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S.T. Game 25. Wade makes team, gets 2 hits, but Yanks lose 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Wade will be going north with the Yankees, and doubled and tripled today, but the Yanks lost their spring training game on Tuesday, 8-3 to the Tigers.

It puts the spring training record (meaningless) at 13-11-1.

Because of the chance for rain, the Yanks kept most of their regulars home to work out, and instead of Sonny Gray starting this game, it was Brady Lail. The relievers were AAA or lower as well.

Recently demoted Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial were both in the starting lineup.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when Wade tripled and Neil Walker singled.

Lail gave up two in the bottom of the first.

The Tigers got three in the fourth and one in the fifth. 6-1 Tigers.

Jorge Saez hit a 2-run HR in the eighth for the Yanks but the Tigers came right back with two runs of their own.

Lail (L) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Frawley 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

So Wade makes the team.

C Romine and Sanchez
1B Bird
2B Walker and Wade
SS Didi and Torreyes
3B Drury (Walker, Wade, Torreyes also can play other positions)
OF/DH Gardner, Hicks, Judge, Stanton

That is 12. The question is whether the Yanks go north with 12 pitchers or 13.

If 12 pitchers, they are Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Green, Warren, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Betances and Chapman.

As to who that last guy will be? Position player Tyler Austin, or P probably Jonathan Holder?

Ellsbury and Clint Frazier DL bound.

Toronto named their Opening Day Starter. So it will be Severino vs. J.A. Happ on March 29 up in Toronto.


S.T. Game 23. Bird & Sanchez HR in Yanks’ 8-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez each homered in Sunday’s 8-5 Yankees’ win over the Marlins. It ups their spring training record to 13-9-1.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar.

The Yanks got four in the first when Gardner singled, stole second, and with one out,  Bird hit a 2-run HR. Stanton walked, and with two out, Didi singled and Neil Walker doubled in two.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Sanchez homered.

Severino was strong for three innings before faltering a bit, giving up a run on a Brian Anderson HR in the fourth and two in the fifth—Anderson getting an RBI double that inning.

In the sixth, Stanton walked, and with one out, was doubled to third by Didi. After a walk, Brandon Drury singled in two runs to make it 7-3.

Miami got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 7-4, Didi making a great play to save more runs from being scored, but the Yanks got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Gardner singled, Chris Gittens walked and Stanton singled in a run.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a HR in the eighth to the Marlins’ Joe Dunand for the final count of 8-5.

Gardner 2 for 4
Bird 1 for 3, 2-run HR.
Stanton 1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks
Sanchez 1 for 4, solo HR.
Gregorius 2 for 4
Walker 2 for 2, 2 RBI
Drury 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Aguilar 1 for 1.

Severino (W) 5 IP, 3 R,  7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder (H) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Shreve (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Yanks sign 2B Neil Walker to 1 yr. $4MM deal.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This free agent market and the bargains out there are ridiculous.

The Yanks signed veteran 2B Neil Walker to a 1-yr., $4MM deal.

Walker, 32, a switch-hitter, made $17.2 MM last year (took the qualifying offer), and 10.5 MM the year before that. MLB trade rumors had him projected to get a two-year, $20MM deal. The Yanks get him for a year at $4MM? (Plus incentives that could make him more $$).


This Yankees’ lineup is getting downright scary.

Walker has battled some injuries the past two years, but his 162 g. average is .272-20-80 with an OPS+ of 113. In this lineup he could be batting 8th or 9th.

20 HR/80 RBI from a guy hitting 8th or 9th? That reminds me of Scott Brosius in 1998 when he hit .300-19-98, OPS+ 121 batting at the bottom of the lineup, and we all know how good that 1998 team was.

Last year, Walker missed some 45 games but between the Mets and Brewers, hit .265-14-49, OPS+ 111.

Can you imagine a lineup something like Gardner/Judge (batting 2nd because of his AL leading 127 walks and an OBP of .422 last year) Stanton (so Judge and Stanton both bat in the first inning, putting that much pressure on the starting pitcher) Didi (to break up the righty bats) Sanchez, Bird, Hicks, Walker and Drury?


OK, you have an OPS+ of 100 that is average. Here is what the OPS+ was last year, with that lineup, in the order I gave you.

104/171/165/106/126/84 (Bird was hurt most of last year, but was 135 when he came up at the end of 2015 let’s hope it’s that)/ 122/111 and 89. Drury, who hit .267-13-63 is the low guy there at the end.

