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Yankees 1, Braves 3: Gary’s Dinger Not Enough

Gary Sánchez hit a line drive home run off ex-Yankees RHP Arodys Vizcaíno, but it was not enough to push the Yankees to victory over the Atlanta Braves Friday in Kissimmee.

Sánchez’s second dinger of the spring came in the sixth inning, as the Yankee backstop managed to tie the game with one swing. It was his second hit of the game after he led off the fourth inning with a single to center field.

The seventh inning doomed the Yankees to defeat. Preston Tucker singled against David Hale, then Charlie Culberson singled to move Tucker to second base. Next, Carlos Franco doubled to right field, where Billy McKinney had an adventure fielding the ball. McKinney ended up committing a fielding and throwing error on the play, allowing two runs to score.

Those runs ended up making the decisive difference in the game. Only one of those runs was charged to Hale as earned.

Offensive Notes:

  • Greg Bird really struggled tonight. He struck out three times in four at-bats, leaving seven men on-base. His Spring Training average dropped below .100 after this game. Spring stats obviously mean very little, but it would be important for the Yankees to get Bird going. “I think he is a middle-of-the-order hitter on a championship team. When we see him healthy and at his best, he will be a guy who will be a real option to hit in the middle of our order,’’ Aaron Boone said to George A. King III in late February.
  • Other than Aaron Hicks‘ bloop single, Gary Sánchez provided the Yankee offense tonight with his solo home run and single. “Gary, for me, he’s one of the most gifted hitters I’ve played with, and I’ve played with some pretty decent ones, as you know,” said Brett Gardner to Coley Harvey, who now covers the Yankees for ESPN. Sánchez just renewed his contract for $620,400 in 2018 since he is still a pre-arbitration player.

Pitching Notes:

  • Sonny Gray was fantastic on the mound in his 3⅔ innings of work. He struck out three, walked one and only allowed one hit.
  • Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder each contributed one scoreless inning of work tonight. Each pitcher struck out two batters. Both are looking to make the Opening Day roster in the front end of the bullpen.
  • The Yankees were bested tonight by a product of their own organization. Anyelo Gómez, who was credited with the win, was selected by the Braves out of the Yankees organization in the Rule 5 draft. Roster Resource projects him to stick with the Braves in the front end of their bullpen. If he does not, the Braves must return him to the Yankees.

Tomorrow’s Game:

The Yankees welcome the Mets into Steinbrenner Field for another Subway Series preview game. The Yankees won the first edition in Port St. Lucie, and send Luis Cessa to the mound Saturday against Matt Harvey. Cessa had been scheduled to start March 7 at the Mets, but had been scratched for Domingo Germán because of a stiff neck.

Game 14: Off to Disney World

No TV, just radio tonight.

The Yankees bring their team (minus nine players) to Kissimmee tonight, taking on the Atlanta Braves inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Champion Stadium hosts a matchup between big league righties Sonny Gray and Julio Teherán.

The team continues to look at Billy McKinney, as he starts in right field tonight after his go-ahead grand slam against the Mets Wednesday. Fellow 40-man outfielder Jake Cave gets the start in left field. Gleyber Torres starts at second base, while Miguel Andújar continues his quest for the third base job.

The Yankees list RHP Jonathan Holder, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Tommy Kahnle, RHP J.P. Feyereisen and RHP David Hale as probable relievers against the Braves.

Braves Lineup:

  1. Ender Inciarte – CF
  2. Charlie Culberson – SS
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Tyler Flowers – C
  5. Nick Markakis – RF
  6. Ryan Schimpf – 3B
  7. Christian Colón – 2B
  8. Preston Tucker – LF
  9. Lane Adams – DH

Phillies 3, Yankees 4: Miguel’s Magic

The first walk-off of the year!

With two strikes and two outs against him in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, Miguel Andújar came up huge against the Philadelphia Phillies. His walkoff solo home run propelled the Yankees to their fourth straight spring victory Monday night in Tampa.

