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Game 40. Yanks beat Rays, 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all of the injuries, the Yanks still hit the quarter-pole of the season at 24-16 after a 7-1 win over Tampa Bay today.  With the win the Yanks climb back to within a 1/2 game of the Rays.

They won despite striking out 17x. In return, Yankees’ pitchers struck out 12 Rays.

It started out as a pitcher’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka, who was great today, and last year’s CYA winner Blake Snell. Snell early on was mowing down the Yanks.

But with two out in the fifth, Austin Romine and Mike Tauchman doubled, Romine scoring on Tauchman’s double, and Tauchman scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Tanaka’s only mistake came when he gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

The Yanks made it 3-1 in the eighth. Luke Voit led off the inning with a walk, and one out later, Brett Gardner, who didn’t start the game, singled. Miguel Andujar bounced into a forceout, but Voit then scored on a WP.

In the ninth, after a long delay due to a power outage, Thairo Estrada hit his second HR of the season to make it 4-1. Romine and Tauchman both singled. LeMahieu bunted the runners over and Voit was intentionally walked. Gio Urshela, who up until that point was 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts for the game, singled in two runs. Gardner followed with a SF to make it 7-1.

Chad Green, just back from SWB struck out the side in the ninth. Good to have the old Chad Green back and not the guy who was struggling so badly earlier in the season that he had to be sent down to straighten himself out.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Voit 0 for 2 (1 for last 26) but walked 3x, scored 2x.
Urshela 2 RBI (see above; tough day until that last at bat)
Gardner 1 for 1, SF, RBI
Andujar 0 for 5, 3 strikeouts. You wonder if that shoulder is really OK. Down to .128
Estrada solo HR. Prior to that, he was like Urshela. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts. Both came through in the ninth.
Romine 2 hits
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 3-3, 3.44) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.12
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  14.54


In case the injuries continue, the Yankees added some infield depth Sunday.

The Yankees announced they had claimed Breyvic Valera off waivers from the Giants, and they’ll send the 27-year-old from Venezuela to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, they moved Greg Bird to the 60-day disabled list. Bird, who has said timetables are “pointless,” last played a game April 13.

Valera, a second and third baseman, adds some depth to a farm system that has graduated Gio Urshela and Thairo Estrada, valuable contributors since injuries forced their call-ups.

Valera, who has appeared in 37 big-league games since his 2017 debut, has played in the majors for the Cardinals, Dodgers and Orioles. At Triple-A this year, the switch-hitter was slashing .257/.396/.338 with a home run and two steals in 24 games. He rarely strikes out, having K’d 10 times and walked 16 times.

Valera in his 37 MLB games is 16 for 74, .216, with 0 HR and 8 RBI.



Game 23. Yanks win 5th in a row, beat Angels 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luke Voit homered twice, Mike Ford hit his first MLB HR, and Thairo Estrada got his first two MLB hits as the Yanks (13-10) beat the Angels Tuesday night 7-5 for their fifth straight victory.

Domingo German continues to do his Luis Severino impersonation, stepping up while the ace, Severino, is out, and pitching, well, like you’d be expecting Severino to do. Like an ace.

One problem, however. Chad Green. We’ll get to that later.

Voit hit his first HR of the game (6) in the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Tyler Wade hit an RBI forceout with the bases loaded in the second to make it 2-0.

Mike Ford’s first MLB HR, a 2-run shot, made it 4-0 in the fifth.

The Angels got an unearned run off of German in the bottom of the fifth, 4-1.

In the seventh, Voit walked, Brett Gardner doubled, and Gleyber Torres singled in a run. Gio Urshela bounced into a fielder’s choice, Gardner out at home, but Mike Tauchman walked to load the bases. Austin Romine’s groundout made it 6-1.

Voit’s seventh HR of the season, and second of the game, made it 7-1 in the eighth.

I don’t think Chad Green has any options left, and if so, the Yanks can’t send him down but need to fix him on the major league level. Green has been horrendous so far this season, and things got even worse for him Tuesday night when he gave up a grand slam to turn the game from a 7-1 laugher to a 7-5 nail-biter.

Voit 2 hits, both HR, scored 3 runs, 2 RBI
Gardner 4 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI, 1st MLB HR, scored 2x
Estrada 2 hits, his first 2 MLB hits.

German (W, 4-1, 1.75) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Green 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up Grand Slam. 16.43.
Cessa (H, 2)  1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.59
Britton (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.61

Before the game, Jonathan Loaisiga up, Joe Harvey sent down. If Harvey could have stayed and Green sent down, the Yanks probably would have done that, but as mentioned, Green probably out of options. But wow. 16.43! That needs to improve, and with Betances out a while, it needs to improve soon.

