Saturday Open Thread

Only a few more hours, folks. Only a few more hours until the Yankees open the new season against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Hooray for that. The Yankees had a quick workout there today — they replaced the turf at the Trop over the winter, so the players were getting familiar with the bounces and whatnot — and that’s about it. Last night to relax before the long grind begins.

This is the open thread for the rest of the day. MLB Network is showing an exhibition game right now (Giants vs. Angels) and later tonight (Dodgers vs. Angels). The Nets and Devils are both playing, plus there are the two March April Madness games later on. You folks know how these work, so have at it.

Open Thread: March 30th Camp Notes

The Yankees celebrated the end of the Grapefruit League season with another win today. They scored nine runs in the top of the first. Gary Sanchez smacked a three-run home run and Ronald Torreyes followed with a two-run shot in the second. Look at Toe getting in on the act. He’s ready for the regular season. Greg Bird drew three walks, including two in that big first inning. Rashad Crawford came off the bench late to smack a two-run homer.

Luis Severino started and really labored through the first inning — he had no idea where the ball was going, none whatsoever — but he settled down and was fine after that. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk in five innings, striking out four. Adam Warren and Tyler Clippard each closed out their spring with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here are the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have essentially finalized their Opening Day roster. Severino will be the fourth starter, Aaron Judge will be the right fielder, and Pete Kozma will be the utility infielder. They just need to make a move to get Kozma on the 40-man roster now.
  • Both Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green are lined up for the fifth starter’s spot. Montgomery will start April 6th and 11th with Triple-A Scranton while Green will start those same days with Double-A Trenton. That allows both to be ready for April 16th, the first day the Yankees will need their fifth starter. [Billy Witz]
  • CC Sabathia threw in a Triple-A game today rather than make the road trip this afternoon. He allowed eight runs on nine hits in four innings. Meh. Also, after being send down earlier today, Rob Refsnyder used one word to explain what he has to do to stick with the Yankees for good: “Rake.” [Erik Boland, Brendan Kuty]
  • Here is the early season plan for Gleyber Torres: three games at shortstop, two at third base, and one at second base each week. I assume the seventh day will be either a DH day or an off-day. Torres has never played third base in a professional game, though the Yankees had him work out there this spring. [Buster Olney]
  • Josh Norris has the day’s minor league lineups as well as video of Blake Rutherford hitting a home run. A left-handed hitter with a sweet swing wearing No. 23? I approve.
  • The Yankees wrap up the exhibition schedule tomorrow. They’ll be in Atlanta to face the Braves at brand new SunTrust Park. The game will begin at 7:30pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES, MLB Network, and MLB.tv. Michael Pineda is the scheduled starter.

Here is the nightly open thread. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on MLB Network at 6am ET, if you’re planning to be up early tomorrow. My recommendation: watch the top of the first and skip the rest of the game. MLB Network will have other games either live or on tape delay all night. The Nets and Islanders are both playing as well, so talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not religion or politics.

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Open Thread: March 29th Camp Notes

The Yankees are officially Spring Training champions. They clinched baseball’s best record this spring with their win this afternoon. Neat. The Yankees are now 23-8-1 while the second place Cardinals are 20-8-4. Both teams have two games to play. Aaron Judge had two singles this afternoon and he even stole a base. So did Aaron Hicks, who drew a walk but did not have a hit. Ronald Torreyes doubled and Starlin Castro tripled.

Jordan Montgomery started and was solid again, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Folks in attendance tell me Montgomery did give up quite a bit of hard contact, however. Ben Heller tossed two scoreless innings. He’s allowed one run in 13 innings this spring, though he also walked eight. That’s not good. Here is the box score. The game wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. Here are the rest of the notes from Spring Training:

  • Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees have made a decision about their fourth starter. They just won’t tell us who it will be yet. As for the fifth starter, they’ll figure that out later. They Yankees will use off-days to skip their fifth starter the first two times through the rotation, and carry an eighth reliever instead. Joe Girardi added Luis Severino is not going to the bullpen. “We have an idea of what we’re going to do with him for the most part,” said the skipper. [Michael Kay, Bryan Hoch]
  • Earlier today the Yankees announced Tyler Wade has been sent to minor league camp. That means either Pete Kozma (yup) or Rob Refsnyder (nope) will get Didi Gregorius‘ open roster spot. Also, Kyle Higashioka‘s locker has been cleaned out, though the Yankees have not yet officially announced he’s been sent out. There are still 34 players in big league camp. [Erik Boland]
  • Still no word on the right field job. Girardi acknowledged the Yankees are still considering sending Judge to Triple-A. “He needs to play. That’s the bottom line,” said Girardi. I’m not sure what more Judge needs to do this spring. He’s hitting .345/.406/.569 with a 20.3% strikeout rate. [Hoch]
  • The Yankees will play their final Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon. Severino is starting and the game will be on MLB.tv.

