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Game 21. UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK! Down 9-1 after 5 1/2, Yanks win 14-11 in 10!

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In going 12-3 after a 1-4 start (entering tonight, 13-7) the Yanks have had great pitching.

They didn’t have that tonight and found themselves down 9-1 after 5 1/2 innings.

Then the bats woke up. In a 14-11 slugfest, the Yanks rallied from that eight-run deficit to win 14-11 in 10 innings. What a huge win.

With the win, the Yanks tie the Orioles at the top of the AL East with a 14-7 record.

CC Sabathia was off his game tonight. He gave up a 2-run double to Manny Machado in the third and a two-run HR to Wellington Castillo in the fourth to put the Yanks in a 4-0 hole.

In the fifth, Machado hit a monster shot over the restaurant in CF. 470 feet. 5-0 Orioles. You wanted to write this one off.

In the bottom of the fifth, Judge turned jury and executioner (to borrow a phrase from one on my best friends) to make it 5-1. HR #8. He wasn’t finished.

But in the sixth, CC was done, Bryan Mitchell came in and he had his first bad outing of the year. Mitchell gave up a grand slam to Trumbo. 9-1 Orioles.

But the Yanks got a little back. Didi Gregorius, in his first game this season, got an RBI groundout (he doubled in his first AB of the year). Judge hit his 2nd HR of the game, a 2-run shot (9), to cut it to 9-4.

Baltimore got two in the top of the seventh. 11-4. Now, you figured, the Yanks were surely done.

Nope. In the bottom of the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam. HR #3 of the season was #100 of his career and his first grand slam. 11-8.

To the ninth. Britton, the Orioles’ great closer, is on the DL, and it cost them. Headley walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Holliday singled him to third. An RBI groundout by Ellsbury made it 11-9.

Castro then tied the game with a HR (5). Extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, both Hicks and Higashioka walked. After Headley struck out, Holliday homered  (3) to win the game 14-11.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA jumps from 2.70 to 4.34.
Mitchell 2/3 IP 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up the grand slam. His ERA jumps to 4.82. Rough night for CC and Mitchell.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57. Unsung hero. Kept us in it.
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Chapman (w, 1-0, 1.08) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K.

Unbelievable comeback.

Unbelievable that after 21 games, Gardner is under .200, has no RBI and still the Yanks are 14-7. You wonder when Ellsbury stops hitting cleanup and replaces Gardy in the leadoff spot.

Unbelievable that the Yanks are 14-7 with Greg Bird hitting .109.

Holliday 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3. His “coming out” party as a Yankee, you could say.

Ellsbury only had 1 hit, but drove in 5 runs. Of course, that one hit was a grand slam.

Judge 2 HR. 3 RBI. A beast.

Didi 2 hits in his first game back.

Castro 3 hits, the big game-tying HR, and he is at .361.





Game 16. Aaargh, Matey. Pirates beat Yanks, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia gave up HRs and 2 runs in each of the first two innings, and the Yanks (10-6)  lost to the Pirates, 6-3, on Friday night.

The Yanks’ lineup will be interesting this weekend in Pittsburgh. For one thing, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, the Yanks’ starting C and SS, are both still on the DL, and the Yanks lose the DH in the NL park.

In case you are wondering, the last Yankee pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel in 1972.

Starlin Castro batted 3rd and had 2 hits, and Jacoby Ellsbury, the cleanup hitter, had 3 hits.

But I’m still trying to get used to Ellsbury in the 4 slot.

CC gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, then the Pirates struck for another run in the first.

In the second, he gave up a 2-run HR and the Yanks were in a quick 4-0 hole.

They got one in the third on a walk to Gardner, a double by Headley, and Gardner scored on a fielding error on the play. Greg Bird just missed tying the game later in the inning on a long drive that was just foul.

The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fifth on singles by Ellsbury and Judge, and both scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Bird.

Any hopes for a comeback evaporated in the seventh when a two-out, two-base error by Castro led to two Pirate runs. The Yanks threatened, getting the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth, but it wasn’t to be.

Sabathia (L, 2-1, 2.70) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 0.84
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Faced one batter, walked him. 2.25
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.57


Game 11. Despite it all, Yanks win sixth in a row, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok. The Yanks aren’t getting Didi back until May. They won’t get Sanchez back until mid-May as well. Bird is 1 for 26 with 13 strikeouts. Carter (who did have an RBI today) is 4 for 22, 8 strikeouts. So that is 5 for 48 between those two with 21 strikeouts.

Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of a stiff back.

Jacoby Ellsbury has been hitting cleanup (!)

The Yankees struck out 17x today.

