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Game 3. McKinney out to injury, Warren day to day to injury, and Andujar recalled as Yanks lose 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin homered twice, but Dellin Betances was awful again and the Yanks lost 5-3 to Toronto Saturday to drop them to 2-1.

The Yanks have to be concerned after Betances ended last year poorly and has not started this year well.

They also have to be concerned about the OF situation.

With one out in the first, Josh Donaldson doubled for Toronto and Billy McKinney, in his 2nd MLB Game because Aaron Hicks has joined Ellsbury and Clint Frazier on the DL, ran into the wall and suffered a left AC joint sprain (sprained shoulder) and X-rays didn’t show damage, according to an announcement in the press box. But he will be out a while.

Still in all, removed from the game. Justin Smoak then singled to put the Jays up 1-0.

In the third, an error by Drury and a double by Smoak made it 2-0 Jays.

In the fifth, Drury walked and Austin homered to tie the game.

To the sixth, and Warren replaced CC. With one out, a walk, and with two out, Warren had to be pulled from the game after the second out, which moved the runner to second, struck him. Yanks’ snake bit with injuries or near-injuries right now. Holder came in and gave up a hit to make it 3-2 Toronto before getting the final out.

Austin homered again, in the top of the seventh, to tie the game at 3.

But Betances, who gave up a HR on Thursday, gave up another today. Ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte led off the eighth with a HR (based on how he finished last year so poorly and is starting this year poorly, should we be concerned about Betances?) After a K, single and K, there was an SB and walk. Then a SB of third, and SB of second and then, with runners on 2nd and 3rd, an SB of home to make it 5-3, and Betances poor throw to the plate let the runner on 2nd go to 3rd on the error. A BUNCH OF SB. Betances is pathetic in fielding and in holding runners on. An all-star recently, but only if he isn’t forced to field his position or hold runners on and a big concern lately.

The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game, and two were the 2 HR by Austin. CC was Ok, but Betances was awful.

Sabathia 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances (L) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. …. and a lot of SB.

The Yanks signed LHP Oliver Perez to a minor league deal.

Triple-A depth: According to The Athletic’s Marc Carig, right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos will start the season on the Triple-A disabled list with a groin injury. Perez slides into his spot.

Perez, 36, was 0-0, 4.64 for Washington last year. ERA+ 96. He is 69-86 in his career, ERA 4.46, ERA+ 93.

Since McKinney has to join Hicks, Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier on the DL, the Yanks could bring up Jeff Hendrix or Estevan Florial, even Shane Robinson…. maybe necessitating a 40-man roster move. They could shift Drury or Wade to the OF and bring up Andujar. (which is what they did).  We’ll see how bad it is.

Update: …McKinney out to injury, Warren day to day to injury (bruised ankle), and Andujar recalled. Wade to OF mix, and Torreyes may be added there as well.

Doctors eventually diagnosed McKinney with a strained AC joint, but X-rays didn’t show damage. It was McKinney’s second big-league game. He was called up Friday when regular center fielder Aaron Hicks (right intercostal strain) joined the legion of Yankees on the disabled list (10 day DL, as with Hicks).

Warren was diagnosed with a right ankle bruise. His X-rays showed no damage, too.

Can’t predict injuries. An early test for Boone and the Bombers.

…and let’s not forget about Bird on the DL….

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“Hot” Stove League?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Hot Stove League has been anything but, and we are only a month away from pitchers and catchers. Many top players are still available. The biggest move recently has been Jay Bruce back to the Mets. Nice for Yankees fans, since Bruce was a thorn in the Yanks’ side during that ALDS series with the Indians.

Because of the inaction, I haven’t written much. Hey, nothing to write about.

The Cold Stove is probably so because a lot of previous big-spenders like the Yankees are trying to get under the cap and are out of the market. They want to get under the cap to reset themselves for next year’s killer free agent class.

The Gerrit Cole rumors have apparently died down regarding the Yankees, but have heated up with the Astros to the point a false rumor came out yesterday stating the Astros traded for him. If the Yanks get Cole, they want to do so without giving up Gleyber Torres or Estevan Florial, and apparently the Pirates want one or both. If the Yanks get Cole, they would want the deal focused on Clint Frazier, who is blocked in NY, and other prospects, like Chance Adams and/or Miguel Andujar. But if I’m the Yanks, and I am including Andujar in the deal, then I need an infielder back, and that would be Josh Harrison.

