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Game 17. Yanks bomb Bucs, 11-5.

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The Yanks got five runs in the sixth and another five in the eighth in defeating the Pirates 11-5 to go to 11-6 on the season.

Michael Pineda gave up solo homers in the first and fourth, and Pittsburgh added another run in the fifth to go up 3-0.

Starlin Castro tied the game with a 3-run HR (4). After Castro’s HR, Aaron Judge doubled, Greg Bird was HBP and Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Ronald Torreyes doubled in two runs to make it 5-3 Yanks.

What can you say about the jobs Romine and Torreyes are doing filling in for the injured Sanchez and Gregorius? Romine had two hits yesterday, Torreyes had four.

The Pirates came right back with two in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up at five.

With two out in the top of the eighth, Romine reached on an error and Torreyes singled. Chris Carter, pinch-hitting for P Dellin Betances, hit his first HR  (1) of the season to make it 8-5. Ellsbury then reached on another Pirates’ error, and a three-base error to boot. A wild pitch enabled him to score as Pittsburgh had one sloppy inning. Doubles by Hicks and Headley made it 10-5.

Aaron Judge hit a massive 457-ft. HR, his sixth (6) HR of the season, in the ninth to finish off the scoring at 11-5. Judge’s at bats are becoming can’t miss. Already there is talk of putting him into this year’s HR derby to see how far he can hit one. Some of his batting practice shots have been incredible.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 3.86. Gave up 2 HR
Holder (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 3.38
Clippard (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.35
Betances (W, 2-1, 1.50) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 12. Bird breaks out as Yanks win 7th straight, 9-3.

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Greg Bird went 3 for 3 with a walk, single, double and 2-run HR to break a 1 for 26 slump as the Yankees’ concluded a weekend sweep of the Cardinals with a 9-3 win Sunday night.

The win, the Yanks’ seventh in a row, raised their record to 8-4.

In the second, Chase Headley singled, and Aaron Judge appeared to hit a 2-run HR. A fan interfered but the play still should have been ruled a 2-run HR since the ball would have cleared the fence anyway. Instead of being overruled, it was ruled a run-scoring triple. Bird then hit the next pitch far over the fence into the bleachers (1) to make it 3-1.  (The Cards had scored in the top of the first).

Aaron Hicks wrapped a HR (3) around the right field foul pole in the fifth to make it 4-1.

The Yanks got the good Michael Pineda last night. He did give up a HR in the seventh to cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2, but he went 7 innings and only gave up 2 runs.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and Judge walked, and Bird singled to load the bases. Austin Romine doubled in two, Ronald Torreyes doubled in two, and Torreyes later scored on a SF by Hicks.

Hicks was 2 for 3, 2 RBI. Headley 2 for 2 with 2 walks. Starlin Castro had 2 hits. Austin Romine 2 hits and 2 RBI and Torreyes, with his 2 RBI, still leads the team in RBI.

Pineda  (w, 2-1, 3.44) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.69
Mitchell 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.08.



Game 7. Pineda brilliant in Yanks’ win. Sanchez out 4 wks. Montgomery the #5.

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Big Day. Big Announcements. First with the game.

Michael Pineda proved today why we are so frustrated with him, because he showed what he is capable of and fails to do consistently.

What he did today was great. He needs to become consistent and do this consistently to become great; to realize his potential.

This isn’t to throw a wet blanket on what he did today. It’s to say he needs to do this more often to make the Yanks a playoff team.

For what he did today was to take a perfecto into the seventh, provide length, pitching into the eighth, get the win (his first since Aug. 5th of last year) and be dominant. 2 hits and 11 K dominant.

Be consistent. Not tease us once a year.

The Yanks struck for a run in the third on a double by Ellsbury.

Judge homered (2) in the fourth to make it 2-0.

Headley homered (2) in the seventh to make it 3-0.

Meanwhile, Pineda retired 20 straight batters before giving up a double to Evan Longoria with two out in the seventh.

In the eighth, Logan Morrison homered to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1. But the Yanks struck back with five in the bottom of the eighth to ice the game and win 8-1. It makes their record 3-4.

In the eighth, Gardner reached on an error and stole second. After an out, he stole third (5). Good to see him being aggressive. After a couple of years, one in which he led the AL with 49 steals, to see him only have 16 last year was disappointing. 5 already. Keep it up.

Matt Holliday doubled in Gardner to make it 4-1 and Chris Carter tripled to make it 5-1. Starlin Castro homered (1) to make it 7-1.   Then Headley singled, Judge singled, and an error and then an RBI groundout by Torreyes accounted for the final score of 8-1.

Pineda (W, 1-1, 3.97) 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 11K. Gave up 1 HR. Retired first 20 batters.
Clippard (H, 1), 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.70.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

After the game, Shreve was sent down to AAA to make room for Jordan Montgomery, who won the #5 spot in the Yankees’ rotation.

Gary Sanchez will miss 4 weeks, a month, with his injury.

Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

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All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.


S.T. Game 35. Yanks lose final spring training game, 8-5. Ex-SS Amaro dies.

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The Yanks and Braves opened up the Braves’ new stadium (saw some of it on MLB, looked really nice) with the Braves winning 8-5 thanks to a Baltimore chop base hit, an error and a bloop 3-run double.

A little bad luck.

The Yanks finish spring training at 25-9-1. Now the regular season starts Sunday and the games count.

Greg Bird got the first HR in the place (albeit, an exhibition game) with a 2-run blow in the third inning.

Michael Pineda was, well, Michael Pineda. So much promise but that one big mistake. So often last year he gave up the big hit with two out, and in the third, with two out, he gave up a 3-run HR to Freddie Freeman. You really wonder if it’s a concentration issue. It’s something he has to correct.

