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Open Thread: 3/19 Camp Notes

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In a rare non-televised Spring Training game, the Yankees beat the Braves by the score of 7-0 this afternoon. Ivan Nova was dynamite, allowing just two hits and no walks in 6.1 innings. He struck out five and got seven outs on the ground compared to three in the air. That’s Nova at his best. Danny Burawa, Shane Greene, Cesar Cabral, and Dellin Betances got two outs apiece to close out the game.

Carlos Beltran was the star at the plate, going 3-for-4 and driving in a pair of runs. Brett Gardner went 0-for-1 with three walks and both Alfonso Soriano and Brian Roberts had a single. Derek Jeter‘s rough spring continued with an 0-for-4. He surely came to camp rusty after missing just about all of last season, and he has another eleven days to get ready for Opening Day. The Yankees drew eleven walks as a team while striking out only eight times. No television means no video highlights, but here’s the box score and the rest from camp.

  • Jeter said his twice-fractured ankle feels great and has been a non-factor in camp. He has been moving well all spring. “I haven’t worried about that for a while. I haven’t worried since I got here,” he said. “If you’re comparing the two years, it’s completely different. Just walking around last year was a struggle. This year, I haven’t thought about it at all.” [Dan Martin]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) feels “substantially better” and did some running and outfield work today. He still is unlikely to play before Friday. Brendan Ryan (oblique) and Scott Sizemore (calf) are both expected to play tomorrow. Russ Canzler, who recently missed time with a hip problem, now has a back issue and was scratched from today’s lineup. [Andrew Marchand, Jose Castillo]
  • Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren will pitch in relief Friday and Saturday, respectively. Sure seems like they’ve been ruled out as fifth starter candidates. Warren and Hiroki Kuroda threw their scheduled bullpen sessions when Preston Claiborne pitched in a minor league game. [Chad Jennings]
  • Also from Jennings: Alfonso Soriano is not longer taking ground balls at first base. They tried it and will now they’ll focus on more important stuff.

This is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network will show the Cubs and Rockies live later tonight, plus both the Knicks and Nets are playing. Talk about Nova, the games, or anything else right here.

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Open Thread: 3/18 Camp Notes

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The Yankees walloped the Red Sox 8-1 this afternoon in a game that included a seven-minute bee delay in the third inning. A swarm of bees took over left field. Joe Girardi made a Tommy Boy joke during an on-air interview and everyone had a nice laugh at Mark Teixeira‘s expense. It was pretty great. Here’s the video.

Anyway, Michael Pineda was clearly the story the day, holding an admittedly weak Red Sox lineup to four hits in 4.1 scoreless innings before reaching his pitch limit. He struck out five and walked no one, giving him 14 strikeouts and one walk in nine Grapefruit League innings. Forty-five of his 60 pitches were strikes and he was anywhere from 88-94 mph on the YES gun with a filthy slider. Most importantly, everything was free and easy. Pineda wasn’t laboring or overthrowing. Looked very natural, unlike two springs ago.

Brett Gardner (3-for-4), Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4 with a monster homer), Frankie Cervelli (2-for-3 with a triple), and Brian Roberts (2-for-3 with a stolen base) all had pretty great days at the plate. Teixeira went 1-for-2 with two walks while Derek Jeter and Carlos Beltran both went 1-for-4. Beltran doubled. David Robertson struck out two of three batters faced and Shawn Kelley chucked a perfect inning. Pretty solid game all around. Here is the box score, here are the video highlights, and here is the rest from Tampa.

