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Game 14. Hicks, Torreyes spark Yanks. 8-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Even against a righty pitcher, Manager Aaron Boone sat the lefty swinging, slumping (.094) Tyler Wade in favor of Ronald Torreyes. The move paid off as Torreyes had 3 hits and an RBI in the 8-6 Yankees’ win at Detroit Friday night that evened their record at 7-7.

Aaron Hicks hit 2 HR, one an inside-the-parker, and drove in 3 runs.

Miguel Andujar, who came into the game hitting .107, got a double and triple. Hopefully a sign he is out of it.

The Yanks scored first when Hicks hit his inside-the-park HR to make it 2-0 in the second inning.

They got three in the third when Andujar doubled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a double by Brett Gardner. Aaron Judge singled in Gardner to make it 4-0, and after Stanton struck out, Judge stealing second, a two-base error let Didi get on and scored Judge.

Jordan Montgomery pitched four scoreless innings then gave up a solo HR in the fifth.

The Yanks made it 6-1 in the sixth when Hicks hit his second HR of the game and season.

Montgomery tired in the seventh, giving up two runs that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3. The Yanks got two in the top of the eighth on a triple by Andujar, single by Torreyes to drive in a run, Gardner was HBP and Judge walked to load the bases, and after Stanton hit into a force at home, Didi got a SF.

They needed those runs because Dellin Betances had a bad outing, giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the ninth.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 HR, one an inside-the-parker, 3 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Torreyes 3 hits, RBI.

Montgomery (W, 1-0, 4.70) 6+ IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Betances 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.10 Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57

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Game 10. Yanks blow early lead; Stanton’s struggles continue.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Already this year, the Yanks have had three ugly losses. This was one of them.

Jordan Montgomery could not protect a five-run first inning lead, and the Yanks wound up losing 8-7 in 12 innings to even their record at 5-5. Today is an off-day, and they go to Boston (8-1) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are already 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and …. well, you can figure out that even though it’s early, how important these games are already.

It would behoove some guys to start hitting. Gary Sanchez is 2 for 32 for the season. Giancarlo Stanton is 7 for 42 with 20(!) strikeouts. That is a combined 9 for 74, .122 batting average. Tyler Wade is 3 for 20, as is Miguel Andujar. The Yanks are only hitting .237 as a team after 10 games. 

The Yanks got five in the first inning yesterday. Gardner and Judge singled. Stanton, who was 0 for 7 for the day with 5 strikeouts, struck out. Walker reached on an error, scoring Gardner. Austin walked to load the bases. (Sanchez and Didi didn’t start the game, Didi got in later, Sanchez didn’t play). Andujar singled in two, and after an out, Romine singled in a run to make it 4-0 and Torreyes’ double made it 5-0.

But Baltimore got one in the second, one in the third, and two in the fifth to cut it to 5-4. Romine singled in a run in the fifth to make it 6-4 Yanks.

But the Yanks couldn’t hold them. The Orioles got one in the sixth and two in the seventh to go up 7-6. Romine, who had a big day, tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single.

After Baltimore scored in the top of the twelfth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the twelfth, but Judge hit into a 1-2-5 DP and Stanton struck out.

Montgomery 4 1/3, 4 R, 10 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.82. Disappointing. Could not hold an early  5-run lead.
German 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up HR. K’s nice, but gave away the lead. 10.13
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.40.
Warren (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.91.

Yanks’ pitchers struck out 15, but….

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2 hits, 2 walks, but that 12th inning DP….
Austin 2 hits,
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI
Peterson 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI

The third disappointing loss already this season in ten games.

One thing we know: Sanchez and Stanton have to get going….

Game 5. 2 HR, 8 RBI for Didi in 11-4 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It is hard to follow a legend, but Didi Gregorius is doing a good job of doing so.

Last season, Didi hit 25 HR to set a new Yankees’ record for HR by a SS, breaking Derek Jeter’s record.

Today, in the Yanks’ home opener, he set a record for RBI by a Yankees’ SS in a game with eight.

