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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB crushed Lehigh Valley 10-1. Richard Bleier 1 R, 7 IP. Aaron Judge HR, 3 RBI. Gary Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Deibinson Romero HR, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 6-1.

High A: Tampa lost 7-5. Jorge Mateo 4 for 5. Billy Fleming 3 for 5, 2 doubles, 4 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 8-3. Solo HR Jhalen Jackson.

S.T. Game 20. Severino solid again in Yanks’ 6-3 win.


Luis Severino pitched four scoreless innings before faltering in the fifth, and A-Rod drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Mets tonight in their spring training game, 6-3.

The win evens the Yankees’ spring training record at 9-9-2.

To be fair, Severino probably ran out of gas in the fifth. Pitchers are still getting stretched out, and Aroldis Chapman, who replaced Severino, let both inherited runners score. Had Chapman blown away the next two hitters….

A-Rod had two hits to go with his two RBI. Brian McCann had two hits. Didi Gregorius had two hits, scored two runs, and drove one in.

The Pitching Line:

Severino (W) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Olson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Romero 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Who gets Yu?

No, it’s not a psychological question as to your relevance. It’s a question of which major league team won the bid for  Japanese pitching star Yu Darvish.

Rumor is that the Yankees put in a modest bid. If it was modest, they’ll lose out. Rumor also has it that the winning bid is sky-high, over $50 mil. Maybe it is the same as the $51.1111111111 (whatever) bid that Boston put in for Dice-K.

Boston made moves today. They traded Jed Lowrie and another to Houston for Mark Melancon. You may remember when Melancon was in the Yankees system.

The Red Sox then went and signed Nick Punto to a 2-yr. deal.

Get this. MLB, in their new CBA, has a clause that players who want to change uniform numbers have to give 8 months advance notice or basically pay the warehouses that market MLB material for the backlog of their OLD uniform jerseys. I’m not kidding. Of course, if they are traded to a team in which their old number is retired, that doesn’t apply (for example, if someone wearing #3 was traded to the Yankees…).

All-Star breaks in the future, by the way, could be 4 days, not 3 according to the new CBA.

Kelly Shoppach back to Boston, which could spell the end of Varitek in Boston. Shoppach hit .176-11-22 for the Rays last season, OPS +72.

J.C. Romero to St. Louis.

Game 114. Time period once again Mo’s “kryptonite” as he blows another one. Granderson base-running blunder costs Yanks 6-4.

Yanks 69-44, 2nd in AL East 1 1/2 back. 7 games up for the WC spot.

It looks like no suspension for A-Rod but he is to sit down with MLB soon to discuss that poker situation.

J.C. Romero was granted his release from SWB.

Apparently Burnett is now a blond. Guess he’s trying to change his luck.

Tonight’s lineup; Yanks OPS+110, ERA+ 121;

Gardner LF .282-5-28  35sb/45att  OPS+ 106
Jeter SS .273-4-39  12/16  87
Granderson CF .273-28-86  22/31    145
Teixeira 1b .251-32-86  3/4  130
Cano 2b .295-18-75  8/9  125
Swisher RF .267-14-63  2/4  119
Chavez DH .304-1-13  0/0  109
Martin C .228-12-45  8/9  90
Nunez 3B .273-4-25  16/21  96

Burnett P 8-9, 4.54 ERA+ 92
4-8, 4.75 since 4/30; last win end of June.    

They are still talking about Nunez play on Sunday night. After that leadoff double by Scutaro off Mo, there was a bad bunt by Ellsbury, but Nunez charged. No one was at third. Had Nunez stayed back, (Mo is a GREAT fielder), Mo had Scutaro easily at 3d. Then man on 1st, next batter flyout, then another out & the Yanks win 2-1. Instead, Mo had to go to first, next batter SF to tie the game, and the Yanks lose in 10, 3-2. Nunez is a SS playing 3B. He’ll need to learn, but it appears that his decision helped to cost Sunday’s game. Had Alex been healthy and playing third, who knows? Then again, had Alex been in the lineup, maybe the Yanks score more than two runs.

