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Game 114. Yanks pummel O’s again, 14-2. Open up 10 game lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pregame News: Stephen Tarpley sent down, Chance Adams called up for a fresh arm.

Good news on Gleyber Torres. MRI negative, listed as day-to-day. Thairo Estrada was “on call” just in case.

As for the game, the Yanks (75-39) won their 8th straight as they continue to pummel Orioles pitching. This time the score was 14-2, and the Yanks hit 5 HR in the game.

The Yanks have hit 52 HR vs. the Orioles this year, breaking the record of 48 that the 1956 Yanks hit against the Kansas City Athletics. They still have four games against the Orioles—at home, August 12 (Day/night DH), 13 and 14. The Yankees have 11 players with multi-homer games against Baltimore this season, breaking the record of 10 set by San Francisco against the Dodgers in 1958 (I’m sure the LA Coliseum with its 251′ LF line had a lot to do with that). The Yanks also have the record for most homers at a ballpark by a visiting team in one season (43). (Some info from ESPN). They were 10-0 at Camden Yards this year and have won 15 straight there.

How bad has it been for the Orioles? Consider this. Greg Bird has been hurt most of the season. He was 6 for 35 in 10 games. His only HR of the year was against the Orioles.

Troy Tulowitzki got hurt and retired after going 2 for 11 in five games. HIS only HR of the season and the last of his career came against…. the Orioles.

With the win, the Yanks now have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. They are 41-14 against teams in their own division. Granted Baltimore and Toronto are awful, but they are still 23-9 vs. Tampa Bay and Boston.

With one out in the fourth, Gio Urshela doubled, and Didi Gregorius singled him to third. Cameron Maybin’s popup should have been caught, but fell in for a single and a 1-0 Yankees’ lead. Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run HR (2), his first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 4-0.

Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-1, but otherwise was sharp.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR (13), HIS first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 6-1.

They got five more runs in the sixth. Mike Tauchman walked and advanced to second on a ground out. He went to third on a WP and D.J. LeMahieu singled to make it 7-1. LeMahieu went to second on another wild pitch, and Aaron Judge singled to make it 8-1. Urshela then hit his second HR of the game (14) to make it 10-1. Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Cameron Maybin combined with a throwing error. Didi scored on a groundout by Brett Gardner. 11-1.

In the top of the ninth, Maybin led off with his 7th HR of the year, then Gardner doubled and Higashioka hit his second HR of the game (3) to make it 14-1.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 14-2.

Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR (14) .319 …. LeMahieu is at .335
Gregorius 2 hits
Maybin 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (7)  .327
Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka  2 HR (3),  5 RBI

Paxton (W, 7-6, 4.40) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.61

Ernie Bowman, an infielder who appeared in two WS games against the Yanks in 1962, passed away at the age of 84. He played with the Giants 1961-1963 and in 165 MLB games hit .190 with 1 HR.








Game 102. Red Sox Rout Yanks, 19-3. Tulo retires, Gardy to IL. Don Mossi dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Larry Rothschild, the Yanks’ pitching coach, has some work to do.

This turn around the Yanks’ rotation has been brutal. Brian Cashman will definitely be working the phones as the trade deadline looms.

The Yanks were able to get some wins, 14-12 and 10-7 over the Twins, even though the starting pitching stunk.

Not so tonight, when Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs in the third inning, could not give four innings, and was pulled after he gave up twelve runs.


Stephen Tarpley came in,  and he gave up four more. Luis Cessa established some sense of normalcy with two scoreless innings, then Austin Romine had to close things out (as he did in that 16-1 playoff loss to Boston last year) by giving up three runs in his one inning of work.

The nineteen, (Yes, NINETEEN) runs Boston scored were the most ever by Boston against the Yankees.

Well, it’s just one game, the margin doesn’t matter. It’s not like Boston could make up an 11-game deficit in just this one game.

The Yanks (66-36) are up 9 1/2 on Tampa Bay, and 10 over Boston. The Yanks just have to split the series. If so, they stay 11 up on Boston, and four games come off the schedule.

Just don’t get swept and have Boston cut that deficit down to 7. Don’t give them hope.

But the pitching the past week or so has been a mess.

Get to work, Rothschild.