Game 21. HEROmine! Yanks win 7-6 in 10 after blowing 5-0 lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

James Paxton was cruising, having struck out 12 in 6 innings. The Yanks had a 5-0 lead.

But the Yanks needed Austin Romine to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with a single and to win it in the tenth with another single to win 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Yanks (11-10) scored a run in the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on a deep flyout by Voit to RF and a passed ball.

In the second, Mike Ford doubled for his first MLB hit, and Romine got the first of his three singles and three RBI on the day. 2-0 Yanks.

Clint Frazier hit a 3-run HR (6) in the fifth, 5-0 Yanks.

Paxton was cruising. 12 K in 6 IP, just 3 hits.

Kahnle had a good seventh, no runs, 2 K.

But then Chad Green, who hasn’t been good at all this year, started the seventh, faced three batters and could not get anyone out. Two hits and a walk later, in came Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino maybe needed more warmup time, which he didn’t get because of Green’s failures. A double made it 5-2. Then a 3-run HR that tied the game, then another HR (back-to-back) that made it 6-5 KC, and you were thinking that this could turn out to be the Yanks’ worst loss of the season.

In the eighth, Mike Tauchman doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later, Romine singled to tie the game.

In the tenth, Tauchman led off the inning with a walk, Gio Urshela walked, and Thairo Estrada, in his first MLB plate appearance, laid down a bunt to move the runners over. Romine then singled to win the game.

This starting lineup is NOT something you expected to see two months ago:

LeMahieu 2B
Voit DH (batting 2nd!)
Gardner CF (Gardy hitting 3rd?!)
Frazier RF !
Tauchman LF !
Urshela 3B!
Ford 1B!
Romine C
Wade SS (Torres PH later, but had the day off).

As Joel Sherman of MLB network and the NY Post stated, if you took that lineup on the road for a spring training game, the other team would complain that you didn’t bring enough regulars. Such is the state of the team right now with all the injuries.

Gardner 3 hits
Frazier 3=run HR
Tauchman 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI.

Paxton became only the second Yankee pitcher ever (the other being David Cone in 1998) to have back-to-back 12 K games.
Paxton 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 12 K. 3.10
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.45
Green 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 12.27
Ottavino (BS, 2) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.27 Gave up 2 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.25
Britton (W, 1-0, 2.89) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

There is no minor league report because none of the Yanks’ minor league teams were scheduled for Easter Sunday.


Game 20. Judge HRs but gets hurt in Yanks’ 9-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The injury list keeps growing.

This time it’s Aaron Judge going onto it. After homering earlier in the game, Judge strained an oblique muscle in his rib cage while singling later in the game. As he goes onto the crowded IL, Gary Sanchez is due to come off of it.

Sanchez is expected to play in a rehab game Monday and rejoin the team on Wednesday.

Judge’s HR (5) in the first gave the Yanks (10-10) a 1-0 lead.

Clint Frazier’s HR (5) in the second made it 2-0.

In the third, Gleyber Torres hit what was originally called a 3-run HR, but he was rulled out because of fan interference. When will fans learn? If you want a ball that badly, go to Disk’s Sporting Goods and buy one. Anyway, the moron of a fan was kicked out, Gleyber was called out, and manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing the call.

In the fourth, back-to-back HRs by Mike Tauchman (3, a 3-run blast) and D.J. LeMahieu (1) made it 6-0 Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka was superb, his only blip being a solo HR he gave up in the sixth which cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tauchman walked and Judge got injured on his single. Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Judge. With two out, Torres singled in Tauchman and Frazier singled in Torres.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela doubled and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 9-1 Yanks.

Jonathan Holder gave up a home run in the ninth. Yanks win 9-2.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR. Injured and to the IL.
LeMahieu solo HR, first as a Yankee.
Frazier 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR.
Urshela 3 hits.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Tauchman HR, 3 RBI.

The bottom of the Yanks’ lineup did some damage.

Tanaka (W, 2-1, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 6.55


Game 9. Yanks blast 7 HR in 15-3 drubbing of Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (5-4) completed a weekend sweep of Baltimore by hitting seven HR in a 15-3 beatdown of the Orioles.

Gary Sanchez had 3, Clint Frazier 2, and Gleyber Torres and Austin Romine hit one each.

Lost among all the dingers was a superb pitching performance by Domingo German, who retired the first 13 batters he faced and who took a no-hitter into the sixth.

Sanchez 3 HR (6 for the season), 6 RBI
Torres 2 hits, HR (3)
Frazier 4 hits, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI
Urshela 2 hits.
Romine HR (1)

Baltimore scored one run on a PB by Romine and another on a WP by Tarpley.