One infielder that would have fit the Yanks well was ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter with pop who could play 2B and 3B. He could have been nice insurance for Torres and/or Andujar, but Solarte was dealt from SD to Toronto.

One baseball passing, Bob “Beetle” Bailey at the age of 75. Bailey played for the Pirates (1962-1966), Dodgers (1967-1968) Expos (an original Expo, too, 1969-1975), Reds (1976-1977), and Red Sox (1977-1978). His last MLB appearance was as a PH in the “Bucky Dent” game. He PH for 3B Jack Brohamer in the seventh inning against Rich “Goose” Gossage and struck out. He never played in a postseason game, not even with those 1976 Reds.

Bailey hit .257 with 189 HR and an OPS+ of 111 in his career. His 162 g. average was .257-16-65. Primarily a 3B, he also played some LF and 1B. He had his best seasons from 1970-1974 with Montreal, and of course had that great nickname.

Lastly, from the NY Post. The Yanks will finally extend the netting in order to protect fans.

The Yankees announced details about the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium in time for Opening Day and will extend far down both the first- and third-base lines.

The netting will be 9 feet high on both dugouts and 8 feet as the net extends toward the foul poles, from Section 011 on the first-base side to Section 029 on the third-base side — essentially to where the stands jut out to parallel the foul lines.

Above the dugout, the netting will be partially retractable to allow for interaction between fans and players during batting practice.

The old netting ended near the on-deck circles, short of the dugouts.

The netting will be in place by the Yankees’ home opener against the Rays on April 2. There also will be protective netting installed at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa by the start of spring training next month.

 

Game 151. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 11-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit 2 more HRs, becoming the fastest to 19 (it took him just 45 MLB games to hit his first 19 HR) and drove in five runs as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, 11-5.

He had help. Donovan Solano had 3 hits, drove in 2 runs and hit a HR.

Mason Williams had 2 hits and an RBI.

Brian McCann had 4 hits.

The Yanks won despite giving up five HRs to Tampa Bay, all solo shots. Unbelievably, four of the HRs came in one inning, and three were in a row. All HRs given up by Masahiro Tanaka. Outside of that inning, Tanaka was masterful, but ouch, what an ugly inning that was.

The Yanks got three right away in the first inning. Gardner singled, Ellsbury (back in the lineup after a few days off due to a bruised knee) walked, and Sanchez singled in a run. McCann singled to make it 2-0, and after a couple of outs, Ronald Torreyes singled to make it 3-0.

The Yanks got four in the second to go up 7-0. Solano and Gardner singled and both moved up on a groundout by Ellsbury. Sanchez then hit his first HR of the game (18) to make it 6-0. McCann singled, Teixeira doubled him to third, and McCann scored on a SF by Didi Gregorius.

Laugher, right? Wrong. In the bottom of the third, Tanaka gave up FOUR solo homers. Three of them were in a row with two out. Unbelievable.

I was once at a game where a Yankees pitcher gave up 4 homers in an inning. It was in Chicago vs. the White Sox in 2005. The Yanks’ pitcher? Randy Johnson.

Anyway, all of a sudden, it was 7-4. Take away that one inning, and Tanaka pitched five innings of shutout, 3-hit ball. But that one inning, hoo-boy.

Despite that meltdown inning, Tanaka still leads the AL in ERA at 3.07.

Sanchez’ second HR of the game (19) made it 8-4 in the sixth.

Adam Warren gave up a HR in the 8th to make it 8-5.

The Yanks got 3 insurance runs in the 9th. Gregorius singled, and moved up on a groundout. Williams (I like this kid, and think maybe Gardner could be trade bait for a starting pitcher in the offseason. With Eovaldi to be out until 2018, they will need one, unless a minor leaguer like Enns or Adams is ready) singled in a run, then Solano hit a 2-run HR to make it 11-5.

The win puts the Yanks at 79-72. 11 games to go. They are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card slot but need to jump over 4 teams to get it.

A sad note: former Yankees player Yangeris Solarte, now with the Padres, lost his wife recently to cancer. She was just 31.

Tanaka (w, 14-4, 3.07) 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.90 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne (H, 12) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.21 (Bos/NYY) One batter …. again.
Clippard (H, 24) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.20 (Az/NYY)
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40.

