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Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (21-17) won 4-3. 1B/3B Mike Ford 2 hits. LF/ RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. 3B Cliff Pennington 2 hits, solo HR. Starter Brody Koerner 6 IP, 3 R. Stephen Tarpley 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.

AA: Trenton (23-15) lost 3-1.  DH Chris Gittens 2 hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits. Starter and Losing Pitcher Rony Garcia 6 IP, 3 R.

High A: Tampa (17-24) lost 7-6 in 11 innings. SS Diego Castillo 3 hits. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, Solo HR. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Tyler Hill 3 hits, RBI. Janson Junk 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (23-19) lost 6-4 in 11 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Cannan Smith 3 hits. (.339). 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits. 3b/1B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI. Pedro Espinola 3 scoreless IP of relief, 4 K.


Minor League Report. Hicks breaks out.


AAA: After going 0 for 14 in his first four rehab games, CF Aaron Hicks broke out in SWB’s (18-14) 5-1 win, getting 3 hits— two doubles and a solo HR. DH Mike Ford had two solo HR. Raynel Espinal 5 IP, 1 R. Stephen Tarpley and Jake Barrett combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

AA: Trenton (21-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the 12th to win 8-7. LF Zach Zehner 2 RBI, inc. GW triple. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 3 hits, 4 RBI, inc. 2-run HR.

High A: Tampa won the completion of the suspended game, 5-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI. C Jason Lopez 2 RBI.

They (17-18) also won the regularly scheduled game 4-3 (both games 7 innings b/c of forced DH). C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI. 3B Welfrin Mateo 2 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (19-16) lost 4-3 in 13 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2-run HR. Alexander Vizcaino a no-decision. 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.34.

Minor League Report. Hicks still hitless on rehab. Tampa only gets one hit.


AAA: SWB (17-12) got a run in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4.  Recently signed Logan Morrison was in the lineup, going 0 for 2 with 2 walks. SS Gosuke Katoh 2 hits (.337). 3B Mandy Alvarez 3 hits, GW single, RBI. (.301). 2 hits, 3-run HR. CF Matt Lipka (.300). Chad Green, the  “opener” gave up 2 runs in 2 1/3 IP. Stephen Tarpley 2 scoreless IP for the W.

AA: Trenton (18-10) won 10-0. RF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI. DH Chris Gittens (.333) 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 3 hits, 2 RBI. C Jorge Saez 2 hits, 5 RBI, grand slam.  CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI.   Soon-to-be 20 yr. old Deivi Garcia, a top pitching prospect, 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.

High A: Tampa (15-18) lost 1-0 and only got one hit, that by DH Steven Sensley.  In three rehab games, CF Aaron Hicks doesn’t have a hit yet. Miguel Yajure got the tough-luck loss, 6 IP, 1 R, 2 W, 2 K.

Low A: Charleston (18-14) won 7-1. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits. SS Wilkerson Garcia 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR. (.310). DH Canaan Smith 2 hits, .321. Jio Orozco (3-2, 1.83) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 8 K.


Game 34. Yanks sink Mariners, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

“King” Felix Hernandez once was one of baseball’s best pitchers and once would own the Yanks.

Not anymore. That version of Felix Hernandez sailed a few years ago. (Since 2016, Hernandez is 15-22, 5.14). The Yanks (20-14) pounced on Hernandez for seven runs, including three HR, in the first three innings, and held on through a couple of shaky innings later for a 7-3 win.

Just three pitches into the bottom of the first, the Yanks were up 2-0 after D.J. LeMahieu doubled and Luke Voit hit his tenth HR of the season.

In the bottom of the second, Brett Gardner led off with his sixth HR of the season. Gio Urshela reached on an error, and Thairo Estrada then hit his first MLB HR to make it 5-0. Mike Tauchman then doubled and LeMahieu singled and it was 6-0.

In the third, Gardner tripled and Urshela singled him home to make it 7-0.

Then things got a little sloppy and hairy. CC Sabathia, who picked up career win #248 (passing Bartolo Colon on the all-time list) barely lasted long enough to get the victory despite being handed that 7-0 lead through three. He gave up a 2-run HR in the fourth, and then a solo HR in the fifth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-3, and had to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth.

In the sixth, Jonathan Holder loaded the bases with one out before Adam Ottavino had to escape the jam Holder caused.

After that it was smooth sailing.

Before the game, the Yanks brought back Clint Frazier from the DL and sent down Stephen Tarpley.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. (.321)
Voit 2-run HR.
Gardner Solo HR, Triple.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI   (.352!)
Estrada 1st MLB HR, 2 RBI (.333)

Sabathia (W, 2-1, 3.20) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.93
Ottavino (H, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.96
Britton 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.77
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.38

Yanks’ pitchers combined for 11 K.


Game 32. Paxton to DL, and Yanks fall, 7-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Saturday’s game, the Yanks put James Paxton on the 10 day DL. They brought up Jake Barrett from SWB, where Barrett was 0-1, 1.50 in eight games. Barrett, 27, RHP, spent MLB time with Arizona 2016-2018, going 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113. He’ll probably be with the Yanks until the Yanks need a starter (Loaisiga, probably) to fill Paxton’s spot next turn around.

J.A. Happ, meanwhile, gave up 2 HR in the Yanks’ (18-14) 7-3 loss to the Twins Saturday. It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Happ so far, and with Paxton now shelved, the Yanks really need Happ to step it up.