German (W, 2-0, 1.64) 6+ innings, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.   10.80
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.69

When I wrote the other day that Gio stinks, it wasn’t an attack or bashing of Gio Gonzalez, just a statement of his pitching performance on Thursday. Gio has been a decent MLB pitcher for a long time, but giving up 8 runs in 4 IP Thursday wasn’t a good outing. The “stinks” wasn’t an attack on Gio, just an analysis of that night’s performance, which wasn’t good. Just clarifying.

Trying to do these reports when I can. Things have been tough lately. My mom fell and broke her wrist in February. Surgery, screws/plate, hospitalization, rehab facility. No sooner does she get the cast off of the wrist then three days later she falls again and breaks her ankle in 3 places. Surgery on that tomorrow. Sigh.  …. the Yanks aren’t the only ones with DL issues.

S.T. Game 24. Tanaka good as Yanks win 7-4. Yanks sign Gio for insurance.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka looked good today as the Yanks beat the Braves 7-4 to improve their spring training record to 14-6-4.

Tanaka gave up just 1 run on 2 hits in 5 IP in preparing for his Opening Day assignment.

Aaron Judge continued his hot spring with a 2-run triple. He has 11 hits this spring, and ALL are extra base hits. 4 doubles, 1 triple and 6 HR.

Luke Voit is continuing to make you think he isn’t last year’s flash in the pan. He hit a solo HR, his fourth of spring training.

Austin Romine had 3 hits and 2 RBI.

Ryan Lavarnway had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Tanaka (W) 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. Free agent signing struggling a bit.
Tarpley (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Don’t sleep on this kid.
Diehl (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Alvarez (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Yanks pitchers combined for 15K.

It’s just spring training, but some encouraging things, esp. from Tanaka, Voit, Judge, and Tarpley. And tonight, Romine.

The Yanks made a low-risk, high-reward signing tonight by signing Gio Gonzalez to a minor league deal. He has an April 20 opt-out. He gets $3MM if he makes the major league roster, with incentives.

It is an insurance move in case of a worst-case scenario regarding Severino and CC.

A lefty, but I don’t mind having a lot of lefties (Happ, Gio, CC, Paxton).

UPDATE: And Jordan Montgomery when he gets healthy.

I remember that the 1980  Dick Howser led Yankees, who went 103-59 before getting swept in the ALCS by KC, had four lefty starters in Guidry, John, Rudy May and Tommy Underwood.

Remember that lefties, hitters and pitchers, are what has made Yankee Stadium and the Yankees over the years.

Gio was predicted by MLBTR to get a 2-yr., $24MM deal. Quite a come-down from that prediction, and along with Tulowitzki, a possible steal.

Gonzalez, 33, was 10-11, 4.21 (ERA+ 100, right on league average) between Washington and Milwaukee last year. In 2017, he won 15 games, had an ERA of 2.96 and finished 6th in CYA voting.

A 2x All-Star (2011 and 2012) he led the majors in wins with 21 in 2012, when he finished 3rd in CYA voting and 20th in MVP voting.

Since 2010, he’s pitched 170 or more innings in every year except one. So he eats innings. His career mark is 127-97, 3.69, mostly in the NL. ERA+ 111.

From 2008-2011 he was with the A’s. 2012-2018 Nationals, end of 2018 Brewers.

In 8 postseason starts, 0-0, 4.91.

Average 162 g. season 14-11, 3.69 (ERA+ 111). Average last six years, 11-10, 3.72.

I’d expect a decent back of the rotation starter, 11-10, ERA around 4 or low 4’s (taking into account AL vs. his recent no-DH NL years) if he is there all year long.

He is a low cost insurance policy, esp. against injury (Severino and CC now, maybe injury prone Paxton/Tanaka later) and youth/inexperience (Cessa, German, Loaisiga).

But a surprise in that he fell to such a low cost, minor league deal after earning some $12MM/year or close to it the last four seasons.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks fall, 6-5 to Tigers. Stanton Homers.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

LF Giancarlo Stanton hit a massive 2-run HR, but the Yanks fell to Detroit 6-5 in S.T. action Friday night to go to 6-6-1 on the spring training season.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out the first four batters he faced before running into trouble. He had 5 K, as did Domingo German who also put up the K’s but also gave up runs.

A tough day for SS Troy Tulowitzki, 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no out in the second but didn’t score.

SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR.
RF Isiaih Gilliam 2 for 2
C Austin Romine 2 hits, RBI.

Tanaka 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
German (L) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1 HBP
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Meanwhile Esteban Loaiza, briefly with the Yanks in 2004, got 3 years for cocaine possession (with intent to distribute some 44 pounds worth), and once time is served, will be deported.

Lastly, I’d like to welcome two new nieces into the world! They were born Friday morning.