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The minors tonight.

AAA: 2-1 win for SWB. Jorge Vazquez with both RBI (.300-12-34). As Posada struggles more and more, I keep wondering when the Yanks show some balls and release Posada. I love Jorge, but let’s face it. .165 is .165. He (and Swisher) right now are KILLING the Yankees. Meanwhile you have a guy raking at AAA and he doesn’t get a call, isn’t on the 40-man roster, raked in spring training… I have to ask you right now, who’d you rather have at DH (and put sentiment aside), Jorge Posada or Jorge Vazquez? Posada has had a great Yankees career. Notice the tense. HAS HAD.

SWB used the bullpen. 3 scoreless for Pendleton (started), 3 from Ryan Pope, 2 from Wordekemper and 1 ip from Whelan (12th save, gave up the run).

AA: 5-3 Trenton win. HR Cody Johnson. 2 hits, 2 RBI Melky Mesa. Igawa 6 IP, 2 R (2-1, 2.96).

High A: 5-3 Tampa win. 3 hits, 3 RBI for Rob Lyerly. Brett Marshall 1 R in 7 IP.

Low A: 6-2 win for Charleston. HR for Gary Sanchez (2). Kyle Roller HR. Six scoreless, 2 H for Zach Nuding (4-2, 3.75).

Update: BBD posts this video of Charleston’s Slade Heathcott (Yanks top pick in 2009 draft) getting plunked and not liking it.

S.T. Game #31. Last Spring Training game is won by Yanks 2-1. Regular season two days away.

From LoHud:

Depending on Curtis Granderson, this could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C

Freddy Garcia P

Soriano, Colon, Prior among pitchers scheduled after Garcia today.

It would be nice for Andruw to get a few hits and alleviate some worries.

It will be Gardner 1, Jeter 2 on Thursday when the Yankees open the season vs. Verlander. It appears that Gardner 1, Jeter 2 vs. righties, Jeter 1, Swisher 2 and Gardner 9 vs. lefties will be the way the Yanks will go. Update: Girardi still mulling lineup vs. righties.

1-1 after 5. Garcia doing well so far. He got out of a bases-loaded, two out jam in the third by getting Miguel Cabrera to line to Cano.

A-Rod got a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd for the Yanks run. Garcia gave up a HR to Brennan Boesch in the 4th for the Tigers’ run.

Garcia went 4 2/3, 1 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 3 K. Luis Ayala got the last out in the 5th. He gave up a double, then got out of a 2nd and 3rd, two out jam.

 Ayala got the first batter in the 6th, then was replaced by Steve Garrison (Ayala 2/3, 0 R 1 H, 0 walks or K). Garrison 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and a K.

Prior for the 7th. Once again, he looks good. 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K (Miguel Cabrera).

LoHud reports that Manny Banuelos was awarded the James P. Dawson Award, which goes to the best rookie in camp.  He actually beat out Ivan Nova, who finished second.

LoHud also reports that Phil Hughes, in getting ready for his start on Sunday (Game 3), went 5 innings at minor league camp today, 1 R.

Bad news being reported at Bronx Baseball Daily. Feliciano could miss all of April. 

Wordekemper gets the first two outs in the 8th, then yields to Soriano. Soriano gets a K.

Game on ESPN. Didn’t know that, but I’ve been busy anyway. Austin Romine leads off the bottom of the 8th with a HR to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Colon in to get work and finish it up. He gets an easy 1-2-3, all weak groundouts.

The 2-1 Yankees win means that they end spring training 13-15-3.

Granderson came through today OK and is optimistic for Thursday’s opening day.

 

S.T. Game 30. Last road game of Spring Training. Minor league pitchers pitch, lose 7-6.

Today is the last road game of Spring Training. There are home games Monday and Tuesday. The Yanks will workout at the Stadium on Wednesday, then the season opener (weather permitting) is Thursday afternoon.

In getting the rotation ready, mostly minor league pitchers will pitch today. The starter is Buddy Carlyle.

 

Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Ramiro Pena LF
Jesus Montero C
Austin Krum CF

RHP Buddy Carlyle

Ramiro Pena in LF. Interesting. Same concept as Nunez. Increase their versatility.  Interesting that he’s hitting 7th, and Montero 8th.

LoHud reports that Feliciano was supposed to throw today & didn’t. It’s almost certain that he’ll start the year on the DL and that it appears that Steve Garrison will take his spot in the bullpen. Meanwhile, LoHud also reports that something is up with Romulo Sanchez, perhaps a trade. Rule 5 pick Lance Pendleton was returned to the Yankees by Houston.