Voit 3 hits.
Higashioka solo HR (1)

Tanaka (L, 7-6, 4.79) 3 1/3 IP, 12 R, 12 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. UGLY OUTING
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K.   8.22   Good spring training, but has been awful.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.96
Romine 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  27.00  Catcher used to close game, save BP.

Gardner to IL, Tarpley brought up.

Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement. He only got into five games for the Yanks this year, going 2 for 11 with a HR.  Tulo, a 5x All-Star, won 2 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Sluggers in his career with Colorado (2006-2015), Toronto (2015-2017) and the Yankees (2019). He retires with a .290 batting average and 225 HR. His 162 G Average .290-28-98, OPS+ 118. He was runnerup for ROY in 2007 when he helped the Rockies to the NL pennant, and had 3 top 10 MVP finishes 2009-2011. It’s a shame his career basically ended at the age of 31, three years ago.

Don Mossi, who many think was the inspiration for the Chief Wahoo logo the Indians used to have, died last week at the age of 90. With his hawk nose, and huge ears, many thought he WAS Chief Wahoo. Mossi pitched for the Indians 1954-1958, Tigers 1959-1963, White Sox 1964 and KC A’s 1965. He went 101-80, 3.43, ERA+ 115. The lefty was on the 1954 Indians team that won the AL pennant, and a 101 win 1961 Tiger team that finished second. He was 6-1, 1.94 with 7 saves for the 1954 Indians, and pitched four scoreless innings in three WS games against the NY Giants. He won 17 games for the 1959 Tigers and 15 for the 1961 Tigers. He was an All-Star in 1957. His 162 game average was 11-9, 3.43, ERA+ 115, 18 starts, 32 relief appearances.


Minor League Report. Rehabs starting. Reports on Judge, Tulo, Didi, Stanton.


Aaron Judge threw yesterday but still is a long ways away. He has not begun swinging a bat yet. Oblique strain.

Troy Tulowitzki is taking grounders at third and expressed a willingness to play all over the infield. But once Didi (see next paragraph) returns, will there be any room for Tulo? Heck, there may not be room for LeMahieu what with Voit, Torres, Gio and Urshela in the infield, and Estrada may have to go down for Didi. Unless LeMahieu goes to third, but what then of Urshela?

Didi Gregorius got into an extended spring training game. He got two hits, made an error.

For Giancarlo Stanton, see below, high A Tampa.

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton (25-16) swept a DH.

Reg. sched. game: 6-2 win. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 for 3, RBI (.340). 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 RBI. CF Ben Ruta a 3-run HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits (.325). Trenton had to use an “opener” in this game.

Makeup of 5/12: Won 4-3. 2 hits Ruta (.355).   LF Rashad Crawford 2 for 2, RBI. 20 yr. old Deivi Garcia (a kid to watch) (W, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa (18-25) won 9-2. RF Giancarlo Stanton started his rehab. 1 for 3, solo HR  and 2 strikeouts. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 solo HR. DH Steven Sensley 2 hits.  LF Omar Carrizales 2 hits, 2 RBI. Clarke Schmidt (W, 2-2, 3.48) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 9 K.

Low A: Charleston (24-20) won 5-2. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Josh Breaux solo HR. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits, 2 RBI.  (.338). Jio Orozco (W, 4-2, 2.53) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 31. The Kraken homers twice, but Paxton leaves early with knee injury in Yanks’ 6-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered twice, but James Paxton had to leave after just three innings with a knee injury in the Yanks’ (18-13) win over the Twins Friday night.

Paxton will have an MRI today, and the hope is that it isn’t serious.

In other injury/rehab news, the Yanks sent down Mike Ford after the game. Miguel Andujar is to be reactivated today.

Also (from MLB.com):

Clint Frazier is expected to join AA Trenton for rehab games Saturday and Sunday and be reactivated on Monday.

Aaron Judge is improving as he recovers from a left oblique strain, but he isn’t ready to resume baseball activities, and manager Aaron Boone said the team isn’t at the point where it can offer a timetable yet.

Aaron Hicks (back) will continue to play in extended spring games through the weekend before joining Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons for rehab games starting Monday. He could return next weekend.

Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) could begin a rehab assignment in a few weeks.

As for Troy Tulowitzki, the veteran shortstop is dealing with a new mild calf strain and will be shut down for a week. He was seemingly nearing his return from the left calf strain he suffered in early April.

No word on Stanton.

The game was a bit sloppy, as both teams gave each other some runs.

