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Game 14. Yanks’ skid continues.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From 4-2 to 5-9. It’s been frustrating.

The Yanks were tied 2-2 after six, but the bullpen imploded and the Yanks lost 7-3 to Oakland on Thursday night for their seven loss in their last eight games.

Aaron Hicks singled in a run in the second, but the A’s tied it in the fourth. The Yanks went up in the bottom of the fourth on an Austin Romine single, but Luis Severino gave up a HR in the fifth and the game was tied.

Chasen Shreve replaced Severino in the seventh and promptly gave up back-to-back HRs. That was the ballgame.

Starlin Castro got an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the Yanks to cut it to 4-3 but Johnny Barbato gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth, Kirby Yates gave up another run in the ninth, and the Yanks’ skid continued.

Hopefully they snap out of it soon.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, but Yankee batters struck out 14x.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 4.86. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (L, 1-1, 2.84) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, gave up 2 HR..
Barbato 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00 gave up 1 HR
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.06

Jake Arrietta of the Cubs threw his 2nd career no-hitter last night as the Cubs routed the Reds.

S.T. Games 29/30. Yanks lose 2. Mitchell out 3 months.


On a day when the Yanks found out Bryan Mitchell has a broken toe with Grade 3 turf toe, may need surgery and be out three months, they lost both exhibition games as the squad was split.

In one game, Michael Pineda gave up 4 HR (albeit, a strong wind was blowing out) as the Yanks lost 9-1 to St. Louis.

Pineda (L) 5  IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR
Pinder 1 1/3 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Tracy 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

They lost the other game 10-6 to Detroit. They are 13-15-2 for the spring.

Castro 2 hits. Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. Mateo 2 RBI. Parmalee 2 hits, rbi.

Green (L) 4 1/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Webb 2 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mullee 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Rough day for the pitchers.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa made the bullpen. They were to make it before Miller and Mitchell got hurt. Miller wants to pitch through the injury to his non-throwing hand. We’ll see. But a sub must be found for Mitchell….and maybe Miller, too.

Romine is the backup catcher, Torreyes the backup IF.

The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet between CC and Nova.

Barbato won the J.P. Dawson award as best rookie in camp.

S.T. Game 28. Painful 2-0 win for Yanks. Bullpen takes a hit.


Ivan Nova pitched great in his last bid to try and make the rotation, but it is the bullpen that is a concern for the Yanks after a 2-0 win over the Braves today.

The Yanks may have not one, but two key bullpen members going on the DL to begin the season. Add that to the 30-day suspension of Aroldis Chapman and today’s win could be a very painful one.

From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

The Yankees have been blessed with good health for most of the spring, but those fortunes took a turn on Wednesday afternoon when lefty reliever Andrew Miller was hit on the right wrist by a line drive. X-rays were negative, but the Yanks announced that a CT scan revealed a chip fracture in the wrist. He will visit a hand specialist to determine the next step.

One inning later, Bryan Mitchell limped off the mound after sustaining a sprained left big toe while covering first base. Mitchell — who learned on Tuesday that he will make the Opening Day roster — will have an MRI performed. The Yanks open the season Monday against the Astros.


Earlier in the day, it was announced that Austin Romine has made the team as the backup catcher, and Ron Torreyes as backup infielder.

Now if Miller and Mitchell are out for the bullpen, that really throws a monkey wrench into things.

Nova 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. The liner happened on his first pitch.
Betances(w) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
Mitchell. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.



S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 6-2. CC better, Sanchez sent down.


Sorry for the late posting. Busy with Easter stuff and getting my car back after having a rental for two weeks (thanks to a deer).

The Yanks lost Thursday, 6-2 to the Rays, dropping their spring training record to 9-11-2. CC Sabathia improved over his last outing, however, giving up 2 runs in 5 IP.

The Yanks sent Gary Sanchez down to AAA, so it looks like Austin Romine will be the Yanks’ backup catcher to start the season. Maybe Sanchez, given his first shot to make the team, pressed a bit. He hit just .048 (1 for 21) in the spring. This gives the youngster more time to develop, and lets him play everyday instead of twice a week. He’ll be up soon.

Brian McCann had two hits in the game.

The Pitching Line:

Sabathia (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Evan Longoria).
Olson 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yates, Pinder and Barbato are having a nice competition for that final bullpen spot.

S.T. Game 21. File under forgettable. Yanks lose 13-0.


Thank goodness this was just a spring training game.

File this one under forgettable.

Masahiro Tanaka got lit up, the Yanks made four errors (albeit all by the farmhands), the Yanks scored no runs despite getting ten hits, two by Brett Gardner, and they lost Wednesday to Washington, 13-0.

The loss drops their spring training record to 9-10-2. Of course, in a couple of weeks, none of that will matter.

The most disconcerting thing was Tanaka. Hopefully he gets straightened out for Opening Day.

