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.

Spring Training Game Thread: A Two-Day Road Trip

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For the first time this spring, the Yankees are on the east coast of Florida. They made the long trek across the state to West Palm Beach for this afternoon’s game against the Astros. And because they have to play the Nationals at West Palm Beach tomorrow — the Astros and Nationals share the Ballpark at the Palm Beaches, which just opened this year — they’re going to stay in town tonight rather than go all the way back to Tampa.

Anyway, this afternoon both Adam Warren and Luis Severino will make their latest Grapefruit League appearances as they hope to secure Opening Day rotation spots. I still think Warren will end up in the bullpen, but we’ll see. Also, Ben Heller has quietly had a nice spring and he’ll pitch today as well. Even if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, I’m certain we’ll see Heller at some point this summer. Here is the Astros’ lineup and here are the players the Yankees sent across the state:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. 1B Greg Bird
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. RF Aaron Judge
  7. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  8. C Kyle Higashioka
  9. SS Tyler Wade
    RHP Adam Warren

Available Pitchers: RHP Luis Severino, RHP Ben Heller, and RHP Gio Gallegos are all expected to pitch after Warren. RHP J.R. Graham, LHP Jason Gurka, RHP Jonathon Holder, RHP Travis Hissong, RHP Matt Marsh, RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Andrew Schwaab, and LHP Nestor Cortes are the extra arms. Hissong, Marsh, Coshow, Schwaab, and Cortes are all up from minor league camp for the two-day road trip.

Available Position Players: C Wilkin Castillo, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Gleyber Torres, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Donovan Solano, LF Clint Frazier, CF Dustin Fowler, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Austin Romine, C Radley Haddad, IF Thairo Estrada, IF Ruben Tejada, and UTIL Rob Refsnyder are the extra players. Haddad and Estrada are up from minor league camp.

It is nice and sunny in West Palm Beach today. Good baseball weather. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET, and if you’re in the Houston market, you can watch on ROOT Sports. If not, MLB.tv is your only option. MLB Network is not showing the game live. Enjoy the game.

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.

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka’s Fourth Start

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Spring Training continues this afternoon with Masahiro Tanaka‘s fourth Grapefruit League start. He looked excellent the first three times out, striking out 13 with no walks and three hits allowed in nine scoreless innings. Last year at this time Tanaka was coming back from surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. There are no such concerns this year. He’s looked really good so far.

In other news, the Yankees are set to play their top two prospects (Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier) in today’s game, plus their most MLB ready starting pitcher prospect (Jordan Montgomery) will come out of the bullpen as well. Roster cuts are being made by the day. Enjoy watching these guys while you can, folks. We won’t get to see them too many more times before they’re sent across the street to minor league camp. Here is the Tigers’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. DH Matt Holliday
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. RF Rob Refsnyder
  8. 2B Ronald Torreyes
  9. SS Gleyber Torres
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Available Pitchers: LHP Jordan Montgomery, LHP Chasen Shreve, LHP Jason Gurka, and RHP Jonathan Holder are all scheduled to pitch today. RHP Matt Wotherspoon, RHP Dillon McNamara, RHP Eric Ruth, and LHP Caleb Frare are all up from minor league camp to serve as the extra arms.

Available Position Players: C Kyle Higashioka, 1B Ji-Man Choi, 2B Donovan Solano, SS Pete Kozma, 3B Ruben Tejada, LF Clint Frazier, CF Tyler Wade, and RF Billy McKinney will be the second string off the bench. C Radley Haddad, IF Abi Avelino, OF Dustin Fowler, and UTIL Wilkin Castillo are the extra players. Haddad and Avelino are up from minor league camp for the day.

The Yankees made the 45-minute trip inland to Lakeland for this afternoon’s game. The weather report tells me there won’t be a cloud in the sky for this afternoon’s game. It will be a tad chilly, however. This afternoon’s game will begin shortly after 1pm ET. If you’re in the Tigers’ home market, you can watch on FOX Sports Detroit. If not, you can watch on MLB Network and MLB.tv, even in the New York market. Enjoy the game.

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.

March 15th Camp Notes: Romine, Frieri, Torres, Kaprielian

Another day, another win for the Yankees. They’re now 14-5 this spring. Greg Bird hit his fourth home run of the spring tonight, plus he added a single. Gary Sanchez had two hits and Gleyber Torres picked up a Little League double. It was a grounder that deflected off the third base bag into foul territory, away from the third baseman. Brett Gardner and Chase Headley had base knocks as well.

Michael Pineda started and he was excellent, fanning eight in five perfect innings. I know the Phillies kinda stink, but his slider was razor sharp. Pineda would have carved up most lineups with the stuff he had tonight. Aroldis Chapman tossed a scoreless frame and Chad Green closed things out by allowing one run in three innings. Here are the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news from Tampa:

  • Austin Romine left tonight’s game with a right hand injury. A wild pitch bounced in the dirt and clipped his hand. Romine had his hand behind his back, but the ball managed to bounce under his leg and jump up to get his hand. Go figure. Here’s the video. The Yankees haven’t announced an update yet. Hopefully it’s just a bad bruise or something. Update: The Yankees say x-rays came back negative on Romine’s hand. Exhale.
  • Veteran free agent right-hander Ernesto Frieri was in the clubhouse before the game and he’s expected to sign a minor league contract with the Yankees, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. He pitched for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic after not playing anywhere last year. PitchFX says Frieri’s fastball averaged 95.0 mph during the WBC. [Jack Curry]
  • Another round of roster cuts were announced: Johnny Barbato, Dietrich Enns, and Gio Gallegos were optioned to Triple-A, Miguel Andujar was optioned to Double-A, and Chance Adams was sent to minor league camp. There are 48 players still in big league camp by my unofficial count.
  • Gleyber Torres has started working out at third base. He’s not expected to play there this spring, but he is getting familiar with the position. It was only a matter of time. [David Lennon]
  • Bad news, folks: James Kaprielian will make his Grapefruit League debut tomorrow, not Friday. Tomorrow’s game will not be televised. Friday’s will be. Lame. Lame lame lame. [Erik Boland]
  • Bryan Hoch has the pitching assignments and hitting/fielding groups for everyone who didn’t play in tonight’s game. CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session and Adams threw a simulated game.
  • And finally, the Yankees announced Chris Carter was scratched from tonight’s game because he’s been traded to the Angels for Mike Trout. Or because he was sick. I forget. It was one of those.

The Yankees will be on the road to play the Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon and again, that game will not be televised. Hopefully Kaprielian gets into another game at some point before the end of spring. Time’s running out. Both Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa line up to pitch tomorrow.