As you might expect with Carlyle pitching, he gets hammered. He also gets no help from CF Krum, who makes two errors. 1 1/3, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 walks or K, 1 HR. Garrison replaced him, 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1 HR given up. More minor leaguers. Josh Schmidt. 2/3 of an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, a K. Wilkins Arias, 1/3 so far.

6-1 Twins, top of the 5th. The Yanks got their run on a Cano HR.    

Yanks get 3 in the 5th, two on a Teixeira double, the other on a SF by Molina. The Twins get one back in the 5th to go up 7-4. Doug Bernier singles in a run in the 6th. Austin Romine HR’s in the 8th. 7-6 Twins after 7 1/2.

Arias went 1/3. 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Francisco Gil replaced him. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Andy Sisco 1 IP, 0 R, 0 walks, 1 K. Eric Wordekemper, 2/3, groundout and K. Pat Venditte in. Venditte walked a batter, got a groundout 1/3 IP.

Nothing for the Yanks in the 9th. They lose 7-6. Record? 12-15-3.

 

 

S.T. Game #18. Garcia lit up, Mo is, well…the great Rivera. 2 errors lead to 5 unearned runs in 9-2 Yanks’ loss.

I’ll be putting game notes here. As I remarked on the previous post, this has more of a feel of a regular game. Regular lineup, and all the pitchers are guys expected to be on the team going north.

Later today, I’ll be checking out PSU men’s basketball. I don’t expect them to beat Ohio St. for the Big 10 title, but I’m hopeful that just getting there gets the Nittany Lions off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. Then, of course, to check out the seedings. It’s March Madness time!

Reports are that Mitchell Page died in his sleep at age 59. Page had a great rookie year for the A’s in 1977, .307-21-75, 42 SB, OPS+ 154. 2nd in ROY. Hit .285-17-70, 23 SB and 134 OPS+ in 1978. After the great start, his career then fizzled out.    

Not a good day for Freddie Garcia. Just 2 2/3 IP. 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, a HBP, 3 K. Eric Wordekemper came in and got the last out. 

A-Rod had a HR in the 2nd.  4-1 Twins after 2 1/2.

Ouch. I’m not a Wordekemper fan, but an error by Jeter leads to four unearned runs. 1st and 3rd, two out, E-6 followed by a three-run HR. 8-1 Twins after 3. Not good. Wordekemper 1 1/3, 4 Runs, all unearned, but a 3-run HR given up, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 K.

Soriano in. Scoreless inning, one hit.

No more Robert “Dead” Fish. KC claimed the Rule Fiver off waivers from the Yanks. 

Mariano gets in for the sixth. His first S.T. game.  41 years old? Bah… The Rivera we know and love. 1-2-3 and all strikeouts.

David Robertson a 1-2-3 7th, with a K. Still 8-1 Twins, after 7.

Kevin Russo got a SF in the 8th.

Andrew Brackman 1 2/3. 1 R, unearned. 2 H, 2 walks, 1 K. Ryan Pope with the last out.

Yanks lose 9-2. Now 6-10-2.

Only good news? The work of Soriano, Rivera and Robertson.

Postgame cuts: Brewer (who made the error in the 9th), Suttle and Krum. Turpen (Rule 5) cleared waivers, returned to Boston.

S.T. Game #15. Hughes shaky, Yanks lose 6-2.

The Yanks have a split-squad today. For the sake of clarity, this game the one at home vs. the Braves, with Phil Hughes starting, will be S.T. Game #15.

With both games afternoon games and running concurrently, updates will be slow. I’ll try to update each as I can but please be patient.   

One thing that’s interesting. After losing out on Lee, many wanted the Yanks to rush into a free agent signing or a deal. Now, some pitchers were already off the board when Lee made up his mind. I’m trying to recall if Jon Garland was one of them or not. Anyway, it’s interesting to see that Garland is now hurt. Out 4-6 weeks. This after Zach Greinke (who many wanted the Yanks to trade for, social anxiety disorder & ability to cope with NY be damned) broke a rib two weeks ago. Just goes to show… then you think about what could have been. Beltran is hurt (and yes, I advocated the Yanks get Beltran; the alternative at the time was Randy Johnson. Beltran would have helped short term better than the Big Unit did, but long-term, neither would have turned out well, would they?) and look at Santana, for whom Yankee fans were willing to give up some kind of package involving Hughes, Cano or Joba.

Checking out Twitter. Here’s the morning tweets:

Buster Olney: Some rival evaluators have red-flagged D. Matsuzaka, clocked at 87-90 today. They wonder if he’s just slowly building arm strength. Or not.

Another from Olney: The perception of Francisco Liriano’s spring problems this year, from one club official: “He just can’t seem to get the ball down right now.”

Jon Heyman tweets that Juan Miranda (yes, THAT Juan Miranda) appears to be winning Arizona’s 1B job.

