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.

Open Thread: March 6th Camp Notes

Today wasn’t a good day for the ol’ Grapefruit League pythag record. The Pirates walloped the Yankees pretty good. Bryan Mitchell started and allowed four runs on six hits and no walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out two. Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs in his two innings while Jon Niese chucked a scoreless frame in his spring debut. Evan Rutckyj took one on the chin. He allowed six runs and didn’t record an out.

Not a whole lot happened offensively. Both Jorge Mateo and Aaron Hicks had would be home runs knocked down by the wind. Hicks at least got a double off the wall out of it. Mateo’s well-struck fly ball turned into an out. Aaron Judge had a single and struck out for only the third time this spring. He’s batted 21 times so far. That’s a 14.3% strikeout rate. Hopefully that sticks. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here is the rest of the day’s notes from Tampa:

  • Matt Holliday took some ground balls at first base today. He played a few games at first for the Cardinals last season, so it makes sense for the Yankees to have him work there. Just in case, you know? I wonder if we’ll see Holliday play a game at first this spring. Or in left field, for that matter. [YES Network]
  • Mason Williams resumed hitting over the weekend and light running today. He’s been out since the start of camp with left patella inflammation. “I feel good right now, but we’ll see how it goes as I get going,” he said. [Lou DiPietro]
  • Kyle Higashioka has been learning Japanese this spring. His father’s family is from Japan and they’ve been pushing him to learn the language. Added bonus: it helps him with Masahiro Tanaka. “I thought it could be beneficial for the Yankees to have a catcher who speaks Japanese,” he said. [Billy Witz]
  • CC Sabathia is scheduled to make his first spring start tomorrow afternoon. I’m hoping Justus Sheffield will pitch too. We’ll see. That’s a home game against the Rays. It’ll be on YES and MLB.tv.

Here is tonight’s open thread. This afternoon’s game won’t be replayed anywhere, though I’m not sure why you’d want to sit through that again anyway. Today’s game was my “I’m ready for Spring Training to be over” moment. MLB Network is showing a spring game on tape delay tonight, and later on they’ll have a World Baseball Classic game (Israel vs. Chinese Taipei at 10pm ET). The Knicks, Nets, and (hockey) Rangers are all playing too, and there’s a pair of college basketball games on as well. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not politics or religion.

Open Thread: March 5th Camp Notes

Another day, another win for the Yankees. They’re 9-2 this spring. Matt Holliday had a pair of doubles while Gleyber Torres (triple), Clint Frazier (single), and Gary Sanchez (single) were among those with a single base hit. Sanchez also threw out two more runners trying to steal. Aside from that, this wasn’t the prettiest game on either side of the ball. Both teams had a few errors of the hilarious variety.

Masahiro Tanaka started and looked very much like a veteran going through the motions in his three scoreless innings. He struck out four. The splitter was on. Tommy Layne, Aroldis Chapman, and Tyler Clippard all threw an inning. Rotation candidate Luis Cessa finished the game off and allowed an unearned run in two innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • James Kaprielian threw another simulated game today, so it seems he’s healthy. The Yankees say they’re going to take it very slow with Kaprielian following last year’s elbow injury and he might not pitch in an actual Grapefruit League game. [Brendan Kuty]
  • Ji-Man Choi took a pitch to the face in today’s game and was walking around afterward with an ice pack on his cheek. I guess that means it wasn’t something more serious. Also, Tyler Wade fouled a ball off his foot but remained in the game. [Mike Mazzeo]
  • The Yankees will be on the road to play the Pirates tomorrow and I think Bryan Mitchell is the scheduled starter. He lines up to pitch tomorrow, anyway. That game will be on MLB Network and MLB.tv, but not YES.
  • And finally, Kevin Kernan has a neat story on Brett Gardner, who is mentoring Aaron Judge in camp. Judge, meanwhile, has been mentoring some younger players over in minor league camp. Pretty cool.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the weekend. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on both YES (7pm ET) and MLB Network (11pm ET). The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing, plus there’s some college hoops on the schedule as well. You know how these things work by now, so have at it.

Open Thread: March 4th Camp Notes

The Yankees got back into the win column this afternoon, improving their Grapefruit League record to 8-2. Both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks went deep while Greg Bird reached base three times (single, two walks). Billy McKinney laced a double as well. The third piece in last year’s Aroldis Chapman trade is 5-for-8 (.625) with two doubles and two dingers this spring. Pretty cool.

Michael Pineda, in his first start of the spring, struck out five in two scoreless innings. Dellin Betances walked one and allowed a hit in his inning of work. That was his final appearance before leaving for the World Baseball Classic. Chad Green allowed a run on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings in his second Grapefruit League outing. That won’t help him win a rotation spot. Here’s the box score. The game wasn’t televised, so there are no video highlights. Here’s everything else that went on in Tampa:

  • Sanchez threw a runner out trying to steal second with Betances on the mound today, which is kinda significant. Runners went 21-for-21 stealing bases against Dellin last year, remember. He worked on his pickoff move over the winter and threw over to first base twice before the caught stealing. “It’s something that helps. It keeps them honest and I let Gary do the rest,” said Betances. [Billy Witz]
  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in today’s game. Domingo German, Jon Niese, and CC Sabathia all threw bullpen sessions. I’m pretty sure those three and James Kaprielian are the only healthy pitchers in camp who have yet to pitch in a Grapefruit League game.
  • Gleyber Torres will play second base at some point in the coming days but he will not play third this spring, Joe Girardi said. He hasn’t worked out there at all as far as I know. I get the feeling it’s only a matter of time until Gleyber spends time at the hot corner though. Maybe in Instructional League this fall? [George King]
  • Masahiro Tanaka will make his second start of the spring tomorrow afternoon. That’s a home game against the Pirates and there will be a YES Network broadcast. Hooray for that. Tanaka’s first spring start was not televised.

Here is the open thread for the rest of the day. MLB Network is showing games on tape delay throughout the afternoon and evening, plus the (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are all playing. There’s also a bunch of college basketball. Talk about those games or anything else here, as long as it’s not politics or religion.