Open Thread: March 23rd Camp Notes

The Yankees neither won nor lost today. They tied. First of the spring. The Yankees were down 5-0, then they chipped away and tied the game in the top of the ninth. There’s the ol’ Fighting Spirit. Aaron Hicks had a double and a walk while Aaron Judge had a double and a single. Jacoby Ellsbury had a pair of knocks. Oh, and Ronald Torreyes homered. How about that?

Jordan Montgomery started and looked very good, allowing two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings. The first run scored after Judge missed a diving catch and turned a single into a triple, and the second run was an inherited runner allowed to score by the bullpen. Montgomery struck out eight and I assume he really helped his Opening Day roster spot case. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the rest of the news from Tampa:

  • Brendan Kuty has the day’s pitching assignments and hitting groups. Starlin Castro worked out at shortstop, as expected, and Matt Holliday took grounders at third (with a first baseman’s mitt). I wouldn’t read anything into that. Players mess around at different positions all throughout camp.
  • Shane Hennigan has the day’s minor league lineups. Jorge Mateo played center field at some point today, which apparently he’s done a few times already. Also, hitting coach Alan Cockrell said he’s working with Mateo to make some swing changes. Farm system head Gary Denbo hinted at some offensive adjustments recently. [Kuty]
  • Chris Carter has been working on some mechanical tweaks to help him make more contact. “I think the biggest thing is just my lower half … I was always a little more handy. I’m trying to incorporate it a little more and feel like I have a little bit of a better base up there,” he said. [Kuty]
  • Jake Cave will start the season on the minor league disabled list. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee recently, Denbo confirmed. No idea how long he’ll be out. Cave was going to have a hard time getting at-bats in Triple-A anyway. [Hennigan]
  • The Yankees will be at home to take on the Phillies tomorrow. I believe CC Sabathia is starting. That game will be on YES and MLB.tv.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all in action, plus March Madness resumes. ESPN has the Dodgers and Rangers right now, and MLB Network is showing a Spring Training game on tape delay later tonight. Talk about those games or anything else right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 22nd Camp Notes

The Spring Training of our dreams continued with another win this afternoon. Greg Bird crushed two no-doubt home runs, and I’m pretty sure the first one sailed out of the stadium. It looks like it cleared the chain link fence in center field in the first clip above, no? Chase Headley socked a dinger too. Gary Sanchez smoked a double off the wall and also drew a walk. The Yankees swung the bats well today.

Masahiro Tanaka started and had probably his worst outing of the spring, meaning he actually allowed some hits. Three of ’em, in fact. The very first hitter of the game ended his 8.2-inning hitless streak. Can’t finish off the hidden spring no hitter, huh? Some ace. Tanaka struck out three in 5.1 scoreless innings. He’s up to 18.2 innings with a 0.00 ERA this spring. Ernesto Frieri struck out the side in his inning. He’s faced seven batters since signing with the Yankees: six strikeouts and a homer. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the day’s notes from Spring Training:

This is the open thread for the evening. USA and Puerto Rico are playing the World Baseball Classic Championship Game tonight (9pm ET on MLB Network), so that should be fun. The (hockey) Rangers, Islanders, and Knicks are all playing as well. Talk about anything except religion or politics right here. Thanks in advance.

Open Thread: March 20th Camp Notes

All the Yankees do is win. This afternoon’s victory featured two hits, including a double, from Greg Bird. Matt Holliday smacked a home run. Aaron Judge had a single and a walk, then Billy McKinney replaced him in right field and had two singles of his own. Gleyber Torres drove in two with the hustle double in the video above. The Yankees had 15 hits on the afternoon, so just about everyone did something. Also, Austin Romine returned to action for the first time since taking that foul tip to the hand a few days ago.