Let’s repeat that, and give Bird the 135.


100 is league average.


Walker has played for the Pirates (2009-2015), Mets (2016-2017) and Brewers (2017). He has that NY experience with the Mets.

Twice he has popped 20 or more HR in a season. He has one Silver Slugger Award.

It’s a one-year deal, so what it means for Gleyber Torres and/or Tyler Wade remains to be seen. For now, it probably sends them both to the minors and buys more time. SWB should have one killer team this year. How it also affects say, a Thairo Estrada or Abiatal Avelino is to be determined also, not to mention Tyler Austin or Adam Lind if Walker is slated to backup at 1B.

I wonder if some prospects could be moved in a blockbuster for a top-notch pitcher.

Primarily a 2B, Walker has a little experience at 3B and 1B also. Hopefully he does better for the Yanks in the postseason than he did for Pittsburgh. In 8 postseason games, he is 2 for 31.

To clear roster space, the Yanks DFA’d OF Jake Cave, released INF Danny Espinosa and sent INF Kyle Holder down to minor league camp.

Yankees’ advisor Reggie Jackson is scheduled for knee surgery after a fall.


Game 115. Boston blasts Severino, Tanaka to Dl. Montgomery escapes DL. Mets trade another Yanks’ target elsewhere.

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What a bad day for the Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka joins CC on the 10-day DL. For CC, knee. For Tanaka, shoulder inflammation.

…. Seand the Yanks almost had to put Sunday night’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, on the DL himself. He was hit in the head with a BP line drive while signing autographs before today’s game.

The Yanks fell to 61-54, 4 1/2 back of Boston due to a 10-5 loss Saturday afternoon. Luis Severino got rocked, giving up two 3-run HRs to Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

The Yanks started well, getting a 2-run HR in the first by Gary Sanchez (19).

But Boston got five in the third, keyed by Benintendi’s first HR.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth but only got one run. As you readers of mine know, I criticize Girardi for never MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. He doesn’t steal much, doesn’t hit and run, almost never bunts, and never squeezes runs home. He doesn’t play littleball. He doesn’t CREATE RUNS, and this team is having trouble scoring runs lately. It drives me crazy. Bases loaded, no one out and only one run.

Boston got five more in the fifth, keyed by another 3-run HR by Benintendi to go up 10-3.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and Ellsbury (5) in the ninth. 10-5 final.

Aaron Judges’ post All-Star game troubles are a problem. He has dropped 40 points of the batting average. .329 to .289,  W.161-5-12 since winning that HR derby. A curse. Some 43 strikeouts or so in 93 at bats. Strikeouts in his last 29 straight games. We have to get him back on track. As I mentioned, so many strikeouts are LOOKING. Pitch recognition? Aaargh. Swing that bat!

He is so strong. Stay WITH the ball and work on going the other way. He is so strong it will go out to RF.

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were talking to the Mets about Neil Walker. They didn’t like his medicals, so a trade didn’t happen. He was dealt to the Brewers. So a third Yankees trade target from the Mets goes elsewhere. It really looks like the Mets have a thing about trading anyone to the Yankees, even if the Yanks give them a better deal (inferiority complex?). Whatever, I hope the Yanks kick the Mets’ ass this coming week as a result.

Severino (L, 9-5, 3.32) 4 1/3 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gallegos 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.79
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33

I guess we can rule OUT Mitchell for Monday against the Mets (taking Tanaka’s turn).



Game 80. McCann’s walk-off saves Yanks, puts them in first.


Down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 12th, the Yankees got an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a walk-off 3-run HR by Brian McCann (13) to beat Tampa Bay 7-5 last night.

The win, coupled with a Baltimore loss, put the Yanks alone in first place with a 43-37 record. Game 81 today marks the halfway point of the season.

Tampa Bay and Toronto are both two back, Boston seven back.

Masahiro Tanaka had a rough start to the game, giving up two runs only four batters in, but settled in to give up just one more run after that. Not a great outing but ok after a couple of bad ones.

The Yanks however, were trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season, a 3-run shot, tied the game. The homer, #383 of his career, tied Larry Walker on the all-time list.

Tampa Bay scored two in the top of the 12th before the Yanks got four in the bottom half on a  leadoff walk to Gardner, a one-out single by A-Rod, Teix’s RBI single and the McCann walkoff HR.