Jeter SS
Jones LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Nunez 2B
Romine C
Maxwell RF
Krum CF

Hughes RHP

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Addison Maruszak, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Carmen Angelini, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Ray Kruml, CF none, RF none, DH Brett Gardner

In the bullpen: Rafael Soriano, Steve Garrison, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano, Eric Wordekemper, Andrew Brackman, Hector Noesi and Luis Ayala. My guess is that everyone listed after Feliciano is a backup today.

Hughes goes 4, not terrible, not great, in & out of trouble. 4 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K, gives up HR. He gave up hits to each of the first three batters he faced (double, bunt single, single). Eduardo Nunez made an interference error. Soriano replaced Hughes in the 5th. 1-2-3 with 2 K. Jorge Posada with a Solo HR. After 4 1/2, Braves up 2-1.

One thing to remember about Hughes. It seems as if he’s been around forever, and maybe expectations are very high, but it worth it to remember that he hasn’t turned 25 yet (and won’t until late June).    

Joba a scoreless 6th, gave up 2 Hits, got one K. A-Rod had an RBI forceout. Tied after 6.Joba a scoreless 6th, gave up 2 Hits, got one K. A-Rod had an RBI forceout. Tied after 6.\

Steve Garrison gave up 4 runs in the 7th. 1 IP, 4R, 5 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Eric Wordekemper and Luis Ayala had scoreless innings but the Yanks lost 6-2. 

Cuts should be coming this weekend. Once cuts are made, and the regulars get more time (heck, Mo hasn’t pitched yet! He’ll get his first action on Sunday) then I’ll get more concerned about wins and losses. Right now, I’m more concerned with individual performance. 

This drops the Yanks to 6-7-2 and they are losing the other game. See next post. 

S.T. Game #14. CC & Halladay put on a show but Rule 5 pitching, error cost Yanks, 7-0.

The game may be in question for it is raining in FLA. We’ll see if it lets up by this afternoon. Rafael Belliard finally gets some action after his calf injury.

Brett Gardner LF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jesus Montero DH
Ronnie Belliard 3B
Ramiro Pena SS

CC Sabathia P

Colin Curtis got his diagnosis: Partially dislocated shoulder.

The Lower Hudson Journal reports today’s subs:

Available in the bullpen: Dave Robertson, Mark Prior, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Romulo Sanchez, David Phelps, Robert Fish and Daniel Turpen.

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Brandon Laird, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Bradley Suttle, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Austin Romine

Ugh. MLBTR reports that one talent evaluator has Carl “The American Idle” Pavano as the best pitcher so far this spring. Meanwhile, Phils Mgr. Charlie Manuel got a 2-year extension through 2013.

Yanks take on the Phils this afternoon. CC vs. Halladay.

One tweet states that the Braves’ minor league coach struck by a ball this week could lose his left eye. Let’s hope not. He has multiple facial fractures.

Another tweet: All 3 officials from the RU-St. John’s game yest have voluntarily withdrawn from rest of Big East Tournament-not surprised. If you didn’t see/read/hear about it, that officiating in the last few seconds was completely inexcusable.

Last tweet for now: From Sweeny Murti of WFAN: Yogi Berra tripped in clubhouse, fell backward. He’s ok but taken to hospital as precaution. Another scare, thankfully ok. (You have to remember, Yogi turns 86 in May). :

Yogi update: feeling fine, resting comfortably, hoping to be released later today.

Two innings down and just what you’d expect from CC/Halladay. Only one baserunner (Victorino single) and he was doubled up on a lineout.  

Four down and scoreless. That’s probably it for CC. 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Yanks have 2 hits off Halladay. Halladay pitched a 1-2-3 fifth.

I didn’t think CC would go five (or Halladay, for that matter) but after four innings, both pitchers are putting on a clinic. I think after four innings, each had thrown just 15 or 16 pitches or so. CC has a 1-2-3 5th. 5 IP, 0 R, 3H, no walks and 2 K. Both he and Halladay have thrown just 20-25 pitches each. 

Wow. Halladay is back out there for the 6th. Kind of early for him to go so deep, but after 5 2/3, he’s only thrown 22 pitches. Yanks get a couple hits in the sixth, but with 2 out, 2nd and 3rd, Posada strikes out. Halladay, 6 IP, 25 pitches. Still scoreless.  

No sixth for CC. Robertson in.

Hopefully nothing is wrong with Robertson. He gave up a first-pitch triple, then was pulled for Rule 5 player, Robert Fish. Fish gives up a walk, SB. SF. 1-0 Phils.

…and Fish shows why he’s a Rule 5 player. After the SF, a double for a run, single. With 1st and 3rd, a pickoff for out #2, but then he gives up a 2-run HR. Gets out of it with a K. Fish’s spring ERA? 10.38. It is safe to presume the Yanks will be giving him back.  4-0 Phils.     