Dustin Fowler doubled in two in the top of the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3, but then Atlanta got five runs, all unearned, in the bottom half of the inning as manager Girardi sent in bullpen guys to just get them work. For example, Aroldis Chapman faced just one batter, and he struck him out. Tommy Layne faced one batter, and he got him out. Then the roof fell in between Betances, Holder, the error by 3B Miguel Andujar and the bloop 3-run double that fell between four fielders.

Chris Carter homered in the seventh for the final score of 8-5.

Gary Sanchez was 2 for 2, hitting a double that just missed going out. Greg Bird was also 2 for 2, with that 2-run HR mentioned earlier. Sanchez hit .373 for the spring, Bird .451.  They’ll cool off, obviously, but it shows how much potential these two youngsters have.

Some guys that had rough springs that you hope heat up are Gardner, Headley and Carter.

Pineda 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances (L) 0 IP, 2 R (both unearned), 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Holder (BS) 1/3 IP, 3 R (all unearned), 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K.
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Ruben Amaro, the main SS on the 1967 Yankees team, died yesterday at the age of 81. Your typical good field/no hit SS of the 1960s, he was also on the 1964 Phillies team that “Pholded” at the end of the season. He was with the Cardinals in 1958, the Phils from 1960-1965, the Yankees from 1966-1968, and finished his major league career with the Angels in 1969.

A .234 career hitter with eight major league home runs and an OPS+ of 71, his best year was in 1964 for the Phillies, when he hit .264-4-34, all career highs, OPS+ 84, and won a Gold Glove. He also finished 21st in MVP voting. He had 299 at bats in 129 games. Primarily a SS, Amaro played all infield positions and even one game in LF in his career.

His Yankees’ tenure consisted of 191 games, 130 of which were in 1967 when he was the team’s primary SS, hitting .223-1-17, OPS+ 70, in a career high 417 at bats.

After his playing career ended he worked for the Phillies for many years, and expressed his desire to be buried in his Phillies uniform.

His son, Ruben Amaro, Jr., became a major league player himself, later served as the Phillies’ GM, and is now the first base coach for the Red Sox.


S.T. Game 25. Yanks win, but problems loom.

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The Yankees’ 9-3 win today that raised their spring record to 19-6 was overshadowed by other concerns.

I don’t like the World Baseball Classic because of its timing. Players should be getting ready and not competing heavily in games in March. The WBC advances the timetable, which is why I am concerned about injuries in March to players going all out when they should be pacing themselves.

The Yanks found out today that Didi Gregorius, who was doing well in the WBC, will probably miss the start of the regular season because of a sore throwing shoulder.

As good as phenom Gleyber Torres has been this spring training, he has never played above High A ball (Tampa) and the Yanks won’t consider jumping him three levels to replace Didi. Instead, it looks as if it would be Tyler Wade at SS until Didi is ready. Wade is versatile, has more experience and has played at a higher level than Torres. It seems either he or Ronald Torreyes will man SS until Didi gets back.Ruben Tejada could be in the mix as well.

A blow and why I don’t like the WBC. As for Wade, all the Yanks want from him is to make the plays, and do the little things. He doesn’t have the power Didi would have. Just make all the plays on D, and do the little things offensively—steal a base, lay down a bunt, move the runner over. Nothing spectacular.

Michael Pineda exasperated us today. One outing after a 15 up, 15 down, 8 strikeout performance, he was knocked out in the second inning. This is why he drives us nuts. So much potential, so little consistency. Just like A.J Burnett.

The Yanks got four in the second. Refsnyder doubled in one, Torreyes singled in one and Gardner singled in two.

Given a 4-0 lead, Pineda drove us nuts again, giving up three runs and not making it out of the second inning. How long do we have to wait for him to realize his potential consistently? Thank goodness it is spring training. Starting pitchers just can’t give back four run leads in the regular season.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a two-run HR by Matt Holliday.

Gleyber Torres doubled in two in the eighth (and I, like many others, wish this kid would be the one replacing Didi until Didi is ready, but at 20, and no experience above High A, I could see not putting him the major league roster just yet, but yes, we all are impatient for him to arrive).

Dustin Fowler got a SF for the final run.

So a win, but concerns about Didi’s injury and Pineda’s inconsistency.

Two RBI for Gardner, two hits for Bird. Holliday with the 2-run HR. Billy McKinney went 2 for 2.

To me, besides Mitchell, Green has done very well. I would put Mitchell and Green in the rotation, send Severino and Cessa back to AAA and Warren to the bullpen. We’ll see what Girardi does.

Pineda (w) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Graham (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Green (H) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Heller (H) 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.


S.T. Game 20. Yanks beat Phillies, 3-1. Pineda awesome.

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As I wrote before, if Michael Pineda, the big tease, can ever get it together, and get it together consistently…..

Tonight against the Phillies? 15 up, 15 down and 8 strikeouts.

Wow. If we can just see that say, 60% of the regular season.

The Yanks beat the Phils, 3-1, to raise their spring training record to 15-5. Once again, youth was served.

Greg Bird hit a HR. Gary Sanchez drove in a run. Gleyber Torres doubled and scored a run. I still can’t believe this kid is just 20 and headed for AA. Wow.

Sanchez was 2 for 2 with the RBI. He also walked.

Bird was 2 for 3.

Pineda was incredible. Between he, Chapman and Green, they 1-hit the Phillies.

Pineda (w) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Chapman (H) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Green (S) 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

A superb outing by all three pitchers. As for Green, another notch in his belt as far as making the team or even beating out Mitchell and Severino for a rotation spot.

Great night.