In the first inning, Brett Gardner reached on a three-base error and after a walk to Luke Voit and a Gary Sanchez strikeout, scored on a single by Gleyber Torres. After Ford struck out, Gio Urshela singled but Voit was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  A bad send by 3B coach Phil Nevin there. The slow-footed Voit was out by plenty.

In the second, with one out, Cameron Maybin walked. Tyler Wade was HBP. With two out, Voit singled in a run but was thown out trying for a double. 2-0 Yanks.

An error by Torres helped the Twins get an unearned run in the third, 2-1 Yanks.

The Yanks got two in the fourth thanks to more gifts from the Twins. Mike Tauchman reached on an error, Maybin singled and Wade bunted them over. A WP brought in one run and Gardner’s groundout plated another. 4-1.

Sanchez homered in the fifth (9) and in the seventh (10) and the Yanks took a 6-1 lead into the eighth, when Zack Britton gave up a two-run homer that cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-3, which would be the final score.

Sanchez 3 hits, 2 solo HR.

Paxton 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.  3.11
Holder (W, 2-0, 4.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.20
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Britton 1 iP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.15  Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.19

Nice job by the bullpen picking up the baton from the injured Paxton.

Minor League Report. Tulo suffers setback.


AAA: SWB (11-12) won 8-6 in 10 innings, despite the bullpen getting sloppy at the end. 1B Ryan McBroom 4 hits, walkoff 2-run HR. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits, 2 RBI. CF Matt Lipka 2 RBI.  Chance Adams 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K.

AA: Trenton (15-8) lost 4-1. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI. Trenton pitchers struck out 17.

Deivi Garcia 4 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 5 W, 11 K. Gave up HR.
Carter 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Acevedo 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

High A: SS Troy Tulowitzki singled in the bottom of the first but had to be removed for a pinch-runner because of his calf acting up again. Tampa (11-15) lost 5-3. DH Miguel Andujar, also on a rehab assignment, 1 for 4, 2 RBI. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 RBI.  Shawn Semple, who was dominating at Charleston in relief, moved up and started here, giving up 4 R in 5 IP.

Low A: Charleston (13-13) won 5-1. LF Canaan Smith 2 hits. 1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Orozco (W, 2-2, 1.98) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
C. Espinal (S, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Minor League Report. Tulo, Andujar begin rehab games.


AAA: SWB (10-12) lost 11-2. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits. 2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. CF Matt Lipka 2 hits. Jonathan Loaisiga gave up 6 R, in 5 IP.

AA: Trenton (15-7) won 3-1. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI. RF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. Albert Abreu 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Trevor Lane 2 scoreless innings of relief, 4 K.

High A: Troy Tulowitzki and Miguel Andujar began rehab games. Tampa (11-14) won 6-4. DH Tulo 1-3, scored 2x, 2 RBI. 2-run HR.  3B Andujar 0 for 4, made 2 fielding errors. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. CF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. Starter Clarke Schmidt 3 R, 5 IP.

Low A: Charleston (12-13) won 7-6. 2B Kyle Gray 2 hits. C Josh Breaux 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. RF Frederick Cuevas 3 hits, RBI.

Game 6. Yanks’ offense sets embarrassing all-time team record in 2-1 loss. Now Tulo goes to DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to like the Yanks’ pitching so far, even if the bullpen lost games yesterday and today.

You have to hate the offense. Yes, there are injuries, but that’s no excuse for the all-time team record the Yanks set today by striking out 18x.

The Tigers got just 3 hits, but beat the Yanks 2-1. 3-1 yesterday, 2-1 today. You don’t win many games by scoring just one run.

Forget about the homers. Just concentrate on MAKING CONTACT.

To top it all off, Troy Tulowitzki strained a calf muscle and now HE goes on the DL. So now it looks like Torres will have to be at SS, Wade at 2B, and it looks like Thairo Estrada will be called up.

Estrada, 23, is the guy who missed almost all of last year because of a failed robbery attempt where he was shot in the leg. He has just 8 games of minor league experience above AA.

In 2017, he hit .301 for AA Trenton. In 2016, .290 between low A and high A. He is a righty bat.

The Yanks could also bring up Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t have the middle infield experience that Estrada has. Urshela is mostly a 3B.

I really like Jonathan Loaisiga, and he pitched decently today.

