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Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.


The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04




Game 20. Tanaka tames Boston, 9-3.

Tonight it was a Boston “T” party. The T being Tanaka.

The Yanks’ new ace improved to 3-0, 2,15 by pitching 7 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 7 K as the Yanks beat Boston 9-3. He has 35 K in 4 starts, and if I remember correctly, just 2 walks. That is some ratio.

Ellsbury, Jeter and Beltran each had 2 h and 2 RBI. Beltran hit HR #5 (363 career). Jeter’s 2 hits pushed him to 3333 lifetime.

The Yanks banged out 15 hits.

Dellin Betances went 1 2/3, gave up one run.

For the Angels, Albert Pujols became the 26th player to hit 500 HR tonight.

Ivan Nova got evaluated. Surgery recommended.

Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

Cardinals’ coach Duncan to resign

Due to health concerns with his wife, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan will step down.

Earlier, Tony LaRussa resigned as manager after the Cards won the 2011 WS.

Of course, Pujols went west to the Angels. The Cards did pick up Beltran and will move Berkman to 1B.

I have to wonder who will be the bigger loss. Could it be Duncan?

Angels get Pujols, C.J. Wilson

Albert Pujols is now an Angel. The Angels, Gene Autry’s former team, will pony up $254 MM over 10 years to land the 31? year old. (If he’s more than his listed age of 31, the Angels are in trouble). Pujols is a 3x MVP, Former ROY, who in his eleven seasons in St. Louis NEVER finished out of the top 10 in MVP voting (and only once out of the top five), has a .328 career B.A., OPS+ 170, and 445 HR. He led the Cardinals to WS titles in 2006 and 2011. Pujols had a bit of an “off-year” in 2011, hitting .299-37-99 (just missing .300 and 100 RBI), OPS+ 150. Off -yr. for HIM that is, since he still finished 5th in this year’s MVP balloting.

If he retired right NOW (FAT CHANCE) he’s a first-ballot HOF.

Then the Angels moved on to another catch. They signed C.J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 MM deal. Wilson, whose Rangers lost to Pujols’ Cardinals in this year’s WS, went 16-7, 2.94 (ERA+ 152, AS, 6th in cya voting) in 2011. The 31 year old is 43-35, 3.60, ERA+ 126 in his career. He joins Jered Weaver, Haren, and Ervin Santana in what could be one very good foursome.

Octavio Dotel signed with Detroit. He was 5-4, 3.50 for Tor/St. Louis in 2011. ERA+ 115. For his career, the 38 year old is 54-47, 108 saves, 3.74. ERA+ 121.

Alex Gonzalez signed with the Brewers. I suppose this means that the Brew Crew are out of the Jimmy Rollins hunt. Gonzalez hit .241-15-56, OPS+ 76 for the Braves as their SS this year. Career .247, OPS+ 80, 34 years old.

K-Rod going back to Milwaukee, where he’ll be one very expensive setup man. The 29 year old was 6-2, 2.64, 23 saves, ERA+145 for the Mets/Brewers in 2011. 36-27, 291 saves in his career, ERA 2.51, ERA+ 172. He accepted arbitration.

David Ortiz also accepted arbitration from the Red Sox. Big Papi, 36, hit .309-29-96, OPS+ 154 for Boston in 2011, and was an All-Star and Silver Slugger winner. For his career, .283, 378 HR. OPS+ 136. … and what few remember—one steroids admission. (Accident or no accident?)