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Minor League Report. Judge, Stanton at SWB (Stanton HRs) but SWB gets hammered. Trenton gets just one hit again.

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AAA: DH Aaron Judge started his rehab for SWB, and was joined there by RF Giancarlo Stanton, but SWB (38-27) got hammered, 16-3. Judge was 0 for 4, striking out 3x. Stanton was 1 for 3, striking out 2x, but hitting a 3-run HR (and reports are it was an absolute BOMB).

2B Breyvic Valera 2 hits (.419). CF Billy Burns 2 hits. Awful night for starter Dan Camarena, who gave up 12 R, 10 ER, in 2 1/3 IP.

Danny Farquhar, trying to comeback from that brain aneurysm last year, gave up 4 runs, 2 HR, in 1 1/3 IP.

AA: Trenton (36-26) only got one hit (and no, it wasn’t a ninth-inning bunt, it was a second-inning single) in losing 3-0. Starter Garrett Whitlock 1 R in 6 IP.

High A: Tampa off. The first half of the season is over, and the FSL All-Star Game is tonight. Tampa finished the first half 28-38, sixth in the seven-team division, 13 1/2 back.

Low A: Charleston (36-32) lost 7-6 in 10 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, solo HR. DH Anthony Seigler (2018 1st round pick) 2 hits. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, 3 RBI.

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Minor League Report. Stanton hits 2 more HR on his rehab.

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While the big-league Yanks were off yesterday, Tampa Bay lost, so the 41-25 Yankees are in first place by 1/2 a game.

AAA: SWB (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 38-25) won 7-6. 3B Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-Run HR. 2B Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Danny Farquhar, who had that brain aneurysm with the White Sox last year, pitched in his first minor league game this year, giving up 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings for SWB.

AA: Trenton (35-25) won 7-2. 2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. LF Ben Ruta 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 RBI. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits, RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Albert Abreu (W, 3-5, 3.79) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 8 K.

High A: RF Giancarlo Stanton hit 2 HR in his rehab for Tampa. Tampa, 28-38, won 6-2. Stanton was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. LF Isiah Gilliam also hit 2 HR and drove in 3 runs. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits.

Shawn Semple (W, 1-1, 3.11) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (35-31) lost 3-2. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI. Starter Harold Cortijo, ND, 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K.  2.70.

Minor League Report. Stanton HRs on Rehab.

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AAA: SWB (37-25) won 4-1. 3B Breyic Valera (.429!) 4 hits. C Kyle Higashioka 2-run HR. Drew Hutchison 6 IP, 1 R.

AA: Trenton (34-25) lost 7-6 by giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens a 2-run HR. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits.

High A: Tampa (27-38) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: Lost 6-1. DH Giancarlo Stanton, on rehab, 2 hits, inc. a solo HR. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits. RF Tyler Hill 2 hits.

Game 2: Lost 7-2. Cabrera 2 hits (played SS in this one). Hill 2 hits (LF in this game).

Low A: Charleston (35-30) won 3-2. 1B Mickey Gasper 3-run HR. Daniel Bies 4 scoreless relief IP, 6 K.

Games 65 & 66. Yanks regain share of first with a DH Split vs. Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka got through one bad inning, pitching into the seventh, as the Yanks pounded the Mets, 12-5.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a double by Didi Gregorius and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

Tanaka gave up 4 runs in the third, inc. a 3-run HR to put the Mets up 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got one back when Brett Gardner singled, he and D.J. LeMahieu were safe all around on an error, and with two out, Gary Sanchez singled to make it 4-2.

The Yanks got five in the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (5) and a 3-run bomb by Luke Voit (16).

With two out in the fifth, the Yanks tacked on two more runs on a double by Morales, RBI single by Urshela, and RBI triple by Gardner. 9-4.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-5, the Yanks got a run in the seventh when Clint Frazier and Urshela each doubled.

Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 12-5.

Voit 3-run HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (20)
Gregorius 2 hits
Morales 3 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 4-5, 3.58) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57.

Game 2: You worry about the Yanks’ pitching and their health and if they need or will get another pitcher. German on the IL for now, Tanaka’s elbow, CC’s knee, Severino and Montgomery haven’t pitched at all this year, Loaisiga on IL, and with Game 2’s starter, James Paxton, you wonder if his knee is affecting him. In his last two starts, Paxton’s ERA has gone from 2.81 to 4.04.

He was knocked out in the third. After just 11 pitches, the Mets, who won this game 10-4, were up 3-0 after a double, single, and 3-run HR.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third, knocking Paxton out of the box.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the third to cut it to 6-3. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Gleyber Torres singled in one run, and forceouts by Frazier and Urshela brought in two more.

But a 2-run HR off of Chance Adams in the fourth made it 8-3 Mets.

Adams, the “26th man” for the DH (and therefore going back down after the game), gave up another HR in the fifth, 9-3.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a run in the top of the ninth, 10-3 Mets.

Brett Gardner homered (10) in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 10-4 Mets.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .316
Sanchez 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (10)

Paxton (L, 3-3, 4.04) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.10
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.53

Dellin Betances has been shut down for a few weeks. Lat issue.

The Yanks could be getting Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in about a week to two weeks.

First round draft pick Anthony Volpe (SS) has signed with the Yankees.

With the split, the Yanks (41-25) are tied for first with Tampa Bay. They are off Wednesday.

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

Minor League & Rehab Report. Stanton back to DL.

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Giancarlo Stanton’s injuries have gone from biceps to shoulder to calf and he has been shut down and placed on the DL again. Sounds like Ellsbury disease.

Didi Gregorius, after missing Tuesday’s action due to dehydration, played in an extended spring training game and was 1 for 3 with a walk as the DH.

Estevan Florial (broken wrist in a spring training game) is due to start extended spring training soon.

AAA: SWB (22-19) won 8-6. LF Trey Amburgey 4 for 5, 3-run HR. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits, 3-run HR, 4 RBI. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. Starter Reynal Espinal 4 scoreless IP.

AA: Trenton (28-17) won 3-2. C Kellin Deglan 2 hits. Adonis Rosa 5 1/3 innings of one-run relief for the win.

High A: Tampa (20-25) won 7-1. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. DH/SS Angel Aguilar 2 hits. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI. LF Tyler Hill 2 hits, 2 RBI. Starter Frank German 5 2/3 scoreless IP, 8 K (W, 2-2, 3.03).

Low A:  Charleston (24-22) lost 10-8. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. RF Josh Stowers 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 HR, a 2-run HR and a solo shot. DH Frederick Cuevas 2 hits, RBI. 3B Max Burt 3 hits.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (21-19) lost 11-8, committing 4 errors. 3B Breyvic Valera 3 for 3, 2 walks, 2 RBI, made an error, had a 2-run HR. CF Mike Tauchman 2 RBI. 1B Logan Morrison 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 solo HR.  Starter Drew Hutchison 4 IP, 8 R, 5 runs unearned.

AA: Trenton (25-17) lost 9-8. DH Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI (.333). SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. 2 hits, 2 RBI 2B Brandon Wagner. C Jorge Saez 2 RBI.

High A: Giancarlo Stanton scratched. Was supposed to start at DH. Doesn’t appear major. Tampa (19-25) won 3-0.

Miguel Yajure (W, 2-5, 2.98) 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Hobie Harris (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  7.84

Low A: Charleston (24-21) scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie, but gave up a run in the bottom half to lose 3-2. They lost on a squeeze play. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, .343. DH Josh Breaux 2 hits. RF Josh Stowers solo HR.