Game 81. Teix gets HRs 400 & 401 in Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Well, the season is 1/2 over, and the Yanks are 40-41. The second half starts today, in Chicago vs. the White Sox, on Independence Day.

Mark Teixeira got his 400th and 401st career HRs in Sunday’s 6-3 win over San Diego, and starting pitcher Chad Green, in his second MLB start, let Kermit the Frog know that sometimes it IS easy being Green, since he pitched six strong innings for his first major league victory.

Green gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte in the second inning to tie the game after the Yanks scored in the top of the second, but that was the only blip he had in the game. He did pitch out of a jam in the fourth, also caused by Solarte.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on Didi Gregorius’ 9th HR of the year.

A solo HR by Teixeira in the eighth put the Yanks up 3-1, and it was Teixeira’s 400th HR of his career. He became the fifth switch-hitter to hit 400, after Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (411 and counting).

The Yanks needed insurance runs, and got them in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Gardner and Teixeira’s 2-run blast. Career HR #401 was Teix’s seventh HR of the season.

They needed those runs because Anthony Swarzak gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Green (1st MLB WIN. w, 1-1, 4.09) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks 2 K, 2.63
Miller (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.47.
Swarzak 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40. Faced two batters, gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.86

Combined, Yankee pitchers struck out 12.

Game 99. Yanks make a deal, and the new guy wins the game, 2-1 in 14.

–The Yanks traded Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula to San Diego today for 3B Chase Headley.

Headley got on a plane to NY and wound up getting the game winning hit in a 2-1, 14-inning Yankees win.

Solarte, a rookie, hit great for the Yanks for the first six weeks of the season. He cooled off after that and at the time of the trade was at .254-6-31, OPS+ 100. De Paula was 6-5, 4.15 at High A Tampa this year. De Paula is 23 and is projected by most to be an MLB reliever. He has struck out 335 in 264 minor league innings.

As for Headley, you only wonder if he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago. Headley, 30, is a switch-hitting 3b who in 2012 had an excellent season, hitting .286-31-115, OPS+ 145, finishing 5th in MVP voting, and winning the Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He led the NL in RBI that year. Heck, I’d take 2/3 of that. This year he was at .229-7-32, OPS+ 88 before the trade. Nothing to write home about, but Petco in SD is a bad place for hitters. Hopefully Yankee Stadium helps him. His 162 g. average is .266-16-72, OPS+ 113 and 13 steals. If he can just do that… but he does strike out a lot. 151 times is his 162 game average.

For much of this game, this was like Chinese water torture. Worse than soccer (sorry, soccer fans). Neither team could score.

Chase Whitley (we have Chase Whitley and Chase Headley… could Chase Utley be next in a deal?) went 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. ERA to 4.60.

Thornton 1 batter, 1 out on a K. Strikeout. Foul ball trying to bunt with two out. 2.95.

Warren. 2/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.63.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.52.

Robertson 2 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45.

Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.48.

In the bottom of the 9th, with one out and the game still scoreless, Jeter doubled. Hit #3413 (6 behind Yaz on the all-time list for 7th) was double #535 of Jeter’s career, making him the all-time Yankees’ doubles leader, passing Gehrig.

Ellsbury was walked, but Beltran GIDP.

Even though the Yankees won, if I were the manager, I’d fine Francisco Cervelli $250 for what happened in the bottom of the 12th, for he almost cost the Yankees the ballgame. If Girardi didn’t put on a take sign, then Girardi should fine himself.

Beltran singled, then there was a WP. McCann popped a single, similar to what happened Sunday, but Beltran couldn’t advance. Ichiro bunted the runners over. Roberts was intentionally walked to bring up Cervelli.

Scoreless game. Bases loaded. One out. A walk wins the game. Cervelli has a 3-0 count on him. He (correctly) takes a strike.

But instead of taking a SECOND strike, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch. I fine his ass for that. You take the SECOND strike as well there. The pitch after that could be ball four which wins the game. With two strikes, you might foul off a couple pitches. Make him throw strike three. Instead, Cervelli swung at the 3-1 pitch and lined out. To me, that is just stupidity. You must make the pitcher throw strikes there. You take BOTH the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches. You make him throw a strike and not ball four which would win the game. Why help the pitcher there?

In the top of the 13th, Arencibia homered off of Huff and it looked like Cervelli would be the goat.