  • The Yankees announced their largest round of roster cuts so far: C/1B Francisco Arcia, OF Tyler Austin, RHP Bruce Billings, RHP Robert Coello, RHP Brian Gordon, IF Corban Joseph, RHP Mark Montgomery, C Peter O’Brien, UTIL Jose Pirela, RHP Chase Whitley, and OF Mason Williams were reassigned to minor league camp while OF Ramon Flores was optioned to Triple-A Scranton. Whitley will be stretched out as a starter, which makes sense given Scranton’s rotation needs following the Nik Turley and Jose Ramirez injuries. There are still 46 players in big league camp by my unofficial count. [Chad Jennings]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury went through a fairly normal workout today but still felt “something” in his calf. He will not play until Friday at the earliest. Austin (wrist), Brendan Ryan (oblique), and Scott Sizemore (calf) all took batting practice and figure to return to game action in the coming days. David Phelps, CC Sabathia, and Masahiro Tanaka threw their usual between-starts bullpen sessions. [Jack Curry, Jennings]
  • Andrew Bailey, who is working his way back from surgery to repair a tore shoulder capsule, is currently making 50 throws from 90 feet on flat ground as part of his rehab. He hopes to stretch it out to 120 feet next week. Bailey is unlikely to return to a big league mound until August or September, according to the team. [Jorge Castillo]
  • Tanaka’s next start will be Saturday on the road against the Twins. He will be on one extra day of rest. Hiroki Kuroda will stay behind in Tampa and pitch in a minor league game on normal rest that day. [Bryan Hoch]

Here is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES tonight (7pm ET) and on MLB Network early tomorrow (7am ET). MLBN will air the Cubs and Rangers live later tonight and all three local hockey clubs are in action as well. Talk about anything and everything here.

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Open Thread: 3/17 Camp Notes

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No baseball today. (Presswire)

No baseball today. (Presswire)

For the first and hopefully only time this spring, the Yankees were rained out this afternoon. Their game against the Pirates in Bradenton was canceled due to the weather and will not be made up. Scheduled starter Hiroki Kuroda instead threw a five-inning, 75-pitch bullpen session in Tampa, the Yankees announced, so the rotation will remain on schedule. Here is the rest of the day’s news from camp.

  • Jacoby Ellsbury (tight calf) hit in the batting cage but Joe Girardi does not expect him to play tomorrow. Brendan Ryan (oblique) and Tyler Austin (wrist) both took batting practice on the field, usually the last step before returning to game action. Scott Sizemore hit on the field as well. He’s been nursing a minor quad issue. [David Lennon, Chad Jennings]
  • Some more from Jennings: CC Sabathia is scheduled to start Friday on normal rest and it appears Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Saturday with an extra day of rest, though it’s unclear if he will travel or stay in Tampa to throw a simulated game. Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren are not listed as starters this week and there’s a chance both have made their final spring starts.
  • The Yankees who went to Panama arrived back in Tampa a little after midnight last night, so most of the veterans who made the trip were given the day off. [Andrew Marchand]
  • And finally, the Yankees open their season in Houston two weeks from today tomorrow, and this morning Astros manager Bo Porter announced right-hander Scott Feldman will be their Opening Day starter. Just in case you were wondering.

Here is your open thread for the night. MLB Network was supposed to replay this afternoon’s game at 11pm ET, so I assume they’ll slot in another game instead. The Nets are the only local basketball or hockey team playing, so talk about that game or anything else right here.

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Open Thread: 3/16 Camp Notes

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The Yankees had a good day on Sunday, winning two games in two different countries. In Tampa, Masahiro Tanaka helped the club to a 7-4 win over the visiting Braves. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks in 4.1 innings before hitting his pitch count, striking out six. Forty-four of his 74 pitches were strikes, according to David Lennon. Ichiro Suzuki, Eduardo Nunez, and Ramon Flores all went 2-for-3 while Brian McCann had a two-run double. Mark Teixeira went 0-for-2 with a walk. Dellin Betances had his first shaky outing of the spring, allowing a run on a hit, a walk, and a hit batsman in one inning of work. Here are the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, in Panama, the Yankees responded to being no-hit on Saturday by holding the Marlins to one hit on Sunday, shutting them out 7-0. CC Sabathia retired 15 of 16 batters faced (five strikeouts), with the only exception being an error by third baseman Zelous Wheeler. I couldn’t get the online feed to work, so I have no idea how Sabathia actually looked as far as command and velocity, but Bryan Hoch says he was sharp. Carlos Beltran singled, Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-5, Frankie Cervelli went 3-for-3, and Gary Sanchez hit a homer. Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Alfonso Soriano went a combined 0-for-9. David Robertson walked one in an otherwise perfect inning. Here’s the box score (no highlights) for that game, and here is the rest from camp.