On the mound, Michael Pineda allowed three runs on a hit and two walks in only 1.2 innings of work. He really labored. Threw a ton of pitches. A ton. That’s why he was taken out in the middle of the inning. He’d thrown so many pitches that half-inning and the Yankees didn’t want to push him any further. Chad Green allowed a hit and a walk in 3.1 scoreless innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the news from Spring Training:

This is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing Puerto Rico vs. the Didi-less Netherlands live at 9pm ET tonight. The winner will play in Wednesday’s WBC Championship Game. The loser goes home. The Knicks are playing and there’s some NIT college basketball games on too. Talk about anything here aside from religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 19th Camp Notes

Fighting Spirit! The Yankees put together a two-run rally in the top of the ninth to beat the Astros today. The tying and go-ahead runs scored on the same wild pitch because the pitcher never bothered to cover the plate. Good times. Chase Headley drove in two runs with a double while Clint Frazier had two singles. Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Judge each had a hit as well. Headley also stole home on the front end of a double steal.

Both Adam Warren (3.2 IP, 1 R) and Luis Severino (3.1 IP, 3 R) pitched and neither looked particularly sharp with their location. Severino’s line would have been much worse if not for two great defensive plays by Aaron Hicks. He made a leaping catch at the wall and also threw a runner out at the plate. No one wants to win those final two rotation spots, it seems. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here is the rest of the news from Spring Training:

  • Brendan Kuty has the complete minor league workout groups. These do not necessarily indicate the player will start the season at that level, remember. Example: Miguel Flames will not be in Triple-A. Jake Cave, Erik Swanson, Stephen Tarpley, Austin DeCarr, and Jordan Foley are all listed in the rehab group. Hmmm. Also, the Yankees have apparently hired Dan Fiorito as an instructor. Neat. He spent the last few years as a utility man in the farm system.
  • Jordan Montgomery will start Thursday’s game, Joe Girardi announced. A few days ago Girardi seemed to indicate the big left-hander may be pitching his way into an Opening Day roster spot. Montgomery threw four perfect innings last time out and has allowed four earned runs in 10.1 total innings this spring. [Bryan Hoch]
  • The Yankees will still be on the road in West Palm Beach tomorrow afternoon. I believe Michael Pineda is pitching. That game will be on MLB Network and MLB.tv.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. There are no World Baseball Classic games on today, unfortunately. That USA vs. Dominican Republic game last night was intense. MLB Network will show Spring Training games on tape delay all night instead. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are playing tonight, but there’s all the March Madness madness. Talk about that stuff or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Thanks in advance.

Open Thread: March 18th Camp Notes

A late home run sent the Yankees to a loss today. Billy McKinney smacked his third home run of the spring while Gary Sanchez had a two-run double. Aaron Judge had a no-run double. Jacoby Ellsbury and Tyler Wade had base hits as well. Bit of a quiet day for the offense.

CC Sabathia started and allowed three runs in four innings. He allowed all three runs in the fourth, as he approached his pitch count for the day. Aroldis Chapman struck out one in his scoreless inning, and Tommy Layne allowed a solo home run in his inning of work. Layne is just back from the World Baseball Classic. The game wasn’t televised, so there is no video. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Ernesto Frieri made his Grapefruit League debut today and faced four batters: three strikeouts and a solo homer. Frieri said he spent last season away from baseball to figure some things out, but is ready to get back at it. He added he’s willing to go to Triple-A, which indicates either his contract doesn’t include an opt-out at the end of Spring Training, or he isn’t planning to use it. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in today’s game. The next two games are on the other side of Florida, and rather than bus back and forth both days, the Yankees will have a bunch of players stay overnight.
  • Tomorrow afternoon the Yankees will play the Astros at their new facility, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It opened this year. I think Luis Severino is lined up to pitch. The game will be on MLB.tv.

Here is an open thread for the rest of the day. MLB Network is showing Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico right now even though the game is completely meaningless. Puerto Rico has already clinched a spot in the semifinals and Venezuela has already been eliminated. Still, it’s baseball. Later tonight at 10pm ET MLB Network will have USA vs. Dominican Republic in an elimination game. Winner advances and loser goes home. That’ll be fun. The (hockey) Rangers are playing later and there’s all the March Madness action all day. Talk about whatever here, just not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 17th Camp Notes

Spring Training is going so well for the Yankees that they threw a damn no-hitter today. Seriously. Masahiro Tanaka (4.1 innings), Chasen Shreve (0.2 innings), and Jordan Montgomery (4.0 innings) combined to do the deed. Tanaka personally has thrown 10.1 hitless innings against the Tigers across three starts this spring. He again looked really good this afternoon. Midseason form. A spring no-hitter. What a time to be alive.

