Open Thread: March 13th Camp Notes

The Yankees had an off-day today, their first of the spring, and it was a complete off-day. No workouts at the complex or anything. The team will be back at it tomorrow afternoon with a road game against the Rays. Luis Severino is the scheduled starter. The game won’t be televised. Lame. Here’s some news from Tampa:

  • The Yankees announced three more roster cuts this morning. Yefrey Ramirez, Ronald Herrera, and Domingo German were all optioned to Double-A Trenton. Reminder: the level doesn’t mean much in the spring. It’s just a workout group. This doesn’t mean all three will start with the regular season with the Thunder. Anyway, there are still 53 players in big league camp.
  • Joe Girardi said James Kaprielian will make his Grapefruit League debut later this week. “My guess is Thursday or Friday,” he said. The Yankees will be on the road both days. Friday’s game will be televised. Thursday’s will not. Hopefully Kaprielian pitches Friday. [Dan Martin]

Here is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network will have Italy vs. Venezuela live at 9pm ET. The winner of that game advances to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. The loser goes home. MLB Network will also have Cuba vs. Japan live at 6am ET tomorrow morning. The (hockey) Rangers and Islanders are both playing as well. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Get that outta here.

Open Thread: March 12th Camp Notes

The Yankees had the audacity to lose a Spring Training game today. Season over! They scored two runs against the Braves and both came on solo homers: Austin Romine and Jorge Mateo. Probably not who you were expecting, eh? Starlin Castro and Kyle Higashioka had the team’s only other hits. At least the Yankees drew six walks, I guess.

CC Sabathia started and it was a disaster. Six runs (four earned) in two-thirds of an inning before he hit his pitch count. Those in attendance tell me Sabathia’s defense did him no favors — the Yankees committed five errors on the afternoon, including three by Ronald Torreyes — but still. Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless frame. Here is the box score — there are no video highlights because the game wasn’t televised — and here are the rest of the day’s notes:

  • At some point today the Yankees will announce their first round of roster cuts. Justus Sheffield‘s locker is cleaned out and that’s all we know for now. [Erik Boland]
  • Update: The Yankees announced their cuts. Sheffield, Daniel Camarena, Kellin Deglan, Francisco Diaz, J.P. Feyereisen, Brady Lail, Joe Mantiply, James Reeves, Nick Rumbelow, Evan Rutckyj, and Jorge Saez have been sent to minor league camp. There are 56 players left in big league camp by my unofficial count.
  • Mason Williams is on the travel list for Tuesday, which indicates he’s ready to play in games. He missed the start of camp with patella inflammation. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, their first of the spring, and it’s a complete off-day. No workouts or anything. Tuesday’s game is on the road against the Rays. It won’t be televised.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. MLB Network is showing World Baseball Classic games right now (Colombia vs. Dominican Republic, Italy vs. Puerto Rico), at 7pm ET (USA vs. Canada), 10pm ET (Mexico vs. Venezuela), and 6am ET (Netherlands vs. Israel). The (hockey) Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are all in action too. Talk about those games or anything else, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 11th Camp Notes

Can’t stop won’t stop. The Yankees won again today. This win featured opposite field dingers by Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, and Gleyber Torres. Torres took old buddy Justin Wilson deep with a little defensive swing on a pitch off the plate. It was: crazy. The Yankees have hit 24 homers in 16 games this spring after hitting 20 in 32 games last spring.

Masahiro Tanaka started and goodness, he was razor sharp. Seven strikeouts in four perfect innings. He fanned the first six men he faced. Bryan Mitchell followed and allowed a run on three hits and a walk in four innings. Good hitting, good pitching, and some good defense too. Start the season already. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the rest of the notes from Tampa:

  • Tyler Austin‘s foot is healing, though he still has a ways to go before resuming baseball activity. “Tyler is not ready to be out of the boot or off his scooter, but it is progressing and we were happy with what we saw,” said Joe Girardi. [Lou DiPietro]
  • Some other injury updates: Mason Williams (shoulder) could get in a game next week. Ronald Herrera (shoulder) has resumed throwing. James Reeves (elbow) and Kellin Deglan (shoulder) are still shut down. [DiPietro]

