recapping any of Friday or Saturday’s action (well, except for how a certain SS did) since I was away for 48 hours. Here’s Sunday’s action.

AAA: SWB (64-72) lost 6-5. That certain SS (Derek Jeter) didn’t play. He was in Toronto resting up since he rejoins the Yanks tonight. His first stint back last one game (quad) and his second just four games (calf). Let’s hope he is now good to go from here on out. Jeter has 3308 hits. Eddie Collins is at 3315 and Paul Molitor 3319. At least Derek can pass those guys this year. Maybe he can get 30-35 hits and end 2013 in the 3340 range. If so, and if he can stay healthy, he can target Carl Yastrzemski sometime in mid-2014. As for the game, SWB doesn’t have much pitching-wise right now. A lot of bullpen guys are starting and it’s bullpen by committee. 4 innings by this spot starter, maximum, 3 guys each go 3 innings, stuff like that. As for the bats, C Bobby Wilson 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Dan Johnson 3 h, rbi. Four others with two hits each.

Jeter had gone 1 for 3 (single) on Saturday and 0 for 3 (walk) on Friday. He was 3 for 9 in this latest 3-game rehab stint.

AA: Trenton (69-64) won 3-2 in 10. Mikey O’Brien 6 2/3, 1 R, 9 K. 3B Reegie Corona 3 h, rbi. LF Ramon Flores GW walkoff single.

High A: Tampa (53-73) lost 11-2. Rob Refsnyder 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston (71-60) won 8-4. C Jackson Valera 3 H, HR, 3 RBI. LF Dan Aldrich 2 h, HR, 2 RBI.

Apparently Hal Steinbrenner had a meeting recently expressing his concerns about the farm system. Good. It’s about time. The Yanks need to develop their OWN Puig’s, Trouts, etc. Where are they?


If this was Bobby V’s swan song as Red Sox mgr., the Yanks made it one he won’t forget.

The Yanks won the A.L. East tonight, trouncing Boston 14-2 (actually the Orioles loss to Tampa Bay, courtesy of three Evan Longoria homers, happened before the Yanks’ game was over so that clinched it) to win not only the best record in the East, but also sew up the #1 seed for the entire A.L.

They will start the best of five ALDS on the road. The first two games will be on the road, the next three at home as the format has changed. All they know is that they will open up in Baltimore or Texas. The Rangers collapsed in the last week, handing the A.L. West title to Oakland. So it’s Det-A’s and Yanks/Balt. or Texas in the A.L. For the N.L., it is Cincy/SF and Washington/Atlanta or St. Louis.

Hiroki Kuroda gave up a run in the top of the first tonight but after that it was a bloodbath. The Yanks got 3 in the second on Granderson’s 42nd HR of the year.

Cano made it 5-1 in the third with HR #32.

Robbie wasn’t done. Not by a long shot.

He made it 7-1 in the 5th with HR #33.

With the bases loaded in the 6th he singled in two. 9-1. He went 4 for 4 with a walk, 2 HR, 6 RBI. He finished the year .313-33-94.

Granderson wasn’t done either. The Yanks got 5 in the 7th (Boston got a run in the top of the 7th) to make it 14-2, which was the final score.

Granderson started the inning by hitting HR #43, which put him just 1 HR behind Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera (Cabrera’s Triple Crown was the first in MLB since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967 [and how many people remember that Killebrew tied Yaz that year with 44 HR?] ). It made it 10-2. The Grandy Man wound up .232-43-106. I hate the batting average, and the strikeouts (over 190, a new Yankee record), and wish he had more SB (just 9 for a guy with speed) but you can’t argue too much with 43/106. Still, .232-43-106 looks too much like an Adam Dunn line.

That second Granderson HR of the night was the Yanks’ 245th of the year, a new team record (of course, had the 1961 Yanks (240) had a DH…)…

Anyway, Ichiro doubled in two to make it 12-2. A bases-loaded single by Swish (.272-24-93) made it 13-2 and a SF by Teix (.251-24-84) capped the scoring.

Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He finishes at 16-11, 3.32. He and Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23) tied for the most wins on the team.

2/3 for Eppley. 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.33.

Rapada 1/3. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.82.

Garcia finished up. I don’t know where he’ll be next year. 1 IP, o R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1-2-3, all by K. 5.20.

Jeter ends the season at 3304 career hits. In 2013 he should pass Eddie Collins (3315) and Paul Molitor (3319) in April.

A-Rod got hit #2900 tonight. He finishes 2012 with 2901 hits. Next year he needs 99 hits for 3000. He needs 14 HR to pass Willie Mays and 50 RBI for 2000.