Tanaka 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 3.94
Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.00
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.11
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.14
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.52
Shreve (W 6-1, 1.87) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 2 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks put Carlos Beltran on the 15-day DL (rib cage) and called up Ramon Flores. They sent back Taylor Dugas and called up Gregorio Petit.

A-Rod is now at 3014 hits, six behind Rafael Palmeiro.

PSU has a new coach. Through Brown…again?!

In 1949, PSU head coach Bob Higgins stepped down as PSU head football coach.

Follow along, now.

In 1947, the “Hig” took PSU to the Cotton Bowl. They had a 13-13 tie in that game against SMU and Doak Walker. There was some controversy in that Cotton Bowl, due to Mel Triplett (who later played for the 1956 NFL Champion Giants) being on that team. Triplett was black.

After the 1948 season (7-1-1), Higgins was forced to retire due to bad health. His son-in-law turned out to be Steve Suhey, a star of that 1947 team.

One of Steve Suhey’s sons turned out to be Matt Suhey, an excellent back on the PSU team that lost the 1979 Sugar Bowl (1978 season) to Alabama, 14-7. Suhey was one (along with Mike Guman) stopped by Alabama in a crucial goal line stand.  Eventually Matt Suhey’s son played at Penn State, marking three generations…

Higgins coached at PSU from 1930-1948. Before that, he had a distinguished football career at PSU Pre and Post-WWI.

There was a one-year interim (Hugo Bedenk) in 1949 between Higgins and Rip Engle.

Engle came from Brown. In doing so when he began the 1950 campaign, he brought along his QB, who had just graduated…a guy named Joe Paterno.

So Engle came from Brown. He then coached PSU from 1950-1965, with JoePa as an assistant.

Then came JoePa, for  what seemed like an eternity. 1966-2011.

For just four games, Tom Bradley took over. A loss to Nebraska the week JoePa was canned. It was a home game. Then, two games on the road…a win at the Horseshoe, Ohio St., and a big loss at Wisc. Then, a loss in a bowl game to Houston.

I feel for Bradley, whose hands were tied. I wish him the best, at PSU or elsewhere. He wanted to be a head coach, but God Forbid, not in these conditions.

So PSU now has a head coach, and where did he graduate from? Brown, the same institution that gave us Engle (coach) and JoePa (graduated from there), not to mention George Paterno (who, as Joe’s brother, broadcast PSU games).

So now we have Bill O’Brien as head coach, who graduated from (let me say it again…) Brown. With  a name like that, you’d think he’d be Kelly’s assistant at ND, wouldn’t you?

But O’Brien has his work cut out for him. I, for one, want to see what he does with PSU’s offense. Bolden, for example, stinks. Look at this year’s bowl game where he was 7 for 26 or so. His comp. pct., even when “platooning” with McGloin (who, because of a locker room scuffle, concussion and seizure, was ineligible for the bowl game), stunk.

PSU’s offense has seemingly (except for 1982 and 1994) been stuck in the caveman era. Maybe their QB should be that GEICO caveman. Good RBs (and I am a PSU grad; those RBs being Mitchell, Harris, Cappy, Suhey, Guman, Warner, Dozier, Enis, McCoo, Thomas…) … but….

I, for one, will be interested in seeing how someone who coached Tom Brady with the Patriots does with a PSU offense.

It could be VERY interesting in that respect.

Oh…. BTW…. O’Brien’s alma mater? Let me repeat that. Brown. So the lineage continues, from O’Brien back to Paterno back to Engle.

Now, I wonder….

JFK Jr. went to …. Brown.

Hmmm….. Had he not died in that plane crash, does that mean that JFK Jr., no football pedigree at all (save for his family’s touch football games), could have been a candidate for the PSU football position? Doubtful of course, and highly unlikely. But….

But if just being a Brown grad qualifies you, it could have been interesting. After all, PSU is in the middle of nowhere.

Hmmm….JFK, Jr. on the coaching staff. The Brown connection. Engle, Paterno, JFK, Jr. Forget O’Brien.

Imagine the sexy girlfriends coming into PSU with JFK Jr. on that coaching staff.

Not to mention Emma Watson from Harry Potter fame, who attends Brown.

Hmm… O’Brien. Too bad he doesn’t have the late JFK Jr. and/or Emma on his staff…

Maybe THAT could be the way to turn PSU around….