Granderson hits #29 in the first inning. A solo shot.

After 3 1/2, the Yanks still lead 1-0. A.J. has 6 K.

Two on, two out for the Yanks in the 4th, but Martin strands them.

Two singles and a sac bunt make it 2nd and 3rd, one out for the Angels in the 5th. Grounder to Teix, who comes home for the out. A flyout gets A.J. out of the inning. After 4 1/2, still 1-0 Yanks.

To the sixth. Here is the problem with A.J. Burnett: if you stay close to him, he will find a way to beat himself. I’ve mentioned this before: he gives up too many free bases due to too many walks, too many HBP, too many WP and the fact that he doesn’t hold runners on well and gives up too many SB. In the sixth, he gives up four runs on only 2 hits. Abreu ties the game with a HR. Then, three walks (one intentional), a ground rule double and a WP. 4-1 Angels. Granted A.J. didn’t get the loss tonight, but this inning contributed to a Yankees loss. A.J. 6 IP, 4 R, 7 h, 3 walks (all in the same inning) and 6 K. ERA goes up to 4.60.

Wade gives up a hit in the 7th but strikes out the side. ERA to 1.71. A great signing for the Yanks.

The Yanks tie it in the 7th. With two out, Martin doubles, Nunez singles him home. Gardner singles. 1st and 3rd, Gardner SB. Jeter singles both runners home.

Robertson the 8th, 1-2-3 with a K, ERA to 1.38. 71 K in 45 2/3.

Mo in the 9th, and Mo blows his second straight game, giving up a two-run HR to Abreu. It’s a 2-HR game for Abreu, who came into the game with only 4 HR for the year.

Mo 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. He goes to 1-2, 2.23.

Then, the painful ending. Nunez gets a leadoff single. Gardner strikes out on a full-count pitch that was six inches off the plate. Jeter walks. Granderson hits into a forceout. It’s 1st and 3rd, two out, and Teix up.

Teix is 2nd in the league in HR. With two strikes, the pitcher does that old, almost never works, fake to third, pick off the guy on first play.

But this time, it works. Inexcusable for Granderson to get picked off to end the game there. Inexcusable.

Teix had two strikes on him. But he had one more swing. He’s second in the majors in HR.

We’ll never know what might have happened with that swing.

You have to let him have that swing. Game-winning walkoff HR? We’ll never know.

Game-ending picked off base? Inexcusable.

As for Mo, this is the time of year I fear from him. I’ve written this many times before. I won’t go into detail but will give you a homework assignment, so to speak. Check out Mo’s career, August 6 to about August 23. You will find a lot of blown saves and HR, probably 40-50% of Mo’s WHOLE TOTAL, in that time frame. It’s like 8/6 to 8/23 is his Kryptonite.

Last year, 8/10; (almost a year ago to the day) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H a loss. 2009: No blips, but he did give up a run in 1 IP on 8/11/09 (today is 8/9). 2008: blown save on 8/12; a loss on 8/15. 2007: BS, got W 8/13; Lost (3 r in 1 IP) 8/15; I could go on, but you see where I am coming from.

It’s eerie. After about 8/23, he rights himself.

But from about 8/6 to about 8/23? It’s amazing how predictable that “kryptonite” is to the Superman of closers.

Sitting a legend

The more I watch Jorge Posada, and the more I think about the Yankees quest to make the postseason, the more I think about 1973, the Mets, and Willie Mays.

Mays was a legend, and NY still loved him from what he had done almost 20 years prior. But Mays was 42 years old, and it was clear he hung on too long. Yogi Berra had to deal with this aging legend in ways that Joe Girardi has to deal with Posada now.

After August 30, 1973, Willie played in just three more regular season games. None after September 9th. Mays ended his final year hitting .211-6-25, OPS+ 81 in 66 games. He had to fight to hit .211. After the games of June 11, Mays, who didn’t get into any games from his birthday of May 6th until June 5th, was 5 for 53 for the season—an .094 batting average.

