Open Thread: March 27th Camp Notes

The Yankees walloped the Phillies 10-0 in five innings and change this afternoon. The game was called early due to rain. Stephen Drew (3-for-3 with a double) and Brendan Ryan (2-for-3 with two doubles) led the offensive attack. Yup. Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann all went 1-for-3 while both Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez each went 1-for-2 with a walk. Chase Headley went 1-for-4 and Tyler Austin ended the day with a bases-clearing double.

Michael Pineda started and was pretty sharp, scattering five singles in five innings. Two of the singles were ground balls with eyes and two others were bloops. Only one was hit moderately hard. Big Mike struck out five and didn’t walk anyone. He was the team’s only pitcher of the afternoon thanks to the rain. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s notes from Spring Training:

  • In case you missed it earlier, Masahiro Tanaka was officially named the Opening Day starter. The rest of the rotation order was also announced, though the team still hasn’t named Adam Warren the fifth starter. That should happen soon. Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Chase Whitley, and Vicente Campos all threw bullpen sessions while Tanaka did some flat ground work. [Chad Jennings]
  • A-Rod is scheduled to play five innings at first base Sunday, his first game action at the position. Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) did more tee and soft toss hitting today. Garrett Jones went over to minor league camp this morning for some extra hitting work. He’s had a crummy spring. [Bryan Hoch, Donnie Collins, Jennings]
  • Jared Burton, who was released yesterday, still has a locker in the clubhouse and has agreed to a deal to remain with the team. My guess is he will sign a new minor league contract soon after Opening Day so the Yankees don’t have to pay him the $100,000 retention bonus. Burton is sidelined with a lat strain. [Brendan Kuty]
  • And finally, CC Sabathia will not be starting tomorrow as scheduled. He’s instead going to pitch in a minor league game while Scott Baker starts against the Orioles. The Yankees don’t want Sabathia facing a division rival so close to the regular season. [Hoch]

This is your open thread for the evening. This afternoon’s game against the Phillies will be replayed on MLB Network, but not until 6am ET tomorrow. MLB Network is showing the Mariners and Royals live tonight, both the Knicks and Nets are playing, and there’s lots of college basketball on too. Talk about anything and everything right here.

Open Thread: March 26th Camp Notes

The Yankees lost 6-5 to the Rays this afternoon. Adam Warren started and was good but inefficient — he needed 74 pitches to allow one run on four hits and a walk in only 3.2 innings. He struck out five. Despite the high pitch count, Warren all but locked up the fifth starter’s job with his start. Jose Ramirez (1.1 innings) and Chris Martin (one inning) both allowed two runs in the middle innings and Danny Burawa (one inning) allowed one run of his own.

Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a double and John Ryan Murphy with 1-for-2. Brendan Ryan (three at-bats), Chris Young (four at-bats), and Garrett Jones (three at-bats) all went hitless. Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott, and Ramon Flores all doubled. Flores also had a single, and Refsnyder committed his fifth error in 73 defensive Grapefruit League innings. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s notes from Spring Training:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) hit off a tee and soft toss and said everything “went great.” He plans to get back into games by Tuesday. Chris Capuano (quad) hopes to throw off a mound next week. He said he’ll need four weeks of “Spring Training” to get ready once healthy. Jose Pirela (concussion) feels better but is still experiencing dizziness. He’s scheduled for more tests tomorrow. Austin Romine was scratched from today’s trip with some kind of stomach bug. [Pete Caldera, Bryan Hoch, Marly Rivera, Brendan Kuty]
  • David Carpenter threw an inning in a minor league game after pitching yesterday, so this was his first set of back-to-back games. Nathan Eovaldi and Esmil Rogers both threw bullpen sessions. [Donnie Collins, Kuty]
  • Transaction! The Yankees announced they have released Jared Burton. He was on a minor league contract and suffered a lat strain a week or two ago. The Yankees released him rather than pay the $100,000 retention bonus before Opening Day.
  • And finally, Joe Girardi said he does plan to get Alex Rodriguez into a game at first base this spring. “It’s coming up. I didn’t have a chance to talk to him, but I have it on the board,” he said. [Chad Jennings]

Here is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game against the Rays will be replayed on MLB Network, but not until 9am ET tomorrow morning. MLB Network is showing the Athletics and Giants live later tonight. All three local hockey teams are in action and March Madness resumes tonight as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

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Open Thread: March 25th Camp Notes

The Yankees lost 7-2 to the Mets this afternoon. Masahiro Tanaka had his worst start of the spring, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk in 4.2 innings before hitting his pitch limit (60, he threw 59). He struck out seven. Pretty much every reliever who pitched stunk. Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, David Carpenter … all of ‘em. Not a banner day for the relief crew.