Andújar is in the thick of the intense infield competition for the Yankees. He came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and immediately roped a double that knocked in his main competition at third base, Brandon Drury. That hit tied the game. Then, after Gleyber Torres and Mark Payton were unable to connect against Ranger Suárez of the Phillies, Andújar lined a 2-2 pitch out to left for a game-winner.

Sonny Gray started the game in excellent shape. He worked around two singles to throw two innings of shutout ball, striking out two. Things began to unravel once Chance Adams came in to relieve Gray. Shoddy control allowed Carlos Santana to drive in a leadoff walk with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Ben Heller took over after a scoreless inning from Jonathan Holder. He eventually walked the bases loaded with one out, and then hit Phillies’ catcher Jorge Alfaro to force in a run.

The Yankees answered in the bottom of that frame. Drury walked, Billy McKinney reached on a fielding error by first baseman Matt McBride, then Tyler Wade knocked Drury in to cut the deficit to 2-to-1. Andújar’s double in the seventh tied the game.

Another Yankees run came in the eighth. Erik Kratz and Tyler Austin walked, then designated hitter Jorge Saez (pinch-hitting for Giancarlo Stanton) singled Kratz in to give the Yankees a 3-to-2 lead. Austin was thrown out trying to score by left fielder Jesmuel Valentin.

Cody Carroll was tasked with getting the last three outs, but he was unable to without squandering the lead. He got the first two outs, but Scott Kingery deposited a solo home run out to right field to tie the game again at 3.

Andújar took care of the Phillies from that point, going from two strikes and two outs to the first walk-off hero of this young season.

Tomorrow, the Yankees take a trip west to take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium tomorrow at 1:07 p.m. Chad Green will get the start coming off an incredible season out of the bullpen. His counterpart will be RHP Marco Estrada.

Yankees 4, Pirates 1: McKinney Wins It

The outfielder-turned-first-baseman hits the Yankees’ first homer at a perfect moment.

Billy McKinney gets a big moment under his belt early in Spring Training by belting a go-ahead three-run home run to win the Yankees’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Bombers opened scoring in the fourth with clutch hitting from an unlikely source: non-roster catcher Erik Kratz. Danny Espinosa and Ronald Torreyes walked, then Kratz singled to right field to score Espinosa for a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates responded with a monstrous solo home run by Gregory Polanco in the fifth inning off right-hander Dillon Tate. That was the extent of the Pirates on the board, however, as their other six hits amounted to nothing.

The score remained knotted at one until the ninth. Jace Peterson walked, Miguel Andújar singled and then McKinney launched his first homer (and the Yankees’ first homer) of the Spring out to right field.

Jonathan Holder pitched around a 1-out double by Cole Tucker in the bottom half of the frame to secure the Yankees’ second victory of the spring.

Next up: the Philadelphia Phillies at their complex in Clearwater.

Game 2: Off to Bradenton

It’s a very different looking Yankees lineup today as the team heads to Bradenton, Fla., to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Field.

Domingo Germán gets the start, looking to put himself on the map as a long-relief or sixth starter option for the team. He appeared in seven games last season, pitching to a 3.14 ERA (3.44 FIP) and an 11.3 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Combined between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he had an 8-6 record, 2.88 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts-per-nine rate.

Scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Adam Warren, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Jonathan Holder and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.

Only one of today’s starting position players started yesterday, and that is left fielder Clint Frazier. He moves from batting ninth to batting in the cleanup spot. Brandon Drury also makes his Yankees’ debut today after being acquired Tuesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks. No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial gets the start in center field after pinch-running yesterday.

They go up against righty Nick Kingham of the Pirates. He split 2017 between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis, pitching to a 3.95 ERA and a 7.1 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Kingham has yet to crack the big leagues.

Pirates Lineup:

  1. Josh Harrison – 2B
  2. Gregory Polanco – RF
  3. Starling Marte – CF
  4. David Freese – 3B
  5. Jordy Mercer – SS
  6. Sean Rodriguez – LF
  7. Bryce Brentz – DH
  8. Eric Wood – 1B
  9. Ryan Lavarnway – C

Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Yanks Avoid Bullpen Collapse, Take Series Opener

What looked like a sure win for the Yankees turned dicey once Jordan Montgomery handed it over to the Yankee bullpen.