After the games of August 30th, the Mets were in last place, 6 1/2 games out.

After the games of September 9th, they were in 4th place, 3 games out.

They won the NL East by 1 1/2 games—with an 82-79 record, upset the Reds in the NLCS and were up three games to two in the WS before losing Games Six and Seven to the Oakland A’s.

Mays, after not playing in the final weeks of the regular season, played a bit in the postseason, and his stumbling OF play in that World Series is still a sad memory for many.

The Mets came back to win that division with Mays on the bench. It’s something the aging Say Hey Kid alluded to in his retirement speech, when he mentioned the kids fighting for themselves.

It may be time for the Yanks to do to Jorge Posada what the 1973 Mets did to Willie Mays. The 1973 Mets didn’t have the fallback of a wild card that the 2011 Yankees do. Posada’s numbers are a bit better, .223-9-29 as of now, but his OPS+ isn’t much better at his age of almost 40 than Mays’ 81 was when Mays was 42 in 1973. It’s an 83, compared to Mays’ 81.

Posada is 5 for his last 39. In that span, he has just one RBI. When he comes up in a big spot, I have no confidence in him. If he can’t hit, he provides clubhouse and dugout leadership, but nothing else. He doesn’t catch, rarely plays the field, can’t run.

The Yanks have some holes to fill this week as we approach the trade deadline. A lefty reliever is one. Logan doesn’t get lefties out enough or consistently. Yesterday he gave up another HR to a lefty (Matsui). I’d love to get Randy Choate back to be a LOOGY. Maybe they can’t do that but will turn to a Randy Flores or J.C. Romero (both ex-major leaguers at SWB) instead. Maybe they can pull the deal for a starter. It doesn’t look likely that they can get Jiminez. Kuroda apparently doesn’t want to come East.

But they say they aren’t looking at Beltran. I don’t know what Beltran would cost, but why NOT look? Posada is at .223-9-29, and as I mentioned, I think it’s time to give him standing O’s every time he comes up, out of respect and admiration for a career that’s winding down. Posada is in the last year of his deal, and it’s pretty much a given that the Yanks won’t bring him back. If Jorge wants to play in 2012, it will be on another team, or Jorge may get the Bernie treatment—come to camp on a non-guaranteed, minor league deal. Bernie didn’t accept it and basically retired (he never officially did) and Jorge may do the same.

But there are other bats besides Jorge that are struggling. You can’t replace everybody. Teix is at .240, Martin .222, Jones .204. A-Rod’s knee operation puts him out for another 3-5 weeks. So why NOT look at another bat?

Any way to improve. Right now, seeing Posada and Martin hitting back to back in the lineup (.223 and .222) bothers me. I’d pursue Beltran and see what it takes.

Wouldn’t you like this in the postseason, and this is the way I’d set up a postseason lineup if I were Girardi and the Yanks could somehow get Beltran…  ??

Numbers as of now
Gardner LF .285-4-20  31/41  109
Jeter SS .272-3-28   11/14  87
Granderson CF .266-26-72  19/28  146    lot of speed at top
A-Rod 3B .295-13-52  4/5  128
Cano 2B .297-16-62  6/7  127
Beltran DH .291-15-63 with Mets, 30 doubles leads majors   3/3   154
Teixeira 1B .240-26-72  2/3  123
Swisher RF .261-12-56   2/4  118
Martin C .222-10-39  7/8  88

You go L/R/L/R/L/S/S/S/R   three switch hitters in a row.
You can get Martin out of 6 or 7 in the lineup and down to 9.
You do this by leading off Gardner. Yes, I’d drop Teix and his .240 to 7th.
Doesn’t this lineup look deeper and more like a PLAYOFF lineup?

I don’t know what it might take to get Beltran, but the Yanks say they aren’t interested. They should be. At least try.

…for it’s time Posada became to the 2011 Yanks what Mays was to the 1973 Mets.

