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S.T. Game 28. Eovaldi and Headley lead Yanks to 7-0 win.

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When the Yanks traded Martin Prado and David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi, the criticism against the 25 year old was on his 15-35 lifetime record so far. Yes, he threw hard, but….

Maybe pitching coach Larry Rothschild is turning Eovaldi from a hard thrower into a PITCHER. Eovaldi’s strong spring contined as the Yanks #4 starter tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings today in a 7-0 Yankees spring training win.

Hopefully he is a late bloomer and now, with experience, starts to turn it on.

Chase Headley backed him up with three hits, including a HR, and 3 RBI. Headley has been having a great spring.

Today marked A-Rod’s debut at 1B.

It’s too bad Rob Refsnyder needs more work on his defense, (five errors this spring), because the dude can hit. He had two more hits and an RBI today. If I make it to a game SWB plays, either in SWB or against LV (close to my home), I’ll be sure to keep my eye on Refsnyder.

Today’s pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

Whitley one batter and a strikeout.

Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 2 K.

It appears as if Whitley and Rogers will both make the team as the long men.

Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He has a shot at the last bullpen spot.

Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

Moves: The Yanks released Scott Baker. They would like to re-sign him and put him at AAA, but if he gets a major league offer elsewhere….

Jacob Lindgren is coming on fast, but the Yanks don’t want it to be too fast. He was sent down. Probably a good thing, since he has just 19 minor league games and 24 2/3 minor league innings (with 48 K) under his belt. But he’ll be in the Bronx very soon.

Bryan Mitchell and Kyle Davies are also ticketed for AAA.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog.;

Today’s cuts in Yankees camp:

· Optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell and OF Ramon Flores to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

· Reassigned RHP Kyle Davies,  C Francisco Arcia, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, OF Slade Heathcott, C Kyle Higashioka, LHP Jacob Lindgren and RHP Nick Rumbelow to minor league camp.

· Unconditionally released RHP Scott Baker.

S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

 

S.T. Game 19. Warren & Whitley make statements in Yanks’ 11-2 win.

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Adam Warren and Chase Whitley both made statements today as far as the 5th starter job and a long relief job for the Yanks in their 11-2 win on Friday.

Warren pitched 5 innings and gave up just one run. Whitley pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief. While Whitley is still being considered for the fifth starter spot, it is more likely that after today, Warren gained the foothold on fifth starter, and Whitley a foothold on long man out of the bullpen (with Esmiel Rogers, who didn’t fare as well Thursday, being another long man option).

The Yanks scored six in the first inning. Gardner tripled to lead off and then Brendan Ryan, in his first S.T. AB after battling a back injury, doubled. Brian McCann singled in a run, Jose Pirela doubled in two and later Rob Refsnyder hit a 2-run HR. 6-0 Yanks before Adam Warren took the mound.

Later in the game, A-Rod hit a solo shot, his 2nd HR of the spring.

Warren 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

The Yanks are now 11-7-1 for the spring.

 

S.T. Game 15. Eovaldi sharp in Yanks’ 3-2 win.

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So far this spring training, I am encouraged by the pitching but have concerns about the offense.

The Yanks won Sunday afternoon over the Phils, 3-2, as Nathan Eovaldi had a strong outing.

In the first, Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored on a SF by Brian McCann.

The Phillies tied it in the seventh, but the Yanks scored two in the bottom of the inning to go up 3-1.

Chase Headley homered to break the tie, and later in the inning Slade Heathcott singled for what would be the deciding run of the game since the Phillies scored in the eighth.

Heathcott, 24, once a top prospect who has struggled with injuries the past few seasons, is having a strong spring training, hitting .500 so far. He missed almost the entire 2014 season, playing just 9 games for AA Trenton. The lefty-hitting CF has minor league stats which make you think he is a Brett Gardner clone.

The Yanks, now 9-5-1 for the spring, have off on Monday. CC Sabathia pitches in a game for the first time on Tuesday.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chase Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. A good outing for Whitley, who is trying to steal that #5 starter spot or make the team as a spot starter/long man.

David Carpenter 1 IP+, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Wilking Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Doing these posts is fun, and a hobby. Sometimes though, it can be work. When hobbies become work, it’s no fun.

Doing the posts could get sporadic soon. My mom needs major surgery in a few weeks and obviously, she comes first. Between my job, her health, and trying to understand how to handle an estate (if the worst happens), I’m pretty busy and stretched out right now.

So if the posts get sporadic in mid-April, you know why.

 

S.T. Game 9. Yanks lose, 3-1.

Chase Headley went 3 for 3 and C prospect Gary Sanchez hit a HR, but the Yanks managed just two other hits in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.

Also in the day, it was announced that Hideki Matsui was hired by the Yanks to be a special assistant. Great move.

The loss puts the Yanks spring training record at 5-3-1.

The pitching line:

Chase Whitley 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. In and out of trouble.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Brandon Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jose Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

 

 

S.T. Game 3. Yanks edge Pirates, 2-1.

The Yanks got back-to-back doubles from Chris Young and Garrett Jones in the fifth for one run, and OF prospect Tyler Austin homered in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie as the Yankees defeated the Pirates in spring training action, 2-1 on Thursday. I wish it was on TV. I could have watched it since, because of a snow storm and slick roads, I couldn’t make it into work. I got about three miles from my house, and the fishtailing and lack of brakes (yes, I have brakes, but on the slick roads they were worthless) forced me to turn the vehicle around and have to take the day off. I hate that. A “black mark” against my work record. I’m reliable but what can you do? Safety comes first. Jones was 2 for 2 with that RBI. 2B prospect Rob Refsnyder was 2 for 3. One of Refsnyder’s hits was a double. Esmiel Rogers started, 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Chase Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Cesar Vargas 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Fred Lewis 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Taylor Garrison 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. In case you missed it before, 18 year old catching prospect Luis Torrens will miss the entire season after tearing his shoulder.

Update: I see that Alex Johnson, who won a batting championship while with the Angels in 1970, and who briefly was with the Yankees in 1974 and 1975, passed away last Saturday.

Game 161. Yanks, Tanaka beaten, 10-4. Today is Jeter’s finale.

Masahiro Tanaka got knocked out in the second inning and the Yanks were beaten by Boston Saturday, 10-4.

They fell to 83-78 with the loss and into a second-place tie with Toronto heading into the final game of the season.

Of course, today’s game (on TBS) will be Derek Jeter’s final game.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then was knocked out in Boston’s 8-run second inning.

Tanaka 1 2/3 IP, (L, 13-5, 2.77), 7 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 walks, 2 K.

Claiborne 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 h, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.00

Mitchell 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.45.

Whitley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 5.23

Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 (career hit #3464) before being pulled from the game. He DH’d, as he wanted his last game at SS to be at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter ends his career in Fenway on 9/28/14. Mickey Mantle ended his career in Fenway on 9/28/68. Exactly 46 years ago.