  • Another roster cut: Manny Banuelos has been optioned down High-A Tampa, the team announced. Brian Cashman said Banuelos may start the season with High-A Tampa rather than Triple-A Scranton because of the weather, but nothing is decided yet. There are still 58 players in big league camp by my unofficial count. [Chad Jennings]
  • Ivan Nova, David Phelps, and Michael Pineda were among those to throw their scheduled bullpen sessions. Tyler Austin (wrist) took batting practice and is expected to get into a game this week. Brendan Ryan (oblique) hit and fielded grounders today, and is expected to have a full workout tomorrow. Russ Canzler (hip) is feeling better but he is still receiving treatment and has yet to resume workouts. [Jennings]
  • Sabathia said he planned to speak to Mariano Rivera about his work-in-progress cutter while in Panama. Couldn’t speak to a better guy about the pitch, but I wouldn’t expect Sabathia’s to become lethal like Rivera’s just because they chatted. [Dan Barbarisi]
  • And, in case you were wondering, the Yankees did bring a jersey to Panama for Rivera. They were lobbying him to play center field, but Joe Girardi said the jersey was so Mo could spend a few innings in the dugout. [Barbarisi]

This is your opening thread for the evening. If you missed Tanaka earlier or just want to see him again, YES is replaying this afternoon’s game at 7pm ET. MLB Network will re-air two games later tonight as well. Feel free to talk about whatever you like right here.

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Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes

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The Yankees lost 2-1 to the Orioles this afternoon and they’ve now won just one of their last seven Grapefruit League games. If you ask me, that means the team is doomed. (It doesn’t.) Vidal Nuno had a nice little start, allowing just one hit and one walk in four scoreless innings. He struck out three. Danny Burawa gave up a solo homer to Chris Davis and Mark Montgomery allowed a run on a double, a wild pitch, and a sac fly.

Brian Roberts had a good day at the plate against his former club, going 2-for-3 with two singles. I don’t know if he’ll be healthy or hit much this year, but Roberts has consistently had long at-bats both this spring and throughout his career (career 9.8 BB% and 3.98 P/PA). That’s a pretty good trait for a number eight or nine hitter. Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-3 and both Kelly Johnson and Austin Romine went 0-for-2 with a walk. Ramon Flores had a nice spot start with a single and a double in two at-bats. Francisco Arcia accounted for the team’s only run with a solo homer. Here’s the box score, here are the video highlights, and here’s the rest from an otherwise slow day in Tampa.

  • Larry Rothschild seemed to indicate Masahiro Tanaka will start the fourth game of the season, both as a way to give him extra rest early in the season and also split him up with Hiroki Kuroda, since they have similar styles. Tanaka, meanwhile, said the MLB ball gives his splitter “more bite compared to balls in Japan,” which is something he’s still adjusting to. [Wally Matthews, Brendan Kuty]
  • There were no workouts scheduled for the guys who did not travel to play the Orioles this afternoon. Eduardo Nunez is fine after being spiked in yesterday’s game and could have played today, though he wasn’t scheduled to travel. Brian Roberts fouled a ball of his foot yesterday and is fine; he played six innings this afternoon. Russ Canzler received treatment today after being scratched from yesterday’s game with hip stiffness. [Chad Jennings]
  • The Yankees are playing the Marlins at 9pm ET in Panama tonight and the game is not on any of the normal television networks. It will air on TV Max if you get that channel and it may be broadcast online right here. Not sure if it actually will though. Thanks to @Mikhel2 for the heads up.

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will not be replayed anywhere but MLB Network will air both the Red Sox-Phillies and Dodgers-White Sox live later tonight. The Nets, Devils, and Islanders are all playing tonight as well. Talk about anything and everything right here.

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Open Thread: 3/14 Camp Notes

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The Yankees blew an early three-run lead and lost to the Twins by the score of 7-3 this afternoon. Jacoby Ellsbury (double), Brian Roberts (double), and Mark Teixeira (single) start the games off with hits, then Minnesota’s staff retired 26 of the final 29 batters they faced. The only exceptions were walks to Teixeira (one) and Ramon Flores (two). The final eleven Yankees to bat made outs.