An Addendum: When Chavez returns, he platoons with Nunez at 3B, or Nunez can even DH with Chavez at 3B. When A-Rod returns, Chavez could replace Posada at DH. But as of now, Jorge is hurting the Yanks.

The minors tonight

AAA: Nova placed on the 7-day DL. Yanks sign LHP Royce Ring, reliever, to a minor league deal (had 5 games with the Yanks last year, didn’t fare well). They’ll try anybody in that lefty reliever role. They called up Garrison despite his poor record at AA. Signed Halsey (poor at AA), Romero, now Ring. It goes to show how far off the charts Igawa is, even as a reliever. They can’t wait to get rid of him. SWB won 6-1 tonight, D.J. Mitchell 7 IP, 1 R, 4 h, 2 walks and 9 K. 7-7, 3.12. A scoreless inning for Romero. Russo 3 h, Montero 3 rbi. Solo HR Mike Lamb. Jorge Vazquez 2 rbi.

AA: A wild and wooly one as Trenton gets 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win 13-12. Brad Halsey (see AAA above) has been a disaster since the Yanks signed him to a minor league deal. 7 R, 5 ER in 2 2/3 IP, ERA 8.00. Romine 3 H, HR, 2 RBI. Lyerly 2 h, HR, 2 rbi. Zoilo Almonte 3 h, 2 rbi.

High A: 10-3 Tampa win. Eric Chavez had 4 hits in his rehab stint. Jose Quintana 1 R in 6 ip. 7-0, 1.50. Ronnier Mustellier 2 HR.

Low A: Charleston 6-5 winners. 3 h, HR, 2 rbi, Anderson Feliz. Ramon Flores, 2 h, triple, 3 rbi.

Cito Culver, 3 h at Staten Island (SS of the future?)


The minors.

AAA: SWB scored 4 in the top of the 9th to tie the game but lost in the bottom of the 9th, 7-6 on a walkoff HR given up by Ray Flores (1-2, 3.09). Buddy Carlyle 1 2/3, 4 R. J. C. Romero 1 1/3 scoreless. Montero solo HR.

AA: Cashman there to watch Betances, but he struggled and lost. 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 5 walks and 7 k. 4-4, 2.90. Romine 3 h, .290. Addison Maruszak 3 h, solo Hr.

High A: 4-2 loss for Tampa. Cody Johnson solo HR.

Low A: Charleston lost 3-2.

Staten Island: Mason Williams 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi. .371. Cito Culver double, 2 rbi, 3 walks. Angelo Gumbs double, HR, 6 RBI.

GCL: Dante Bichette Jr. got a double and his first professional HR.

The minors tonight.

First off, some good news. It appears as if both Soriano and Chavez will be starting rehab games next week. By the end of the month, if Soriano can join the bullpen, and Chavez can platoon with Nunez at 3B until A-Rod comes back, that’ll be good.

BUT… I don’t give Soriano the 8th inning right off. I keep Robertson there where he belongs for now. If Soriano doesn’t like that, the heck with him. You HAVE to keep Robertson in the 8th based on what he’s done so far this year.

AAA: SWB 7-4 losers. Romero 1 2/3 scoreless. Pendleton 2 R in 4 IP but George Kontos 5 R, 4 ER in 2 1/3.

AA: Trenton bombed 13-2. Craig Heyer 7 R, 5 ER in 5 IP (7-5, 3.66). Pat Venditte 3 scoreless IP but Brad Halsey has to go. His experiment hasn’t worked out. 6 R, 2 ER in 2/3 IP. 6.46 ERA.

Trenton played Reading, and Brad Lidge of the Phils is on rehab for Reading. Lidge tossed a scoreless inning, but I am reading that scouts are not impressed that he is only hitting about 86 on the gun right now.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2.

Low A: Charleston lost 13-6. 3 RBI for Kevin Mahoney.

Staten Island: Mason Williams 3 for 5 (.374).

Yankees minor leaguers today.