He picked up Giancarlo Stanton, who in his first home game as a Yankee, went 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts. If 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts is known as the golden sombrero, is what Stanton did called the platinum sombrero?

But hey, it takes a team. When Didi cools off, that is when you hope Stanton and Sanchez (now 1 for 19) take off.

With the 11-4 win over the Rays on a miserable, cold, rainy day, the Yanks go to 3-2 on the season.

The Yanks struck first. In the bottom of the second, Didi, who was 4 for 4, scored 3 runs and drove in eight, hit a double. With one out, Neil Walker walked, and with two out, Tyler Wade singled in Didi. Wade would be robbed of his first MLB HR later in the game.

A single, walk and error by Drury enabled the Rays to tie the game in the top of the third. It would have been more, but Gardner, after catching a fly out, nailed ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder at the plate as Refsnyder was trying to tag up and score.

Didi hit the first of his two three-run HRs in the bottom of the third to put the Yanks up 4-1.

Jordan Montgomery only gave up one run in five innings. The first time through the rotation, the starters have given up 0, 1, 2 (1 earned), 1 and 1 run. Good. Now to go deeper into the games, as they have lasted 5 2/3, 6, 5, 4+ and 5 innings. Need a little more length.

The bullpen was supposed to be a strength, but it has been shaky so far and was again today. Jonathan Holder replaced Montgomery in the sixth and after a strikeout, gave up a double, single, single to make it 4-2, and single to load the bases. Out he went and in came Kahnle. Kahnle got a big strikeout but then gave up a double that tied the game up before a ground out ended the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Austin doubled and Brett Gardner put down a sac bunt. An error on the bunt enabled Austin to score and Gardner to reach second. Aaron Judge singled Gardner to third and after Stanton struck out, Didi hit his second three-run HR of the game to make it 8-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, with one out, Tyler Wade and Tyler Austin walked. Brett Gardner beat out an infield hit to load the bases and Aaron Judge walked to force in a run. After Stanton struck out yet again, Didi blooped a 2-run single to make it 11-4 and complete his 4 for 4, 8 RBI, 2 HR day.

Gardner 2 hits. Scored 3 runs.
Judge 2 hits, scored twice. Walked twice. RBI.
Stanton 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts.
Didi 4 for 4, 2 HR, double, scored 3 runs, Drove in 8.
Sanchez 0 for 5, 1 for 19 for the season. Slow start.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder (H) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Silly hold rule
Kahnle (BS, Win) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

I won’t post stats until we are further along into the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury, trying to get over an oblique strain and expected back later this week, has apparently turned into Carl Pavano. Now, while rehabbing the oblique strain, he has hurt his hip. No timetable for him to be back.

With all the outfield injuries, the Yanks picked up Trayce Thompson off the Dodgers on waivers. Thompson’s dad, Mychal, played for the Lakers with Magic and Kareem in the late 1980s, and his brother Klay is with the Golden State Warriors.

Trayce is 27 and can play all three OF positions. A righty bat, he only got in 27 games for the NL Champion Dodgers last year, going 6 for 49, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

He spent 2015 with the White Sox and 2016 and 2017 with the Dodgers. In 151 MLB games, 407 AB (about the equivalent of one full season), he has just a .233 batting average but does have 19 HR and 50 RBI. OPS+ 103. He didn’t play in the postseason with the Dodgers.

 

 

S.T. Game 21. Yanks are shut out, 2-0 by Astros. Yanks trade Cave to Twins.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for a bit of a late report. Feeling achy and my neck, shoulders and back are killing me. My one shoulder especially. I didn’t do anything but wonder if there is some tendonitis. The last time it felt like this there was a hairline fracture in it. I don’t have the $$$ or time for a massage, but boy could I use one.

The Yankees only got two hits on Friday night in losing to Houston 2-0. Jordan Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the first and another in the fourth. The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record to 12-8-1.

The Yanks traded OF Jake Cave to the Twins for RHP Luis Gil. Gil, 19, has pitched only in the Dominican Summer League.

Montgomery (L) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Robertson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

On an aside, wow. For the first time ever, a #16 seed has knocked off a #1 seed (Virginia) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. March Madness indeed! and by 20 points!

