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Minor League Report. Relievers waste good starting pitching efforts at High and Low A.


AAA: SWB (20-17) split a DH.

Game 1 (Reg. scheduled game): won 10-5. DH Mike Ford 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. SS Breyvic Valera 2 hits, RBI. CF Mike Tauchman 2 hits, RBI. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits. 3B Brad Miller 2-run HR, 3 RBI. RF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, 2 RBI. Adonis Rosa (W, 1-0, 5.11 at AAA) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER (Wade made 2 errors), 10 H, 2 W, 6 K.

Game 2: (makeup of 5/12, which was supposed to be at SWB but had to be made up in Toledo) lost 5-0, getting just 2 hits.

AA: Trenton (23-14) won 6-2. 2B Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, 4 RBI. (.333). DH Gosuke Katoh 2 hits. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits, 2 RBI (.357). SS Kyle Holder 2 hits. Matt Wivinis with the “hold”, 3 scoreless IP of relief, 4 K. Brooks Kriske 2 scoreless for the save.

High A: Tampa (17-23) lost 8-6. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits. DH Steven Sensley solo HR. RF Omar Carrizales 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 2 hits, RBI.

Nice job by starter Glenn Otto, 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K, but reliever Greg Weissert gave up 5 runs, 3 earned, in 1 1/3 IP (2 HR).

Low A:   Charleston (23-18) lost 8-3 in 10 innings. LF Canaan Smith 3 hits, RBI (.330). DH Josh Breaux 2 hits, RBI (.304). 3B Ricky Surum 2 hits. Starter Alexander Vizcaino 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 10 K, but reliever Bryan Blanton gave up 5 R, 4 ER, in 2 IP for the loss.  


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.


AAA: SWB (10-10) ppd.

AA: Trenton (13-7) won 4-2. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 for 3. 3B Wendell Rijo 2 hits. LF Ben Ruta 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR. Rony Garcia 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 8 K (W).

High A: Tampa (10-14) won 7-6. CF Pablo Olivares 3 hits. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. C Jason Lopez 3 hits, 2 RBI. 1B/RF Max Burt 3-run HR. Dalton Lehnen 3 scoreless relief innings (W).

Low A: Charleston (11-13) 3-0 win. 2 hits, RBI 2B Kyle Gray. 3B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, 2 RBI.

A. Vizcaino 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. (W, 2-1. 2.95)
Brito (S ,1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  1.69

Minor League Report. Gio rebounds nicely.


AAA: SWB (3-3) wins 5-1 over Lehigh Valley. Gio Gonzalez, who after the Yanks had signed him to a minor league deal, gave up 13 R, 12 ER in six innings in his first two appearances (one spring training and one AAA game) , put it together last night, pitching six shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 10. He walked one.

DH Mike Ford and SS Thairo Estrada each had 2 hits and an RBI. CF Billy Burns 2 hits.

With Luis Severino shut down, and, it appears, out until late June/early July, Gonzalez could now become an option for the Yankees’ rotation, or even the bullpen.

Another option could be signing free agent Dallas Keuchel.

But both options as far as the rotation goes, would most likely affect Domingo German, who so far, has pitched very well. As far as the bullpen, it most likely would affect Stephen Tarpley.

AA: Trenton (3-2) won 7-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2-run HR. SS Hoy Jun Park solo HR. DH Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. Three bullpen pitchers 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H.

High A: Tampa (2-4) lost 9-8. DH Matt Pita 3 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. Starter Rony Garcia 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. End of game bullpen meltdown.

Low A: Charleston (3-3) lost both games of a DH, 17-3, then 8-3.

Game 1: CF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray a 3-run HR.
Luis Medina 2 IP, 10 R, 10 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR
Rodney Hutchinson 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Also gave up 3 HR.

Game 2: Got just four hits.
Alex Vizcaino 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K
Aaron McGarity (L) 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

The Viz gets a 50 game suspension

The Yanks signed Luis Vizcaino to a minor league contract this offseason, but released him back in February after he blew out his Achilles late in Winter Ball. The Viz didn’t pitch in the majors in 2010.

Apparently the Viz wanted to get back to the majors in the worst way.

The Lower Hudson Journal reports:

Former Yankees reliever Luis Vizcaino has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Nobody beats the Viz.

Well, that was the slogan in 2007. Can it be the same in 2011?

From the LoHud blog:

Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino. He will reportedly make $750,000 if he makes the big league roster.

You might remember Vizcaino from 2007 when he pitched out of the Yankees bullpen, having come over from Arizona in the Randy Johnson trade. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2009, but he has good number in the Dominican this winter (11.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K). That includes a stretch of one hit allowed in nine appearances.

More dumpster diving by Cashman. Low risk/high reward. Vizcaino is 36, and in his one year with the Yanks (2007) was 8-2, 4.30. He pitched 2/3 of an inning in game 2 of that year’s ALDS, gave up a run and took the loss when the Yanks lost 2-1 in 11 innings. You may remember that game as the Midges vs. Joba game.

Vizcaino has pitched for the A’s (1999-2001), Brewers (2002-2004), White Sox (2005, 6-5, 3.73 for the WS Champs that year, one scoreless inning in that postseason), Arizona 2006, Yankees 2007, Colorado 2008.

He was last in the big leagues in 2009, when he split the year between the Cubs (four games) and the Indians (11 games) and went 1-3, 4.11.

His career record is 35-30, 4.33 with 8 saves. ERA+ 103.

Like Prior, taking a chance. Low risk, low salary and see if he has anything left.     

THIS is how they relish their title?

11 a.m. The dog ate the baseball? Jonathan Papelbon says that the ball that ended the 2007 World Series was chewed up by his dog.

I don’t know about you, but if I mistreated a toy (or anything else), my parents would say if you don’t want it, we’ll give it to someone who does.

If that’s the way the team to the NE of NY wants to treat their title and its memories, then there is only one solution: get the N and Y back in DYNASTY.

5:15 p.m. As a PSU grad, I have to wish Joe Paterno (or Amos Alonzo Paterno, as I sometimes call him) a happy 81st birthday today. Why Amos Alonzo Paterno? Amos Alonzo Stagg was coach of the College at the Pacific at the age of 84 and served as his son’s assistant football coach at Susquehanna University when he was 96! The way Joe is going, could he be following along the lines of Stagg? Goodness I sure hope not, if only because I hope JayPa is not the successor…

What was remarked on a few days ago has become reality. The Viz has signed on with the Rockies. The “trade that wasn’t” so to speak. LaTroy Hawkins comes to the Yanks on a one-year deal from Colorado, while the Rockies gave the Viz a two-year deal with a club option.

The Reds and Rangers made a deal today. The Reds sent troubled (drugs) OF (and former top draft choice by the Rays) Josh Hamilton to Texas for Edinson Volquez and a minor leaguer. Volquez has had “cups of tea” with the Rangers in the past three seasons. For his MLB career, he is 3-11, 7.20 in 20 games (80 IP). The 24-year-old’s ERA+ is 63. Hamilton is 26 and after battling his troubles, had an impressive rookie year for the Reds in 2007, hitting .292-19-47 in 90 games (298 AB, OPS+ of 131). You hope the young man can keep clean and realize his true potential.

Update 12/29 Even though I think that JoePa should have retired several years ago, I still respect all he’s done as a coach and what he’s done for my alma mater. The recent statement by a Texas A&M “yell leader” before the Alamo Bowl matchup was uncalled for and classless.