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Game 23. Boston beats Yanks, Betances, again, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was a lost weekend in Boston as for the second time in three days, Dellin Betances served up a HR that decided the game in Boston’s favor. The Yanks lost Sunday night 8-7.

Things aren’t good, to say the least. The Yanks were swept this weekend in Boston, have lost five in a row, and 13 of their last 17. They are now 8-15.

Alex Rodriguez had a 2-run HR (5, 692) and a two-run double.

Both starters, Eovaldi for the Yanks and Price for Boston, struggled.

Backup OF Aaron Hicks is now 2 for 26 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a bad baserunning play in the first that may have cost the Yanks a run.

The Yanks are off today. They need it.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 3 walks, 3 K. 5.46. Gave up 1 HR.
Nova (L, 1-1, 5.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up HR. 3.09.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 19. Yanks lose, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There’s not much to say on this one. The Yanks got spanked, 10-1 by Texas Tuesday night.

Luis Severino is now 0-3, 6.86. That won’t do. Neither will Michael Pineda’s 6.95 ERA. It’s the end of April. Both must improve, and soon. Both seemed to have good spring trainings. What happened? But both need to improve soon.

The Yanks got just one run. That won’t do either.

The Yanks are now 8-11. It’s still early, but you can’t fall too far below .500.

Things have to get better….or else.

Severino (L, 0-3, 6.86) 3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Nova 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.11. He has to do better, too.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.68.

Nova and Shreve gave up HRs.


Game 15. Ellsbury steals home in Yankees’ win

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury stole home as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay Friday night 6-3.

The Rays got two in the top of the second off of CC, but Brian McCann’s 2-run HR (3) in the bottom of the inning tied it up.

After Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth, the Yanks tied it up in the fifth. Ellsbury and Gregorius singled, and both moved up on a balk. On a 3-2 pitch, Ellsbury took off. The pitch was high, thus ball four on Gardner, and Ellsbury slid under the tag for a steal of home and the tying run.

McCann singled in a run in the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Ellsbury doubled in two in the eighth to give the Yanks insurance runs.

CC only went 4 2/3, but the bullpen pitched 4 1/3 no-hit innings.

Maybe that exciting gamble by Ellsbury will get the Yanks (6-9) going.

Sabathia 4 2/3, 3 R, 9 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 5.28
Nova (w; 1-0, 4.32) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (Hold, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00
Miller (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00


Game 13. Yanks still struggling, fall 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe Joe Girardi needs to call a team meeting. For the Yanks are struggling right now, down to 5-8 after a 5-2 loss tonight.

In the first, the problems getting runners in resurfaced. (They were 0 for 4 w/RISP tonight and those numbers have been awful so far this season). The struggling Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him home. I have often said that I’d kill for a SF, but the Yanks don’t seem capable of that lately (and Girardi NEVER calls for a squeeze bunt, one of my gripes against Girardi. Be aggressive. Bunt. Steal. Squeeze. Hit and Run. Don’t just wait for a HR).

Didi Gregorius did get the Yanks on the board in the second with his 2nd HR of the year.

Eovaldi gave up 3 in the fourth, and it could have been another if not for Aaron Hicks gunning a runner out at home. If only Hicks were hitting. He is 1 for 20 for the season. You wonder if sending Hicks down and bringing Aaron Judge up may be a benefit.

Any chance of the Yanks getting back in it evaporated when Brandon Pinder gave up two in the eighth. Pinder replaced Olson, who replaced Cessa on the Scranton shuttle.

Carlos Beltran hit his 4th HR of the year, #396 of  his career (tying Joe Carter) in the bottom of the eighth.

Some numbers: Ellsbury is at .220. He has to improve and set the table. Since coming off the DL last year, Ellsbury has done nothing. Teix is at .182. He is notoriously a slow starter. A-Rod is at .163. Headley .182. Hicks .050.

It’s early, but those numbers have to improve.

Generally, I want a club to finish April at .500 or above. The Yanks are 5-8, so they have to get it going.