Huff 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 4.20.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the 13th. Gardner doubled, Jeter bunted him over and Ellsbury singled him in to tie the game.

Jeff Francis, just acquired, made HIS Yankees debut in the 14th and got the win.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall, 1-2, 5.59.

With one out in the bottom of the 14th, Roberts doubled. Cervelli redeemed himself somewhat with a single, sending Roberts to third. The new guy, Headley, singled in the game-winning run.

The win puts the Yanks at 51-48.

Deals may not be done. Word is that the Yanks are in on White Sox lefty John Danks.

Game 91. Bullpen fails Yanks in 9-3 loss. Also, Injury updates.

David Phelps threw six shutout innings, but the Yankees’ bullpen let him and the team down in a 9-3 loss Thursday night.

The Yanks got two in the fourth on a HR by Zelous Wheeler (2) and went up 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI single by Yangervis Solarte.

In the seventh, Phelps gave up hits to the first two batters in the inning, and the Yanks brought in Matt Thornton. That’s when things unraveled. A single, bases-loaded triple and SF put the Indians up 4-3.

Jim Miller was terrible in the eighth inning, giving up five runs on 2 HR.

Phelps 6+, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 3.94.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 h, 0 walks, 0 K. (L, 0-3, 3.10).

Miller 1 2/3, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 20.25.

Derek Jeter got two hits to take his career total to 3405.

It turns out Carlos Beltran got more than bruises in that freak batting practice accident the other day. Two minor fractures in his nose and a concussion force him to the 7-day DL.

The news on Masahiro Tanaka isn’t good. It could be worse, and personally, I have my fears. There is a slight tear in a ligament in his pitching elbow. Surgery is not recommended at this time (good) but platelets are to be injected and he is to then start a throwing program. The hope is that after six weeks of rehab (late August), he will be ready to pitch down the stretch.

That is the hope. The fear is Tommy John surgery that would take Tanaka out until 2016. The fear I have is that the Mets tried this same procedure with Matt Harvey. It didn’t work and Harvey needed the surgery.

It is a devastating blow for the Yanks, who now have four of the five starters from the Opening Day rotation on the DL. CC is most likely done for the year, and may need microfracture surgery—his career is in jeopardy. Nova TJ surgery, done for the year and most of 2015. Pineda is still trying to come back from a strained shoulder muscle and there is no guarantee he’ll be back this year. Now Tanaka. Just devastating. You can’t go far when you are dipping down into your #9 starter.

It begs the question. Trade for help now to try to save the season, or become sellers at the deadline, acknowledge the devastating blow losing Tanaka is, and build for the future.

But as someone wrote somewhere, are you going to be the one to tell the retiring Derek Jeter that you are throwing in the towel on his final season?

The tease is that in this division, anything may happen yet. The Yanks are only 46-45, and just four out. In a normal season, they would be 8-10 out. The division is still there for the taking, and it may be easier to win the division this year than to get any of the wild card spots.

The Yanks have some major decisions to make at the trade deadline.

Meanwhile, we hope and pray that Tanaka avoids the TJ surgery.

The minors. 7-9-14.

AAA: SWB split a DH. Two 7-inning games.

Game 1: 7-2 win. Chris LeRoux 2 R in 7 IP. 3B Yangervis Solarte 3 h, 2 rbi. 2B Jose Pirela 2 h (.321). Rob Refsnyder played RF (he played there in college, Yanks converted him to 2B. Could be an option for RF if Yanks bring him up to platoon w/Ichiro? Take over RH bat from the DFA’d Soriano? The NY Post’s Joel Sherman has suggested the Yanks do just that). 2 h, 3 RBI for CF Antoan Richardson. 3 others with 2 hits each.

Game 2: Lost 5-1. Another hit for Solarte, who is hitting .600 since being sent down.

AA: Trenton lost 10-1. Two hits, double and HR for RF Tyler Austin.

High A: Tampa blew a 5-0 lead, giving up one in the top of the 8th and five in the top of the 9th to lose 6-5. Miguel Sulbaran (2.36) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 8 K. 3B/1B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 h, 2 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 13-6. RF Dustin Fowler double, Hr, 4 rbi. 3-Run HR for 1B Mike Ford. C Jackson Valera 2 h, 2 rbi and 3 RBI for 2B Gosuke Katoh.