The Yanks were down 5-0 in the seventh when Brett Gardner doubled, Cameron Maybin singled him to third and Gardner scored with Maybin moving up on a WP. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Maybin to cut it to 5-2.

But the Twins came right back with runs in the eighth and ninth.

The other Yankees’ run came when Gary Sanchez hit his eleventh HR of the year in the bottom of the eighth.

Miguel Andujar returned to the lineup, had a hit but made two errors.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR

Happ (L, 1-3, 4.93) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.14
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  10.38
Barrett 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Today’s game (Sunday) has been pushed back from 1 PM to 4 PM because of the weather. The Yanks hope the rain stops and that they can get the game in.



Game 25. Yanks’ win streak snapped with 11-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Going into the bottom of the fifth, it appeared the Yankees’ win streak would hit seven because the Yanks led 4-0.

The pitching then fell apart and the Yanks’ (14-11) win streak was snapped at six with an 11-5 loss to the Angels.

The Yanks struck first in the third inning when Tyler Wade singled, stole second and third, and scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Gio Urshela made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth with his first HR of the season.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth when Luke Voit and Brett Gardner singled, and Gary Sanchez walked. After Mike Tauchman struck out, a wild pitch plated one run and Gleyber Torres singled in another. 4-0 Yanks.

But in the bottom of the fifth, single, HR, groundout, single, HR off of Masahiro Tanaka and the game was tied.

The Angels then scored two in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Rough night not only for Tanaka, but also for the rookies, Tarpley and Harvey.

Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth for the Yanks’ final run.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Voit 3 hits

The Yanks stole five bases, but made 2 errors and Gary Sanchez was charged with 2 passed balls.

It appears as if Sanchez needed more rehab time, but with the Yanks’ injury issues, that he was forced to come back too soon.

Tanaka (L, 2-2, 3.60) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   5.40
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  10.80. Great spring training, rough reg. season so far.
Harvey 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  6.35. First time roughed up while in majors.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.93

Earlier yesterday the Yanks acquired Cameron Maybin from Cleveland for cash considerations. This after putting Clint Frazier on the DL. (I still call it DL). Maybin, 32, a righty-hitting OF, has played with the Tigers, Marlins, Padres, Braves, Tigers again, Angels, Astros, Marlins again, and Mariners in his journeyman career that started in the bigs in 2007. A .254 hitter, his 162 g. average is .254-9-49 with 27 SB, OPS+ 91. Slightly below average hitter, good speed. But Yanks desperate for a healthy body in the OF.

On a basketball note, I was saddened to see the news last night that my first basketball idol, Hondo, the great #17 of the Boston Celtics, John Havlicek, passed away yesterday at the age of 79.

Game 24. Yanks comeback to win 6th straight, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, the scrubs are somehow finding a way.

Down 5-0 going into the sixth, the Yanks (14-10, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) came back to win 6-5 for their sixth straight victory. They are playing with some guts and grit.

Before the game, it was announced that Gio Gonzalez, who opted out of his contract with the Yanks, went back to Milwaukee on a one-year deal.’

Chad Green did have an option left. The struggling Green was sent down and Stephen Tarpley was brought back up. Also, the Yanks reactivated Gary Sanchez and sent down Kyle Higashioka.

More disconcerting was that Clint Frazier was out of the lineup again, and was getting an MRI on the ankle he twisted Monday night.

UPDATE: Frazier going on the IL.

Not only that, but Giancarlo Stanton had a setback in his recovery from his biceps injury and needed a cortisone shot in his SHOULDER.

Aargh. We are still looking at a couple of weeks until some of the starters start coming back.

You hope the team can tread water until then, and with this winning streak, they are doing more than that. Give them credit for that. Give Boone credit for holding things together. Things really could have fallen apart.

CC started and got 3 strikeouts to take him to 2997 for his career, but he was off. He gave up a HR to Andrelton Simmons in the first inning. 1-0 Angels.

He then gave up 4 runs in the fourth. Simmons touched him for another HR to make it 2-0.  Kole Calhoun later that inning hit a 3-run HR to make it 5-0.

The Yanks got two back in the sixth. Tyler Wade beat out an infield hit and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. 5-1.  Luke Voit singled LeMahieu to third. After two outs, it appeared the Yanks wouldn’t score anymore, but a PB by Angels’ C Jonathan Lucroy (who has made a couple of costly mistakes this series) enabled LeMahieu to score. 5-2 Angels.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh, but could have had more. The Yanks loaded the bases on a walk to Mike Ford, a single by Gio Urshela and a walk to Mike Tauchman. Wade walked to force in a run, 5-3. LeMahieu hit a SF, 5-4. Voit reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Tauchman to tie the game at five.

But then Brett Gardner hit a screaming liner that Mike Trout made a fabulous play on. But in throwing the ball back to the infield, the Angels picked off Tyler Wade with a hidden ball play. Wade can’t do that. You just can’t adjust your feet or come off the bag even for the slightest moment without knowing EXACTLY where that ball is. He was tagged out, inning over.

Wade made up for his gaffe in the ninth. With two outs, he singled and stole second. LeMahieu singled him in for what proved to be the game-winning run.

Kudos to Jonathan Loaisiga for relieving CC and shutting down the Angels to enable the Yanks to come back and win the game.

Not a good first game back for Gary Sanchez, who took the “Golden Sombrero”, 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI, GW RBI.
Wade 2 hits, RBI

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  2.40
Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.70