They were 1 for 13 with RISP and left 12 men on base.

Tanaka has struggled.

And despite all that, they still managed to win their sixth straight game to improve to 7-4. Go figure.

Hey, we’ll take it.

CC Sabathia was great for 7 1/3 innings, leaving after he gave up a gopher ball that cut the Yankees’ lead to 3-1. The win was #225 of CC’s career, moving him past Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning on the all-time list.

In the first, the Yanks got a run thanks to two walks (they drew 8 for the game), a passed ball and a wild pitch.

In the sixth, no one could find Ronald Torreyes’ popup in the sun and it fell in for a gift double. After a groundout moved him to third, a comebacker and error helped Torreyes score and put Aaron Hicks on second, and he scored on Chris Carter’s single to make it 3-0.

Thanks for the gifts, Cardinals.

CC gave up a HR in the eighth, and Tyler Clippard a HR in the ninth. Clippard had more trouble in the ninth but got the final out with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Ellsbury had 2 of the Yanks’ 5 hits.

Sabathia (W, 2-0, 1.47) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 2)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 3.00 Gave up 1 HR.

Last night I got into a discussion with someone who called Roger Maris a one-year wonder. My rejoinder? How can a guy who won TWO MVP awards be a one-year wonder?

Game 6. Yanks get 4 in 9th to win 7-3. Ex-Yankees OF Cerv dies at 91.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Orioles pitchers walked 11 Yankees, including Matt Holliday 5x, as the Yankees rallied from 3-0 down with 4 runs in the 9th to win 7-3. The win makes the Yanks 2-4 on the year with their home opener tomorrow afternoon.

CC Sabathia became the first Yankee starter to get into the sixth, and Ronald Torreyes had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Can you believe the mighty mite leads the Yankees in RBI?

The Orioles got 2 in the second and 1 in the fifth, but Torreyes got a 2-run triple in the sixth to get the Yanks back in the game.

Aaron Judge tied the game up in the eighth with his first HR of the year. He had two hits and 2 RBI in the game.

In the ninth, Holliday led off the inning with his fifth walk of the game, and after Jacoby Ellsbury, pinch-running for Holliday, stole second, Chris Carter walked. Starlin Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3, Yanks. Pete Kozma pinch-ran for Carter and Chase Headley walked to load the bases. Judge made it 5-3 on an RBI groundout, and Austin Romine got a SF. Another run scored on a throwing error after the SF.

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 walks, 3 K. 1.64
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.00
Betances (W, 1-1, 3.86) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

Bob Cerv, a backup Yankees OF of the 1950s and early 1960s, who famously roomed with Maris and Mantle during the 1961 season, died at the age of 91. Cerv was with the Yankees 1951-1956, the Kansas City Athletics 1957-1960, had a second tenure with the Yankees in 1960, was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft, was with the Angels for a brief time in 1961, back with the Yankees for a third tenure 1961-1962, and finished his career in 1962 with the Houston Colt-.45’s (the Astros original name).

As a Yankee, Cerv never got into more than 87 games in any season, but he had a great 1958 for the A’s, hitting 38 of his career HR that year. He made his only All-Star team and finished 4th in MVP voting (Mantle was 5th) by hitting .305-38-104, OPS+ 159.

For his career, he hit.276 with 105 HR. His 162 g. average was .276-21-73, OPS+ 122.

In ten WS games, he hit .258 (8 for 31) with 1 HR and 1 RBI.


Game 2. Yanks shut out Rays, 5-0. The Long & Short of it (hint, hint….)

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia is 6’7″, as is RF Aaron Judge. Ronald Torreyes is listed at 5’8″. CC and Judge are over 100 pounds heavier than Torreyes.

Tonight, CC and Torreyes combined to give the Yanks a 5-0 victory to even their record at 1-1.

Here is the long and short of it if you will…

CC had a bad spring training but pitched five scoreless innings, gaining his 224th career victory, tying him with Hall of Famers Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter on the all-time list.

Go Figure. Tanaka had a great spring training and was bombed Opening Day.

The first two Yankees’ runs came on the first HR by a Yankee this year, and who got it? None other than the “Mighty Mite”, the smallest guy on the team, Ronald Torreyes, a 2-run shot in the third. Who was there to greet him at home plate, scoring in front of the Mighty Mite? Aaron Judge.

Later in that inning, Matt Holliday got a gift RBI double on a fly ball lost in the lights.

Chase Headley hit his first HR of the year in the sixth to make it 4-0. Headley singled in a run in the eighth for the final score of 5-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits and made a nice defensive play. Headley had the 2 hits, SB, HR and 2 RBI. Torreyes had the 2-run HR and made a nice defensive play himself.

