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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Spring Training Game 22 Recap: WAS 7 NYY 6

Yankees Nationals Baseball

Courtesy of the AP

If Bryan Mitchell was going to make a move in the 5th starter race, today was the day for it to happen and the day it had to happen.  Adam Warren looked really good his last time out, so the job may be all but sewn up already.  But Esmil Rogers was pretty blah his last time out, so if there was a chance to jump him for the next in line if another injury were to occur (knock on wood) it was today.

Mitchell had 2/3 of a Major League outfield, the starting catcher catching, the backup catcher DH’ing, Garrett Jones at first, Aaron Judge in right, and a trio of non-starters at the other 3 infield spots, so it was quite the mish-mash in terms of a lineup.  That’ll happen when you’re playing on the other side of the state.  He turned in a pretty good performance in front of them, despite what the final numbers showed,  Whether it was enough to get him another turn in the rotation remains to be seen.…

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Spring Training Game 21 Recap: NYM 6 NYY 0

CC vs NYM ST 2015

Courtesy of the AP

CC Sabathia was hitting the road for his second Spring Training start of 2015 this afternoon, and he was bringing his starting infield with him to Port St. Lucie to take on Matt Harvey and the Mets.  Harvey’s on a comeback trail of his own this spring, one that’s come with more positive fireworks thus far than Sabathia’s in terms of on-field results, but CC wasn’t buying into any local media-created storyline there.  He knows what really matters right now and that’s what he was keeping his focus on.

In terms of how successfully he achieved the goals he had for himself today, I’d say it was a mixed bag.  Sabathia once again showcased impressive velocity for this time of year, but his fastball command was a tick off and the Mets hitters made him pay for it on more than one occasion.  Their power display against the big guy was more than enough for them to cruise to victory behind Harvey and a missing Yankee offense.…

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