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Montgomery turned in one of his best starts of the year, allowing just one run on a Todd Frazier solo home run. He allowed just four other hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. The bullpen had a tough time keeping it together after that.

The Yankee offense scored at least six runs for the second consecutive day. Tyler Austin recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth. Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine each hit sacrifice flies too, in the fourth and sixth, respectively. Chase Headley added an RBI single on his 3-for-4 night.

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Jonathan Holder entered in the eighth, and looked to be out of the inning on a double play ball. But, second baseman Rob Refsnyder, who entered when Starlin Castro was injured, pulled Austin off first base with his throw. Joe Girardi then brought Dellin Betances to strike out Frazier and put out the fire.

In the ninth, things unraveled to make the final frame quite uncomfortable. Chasen Shreve allowed consecutive singles, and then Tim Anderson hit a three-run home run to make it a 6 to 4 game. Enter Aroldis Chapman. The closer gave up a single to Melky Cabrera who scored on a double by José Abreu. But, Chapman beared down to get a ground out and fly out to end the threat.

Castro went down in the third inning with what was diagnosed as a strained right hamstring. Reports indicate that he will be headed to the disabled list, and the Yankees will promote utility player Tyler Wade to take his place. Wade, the Yankees No. 11 prospect, has been training at every position except for catcher and first base for the Yankees. The club has not confirmed the move yet.

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The move has caused a ripple effect through the Yankee farm system. No. 4 prospect Jorge Mateo was promoted to AA Trenton to replace Abiatal Avelino, who is headed to AAA Scranton to replace Wade.

Rangers 8, Yankees 1: No Offense + Bad Clippard = Loss

The Yankee offense pulled off another disappearing act, as they dropped the middle game to the Texas Rangers by a score of 8 to 1.

The Bombers were held to just an Aaron Judge solo home run (his 26th, tying Bobby Murcer for second most by a Yankee rookie) by Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The 32-year-old rookie allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three in his impressive seven innings. Alex Claudio and Keone Kela completed the last two innings without allowing a baserunner. No Yankee player recorded multiple hits.

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The same could not be said for Luis Cessa. He allowed three runs in his five innings of work. Elvis Andrus had an RBI single in the first, and Carlos Gómez launched his 10th home run of the year in the fourth inning.

Judge’s homer came in the sixth, but Jonathan Holder allowed the deficit to grow by giving up a solo shot to Robinson Chirinos. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb made his major league debut in the seventh, retiring all four batters he faced. He got his first career strikeout of Rougned Odor.

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Everything unraveled in the top of the ninth when Joe Girardi called on struggling righty Tyler Clippard. He allowed four runs: one on a wild pitch, two on a Shin-Soo Choo double into the right field gap and one more on another RBI single for Andrus. He was booed at many points during the inning, and cheered derisively after striking out Adrián Beltré to finish it out. Clippard now has a 23.57 ERA since the west coast trip.

On a more positive note, tomorrow is Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by the game between former Yankee greats.

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Yankees 6, Athletics 7: Walks Haunt Bombers

Yankees pitchers allowed seven walks to the A’s tonight as the Bombers dropped their fourth straight game to Oakland.

Jonathan Holder could not keep the Yankees ahead as he allowed Matt Chapman‘s first big-league hit to put the A’s ahead for good. Holder walked two batters in that inning. Four of the Athletics’ seven runs were walks that came around to score.

“I still believe in these guys. They’re not always going to be perfect,” manager Joe Girardi said about his bullpen. “They’re going to have their ups and downs and right now, we’re in a little downturn. But, that will turn back up and they’ll be really good again.”

Luis Severino did not have his best stuff, but he managed to keep the Yankees in the game. He gave up four earned runs through six innings of work. A’s starter Sean Manaea allowed five runs through six innings.