AAA: SWB lost 4-2. Nova pitched well, 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K. The newly signed J.C. Romero gave up 1 run in 1 IP.

AA: Trenton won 9-5. Ray Kruml 3 h, 2 rbi.

High A: 5-3 loss for Tampa. Graham Stoneburner 2 r in 6 ip. Walt Ibarra 3 h.

Low A: 3-2 Charleston win. Jose Mojica 2 h, 2 rbi.

Game 89. Colon bombed in 1st, Yanks routed 16-7.

Yanks 53-35, 1 gb of Boston in AL East.
Three games worse than Pythagorean record. OPS+111. ERA+119

Jeter SS  .270-3-24  8 sb/11 att OPS+ 86   3004 hits.
Granderson CF .269-25-63  15/22  149
Teixeira 1B .244-25-65  2/3  133
Cano 2B .296-15-57  6/7  130
Swisher RF .249-10-49  2/4  112
Martin C .220-10-36  7/8  91
Jones DH .195-4-12  0/0  71
Nunez 3B .279-3-14  10/14  102
Gardner LF .265-4-18  23/33  101

Colon (6-4, 3.20)  ERA+128

Baseball news today. J.C. Romero did sign a AAA deal with the Yanks, we’ll see if he has anything left to be a LOOGY.

Greg Golson brought up from AAA to take A-Rod’s roster space. He was .296-5-25 at SWB.

From Lohud:

Mark Prior is back pitching after missing almost
three months because of a strained groin. He allowed an unearned run and one hit over two innings for the Gulf Coast League Yankees against Atlanta minor leaguers.

Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano threw 25 pitches during his second batting
practice session since going on the disabled list May 17 because of right elbow

Left-hander Pedro Feliciano, hoping to avoid surgery for a left shoulder
tear, has resumed a light throwing program.

Reliever Damaso Marte, coming back
from left shoulder surgery, is continuing to throw off a bullpen mound.

An awful outing for Colon, his second in a row after being so good this year. And when I say awful, I mean COYOTE UGLY.

Colon lasted just 2/3 of an inning. 8 R, just 3 ER (error by Nunez at 3B. His D really needs improvement), 6 hits, 2 walks, 0 K. ERA from 3.20 to 3.47, but it probably should have been worse. Ayala finished the first and pitched the second. 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and K. ERA 1.59. It didn’t help matters that when Ayala relieved Colon in the first, that he balked home a run.

The Yanks got four back in the third. Jones HR’d (5, 412 career). After an out, Gardner singled, Jeter walked, Granderson tripled in two and Teix got an RBI groundout. 9-4.

Noesi in for Ayala for the 3rd.

Bautista left the game with an injured ankle. In the 6th, Andruw Jones finally does something (outside of one 2-hr game he had earlier this year). He hits a 3-run HR (6, 413 career) to have another 2-HR game this year and bring the Yanks to 9-7 down. They were down 9-0 after two innings.

From Buster Olney: Looks like Colon not completely healed with his hammy;wincing when covering first base. If Yankees stay to form, he’s probably headed to DL.         Return of Nova?

After Jones’ HR, Gardner and Jeter singled (3005 for Derek) but were left stranded. After 5 1/2, 9-7 Toronto.

…and that’s as close as they got. 16-7 loss.

Noesi, their best pitcher of the night, went 3 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Toronto got two in the sixth to make it 11-7. Noesi’s ERA went to 3.45.

Logan got the last two outs in the sixth, none in the seventh. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K.  ERA to 3.63.

Then, the white flag of surrender. Mitre. Once again, the Meat Tray served meat balls. 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER (the Yanks made 3 errors tonight, Nunez, Martin and Jeter), 5 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA? 4.58. ERA since back with the Yankees? A whopping 14.54.  

Toronto got two in the seventh, 13-7, then three in the eighth for the final of 16-7.

Colon goes to 6-5, 3.47.

Jeter and Posada have now played in more games together than any other pair of Yankees’ teammates.