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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 5-1. Diego Moreno five scoreless IP of relief. OF Ben Gamel 2 hits, rbi. Same with C Gary Sanchez. 2 hits Cesar Puello.

AA: Trenton won 5-2. Jordan Montgomery 5 1/3 scoreless IP. SS Tyler Wade (HR shy of cycle), OF Dustin Fowler (2 RBI) and OF Mark Payton (2 doubles, rbi) 3 hits each.C  Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 4-2. Domingo Acevedo 12 K in 6 IP.SS Jorge Mateo 3 hits. 2 hits and an RBI for both OF Zack Zehner and OF Jake Skole.

Low A: Charleston lost 2-1. 3B Angel Aguilar and C Austin Afenir 2 hits each. RBI for Afenir.

I don’t go to lower levels, like short-season leagues or anything, but the Yanks do have a highly touted 20 year old catching prospect, Luis Torrens, at Staten Island in the NY-Penn short-season league.

The Minors. Severino shaky.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 10-3, but Luis Severino, recently optioned back to the minors, had a shaky outing. After 3 scoreless innings, he gave up 3 in the fourth and couldn’t make it through the inning. He gave up 3 runs, 2 H, 3 walks and 4 K in just 3 2/3 IP. Diego Moreno and Anthony Swarzak combined for 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Ben Gamel 2 doubles, rbi. Aaron Judge 2 doubles, rbi (.228), Jake Cave 2 hits, 1 a double, rbi. Donovan Solano and Kyle Higashioka 2 rbi each.

AA: Trenton won 5-3. Matt Wotherspoon 4 innings of scoreless relief. 3 hits, rbi for Tyler Wade, 2 hits, rbi for Dustin Fowler.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Jorge Mateo (.300) 2 hits. 2 hits apiece for Matt Snyder and Austin Aune.

Low A: Charleston got a run in the bottom of the 10th to win 5-4. Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, rbi. Kyle Holder 2 hits, Nathan Mikolas 3 hits. Hoy Jun Park 2 rbi. Conor Spencer walk-off double.

Today in the minors. Rumbelow lost for the year.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nick Rumbelow will have to undergo Tommy John surgery and will be done for the year.

AAA: SWB won 6-3. Tyler Olson, who started, and Diego Moreno, who got the win in relief, combined  for seven shutout innings. OF Ben Gamel had three hits, a HR short of the cycle. Aaron Judge 2 h, double, rbi. 2B Donovan Solano 3 H, rbi.  OF Cesar Puello a 3-run HR.

AA: Trenton won 5-3. CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, rbi. Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 5-2. Prized prospect James Kaprelian went 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, and 9 K. Miguel Andujar HR, 2 rbi. 2B Billy Fleming 3 for 3, Zach Zehner and Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) two hits each.

Low A:  Charleston made it a perfect night for the farm teams, winning 4-0. Brody Koerner 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 9 K. Solo HR Trey Amburgey. Jhalen Jackson 3 H, 2 doubles, rbi. Kyle Holder 2 h, rbi.  2 hits Thairo Estrada.

S.T. Game 26. Teix HRs in Yanks’ 3-2 win.


Mark Teixeira is known for slow starts. The other day he mentioned that he and the batting coaches saw something on a video which is why he was hitting a lot of balls on the ground and had a low batting average so far this spring. So he was working on correcting that flaw, so he would be ready when the season starts next week.

That work paid off tonight when Teix hit a solo HR in the seventh in the Yanks’ 3-2 win over the Tigers. The win puts the Yanks’ S.T. record at 11-13-2.

Dustin Ackley’s 2-run double in the eighth was the game-winner.

The pitching line:

Cessa 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Probably going to AAA for their rotation, but nice job.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Still in the mix for a bullpen job.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Suspended until May 9.
Goody 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Stuck out the side, but gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0H, walks and 0 K. Has had an excellent camp.
Moreno (w) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

S.T. Game 24. Mitchell strong in Yanks’ 4-3 win.


After Ivan Nova’s performance yesterday, it was pretty much a given that he pitched himself out of the starting rotation. It was also pretty much a given that CC Sabathia would have the #5 slot.

As ESPN’s Lee Corso is known to say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Although it still strongly appears that CC will have that #5 slot, if only because of his salary, Bryan Mitchell gave the Yanks some food for thought as he continued his fine spring training with four scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Toronto in spring training action today.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR for the Yanks.

Poor Rob Refsnyder took a bad hop off of his face for the second day in a row. He’s made three errors at 3B in the last two days. Meanwhile, don’t count out Ronald Torreyes maybe beating out Refsnyder for a spot on the team as the backup infielder. Torreyes, 23, has had a fine spring. The rookie had two hits today and is at .313 for the spring.

A-Rod had an RBI. The winning run scored in the ninth on an E-2.

Nick Rumbelow and James Pazos were sent down to AAA. I still think the final bullpen spot(s) are down to Barbato, Yates and Pinder.

Today’s pitching line:

Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pinder (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.


S.T. Game 18. Castro, Pineda, continue strong springs in Yanks’ 3-2 win.


Starlin Castro and Michael Pineda continued their strong springs today as the Yankees beat the Braves 3-2 in spring training action.

Castro had two hits and an RBI.

The Yanks escaped trouble when X-rays on Jacoby Ellsbury’s wrist came up negative after Ellsbury was HBP during the game.