David Phelps was alright, allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings. He struck out four and was both up in the zone and running deep counts a little too much. Not the most efficient outing. Manny Banuelos was all over the place, walking two and allowing two (bloop) hits in one-third of an inning. He was charged with four runs to raise his spring ERA to 63.00. Dellin Betances was excellent again, inheriting a bases loaded, one-out jam and escaping with a strikeout and ground out. He then tacked on another scoreless inning and retired all five batters he faced. Here’s the box score and the video highlights, and here’s the rest from camp.

  • The Yankees contingent in Panama took a tour of the Panama Canal today. George King has a story on the tour with a bunch of photos. The Yankees will play a pair of exhibition games against the Marlins at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City this weekend, though I still have no idea of those games will be on television anywhere.
  • Hiroki Kuroda and Shawn Kelley threw their scheduled bullpen sessions. Tyler Austin (wrist) took regular batting practice for the first time and Brendan Ryan (oblique) both hit and fielded grounders. [Chad Jennings]
  • Eduardo Nunez got spiked on a take-out slide but told Jack Curry he is fine during an in-game interview. He said he should be able to play tomorrow.

This is your nightly open thread. This afternoon’s game will be replayed at 7pm ET on YES, plus MLB Network will air some different games later tonight. All three of the local hockey clubs are playing as well. Talk about anything you like right here.

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Open Thread: 3/13 Camp Notes

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The Yankees split their two games this afternoon, losing 6-2 to the Phillies and beating the Orioles 5-0. Michael Pineda started against Baltimore and looked good, striking out five in 2.2 scoreless innings before hitting his pitch count. I’ll have some more on him later tonight. Brett Gardner (2-for-4 with a double), Carlos Beltran (1-for-3), Brian McCann (0-for-1 with two walks), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2 with a walk), and Zoilo Almonte (2-for-3 with a double) all had nice days. Derek Jeter went 0-for-4. Here’s the box score and video highlights for that game.

Meanwhile, against the Phillies, Ivan Nova got knocked around a bit, surrendering three runs on nine hits and no walks (six strikeouts) in five innings. He was getting dinked and dunked early but gave up a few hard hits near the end of his outing. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a homer (!), Kelly Johnson doubled, and both Scott Sizemore and Frankie Cervelli singled. Ichiro Suzuki and Mark Teixeira both went 0-for-3. Preston Claiborne got knocked around for three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Here’s the box score and video highlights for this game, now here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The upcoming rotation: David Phelps (Friday), Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren (Saturday), Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia (Sunday), Hiroki Kuroda (Monday), Pineda (Tuesday), Nova (Wednesday), Phelps (Thursday), and Sabathia (Friday). No surprise here, but Joe Girardi confirmed Pineda will have an innings limit this season. [Chad Jennings]
  • McCann will not travel to Panama as planned, instead staying behind to catch Tanaka on Sunday. Does that mean Cervelli, who looked like he was being groomed to be be Tanaka’s personal catcher, is about to be traded? Eh, maybe. Cervelli is going to Panama instead of McCann though. Jennings has the full roster for the trip. [Jack Curry]
  • Another two roster cuts: Bryan Mitchell and Jose Campos have been optioned to Triple-A Scranton and High-A Tampa, respectively, the team announced. There are still 59 player in big league camp by my unofficial count.

Here is your open thread for the night. The game against the Orioles will be replayed at 7pm ET on YES, if you missed Pineda earlier today. MLB Network will air a non-Yankees game later tonight, plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing as well. Talk about whatever here.

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Open Thread: 3/12 Camp Notes

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The Yankees battled back from a six-run deficit to tie the Tigers 7-7 in ten innings this afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda took one on the chin, allowing six runs on ten hits in 3.1 innings before reaching his pitch count. Just about everything was up in the zone. Not a good day for Kuroda. Seven relievers held Detroit to one unearned run 6.1 innings after that.

Frankie Cervelli had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two solo homers. Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Beltran went a combined 0-for-9 while Kelly Johnson and Alfonso Soriano both went 1-for-3. Zelous Wheeler hit what would have been a bases-clearing, game-tying double in the eighth, but it hopped over the fence for a two-run ground-rule double instead. Zoilo Almonte tied the game at seven with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Here’s the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest from Tampa.