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Down 4-0, the Yankees stormed back into the game with a three-run home run by Aaron Judge. Recently recalled outfielder Mason Williams made his presence known as he tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth. The Yankees went ahead on a Chris Carter solo shot, and then added their sixth run on a Starlin Castro RBI single.

Chad Pinder drove in Rajai Davis with a sacrifice fly in the 7th, and that set the stage for Chapman to drive in the eventual game-winning run off Holder in the eighth. Santiago Casilla navigated around a walk to Judge to strike out the side in the ninth.

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Positive news for the Yankees comes as lefty closer Aroldis Chapman will rejoin the team on Sunday. The bullpen clearly needs help, and a dominating pitcher like Chapman is the perfect reinforcement. The Cuban started today for AA Trenton, and allowed an unearned run on no hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He only threw 20 pitches, but somehow managed to notch two wild pitches in that frame.

Sloppy Baseball Sinks Yankees in Baltimore

The Baltimore Orioles snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Yankees today.

Jordan Montgomery simply did not have his best stuff, and some poor execution by the Yankees ultimately proved too much to counter. Montgomery got into too many 3-ball counts, yet only walked one batter. Trouble began immediately as Mark Trumbo rapped an RBI single into left field to give the O’s an immediate 1-0 lead.

That lead did not last very long, as the Yankees struck back in the following frame. Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch leading off, then alertly moved to second on a deep fly out from Aaron Judge. He moved to third on an infield single by Didi Gregorius, though he missed third base coach Joe Espada‘s violently windmilling arm telling him to score. That mistake was absolved three pitches later when Aaron Hicks drove him in on a sacrifice fly.

Starlin Castro was again involved in the action when he misplayed a Mark Trumbo ground ball in the bottom of the third. Trey Mancini singled two batters later, then Jonathan Schoop knocked them both in with a line drive into the right field corner to make the score 3-1. Both of those runs were charged to Montgomery as unearned runs.

The Yankees pulled closer in the seventh inning when Aaron Judge homered for the second straight day. Today, it was a laser beam to center field that traveled 431 feet, per Statcast.

All of the scoring came against the starting pitchers. Both bullpens locked the game down, and the Yankees’ Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve performed extremely well in extended outings. Each struck out three batters, and only allowed one baserunner (Shreve walked Trumbo in the 7th).

Chase Headley recorded a hit in his first game back in the lineup after being given the weekend off to clear his head. Another Yankee remains mired in a terrible slump in the form of Chris Carter. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts today, and drops to two for his last 27. It’s unclear whether or not the Yankees will bench Carter like they did Headley. Other first base options for the Yankees are Chase Headley sliding across the diamond, Matt Holliday or Rob Refsnyder.

Girardi told reporters that he hoped the rehabing Tyler Austin would get at least 50 minor league at-bats because he missed all of Spring Training with his foot fracture. Austin is slashing .400/.500/.650 in five games at AA Trenton and two games at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Opening Day first baseman, Greg Bird, is expected to start his rehab games with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees at some point this week.

Tanaka Steps Up, Offense Disappears in 4-1 Loss

Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka was up the challenge, but was ultimately handed a loss after poor defense and a quirky official scoring rule squandered his impressive performance.

Tanaka set a career high by striking out 13 batters over 7.1 innings, but left after allowing a single in the eighth inning. Tyler Clippard then allowed that runner to get to third after an errant pickoff throw. He then induced Rajai Davis to ground into a fielders choice to Chase Headley, who threw Adam Rosales out at the plate on a throw to Austin Romine. A strange quirk in official scoring rules then made Davis Tanaka’s responsibility, and he came around to score on a Jed Lowrie. Khris Davis then reached on an infield single after Clippard’s wild pitch moved runners to second and third.

That 2-0 score held until Jonathan Holder took over to pitch the top of the ninth. A leadoff single by Trevor Plouffe was followed up by a long home run by Stephen Vogt. The Yankees were able to get the bases loaded against A’s closer Santiago Casilla in the bottom of the ninth, but only managed to push across one run on a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly.

The Yankees get their first shot at revenge tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. CC Sabathia starts tomorrow against A’s righty Jharel Cotton.