This is the open thread for the rest of the day. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, if you’re interested. MLB Network is going to have the much anticipated USA vs. Dominican Republic game tonight at 6:30pm ET. MLB Network has other World Baseball Classic games right now (Venezuela vs. Italy) and at 9:30pm ET (Puerto Rico vs. Mexico), 12:30am ET (Cuba vs. Israel on tape delay), and 6am ET (Japan vs. Netherlands). The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing, and there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule too. Talk about all that stuff and more right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 10th Camp Notes

The Grapefruit League juggernaut marches on. The Yankees beat the Phillies this afternoon thanks to home runs by Chase Headley (three-run) and Aaron Judge (solo). Judge hit three Yankee Stadium homers in the game, but only one actually left the yard. The other two were caught on the right field warning track. Keep working on that opposite field stroke, Aaron.

Not the best start for rotation candidate Chad Green. He threw two scoreless innings, but also allowed two hits and three walks. Only 21 of his 43 pitches were strikes, per Erik Boland. He was pretty wild. Chance Adams had a vintage David Robertson outing (three walks, three strikeouts, no runs) while Justus Sheffield pitched around three hits and two walks in two scoreless innings. He fanned three. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Good news: Joe Girardi confirmed James Kaprielian‘s next outing will be in a Grapefruit League game. He threw a three-inning simulated game today, so he won’t pitch this weekend. A quick overview of next week’s schedule: Monday (off-day), Tuesday (road game, no TV), Wednesday (home on YES), Thursday (road game, no TV), Friday (road game on MLB Network). Hopefully Kaprielian pitches Wednesday. He’d be on normal rest from today’s sim game. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • Clint Frazier had to cut his hair today to conform to the team’s 40-year old hair policy. “I like my hair but I love playing for this organization more,” he said. Frazier and Girardi agreed it had become a distraction. A distraction! Only the Yankees could make something fun a distraction. In all seriousness though, Frazier’s hair was donated to an organization that creates wigs for kids with cancer, and that’s a great cause, so good work. [Bryan Hoch, Pete Caldera]
  • Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for those who didn’t play in today’s game. Johnny Barbato, Aroldis Chapman, and Dietrich Enns all threw bullpen sessions. Luis Cessa, not Green, was scheduled to start today’s game, but he had a fever last night and was scratched. Cessa will throw a simulated game tomorrow instead. [Hoch]
  • The Yankees will be at home against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon. That game will be on YES. Masahiro Tanaka lines up to start.

Here is tonight’s open thread. I’m posting this a little earlier than usual because Team USA is playing their first World Baseball Classic game tonight. They’ll face Colombia at Marlins Park at 6pm ET on MLB Network. Pretty good pitching matchup too: Chris Archer vs. possible future Yankee Jose Quintana. Donovan Solano and Tito Polo are in the lineup for Colombia. MLB Network will have another WBC game on later tonight as well (Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico at 9pm ET). It’s cute they still budget only three hours for nationally televised baseball games. Anyway, the Nets are also playing and there’s a whole bunch of college basketball on too. Talk about those games or anything else right here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 9th Camp Notes

Another day, another win for the Yankees. They’re now 11-3 and have Spring Training‘s best record. Grapefruit League championship here they come. Anyway, this afternoon’s win featured three hits and two steals by Jacoby Ellsbury, a home run by Brett Gardner, a single and a walk by Aaron Judge, a double by Gleyber Torres, triples by Aaron Hicks and Dustin Fowler, and two hits apiece by Tyler Wade and Ruben Tejada. Yay offense.

Michael Pineda started and allowed two runs in three innings. He struck out one. People in attendance told me Pineda didn’t look too sharp. So it goes. Chase Shreve allowed a three-run homer to Matt Tuiasosopo, who is still kicking around, apparently. Ben Heller (1.2 innings) and Joe Mantiply (two innings) both had scoreless outings. Here is the box score for today’s game. It wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. (The video above is from yesterday’s game.) Here is everything else that happened down in Spring Training:

  • Joe Girardi said the first round of cuts could come this weekend. My guess is Torres, Jorge Mateo, James Kaprielian, Chance Adams, and Justus Sheffield are among those sent out. The big leaguers are playing more and more now, and the kids need to play regularly to prepare for the season themselves, so minor league camp it is. It’s that time. [Brendan Kuty]
  • Girardi added he is a big Jordan Montgomery fan. “Oh, I like him. We like him … I think you’ll see him continue to develop and get better and better, but I think he’s a guy that could possibly help us this year,” said the skipper. [Kuty]

Here is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing a World Baseball Classic game right now (Canada vs. Dominican Republic) and will have more at 9pm ET (Mexico vs. Italy), 12am ET (Australia vs. Cuba), and 5am ET (China vs. Japan). Australia vs. Cuba will be on tape delay. The other three games are live. All three local hockey teams are in action tonight as well, plus there’s a bunch of college hoops on the schedule. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 8th Camp Notes

The Yankees roughed up Canada in a World Baseball Classic exhibition game earlier today. Matt Holliday, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, and Kyle Higashioka all hit home runs. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and Chase Headley tripled. How many outfielders had to fall down for Headley to triple? At least one. Hicks and Jorge Mateo both had two hits and a stolen base. Nice day for the bats.

Luis Severino started and had a tough go of it, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. He served up a two-run homer to top Mariners prospect Tyler O’Neill. Severino struck out four, and afterwards Joe Girardi told Erik Boland “all the guys are fairly close” in the rotation competition right now. Aroldis Chapman struck out all three batters he faced. Johnny Barbato and Dietrich Enns each allowed a solo homer in their two innings of work. Another multiple inning outing for Barbato. Hmmm. Here is the box score for today’s game. It wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. Here is the rest of the day’s news from Spring Training:

  • The Netherlands has clinched a spot in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. They beat Chinese Taipei in the wee hours this morning when Jurickson Profar drew a walk-off walk. Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with three doubles. He drove in three runs and scored two others. Go Didi. Here is the full WBC schedule.
  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in today’s game. Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, and Jon Niese were among those to throw bullpen assignments. Niese has picked up a new changeup thanks to pitching coach Larry Rothschild. [Brendan Kuty]
  • Brett Gardner said he didn’t bunt for hit often enough last year and wants to change that. Specifically, he’s shooting for 15 bunt hits. That’s a lot. Only two players had more than 12 bunts hits the last two years (Dee Gordon had 16 in 2015, Cesar Hernandez had 15 in 2016). Gardner had five last year. His career high is eleven back in 2011. [Jack Curry]
  • The Yankees will be on the road to play the Braves tomorrow afternoon. Michael Pineda is lined up to start that game. It will not be televised. No YES, no MLB Network, no ESPN, no MLB.tv, nothing. Sucks.

This is the open thread for the evening. MLB Network is showing a live spring game at 7pm ET (Team USA vs. Twins) and well as live WBC games at 10pm ET (Netherlands vs. Israel) and 5am ET (Australia vs. China). South Korea vs. Chinese Taipei will be on tape delay at 8am ET tomorrow. The Knicks and Nets are both playing tonight, plus there’s a college hoops game on as well. Talk about any of that stuff and more right here, as long as it’s not politics or religion.

Open Thread: March 7th Camp Notes

The Yankees walked off with a win over the Rays today thanks to a three-run rally in the tenth inning. How about that? Tyler Wade drove in the winning run with a ground ball booted by the shortstop. Ah, Spring Training. Rashad Crawford would have walked it off as the previous batter had the ball not hopped over the wall for a ground rule double, forcing the runner from first to stop at third. Anyway, two hits for Dustin Fowler and one each for Gary Sanchez, Chris Carter, Kyle Higashioka, among others. Higgy went deep.

CC Sabathia made his first spring start and looked exactly how you’d expect a 17-year veteran to look in his first spring start. Just going through the motions and getting his work in. He tossed two scoreless. Adam Warren allowed a set of back-to-back homers in his three innings. Chasen Shreve allowed a dinger too. Not the most interesting day on the mound. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news:

Here is the open thread for the evening. If you missed it earlier, this afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET. MLB Network is showing a different Spring Training game on tape delay at 7pm ET, then will have WBC games live at 10pm ET (Cuba vs. China) and 5am ET (Japan vs. Australia). All three local hockey teams are playing tonight as well. Talk about all that stuff and more right here, just not religion or politics. Thanks in advance.