Chase Headley once again had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez both went 1-for-3 and Didi Gregorius went 1-for-2 with a double. Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran both went hitless in three at-bats. Headley drove in the first run and Nick Noonan drove in the other with a ninth inning single. That pretty much sums up the day offensively. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • Tanaka confirmed he is working on a two-seamer this spring and plans to use it this year more than his four-seamer, which was his least effective pitch in 2014. I like the idea. Tanaka’s not a guy with overpowering velocity, he succeeds by keeping hitters off balance with his offspeed stuff, and the two-seamer gives him something with a little wrinkle to stay off the barrel of the bat. [Bryan Hoch, Dan Barbarisi]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) took dry swings and played catch. He continues to progress well. It’s unclear when Jose Pirela (concussion) will play again, but Joe Girardi hopes he can play before the end of camp. Chris Capuano (quad) is playing catch while sitting in a chair. CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Chasen Shreve, Bryan Mitchell, and Jacob Lindgren all threw bullpen sessions. [Hoch, Mark Didtler, Chad Jennings]
  • Brian Cashman all but confirmed Adam Warren will be the fifth starter, calling him the “Secretariat” of the race. “If we had to make a decision today, it’d obviously be Warren,” he added. Cashman wouldn’t confirm Tanaka will start Opening Day, though he did say A-Rod has shown enough this spring to be the everyday DH. [Mark Feinsand, Barbarisi]
  • And finally, know how Yankees recreated that scene from The Sandlot? Well apparently the players filmed a whole bunch of movie scenes that will be released throughout the season. They’re the new Foul Territory. Hell yeah. [Barbarisi]

This is your open thread for the night. If you want to see Tanaka’s outing for yourself, this afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 10pm ET. MLB Network is covering the Yankees as part of their “30 Clubs and 30 Days” series tonight, so you can watch that at 7pm ET. They’ll show the White Sox and Royals live after that. The Knicks and Nets are both playing tonight as well, so have at it.

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Open Thread: March 23rd Camp Notes

The Yankees lost to the Nationals by the score of 7-6 this afternoon. Chris Young had a whale of a game, going 2-for-3 with two long home runs (off righties Doug Fister and Casey Janssen), a hit by pitch, and a nice running catch in the left-center field gap. Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and both John Ryan Murphy and Rob Refsnyder had a pair of hits.

Bryan Mitchell got the start and was wild, walking three and striking out two in 3.1 innings. He allowed four hits and was charged with two runs. Chase Shreve had his fourth straight rough outing, allowing two inherited runners to score and being charged with one run of his own in one-third of an inning. Shreve has allowed seven runs and eight base-runners in his last 2.1 innings (four appearances), which ain’t good. He probably pitched his way out of an Opening Day bullpen spot. Jacob Lindgren didn’t strike anyone out in his perfect inning. He got three ground balls instead. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Spring Training:

  • It was pouring in Tampa, so all the minor league games were cancelled and Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran had to hit inside in the batting cage rather than get actual at-bats. David Carpenter threw the day’s only bullpen session. Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game tomorrow while Esmil Rogers starts the Grapefruit League game. [Chad Jennings, Brendan Kuty]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is improving but there is no firm timetable for him to resume baseball activities. Jose Pirela (concussion) still doesn’t feel well and went through more tests today after crashing into the wall yesterday. Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery) could begin facing hitters in live batting practice next week. [George King, Marly Rivera, Kuty]
  • Joe Girardi said both the backup catcher and fifth starter competitions are still wide open. He did say he would like to name his fifth starter by the end of the week “in an ideal world” so everyone else can shift to bullpen mode, however. [Kuty, Rivera]
  • Last, but certainly not least, our own Jay Gordon is participating in Walk MS to help raise money for research to fight multiple sclerosis and programs to benefit those dealing with MS. You can make a donation right here. Thanks in advance.

Here is tonight’s open thread. MLB Network will show the Reds and Rangers live later tonight, plus the Knicks, Nets, and Devils are playing as well. There’s no college basketball though. March Madness is on hiatus until Thursday. Talk about whatever you like here.

Open Thread: March 22nd Camp Notes

The Yankees were three-hit by Matt Harvey and the Mets this afternoon, losing 6-0. CC Sabathia allowed four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings, including three homers. One of the homers was an inside the park job when Jose Pirela crashed into the outfield wall. Sabathia struck out four and was again sitting in the low-90s, which was good to see. I’m not too worried he’s leaving fastballs up after a ten-month layoff. He needs to get that ironed out though, sooner rather than later.

Mark Teixeira, John Ryan Murphy, and Nick Noonan had the three hits, all singles. Chase Headley drew a walk. Teixeira also stole second base for some reason. That seems like an unnecessary risk on March 22nd given his injury issues. Scott Baker allowed one hit across 4.1 scoreless innings and Chasen Shreve allowed two runs on three hits in 0.2 innings. One of the two runs came on Eric Campbell’s solo homer. Campbell’s a righty hitter. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • While the Yankees were on Florida’s east coast, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran were back in Tampa getting at-bats in minor league camp. A-Rod went 2-for-5 and Beltran went 2-for-4 with a walk, if you’re interested. Masahiro Tanaka, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, and Chase Whitley were among the guys scheduled to throw bullpen sessions. [Bryan Hoch, Brendan Kuty]
  • Betances will pitch Tuesday and Wednesday, his first set of back-to-back games this spring. Joe Girardi continues to decline to name a closer, meanwhile. “It’s kind of on the backburner for us,” he when asked about a timetable to name a ninth inning guy. [Hoch, Chad Jennings]
  • And finally, Brett Gardner was offered Derek Jeter‘s old locker since he is the longest tenured homegrown Yankee. “I told (equipment manager Rob Cucuzza) I thought he should leave it vacant. But he said he can’t leave it vacant forever, obviously,” said Gardner. What does Girardi think about someone taking Jeter’s spot so soon? “It’s a locker.” Yup. [Ken Davidoff]

This is your open thread for the evening. If you want to see Sabathia’s outing for yourself, this afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET and both SNY and MLB Network at 8pm ET. The Knicks are playing right now, the (hockey) Rangers players play a little later tonight, and there’s a whole bunch of college hoops on as well. You folks know what to do with these threads by now, so have at it.