Michael Pineda has been great this spring, and that continued today. The same goes for Chasen Shreve.

Pineda (W) 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

S.T. Game 15. Castro’s HR leads Yanks to 2-1 win.


Starlin Castro hit a 2-run HR in the second inning and the Yanks made it hold up for a 2-1 win over Toronto in Wednesday’s S.T. game.

Eovaldi (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Pestano 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Bleier 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks are 5-8-2 on the spring.

S.T. Games 9 & 10. A loss and a tie.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Yankees had a split squad today, so I’ll start with the home game which the Yanks lost 11-4 to Toronto.

Nathan Eovaldi started and did well, but the relievers struggled.Aroldis Chapman debuted.

Eovaldi 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Moreno (L) 1 1/3, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 H, 1 walk, 2 K, gave up a HR.
Cloyd 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Pestano 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Webb 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Carlos Beltran had 2 H and an RBI. Jonathan Diaz had a 2-run HR.

In the away game, the Yanks tied the Orioles 4-4. They had a 4-1 lead but gave up 3 unearned runs.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits, and Starlin Castro, playing SS, was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI. He did make an error, however.

Plans for Castro to play 3B have been put on hold, and that may be good news for Rob Refsnyder, who did play 3B today in this game and who went 1 for 3.

Mitchell 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Gave up a HR.
Haynes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, ALL UNEARNED, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Bleier 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, o walks and 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks are 2-6-2 this spring.




S.T. Game 2. A-Rod homers, but Yanks lose 13-4

Alex Rodriguez hit a 2-run HR in his first at bat, but the Yanks lost to the Phillies, 13-4.

A few things I take out of today’s game.

It’ll be an interesting spring for Ivan Nova. Right now it appears that he is the sixth man in a five man rotation. Will there be an injury that puts Nova into the rotation? Will the young Luis Severino show that he needs more minor league time, hence putting Nova in the rotation? Will Nova have to go to the bullpen and become this year’s “Adam Warren”, a long reliever who is on the ready to spot start or fill in the rotation should another starter go down?

Or will Nova be showcased as trade bait?

Nova hasn’t had a good time of it since 2013, when he went 9-6, 3.10 but missed about 1/3 of the season. Since then, he is 8-13 with a 5.65 ERA, and has gone through Tommy John surgery.

This is a very important spring training for him as far as re-establishing value and determining his role—whether it is with the Yankees or with another team.

Nova pitched two innings today, giving up one run.

It wasn’t a good day for a couple of youngsters trying to step up and take the role that Justin Wilson had last year as a setup man. Wilson, as we know, was traded to the Tigers. We also know that Aroldis Chapman won’t be available until May 9. So for the first month, we will see what we saw last year, Betances setting up Miller.

But it is who comes before them that is in flux. Chasen Shreve is back, but Warren and Wilson are gone and replacements must be found this spring.

For Jacob Lindgren and James Pazos, today wasn’t a good day. The two combined to pitch one inning and to give up seven runs.

Others didn’t stand out either.

But it’s early. Hopefully they do better next time. In Lindgren’s case, no command. 1 HBP, 3 walks and all four runners scored.

But there are a couple of storylines for you this spring. Where does Nova wind up, and who are going to be the setup guys—the bridge to the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman?

Today’s pitching line:

Nova 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Moreno (BS) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 hits, 0 walks and 3 K. Gave up HR
Lindgren 1/3 IP, 4 R, 0 hits, 3 walks, 0 K, 1 HBP
Swarzak 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 0 K
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1 HBP
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. The best of the bunch today.
Webb 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K
Lail 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Gave up HR.

A couple of days ago, the Yanks signed Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal. The 35 yr. old outfielder is a righty bat. He hit .269-3-18 for the Cubs last year (OPS+ 89). His 162 g. average is .272-8-39, 11 SB, OPS+ 103. He has played for the Reds, A’s, Padres, Mariners and Cubs in his career.


Game 104. Yanks bomb White Sox, 12-3.


The Yanks jumped all over the White Sox today with a 12-3 win that increased their AL East lead to six games.

Before the game, the Yanks had to DL Diego Moreno with an elbow strain and bring back Brandon Pinder.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR (4).

In the fourth, they scored five runs. Didi Gregorius drove in two with a single, Ellsbury drove one in with a SF and Gardner singled in two.

A couple of months ago, I mentioned on one blog that if we could only get Didi to .250 or so, and if he gave us good defense, we’d take it. I was criticized, one person asking how I thought Didi would hit .250… I responded that he’s only 25, give the coaches time to work with him, and be patient. He is now hitting .260. I wonder how the crow tastes?

The red-hot Mark Teixeira homered (29) in the fifth to make it 7-0. It was #392 of his career. Stephen Drew doubled in two more later in the inning to make it 9-0.

After Chicago got a run in the sixth, Drew tripled in two in the top of the seventh to make it 11-1. Drew is still below the Mendoza line at .199, but he does have 13 HR and with the 4-RBI day today, 32 RBI.

A groundout by Ellsbury (3 RBI) made it 12-1 before a couple of late White Sox homers made the final score 12-3.

Nova (W,4-3, 3.10) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 7 K.

Shreve 2/3 IP. 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.18

Pinder 1 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.63.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.75.