One HUGE problem. Gary Sanchez made his FOURTH throwing error of the season. The season is only six games old (with the Yanks 2-4).

Wade has a shot to prove himself.

I like LeMahieu leading off today. He did so because Gardner got the day off (until pinch-running late in the game and getting caught trying to steal). I think he should continue with Gardner dropped to ninth. LeMahieu is hitting .438 to Gardner’s .143 so far.

The Yanks’ only run came on a double by LeMahieu and an RBI single by Judge.

Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who played CF today was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.25
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green (L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR in 8th that cost Yanks the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

As Joe McCarthy once said, “never fall below .500 if you can help it.” The first order of business is to get back to .500. They need to quit striking out, quit leaving runners on base and concentrate on making contact.

Sanchez has to stop the throwing errors.

They need to get healthy. This injury list is getting ridiculous.

Paxton on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.


Game 3. Yanks fall 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s early, but there is no excuse for sloppy play and losing 2 of 3 to the putrid Orioles.

The Yanks fall to 1-2 on the season.

J.A. Happ gave up 2 HR and 4 runs in 4 innings and put the Yanks behind the 8-ball right away by giving up a 3-run HR in the first inning—an inning that began over 3 hours later than expected due to a rain delay.

Things went downhill from there in the Yanks’ 7-5 loss.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a HR.

Tommy Kahnle walked the bases loaded with no out in the ninth but somehow wiggled out of it.

The bad outweighed the good. Aaron Judge had 2 RBI, but struck out 4x, stranding 6.

In the sixth, 1st and 2nd, one out, both Judge and Stanton struck out. First and 2nd, one out in the eighth, down 7-4, Judge struck out again.

Gary Sanchez hit a HR (1), but made his second throwing error of the season, and struck out 3x.
Giancarlo Stanton drew 3 walks, but struck out twice when the Yanks really needed a big blow from him. 4th inning, 1st and 3rd, two out, a strikeout.


Luke Voit stranded 7. Down 4-0 in the third, bases loaded, he struck out. Down 7-4 in the eighth, bases loaded, two out, he grounded out.

Greg Bird walked 2x, but was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.

The team had two on and the winning run at the plate with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but PH Troy Tulowitzki struck out.

As you can see, chances were there and the Yanks did not capitalize on them.

The team was 2 for 12 with RISP and stranded 14.

Happ (L, 0-1, 9.00) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K. 2.70
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  13.50   Gave up 1 HR
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.  0.00

Gleyber Torres had 2 hits, and D.J. LeMahieu was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and an RBI.

It’s never too soon to right the ship.





Game 2. Yanks fall to Orioles, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

These are the games that the Yanks need to win in order to win the division this year.

Facing a lousy team (47-115 last year), the Yanks got a good performance from their starter, but also made 3 errors, had lack of clutch hitting and the bullpen didn’t shut Baltimore down in a 5-3 loss. The Yanks are now 1-1 on the young season.

James Paxton pitched well, giving up 2 runs, just 1 earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

The game may have turned in the very first inning. With one out, three straight walks loaded the bases, but Miguel Andujar GIDP. Andujar would also have a chance in the ninth, but struck out to end the game.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on an RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu.

Baltimore got two in the sixth. One run was unearned because of a throwing error by Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green gave up a run in the seventh to make it 3-1 O’s.

LeMahieu, who had 2 hits and that RBI I mentioned earlier, made some nice plays on the day, but an error he made in the ninth led to one of the two runs Baltimore got that inning to be unearned. 5-1 O’s.

The Yanks tried to come back. Troy Tulowitzki homered (1) to make it 5-2. LeMahieu doubled. Gardner (0 for the season so far) made out. Judge singled LeMahieu to third. Stanton struck out. Voit dunked a single in to make it 5-3. Andujar came up as the potential game-winning run but struck out to end the game.

Gleyber Torres had 2 hits.

Paxton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.00
Holder 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50.

The Yanks gave up 2 unearned runs, made 3 errors, and left 11 on base.


S.T. Game 31. Yanks lose 5-3. Regular Season starts Thursday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their final spring training game, 5-3, to Washington in D.C. tonight. They end the spring training schedule at 17-10-4.

Troy Tulowitzki homered for the Yanks, and Greg Bird had an RBI double.

The Yanks had just five hits.

Tarpley (L) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cortes 3 1 /3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.