Robertson 0 IP (one batter) 1R, 1 hit (triple), 0 walks or K.
Fish 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K, gave up HR.

Dan Turpen, another Rule 5, for the 7th, replacing (Dead) Fish. Hey, given the way Fish pitched, it’s appropriate; he stunk.

Turpen pitched a scoreless inning. No hits, 1 walk, 1 K.

Mark Prior for the 8th, and Prior’s numbers aren’t helped by a two-out, two-base, let two runs in error by CF Justin Maxwell. Prior does get 2 K, but 2 walks, a double, a double steal and that E-8 let in 3 R, 1 ER. Phils 7-0. Wordekemper in to try and finish the inning. Wordekemper throws a WP, but gets the out.  

Prior 2/3 IP, 3R, 1ER, 1H, 2 walks, 2 K.   

Here is an example of why I’m not worried about Fish’s or Turpen’s performances:  If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team’s 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price.

Really, Fish and Turpen had no chance of making the club to start with, much less staying on the 25-man all season.

Yanks get just 4 hits in a 7-0 loss. Now 6-6-2 for spring training.

Good news to take out of it—CC was superb.  

 

 

S.T. Game #9. Hughes struggles. Yanks, Astros combine for 38 hits in Yanks 10-8 win.

LIneup, via LoHud:

Derek Jeter SS
Russell Martin C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Eric Chavez DH
Colin Curtis RF
Greg Golson CF

Phil Hughes, P

The Yanks have a split squad tomorrow, then another on Friday. LoHud gives the upcoming rotation, as well as the backups for today.

Upcoming rotation:

Monday: A.J. Burnett (home), Sergio Mitre (road)
Tuesday: Freddy Garcia
Wednesday: Bartolo Colon
Thursday: CC Sabathia
Friday: Phil Hughes (home), Ivan Nova (road)
Saturday: A.J. Burnett
Sunday: Sergio Mitre
Monday: Freddy Garcia
Tuesday: CC Sabathia (sim game on an off day)

Today’s available pitchers: Phil Hughes, Steve Garrison, Brian Anderson, Eric Wordekemper, David Phelps, Hector Noesi, Andy Sisco, D.J. Mitchell and Adam Warren.

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brad Suttle, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Austin Krum, RF Daniel Brewer, DH Justin Maxwell

A couple prospects (in bold) get to show their stuff today. 

For all those wanting to write in the Phils for 110 or more wins (and believe me, I’ve heard it), there may be some trouble in paradise. Their top prospect, OF Domonic Brown, started S.T. 0 for 15 with 9 strikeouts and know is out with a broken hammate bone in his right hand. Meanwhile, 2B Chase Utley hasn’t played at all yet due to patellar tendonitis. He just received a cortisone shot.

Updates: Hughes has the same second outing blues that CC had. 3 IP, 3 R (2 HR), 5 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Yanks got back to back doubles by Cano and Andruw Jones, Jones later scored on a SF. After 3, Yanks down 3-2 to Houston.

Steve Garrison goes 3, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. A long-shot to make team. A-Rod hit 2-run HR in 5th. Golson a solo shot in 6th. Brad Suttle RBI single in 6th. In 7th, Singles by scrubs Parraz and Maxwell, double(?) by Brewer but Parraz thrown out at home. Austin Krum SF and a Nunez double plate two more. 8-4 Yanks after 6 1/2. Brian Anderson in to pitch.

Here is an example of why you can’t take S.T. wins and losses too seriously. Anderson is an ex-MLB OF, trying to make it back as a pitcher. He didn’t do well in his prior spring training outing and failed again today. 2/3 of an inning. 3 R on 5 hits. No walks or K’s. It’s why you have to look past the score to see the real story of the spring training games. Eric Wordekemper had to get the last out in the 7th. After 7, 8-7 Yankees.

Dave Phelps gives up the tying run on a walk and 2 doubles. It would have been worse, but after the walk, he picked the runner off. 8-8 going into the 9th. 

Of course, just Spring Training, and we haven’t seen Soriano and/or Rivera yet.

‎3 singles and an error give the Yanks two runs in the top of the 9th. 10-8 Yankees. Going into the bottom of the 9th, there have been 36 hits in this game, 21 by the Yankees.

Interesting ending. Dave Phelps (2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 2 K) got a ground out, then gave up back-to-back singles. Then he committed a balk. 2nd and 3rd. One out. Tying run on second. He rebounded with two strikeouts to end the game. The last batter? Koby Clemens, Roger’s boy. 38 hits in the game. 21 for the Yankees. Yanks win 10-8, now 3-5-1 in S.T. ; Tomorrow there are two games. Split squads.