Eovaldi (L, 0-2, 6.11) 6 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.15
Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 18.00
Nova 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 7. Yanks fall, 7-2.


Michael Pineda pitched better than last time out, but this time he didn’t get 16 runs of support. The Yanks lost to Toronto, 7-2.

It was one of those nights that each time the Yanks battled back to tie the game or get back in it, the pitchers just gave it back.

Toronto got a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it in the fifth on an Aaron Hicks groundout. But Toronto scored two right away in the bottom of the fifth to go up 3-1. Ronald Torreyes had two hits tonight, and the backup is hitting .667, but he also made an error that let in an unearned run.

The Yanks got a HR from Teixeira (3, #397 career) to cut it to 3-2 in the 8th, but here is where the game was lost. Pineda gave up 3R, 2 ER, in six, and Kirby Yates had a great seventh, striking out two. But manager Girardi went to Nova in the eighth and Nova had nothing. The game got away then.

A-Rod is off to a slow start. He’s at .136. Too early to panic, but if it continues, whispers will start because he is 40. Here is hoping he snaps out of it soon.

Pineda (L, 1-1, 6.55 ) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 walks, 6 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 2 K. 3.38
Nova 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.20.

Game 2 . Yanks kick As(tros), 16-6


Starlin Castro had a great spring training, had 2 RBI in the opening day loss and kept it up in game 2,  hitting a 3-run HR, getting 4 hits, and driving in 5 runs in the Yanks’ 16-6 rout of the Astros.

Ivan Nova pitched four scoreless innings in relief of a subpar Michael Pineda.

Pineda gave up a HR to Carlos Correa in the first, but the Yanks rebounded with six in the bottom half to go up 6-1. Brian McCann doubled in two.

Pineda gave up a grand slam to George Springer in the second to cut it to 6-5, but Castro’s 3-run HR in the second and Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR in the third made it 12-5.

Correa hit another HR in the fifth to cut it to 12-6. This kid is a young superstar.

Carlos Beltran hit a HR in the sixth to make it 13-6. The HRs were career #395 for Teix & #393 for Beltran.  Beltran tied Jim Edmonds on the all-time list.

A 2-run triple by Ronald Torreyes and a Castro single closed out the scoring in the seventh.

Pineda (w, 1-0) 5 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He gave up 3 HR, inc. a grand slam. 10.80
Nova (s, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K.  0.00


S.T. Game 31. Miller cleared, CC #5 starter, and Yanks win 3-2.


I don’t know how he is going to do it, but Andrew Miller has been cleared to pitch despite a chip fracture in his right (non-pitching) wrist. You wonder how it may affect his fielding. To me, not so much balls hit up the middle or bunts, but how about the 3-6-1 DP??

As expected, CC Sabathia was named the #5 starter over Ivan Nova. I think the salary issue had a lot to do with it. How many teams have a middle reliever/spot starter earning $25MM? (But then, look at Boston. They gave a big contract to 3B Pedro Sandoval, and in year 2 of that huge deal, Kung Fu Panda is on the bench).

The Yankees only got three hits in their exhibition game in Miami against Don Mattingly’s Marlins tonight, but two of them were HRs, and it was enough for a 3-2 win.

Brett Gardner homered in the fourth to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Marlins got one in the sixth and another in the eighth, but Lane Adams 2-run HR in the top of the ninth made the Yanks winners.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 4 walks and 3 K. Battled. Got 16 outs, but 11 baserunners.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Cessa(w) 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Goody. (S) 1 IP,  0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

So now that Miller is cleared, let’s look at the 25 man roster for Opening Day.

C McCann and Romine
Infield Teixeira, Castro, Gregorius, Headley, Ackley, Torreyes
DH A-Rod
OF Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Hicks


Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Severino, CC

Bullpen: Nova, Cessa, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller.


One more BP spot needs to be filled. Who gets the final spot? Yates? Chapman gets that spot once the suspension is over.