Tanaka (L) 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. He gave up 2 HR, one to Stephen Drew, and committed a balk.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Looking like he could make the team. The Yanks got him a year ago for Shawn Kelley.
Swarzak 1/3 IP, 6 R (ALL UNEARNED) 3 H, 1 walk and no K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Other Yankees news yesterday:

A-Rod announced that 2017 will be his last year, that he will retire when his contract expires. So, barring injury, he should get the HR needed to pass the Babe and should finish third* on the all-time HR list behind Barry Bonds* and Hank Aaron.

Also, former MLB player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola died yesterday at the age of 90, just six months after his friend since childhood Yogi Berra. As Joe said, “not only wasn’t I the best catcher in the majors, I wasn’t even the best on my block!”  Both grew up in the same St. Louis neighborhood. Garagiola played nine years in the majors and was the catcher, at the age of 20, for the 1946 WS Champion Cardinals. He got four hits in one of those WS games (a then record) and hit .316 for that Series. He was a broadcaster for the Yankees for a few years in the 1960s before going national with NBCs Game of the Week. He broadcast many World Series games. He also was on the Today show and sometimes hosted the Tonight show, including once in 1968 when his guests were John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

It looks increasingly like Austin Romine will be the backup catcher to start the season. Gary Sanchez is hitting just .048 for the spring.

Thoughts and reflections so far.


A little more than halfway through spring training, I am happy with the pitching so far, the defense needs to pick up, worried about the hitting, happy with Castro….  here are some thoughts and reflections, with many coming from the NY Post today.

First, the defense. Here is Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

If A-Rod were able to play even 15-20 games at third and at first, the Yankees’ roster situation would be so much better. But age and multiple hip surgeries has left Rodriguez so defensively limited that the Yankees have said he will not play the field.

So the Yankees’ current back-up infield set up is Dustin Ackley at first, where he is below average defensively; Ackley and Rob Refsnyder at second, where both are viewed as sub-par defensively; Starlin Castro at short, a position he played himself out of in Chicago; and Refsnyder at third, a position he just began learning.

A-Rod’s DH-only status means Carlos Beltran — really a DH at this point — will have to play below-average right field on ravaged knees to keep his bat in the order. Older players whose bodies the Yankees would like to rest but whose bats they would like to use (think Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira) cannot get regular DH at-bats. The Yanks cannot comfortably go to a 13th pitcher.

The Yanks this week offered a minor league deal to Ruben Tejada, who was released by the Mets. Tejada rejected it and signed with the Cardinals, who will be without Jhonny Peralta for a while. Tejeda is best known for having his leg broken by Chase Utley in a playoff game last year when Utley went in hard in trying to break up a DP.

Gary Sanchez may not make the Yanks as the backup catcher after all. he is 1 for 16 this spring and Joe Girardi states that the youngster may be pressing a bit. Austin Romine, who is out of options, is having a good spring. It may be no surprise then, to see Romine kept (since he is out of options), and Sanchez sent to AAA to start the season to play every day and get more seasoning.

Lastly, manager Joe Girardi states that Bryan Mitchell is still in the hunt for a rotation spot. That would be shocking. If you go by the assumption that four spots are locked in by Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, aand Eovaldi, that leaves just one spot. If Mitchell gains that last ROTATION spot, it means BOTH Nova and CC are headed to the bullpen. It’s safe that say that three bullpen spots are locked up—Miller, Betances and Shreve. Chapman’s spot, of course, is locked up on May 9th when he is eligible to come off of his suspension.

It is going to be VERY INTERESTING who the long men/spot-emergency starters will be out of the Yankees bullpen come opening day. I think Mitchell will be in that role, personally. Who joins him, Nova or CC is up for debate.

Nova starts today. Mitchell may follow. Let’s see how they do.

S.T. Game 5. Refsnyder impressive in Yanks’ 6-5 loss.


Chad Green had a rough outing in the Yanks’ 6-5 loss to the Phils on Sunday, and Brandon Pinder gave up a 3-run HR, but for his first game at 3B, Rob Refsnyder had an impressive outing.

On the first ball hit to him, Refsnyder made a nifty pick to start a DP. There is no question about his bat, it’s his defense that is questionable. Refsnyder, a converted OF, has had people doubt him at 2B (hence the trade for Castro) but if he can handle 3B, and can prove himself to be someone with a good stick who could handle both outfield corners, 2B and 3B, he becomes more versatile and valuable.

Besides, I am not that sold on Headley. Sorry.

Refsnyder had a single and a walk, and stole two bases on top of playing well defensively in his first S.T. game at 3B.

Masahiro Tanaka, the presumed Yankee Opening Day starter, threw two scoreless innings.

C Austin Romine had two doubles and drove in three runs.

SS Jorge Mateo had another hit, a walk, and a SB.

Tanaka 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 2 walks and 0 K.
Green (L) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 H, 2 Walks and 0 K.
Pinder 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walks and 0 K. Gave up 3-run HR.
Campos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K.
Webb 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 1 K.