Game 3 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

Sabathia vs TOR 2015

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The Opening week storybook turned the page again tonight, to the CC Sabathia chapter.  Hindered by physical ailments, diminishing velocity, and performance regression over the past few seasons, CC was hoping to come back healthy and better in 2015.  He didn’t pitch all that well in his Spring Training outings, and that was something that both the media and he noticed.  They were quick to spin his problems into doomsday scenarios and he was quick to curse and get upset when he talked to him after starts.  But all that took a backseat to his return to regular season game action tonight.

CC came out dealing in the top of the 1st, striking out Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in a 1-2-3 inning.  He wasn’t so lucky in the 2nd, putting a few runners on, missing with some key pitches, and getting burned by bad ground ball luck and bad defensive shifting strategy.  It all combined to provide Toronto 4 runs for a comfortable early lead, and the good vibes from CC’s first inning back were quickly extinguished.…

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Game 2 Recap: NYY 4 TOR 3

Pineda vs TOR 2015

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The 0-1 and all but doomed 2015 Yankees took back to the diamond last night to attempt to get their first win.  They had big right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound and he was looking to get off to the right start after a very strong Spring Training.  I wrote a little about some of those good signs he showed in ST and a few more good signs he could show last night, and while he didn’t show all those signs he was still plenty good enough to win on a cold early April night.

Pineda retired the first 6 he faced in order, then got in trouble in the top of the 3rd on a leadoff infield single and a line drive double by Justin Smoak.  Another GB single/bad throw by Didi Gregorius in the next at-bat gave Toronto their first run and the early lead.  They scored their second and last against Pineda in the 5th on a pair of GB singles and a sac fly by former Yankee Russell Martin.  …

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Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here’s the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow.

So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you’d like to jinx?

In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.

Let’s get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s loss:

THE GOOD

  • Alex Rodriguez‘s return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat – it was a fly ball to right.
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Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

Yankee Stadium

The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit – a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he’ll be fine. He’s still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What’s next? Being booed at home? Oh wait…

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

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RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

Well, that wasn’t very pleasant.

The big story was CC Sabathia who had a rough first inning. Here’s the rundown:

The good thing is that CC “settled” down after the first and finished his outing with five hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. Amazingly, those three walks were his first three of the spring.…

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RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Home game recap:

The Yankees beat the Pirates 6-2! Hooray!

Michael Pineda continued his strong spring with a 5 1/3 inning, one run, six hit performance. He also added to his strikeout total with 6 and he didn’t surrender a walk.

Alex Rodriguez played first and did a nice job with a couple of scoops because Stephen Drew can’t throw from the shortstop position, a caught pop foul and a toss to Pineda for an out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 and the kids helped the Yankees in the later innings by scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Drew, Austin Romine, Rob Refsnyder, Chris Young and Garrett Jones all had two hits apiece.

Away game recap:

The Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-2. Boo.

J.R. Murphy and Slade Heathcott both had two hits and other than, not much happened for the Yankees.

One of Heathcott’s hits was an RBI single and Kyle Roller hit a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ first run.…

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Spring Training Game 29 Recap: MIN 3 NYY 1

Masahiro Tanaka

That’s a regular season glare. Courtesy of the AP

Today was Masahiro Tanaka’s final spring start before he pitches his first Yankee Opening Day next Monday, and to be fair to all those who’ve been creating and buying into the injury/velo hype this spring I’ll say that today was a more important start than his previous ones.  With the games counting starting next week, today was the day you wanted to see good everything.  Good mechanics, good velocity, good movement, good command, and good results.  It’s always better to go into the season on a high note, and so to see Tanaka come out and dominate the Twins this afternoon would have been great.

It didn’t exactly happen that way, as Tanaka got hit a little bit in his 4.1 innings of work, mostly the last 2.1.  He gave up a run in the 3rd on a 2-out double and follow-up single, another in the 4th on 3 more hits, and left in the 5th after giving up a leadoff homer to somebody named Eduardo Escobar and a 1-out base hit.  …

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Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0

With the regular season a little more than a week away, it’s fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more.  This afternoon’s game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard.  The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching.  It was a solid all-around team win.

The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi.  He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base.  He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.

Offensively, it was Chase Headley‘s turn to carry the torch again.  His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day.  …

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Spring Training Game 23 Recap: NYY 9 DET 8

Bye, Esmil. Courtesy of the AP

Joe said he wanted to make a decision on his 5th starter by the end of this week, so last night was a very important start for Esmil Rogers.  He looked shaky at best his last time out, and same as Bryan Mitchell he was going up against a really good start by Adam Warren the last time Warren took the mound.

He was facing the regular Detroit Tiger lineup that was full of tough and dangerous hitters and he didn’t fair very well against them.  He got hit early and hit often in the 1st inning and escaped with only 1 run against him.  He got hit again in the top of the 2nd, exacerbated that problem by committing a fielding error, couldn’t finish off the inning with 2 outs, and got tagged for 4 more runs.  It was not a good outing.

The Yankee lineup chipped in a bunch of small contributions that were enough to keep them within striking distance in the bottom of the 9th, and once again it was the young guys coming up with the big hits to get the W.  …

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