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 11. Lind gets RBI, Yanks get double steal, and McKinney gets 3-run HR in Yanks’ 7-2 win.

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I like some aggressiveness I see in the Yanks’ spring training so far. Even with all the power, I see a drag bunt by Tyler Wade the other day and a double steal today. I like it.

Now for Aaron Boone to call what Joe Girardi never did—a squeeze.

I like the aggressiveness. The homers will come, but be aggressive. Don’t just sit and wait for the HR.

The Yanks beat the Tigers today, 7-2, to run their spring training record to 9-2.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into and out of trouble, walking four in his outing.

After Detroit got a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, the Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth on an Aaron Hicks single.

The Tigers went up 2-1 in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the sixth when newcomer Adam Lind singled in a run.

In the eighth, a double by Tyler Austin (hard choice to back up Bird, a lefty hitter: the lefty Lind or righty Austin) an error and a walk to Erik Kratz loaded the bases. Estevan Florial grounded into a force out, scoring one run, then he and Shane Robinson, who had reached on that error, pulled off a double steal, Robinson scoring to make it 4-2. Nice aggressiveness there.

In the ninth, Tyler Wade reached on an error, Ron Torreyes singled and Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

McKinney 3 run HR, his 3rd HR of spring training.
Hicks 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Lind 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

S.T. Game 8. Austin’s walk-off HR gives Yanks 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for the late report. High winds in the northeast have knocked out power off and on.

As for Friday’s game, there is something about getting someone who may take your job that puts a bug up your butt and makes you work harder, and in the case of a couple of Yankees, better.

We’ve seen what Miguel Andujar has done since the Yankees traded for Brandon Drury.

Yesterday the Yanks signed Adam Lind to a minor league contract to have insurance for Greg Bird. Tyler Austin responded by hitting a 2-run walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 5-4 win and better their record to 7-1 in this exhibition season.

This has been a strange free agent off-season. I mean, Lind is forced to accept a minor league deal? It has an opt-out at the end of spring training, so Lind may not be here long. But if anything happens to Bird or Austin between now and then…. Lind, 34, is a lefty hitter who, in a platoon role with Washington last year, hit .303-14- 59, OPS+ 123. He has hit 20 or more HR in six different seasons, and in 2009 had a .305-35-114, OPS+ 141 season for Toronto, for whom he has spent most of his MLB career. His 162 game average is .272-24-87, OPS+ 112. A professional hitter who has exactly 200 HR in his career. You think someone would have picked him up by now.

The only thing about Lind is his splits, and why he platooned last year. A .288 hitter vs. righties, just .217 against lefties in his career. Primarily a 1B or DH, he can play LF, but it isn’t advised.

Speaking of LF, manager Aaron Boone stated that Jacoby Ellsbury would get some playing time there (a nice decision if Gardner is hurt or needs a day, because you are getting the same type of player there), but Ellsbury then strained an oblique so he’s out for a while.

Clint Frazier is still having problems after getting that concussion a week ago.

As for the game, you don’t know what to make of Masahiro Tanaka. He had a bad outing yesterday, but you don’t know how spring training carries over to the regular season. In 2016, Tanaka had a rough spring training, but a 14-4, 3.07 regular season. Last spring, he only gave up one run all spring training long, but then struggled most of the year to a 13-12, 4.74 year before his great postseason. So who knows? Anyway, he couldn’t make it through two innings and gave up four runs.

Down 4-0 early, the Yanks got two in the fourth on a double by the red-hot Andujar, and another in the fifth on an RBI single by Didi Gregorius, who went 3 for 3.

Austin then hit his two-run walkoff HR in the ninth for the 5-4 win. Tyler Wade got the inning going by beating out a bunt. Nice to see.

Giancarlo Stanton had two doubles.

Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson had a pinch-hit appearance, and struck out. He did take a couple good rips, though.

Jordan Montgomery had a nice outing.

Tanaka 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up HR to top Atlanta prospect, maybe the best young prospect in the game today.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Montgomery 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.