Spring Training Game 18 Quick Recap: PHI 7 NYY 3

Bracket’s garbage.  Hungover as hell.  Hal is out running his trap to his newspaper mouthpieces again.  And the Yanks lost to the Phillies last night.  Not a good morning at all.

Game Notes:

Esmil Rogers got the start and he didn’t help his cause any in the competition for the 5th starter, assuming he actually had a chance to win the job.  He gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk in 3.1 innings and struck out 3.

– Rogers was followed by David Carpenter and Tyler Webb, and they each tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.  Carptenter walked 2 while Webb struck out 2.  Is it wrong if I say I haven’t been impressed by Carpenter so far?  Because I haven’t.

– There wasn’t much to talk about on the offensive side of the box score.  Chase Headley went 1-3 with his second home run of the spring, Stephen Drew doubled, drove in a run, and drew a walk in 3 trips, and Carlos Beltran had a ribbie single.  …

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Spring Training Game 17 Quick Recap: NYY 12 ATL 5

Masahiro Tanaka

Courtesy of the AP

It was the second spring start for Masahiro Tanaka last night, and it went even better than the first.  3.2 innings of scoreless, walkless ball and a whole heaping helping of run support against an Atlanta Braves team sporting more former Yankees than Old Timers’ Day.  Only thing that would have made this game better would have been the game actually counting.

Game Notes:

– Tanaka’s full line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  He looks great, like he never missed a beat.  In a spring that’s been littered with major starting pitching injuries, it would be pretty sweet if Tanaka was the exception and stayed healthy all year.

Andrew Bailey made his 2015 debut, his first game appearance since July of 2013 actually, and looked about how you’d expect for a guy who hasn’t pitched in that long.  He gave up a few hits, an unearned run, and was wild with his offspeed stuff despite sitting low 90s on the radar gun.…

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Spring Training Game 16 Recap: TOR 4 NYY 2

CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez

Just a couple of old farts out there playing ball. Courtesy of the AP

So big news, gang.  I finally got to watch my first televised Yankee baseball of 2015 last night!  The girlfriend and I ran out to a bar to get takeout Reubens for dinner and the bar happened to have MLB Network on a few TVs.  It wasn’t much.  I basically got to watch the last few batters of the bottom of the 2nd and Dellin Betances give up that triple to Reyes, but it was still baseball and I’m counting it.

As for the game itself, it was chock full of storylines.  The biggest and most important was the return of CC Sabathia, but that was far from the only one.  Al from Miami was back at the hot corner and batting second as Joe continues to see what he can get out of Al in a variety of different scenarios.  While the rest of the starting lineup was in action, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury were not, and we later found out that Ellsbury’s absence was due to the mildest ab strain in the history of human existence.…

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Spring Training Game 11 Recap: NYY 3 ATL 2

Tanaka ST 2015 Debut

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With all due respect to my main man A-Rod, last night’s game was the infinitely more important ST debut in terms of impact on the team’s success.  Masahiro Tanaka was the man making his debut, and unlike a greater-than-zero percentage of the Yankee fanbase I was not worried about him at all.  I was looking forward to seeing him pitch again.  Just the thought of him pitching was giving me goosebumps when I was following the game online last night.  And he did not disappoint.  Tanaka looked very good in his 2 innings of work, highlighting another 1-run Yankee victory.

Game Notes:

– Tanaka’s line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4 GB outs.  He retired the 6 batters he faced in order and did it on 19 pitches (15 strikes).  He was so efficient that he didn’t even reach his pitch count in game action and finished his scheduled work in the bullpen.  …

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Spring Training Game 9 Recap: BAL 3 NYY 1

Aaron Judge

This dive started on the warning track. True story. Courtesy of the AP

In the first of what is hopefully not many starts for the Major League club this year, Chase Whitley took the ball to start this afternoon’s Spring Training square-off with the Baltimore Orioles.  Whitley’s one of the guys who is stretched out to work multiple innings early while guys like Tanaka and CC work at a slower pace, and that’s why he got the nod.  He turned in a perfectly Whitley-esque 3-inning outing and got a lot of strong relief innings from a pretty solid group of scheduled bullpen guys.  But the offense didn’t generate much and the Yanks racked up another meaningless L in the ST W-L column.