  • The Yankees announced three more roster cuts: Slade Heathcott and Nik Turley were optioned to Triple-A Scranton while Gary Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Trenton. Heathcott (knee) and Turley (arm) did not play this spring due to injury. Don’t read anything into the levels they were assigned, these are just procedural moves and the assignments can change before the season.
  • Tyler Austin (wrist) is hitting off soft toss now, not just a tee. Heathcott is still running and hitting, but nothing more. Dellin Betances threw a simulated game and Manny Banuelos will make his second appearance of the spring on Friday. [Chad Jennings]
  • Both Matt Daley and Chris Leroux are making the trip to Panama. Shawn Kelley will not. The team leaves at 6pm ET tomorrow. [Jorge Castillo]

This is your open thread for the night. This afternoon’s game will be replayed on YES at 10pm ET. MLB Network will carry the Cubs and Mariners live at the same time, plus both the Knicks and Nets are playing as well. Talk about anything and everything right here.

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Open Thread: 3/11 Camp Notes

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Following Monday’s off-day, the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Nationals this afternoon. CC Sabathia looked pretty bad, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out three, threw his new cutter a handful of times out of 61 total pitches, and sat 86-87 mph while touching 89 with his fastball according to Adam Kilgore. That’s not exactly encouraging.

“I sucked. We can leave it here in Vero or Viera or wherever we are and just go on to the next one,” said Sabathia to Wally Matthews. “I was kind of erratic, like all over the place. I couldn’t get my delivery down, and try to push off, try to get some leverage throwing downhill, it was just hard for me. I don’t know if I was just jumping off the mound, leaving too early. From my point of view, I just felt like I was rushing.”

In other news, Eduardo Nunez tripled for the team’s first base-runner of the game with two outs in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, and Scott Sizemore went a combined 0-for-16. Dean Anna drove in a run with a single, Gardner plated the other with a sac fly. Five relievers combined to allow one hit in five innings. Here’s the box score and video highlights, and here’s the rest of the day’s news.

  • Masahiro Tanaka made his simulated start as scheduled in Tampa while the team was on the road. He allowed three hits, including a solo homer to Jake Cave and two singles by Cito Culver, with nine strikeouts in four simulated innings. Forty-nine of his 63 pitches were strikes. Tanaka’s next start will be Sunday in Florida while most of the team is in Panama. [AP]
  • Lots of pitchers needed to get work in following the off-day. David Robertson and Matt Thornton threw simulated games while David Phelps, Adam Warren, Ivan Nova, and Michael Pineda were among those to throw bullpen sessions. Tyler Austin (wrist) hit again as he works his way back. [Chad Jennings]
  • Brendan Ryan (oblique) swung a broomstick today. Insert joke about how you wouldn’t be able to the tell the difference between a broomstick and his bat. Ryan is still a day or two away from getting back in a game. [Matthews]
  • Mark Teixeira will not make the trip to Panama. He’s staying behind so he can get extra work in as he returns from wrist surgery. Yangervis Solarte, John Ryan Murphy, Jose Gil, Zelous Wheeler, and Gary Sanchez will all be making the trip. [Jennings, Jorge Castillo]

Here is your open thread for the evening. MLB Network will re-air today’s game at 9pm ET, if you’re interested. The Rangers and Devils are both playing as well. Talk about another of those games or anything else right here. Enjoy.

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Open Thread: 3/10 Camp Notes

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Guess what? There are no camp notes. The Yankees were off today for the first time since Grapefruit League games started, and it was a full day off. There were no workouts scheduled or anything. Just a day to recharge the batteries. With the Panama trip coming up and the next off-day two weeks away, a day of rest is a good thing. No news is good news and that’s exactly what we have today.

There is one thing I do want to take a second to point out: RAB turned seven years old on January February 20th. I am terrible at dates and I completely forgot. Just realized it today. Thanks for reading and making RAB part of your day. The site has grown far more than Ben, Joe, or myself ever expected when we launched, and I think I speak for everyone here when I say the best parts of RAB are the friends I’ve made and all the great people I’ve met these last seven years. It’s been pretty awesome.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. MLB Network will replay a game later tonight and SNY will re-air this afternoon’s Mets game as well, if you’re really desperate for some baseball. Old pals Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson both played. This happened too. The Islanders, Knicks, and Nets are all playing as well. Talk about whatever you like here. Enjoy.

(I’m re-posting that video because it was easy to overlook last Friday night. I enjoyed it.)

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