There were no dingers off offense, sadly. Matt Holliday, Chase Headley, Rob Refsnyder, and Tyler Wade all had doubles, however. Gary Sanchez drew one walk while Greg Bird drew two. Bird has six walks and six strikeouts in 38 plate appearances this spring. Seems he’s seeing the ball well, eh? Here are the box score and video highlights for the no-hitter — YES says this was the Yankees’ first spring no-hitter since March 14th, 1983, a game started by Ron Guidry — and here’s the rest of the news from Tampa:

  • Jorge Mateo has been optioned to High-A, the Yankees announced. He was supposed to travel for today’s game before being pulled off the road trip. “At 21 years old, I was doing some foolish things. I think he’s grown up,” said Joe Girardi, who said he was pleased with Mateo’s spring and added he’ll work out in center field in minor league camp. By my count there are 46 players still in big league camp. [Brendan Kuty, Bryan Hoch]
  • Girardi wouldn’t say whether anyone has a leg up in the rotation competition. “I would say (no one is ahead). I think we’re going to have some long meetings about this,” he said. Girardi also didn’t rule out Montgomery making the Opening Day roster. That would surprise me, but stranger things have happened. [Randy Miller, Erik Boland]
  • Luis Severino has been leaning on Tanaka for advice this spring. “I asked him about how he’s always calm, because nobody can mess with Tanaka when he’s pitching. That’s how I wanted to be. He told me to do something that would remind me of that, and that’s what I decided to do,” said Severino. [David Lennon]
  • Kuty has the day’s pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t travel for today’s game, if you’re interested in such things. Not a whole lot going on. Chad Green and Severino threw their usual between starts bullpen session. Yawn.
  • Alex Rodriguez will return to camp at some point next week for his second stint as a guest instructor. Also, Bernie Williams announced he’s in camp as a guest instructor right now. He’ll be there until Tuesday. [Mike Mazzeo, Kuty]
  • The Yankees will be at home against the Orioles tomorrow afternoon. That game will be on YES. In fact, the Yankees will be televised every day from today through next Saturday. Hooray for that. Anyway, CC Sabathia and Adam Warren are lined up to pitch tomorrow.
  • And finally, check out Andrew Marchand’s great story on Michael Pineda, who’s done a lot of growing up since the pine tar incident a few years ago. The Yankees have been so impressed by Pineda’s maturity that they had him speak at Captain’s Camp this year.

Here is the nightly open thread. MLB Network will show USA vs. Puerto Rico live at 10pm ET. The winner of that game is all but a lock to advance to the World Baseball Classic final four. The (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are all playing tonight, plus there’s all the March Madness action. Talk about those games or anything else right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 16th Camp Notes

The Yankees showed their Fighting Spirit and rallied for a win over the Blue Jays this afternoon. Today’s dinger hitters: Aaron Hicks (okay), Starlin Castro (cool), Rob Refsnyder (wait, really?), and Clint Frazier (sweet!). Refsnyder and Frazier both hit their first of the spring. Hicks, Frazier, Castro, and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits. Tyler Wade and Mason Williams had one apiece.

Luis Cessa started and it did not go well. He allowed four runs on six hits and a walk in only 1.2 innings. Eek. Bryan Mitchell helped his rotation case by striking out five and allowing one run in three innings. James Kaprielian made his Grapefruit League debut late in the game and fanned three in two scoreless innings. He walked one and allowed no hits. Erik Boland heard from scouts Kaprielian’s fastball sat 95 mph and touched 96 mph. Too bad we couldn’t see it. Today’s game wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. Here’s the box score and here are the rest of the notes from Spring Training:

This is the open thread for the night. MLB Network will have the Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela live at 10pm ET, plus every local hockey and basketball team is in action except the Rangers. Also, March Madness started today, so there’s plenty of college hoops on tonight. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.