Sabathia (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Mitchell 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k. 0.00
Holder 1/3 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

In the minors, Gleyber Torres will be spending 3-4 days a week at SS, 2 days at 2B and a day at 3B. I like this. Versatility means prevention against injuries.

The Minors start Thursday.

Lastly, Pedro Guerrero, the former Dodger who was co-MVP of the 1981 WS, has suffered a massive stroke. He had a stroke a few years ago. Reports are that this stroke left him brain dead for a while and that he is comatose. Guerrero is just 60.


S.T. Game 34. Yanks blow out Phillies, 14-1. 25 man roster set.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

On a day when the Opening Day Roster of 25 men was set, the Yanks scored 9 in the top of the first and cruised to a 14-1 win over the Phillies.

Before the game started, Aaron Judge was anointed the RF, Luis Severino the #4 starter, Pete Kozma the backup infielder, Bryan Mitchell to the Bp.

Now if Mitchell is only there until a 5th starter is needed, that I do not know. But it appears that he is in the BP and the #5 starter spot is between Green and Montgomery, neither being needed until April 16. Which is why Montgomery is going to AAA and Green AA, both pitching on the same day, aligned for April 16. Mano a mano. Best pitcher gets the April 16 assignment.

So Aaron Judge is the RF. Luis Severino the #4 starter…

and the 25 man roster for Sunday, Opening Day,  is:

Sanchez and Romine.

Holliday, Bird, Carter,  Castro, Kozma, Torreyes and Headley.

Gardner, Ellsbury, Judge &  Hicks.

Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Severino.

Chapman, Betances, Clippard, Layne, Shreve, Warren and Mitchell, along with Holder.

My friend Josh doesn’t like Holder over Heller.

Now if Montgomery or Green is named the #5 starter on April 16, who goes? Shreve? Holder?

I wasn’t too sure about Shreve. Kozma is there until Didi gets back.

I’m a little worried about CC. He didn’t have a good spring, nor did Gardner or Carter. We’ll see.

Severino had a shaky first today, but calmed down thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Yanks got nine in the first on a RBI single by Judge, Torreyes singled in two, Refsnyder singled in two, Ellsbury singled in one, and Sanchez capped things with a 3-run HR.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR in the second.

In the sixth, Chris Carter doubled in a run and prospect Rashad Crawford hit a 2-run HR.

Severino (w) 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 4 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Marsh 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Frare 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Ellsbury had 2 hits and an RBI. Sanchez the 3-run HR. Torreyes 2 hits, inc. the HR, 4 RBI. Crawford the 2-run HR, and Refsnyder 2 rbi.

The win puts the Yanks’ spring record at 25-8-1. They have an exhibition game today at the Braves’ new field in Atlanta (Michael Pineda starting). They are off Saturday and the regular season starts in Tampa against the Rays on Sunday with Tanaka on the mound.


S.T. Game 29. Severino’s performance raises questions in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for the late report, I was dead tired when I got home last night and even though I wanted to catch UCLA-Kentucky basketball, I fell asleep and didn’t go anywhere or meet friends at a club or do anything last night.

The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Phillies Friday, 3-2, to raise their spring training record to 21-7-1.

The main thing for me about this game is the role of Luis Severino. Severino is just 23, so it’s a bit early to decide starter or reliever for him, but the Yankees have to be wondering.

Last year, 11 games as a starter: 0-8, 8.50.
Last year, 11 games as a reliever: 3-0, 0.39.

This spring, Severino has been inconsistent as a starter, and that is one reason why the #4 and #5 spots in the Yankees’ rotation are still up for grabs, and why Jordan Montgomery is a surprise contender for one of those spots.

Now even though Severino has been inconsistent as a starter this spring, he was once again lights out in relief yesterday. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 strikeouts.9 Up, 9 Down.

At some point, you have to wonder about his role. The numbers aren’t lying. If Severino wants to start, his numbers as a starter have to start becoming more like his numbers as a reliever.

There has been a drastic difference between the two. The numbers don’t lie.

CC Sabathia started the game and was in and out of trouble. He gave up just 2 runs in 5 1/3 but was in and out of trouble. He did minimize the damage, and Aaron Judge helped by throwing out a runner at the plate. Chase Headley also helped on a forceout at the plate. The Phillies got both of their runs in the second.

The Yanks got a run in the third on a Brett Gardner RBI single.

In the ninth, the minor leaguers won it for the Yanks. Abiatal Avelino singled to start the inning. Wilkin Castillo doubled to tie the game, and after two out, Trey Amburgey singled to win it.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Severino (w) 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 5 K.