Game Notes:

– Whitley’s 3 innings came with 2 hits and 3 walks, but ultimately no runs.  He successfully worked out of the trouble he created for himself and there’s something to be said for that.  Definitely needs to sharpen up the command though.  …

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Spring Training Game 8 Recap: NYY 4 TB 3

Alex Rodriguez

In a word, luscious. Courtesy of the AP

This afternoon’s contest between the Yankees and the Rays brought the opening week of Spring Training game action to a close, and I think it’s fair to say it was a pretty positive first week for the Yanks.  All the guys that matter came through healthy, the starting pitching was pretty good, a lot of young players got to contribute in limited action, and Alex Rodriguez made headlines for his play on the field and his good health, not for corrupting the youth of America or doing/saying things that unnamed sources said unnamed front office members didn’t like.

Today’s game was the 2015 debut for Michael Pineda, and expectations are high for Big Mike this year.  He showed everybody what he’s capable of in his few starts, now the Yankees need him to put together a full, healthy season of that or something like it.  He looked pretty damn good in his first outing today, with following fellow rotation member Nathan Eovaldi looking even better in relief of him.  …

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Spring Training Game 3 Quick Recap: NYY 2 PIT 1

It was a change of Pennsylvania opponent for the Yankees in their third game of the young Spring Training season this afternoon, and that change brought them their first win of 2015.  Not much to this one really.  Here are the important things:

– Starter Esmil Rogers threw 2 scoreless innings, giving up 1 hit and striking 1 out.  I know a lot of people aren’t high on him, but I could see the Yankees trying to use him in an Alfredo Aceves/Cory Wade-type of role as an emergency starter/low-leverage longman.  If they start the season with him in that spot and he doesn’t deliver in 10-15 innings, cut him.

Chase Whitley followed Rogers with 2 shutout innings of his own, but the standout pitching performance of the day belonged to righty relief prospect Nick Rumbelow.  He struck out the side in the 8th inning, showing off the stuff that brought him from A-ball to SWB last year.…

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Spring Training Game 2 Recap: PHI 3 NYY 1

Alex Rodriguez

Just one of the boys. Courtesy of the AP

Yesterday was the official opener, but today was the real big day thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez to game action.  Joe had him in the starting lineup hitting second and DH’ing, and all in all the day went about as well as you could have hoped if you’re pro-A-Rod.  He got a hit, looked alright swinging the bat and running the bases, got noticeably more cheers than boos from the crowd, and didn’t hurt himself.  He was the clear and obvious focal point of the day, and also one of the few highlights in a mostly nothing game from the Yankee side.

– The other major highlight was Nathan Eovaldi‘s first start as a New York Yankee.  Like Adam Warren, he was on a 2-inning/30-pitch limit and he finished the full 2 innings.  Unlike Warren, he got hit a little bit and gave up 1 earned run.  Eovaldi also showed his trademark plus fastball velocity and a nice split-change that got him his only strikeout of the day on a swing and miss.…

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Spring Training Game 1 Recap: NYY 5 PHI 5

Adam Warren

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The Yankees opened their Spring Training 2015 game schedule this afternoon, giving us our first look at live Yankee baseball in over 5 months.  Obviously expectations were low given the situation, but there was a little extra excitement on the Yankee side thanks to the high number of top current and former organizational prospects playing in today’s game.  A couple of those top prospects had big moments in the game too, so that was pretty sweet from a fan perspective.

It’s still very early, the players are still more focused on getting in game shape than actually performing, and so I think it’s only fair that those same rules apply to ST game recaps.  I’m just trying to get back in the right game recap timing again, you know?  Still getting the feel for my game recap stuff back.  To make sure I don’t over-exert and strain anything, I’m gonna cover the rest of this bad boy in bullet points.…

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