This is the open thread for the night. MLB Network is showing a spring game on tape delay later tonight and the Knicks are the only local team in action. Not much to see tonight. Talk about anything but religion and politics here. Just don’t be a jerk.

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Tuesday Night Open Thread

The Yankees are playing the Tigers this evening and unfortunately the game will not be televised. Blah. At least Spring Training is almost over. Masahiro Tanaka is starting tonight and he has yet to allow a run this spring through 18.2 innings. Justin Verlander is the only pitcher to throw more innings in a scoreless spring since at least 2006. He threw 20 scoreless innings in 2014. Tanaka could pass him tonight. Here is the Gameday link for tonight’s game.

Anyway, here is an open thread for the time being. I’ll post the daily camp notes following the game. MLB Network is showing spring games on tape delay all night, plus the (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are all playing. Talk about those games or anything else here.

Open Thread: March 27th Camp Notes

The Yankees had an off-day today, their second and final off-day of the Grapefruit League season. The regular season is a little more than five days away now. Can’t wait. Here are the day’s notes:

Here is the open thread. MLB Network will show the Indians and Cubs live later tonight, plus the Knicks and Islanders are playing. Talk about those games or anything else here, just not religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 26th Camp Notes

This afternoon’s win — they’ve almost become a formality for the Yankees this spring, haven’t they? — featured two more home runs, raising their Spring Training total to 47 homers in 31 games. They hit 20 in 32 games last year. I do love dingers. Aaron Hicks and Ruben Tejada did the honors today. Hicks and Aaron Judge both had two hits on the afternoon. Greg Bird had one.

Bryan Mitchell started and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in three innings, though someone in attendance told me Tejada misplayed not one, but two grounders in the two-run second inning. Aroldis Chapman got two outs without incident while Ben Heller allowed two hits and a walk in 1.1 scoreless innings. Today’s game wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. Here is the box score and here are the day’s notes:

  • The Yankees have released Jon Niese, the team announced. He’s going to look around for a big league opportunity but could return to the Yankees on another minor league deal. The plan would be for Niese to go to Extended Spring Training to continue building arm strength. Releasing and re-signing Niese would allow the Yankees to avoid paying him the $100,000 retention bonus. Players with six years of service time on a minor league deal get the bonus if they’re not on the MLB roster by a certain date. I count 38 players still in big league camp. [Joel Sherman]
  • Shane Hennigan has the minor league lineups for the day. Blake Rutherford, who is apparently nicknamed “The Barrel” around camp, added 13 pounds over the winter. “He’s still growing, and I think he put on some weight during the offseason, good weight. There’s line-drive, gap power now, but his ability to make consistent contact out front, I think you’re going to see those balls start to loft,” said Low-A Charleston manager Patrick Osborn. More strength is good. Not so sure about that nickname though. [Josh Norris]
  • Bryan Hoch has the day’s pitching assignments and hitting groups. Chad Green started a minor league game while Michell started today’s Grapefruit League game. I think Mitchell has a leg up on a big league rotation spot, though there are only so many innings to go around this late in camp. Green and Mitchell both had to pitch today, so one went to minor league camp.
  • Jordan Montgomery will start Wednesday and Luis Severino will start Thursday. That means neither guy will be on normal rest for Opening Day next Sunday, so they wouldn’t be available out of the bullpen. Could mean they’re both in the Opening Day rotation, could mean nothing. Intrigue! [Mike Mazzeo]
  • The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow and there’s not going to be much going on at the complex. Tomorrow is everyone’s last chance to chill out for a bit before the regular season begins. The Yankees return to action Tuesday night against the Tigers. I assume Masahiro Tanaka is starting since it would line him up for Opening Day. That game won’t be televised.

Here is an open thread for the rest of the weekend. MLB Network is showing spring games live and on tape delay throughout the rest of the day. The (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are playing, and there are a pair of March Madness games on too. Anything goes here, except religion or politics.

Open Thread: March 25th Camp Notes

Fighting Spirit! The Yankees won again today. They rallied for two runs in the ninth. Mason Williams tied the game with an error ball off the first baseman’s mitt, and Pete Kozma won it with a walk-off single. Amazing. Greg Bird launched yet another home run, his seventh of Spring Training. None of his homers sneak over the wall. They’ve all been bombs. He also drew two walks. Tyler Wade hooked a double to right field and also had a near homer caught on the warning track.

Adam Warren got the start and wasn’t crisp at all, allowing four runs (including two homers) in 3.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked two. Not a great afternoon. Five relievers were used and Jonathan Holder was the most impressive. He struck out one and retired all six men he faced. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the latest from Tampa:

Here 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 will have other games live and on tape delay pretty much all afternoon and evening. All of the local hockey and basketball teams are playing except the Knicks, and there are a pair of March Madness games as well. Use this thread to talk about anything and everything, as long as it’s not politics or religion. Thanks in advance.