Open Thread: March 21st Camp Notes

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Thanks to a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees walked off with a 3-2 win over the Astros this afternoon. Eddy Rodriguez doubled in two runs to tie the game and Jake Cave sealed the win with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran went 1-for-3, Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3, and both Brian McCann and Didi Gregorius went 1-for-2. Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Chris Young, and Stephen Drew were all hitless.

Michael Pineda started and allowed two runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. Both runs and three of the four hits came in the first inning. Pineda struck out six. Justin Wilson (1.1 innings), Andrew Miller (one inning), and Andrew Bailey (one inning) each struck out two and did not allow a run. Jacob Lindgren fanned one and allowed a hit in his scoreless inning. The bullpen allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out eight in 5.1 innings. Here’s the box score — the game wasn’t on television so are no video highlights available — and here’s the rest from Tampa:

  • Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A, the Yankees announced. He’s officially out of the running for a bullpen spot. By my unofficial count, there are still 47 players in big league camp.
  • Bryan Mitchell and Masahiro Tanaka are starting Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Nathan Eovaldi, Esmil Rogers, and Mitchell were among the pitchers to throw bullpen sessions. [Sweeny Murti, Brendan Kuty, Chad Jennings]
  • The next two games are on Florida’s east coast, so the minor leaguers making the trip will play both games and stay in a hotel rather than ride the bus back and forth to Tampa. [Jennings]

This is your open thread for the evening. All the local hockey and basketball teams are in action except the Knicks. MLB Network is replaying some games tonight (not the Yankees) and of course there’s March Madness as well. Talk about whatever.

Open Thread: March 20th Camp Notes

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees wrecked the Tigers this afternoon, beating them 11-2 thanks to a six-run first inning against Alfredo Simon in Lakeland. Alex Rodriguez (solo) and Rob Refsnyder (two-run) both went deep while Brett Gardner, Jonathan Galvez, and Slade Heathcott tripled. Brendan Ryan went 1-for-3 with a double in his Grapefruit League debut after dealing with a back problem for a few weeks. Brian McCann also went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Adam Warren started and took a firm hold on the fifth starter’s spot with five innings of one-run ball, striking out three and scattering four hits. Chase Whitley threw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen and is a long shot for the fifth starter’s job, but we shouldn’t forget about him either. One more pitching injury thrusts him into a more prominent role. There are no video highlights of this afternoon’s game because there was no broadcast, but here’s the box score and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • The Yankees announced another round of roster cuts today: Tyler Austin, Danny Burawa, and Jose DePaula were all optioned to Triple-A while Mason Williams was optioned to Double-A. Wilking Rodriguez was reassigned to minor league camp as well. There are still 48 players in big league camp by my unofficial count.
  • Dellin Betances threw a simulated game this afternoon. His last two Grapefruit League outings were shaky and a simulated game better allows him to work with coaches and tweak his mechanics than a regular game. Ivan Nova, Jose Ramirez, and Vicente Campos threw bullpens today. [Brendan Kuty, Chad Jennings]
  • Joe Girardi remains non-committal about his Opening Day starter. Both CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka line up to pitch that day — Sabathia if he stays on a regular five-day schedule for the rest of spring, Tanaka if he stays on a six-day schedule as planned — and Girardi says they’ve yet to make a decision “because we haven’t got them built up enough to feel comfortable that they’re ready to go.” [Bryan Hoch, Jennings]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) told reporters yesterday he feels better and is “fully confident” he will be ready in time for Opening Day. The Yankees say they won’t worry unless he isn’t ready to return to game action by April 1st, five days before the start of the season. [Bryan Hoch]
  • The Yankees will be on Florida’s east coast the next two days, so A-Rod and Carlos Beltran will stay behind in Tampa and get a bunch of at-bats in minor league games. Alex is coming off his suspension and Beltran is coming back from offseason elbow surgery. [Mark Didtler]
  • Ty Hensley was among those to pitch in minor league camp today, which is great news. He was viciously attacked over the holidays and had his jaw wired shut, but he’s recovered well enough to return to game action. Great news. [Josh Norris]

Here is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing the Reds and Giants live later tonight, if you’re desperate to see some baseball. The Devils, Knicks, and Nets are all playing and you’ve got a full slate of March Madness to watch as well. Have at it.

Update: Apparently there is one video highlight from today’s game. Here’s A-Rod’s homer: