Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit

Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit


TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies batters struck out a whopping 13 times and had just one hit in a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday night.

Eight of those strikeouts came against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who was perfect for five innings.

Freddy Galvis had the Phillies' only hit, a single in the seventh. They walked just one time.

Though not as effective as Pineda, Phillies starter Clay Buchholz was solid in five innings of work. He gave up five hits and two runs, one of which was unearned. He walked two and struck out one.

Buchholz gave up a solo homer to Greg Bird in the second inning. The lefty-hitting Bird hit a 1-2 changeup over the wall in right.

"He was a little out front of it, but he's a strong dude and if you put the barrel on it, it's going to go," Buchholz said. "That would have been way back in Yankee Stadium, so I'm glad it was here."

Buchholz lines up to pitch the third game of the regular season. He believes he's on target.

"That's what spring training is for, to build up and not necessarily try to throw 100 percent effort level out of the gate," he said. "As the innings go up, your arm strength will go up with that.

"The first three innings, I felt really good with my command. I threw a lot of strikes early and they hit it at people and I was able to get some quick outs. That's what you want as a starting pitcher."

Joseph day to day
Tommy Joseph was scratched from the lineup, one day after taking a pitch off his left hand (see story). X-rays taken Tuesday were negative, but Joseph was still feeling soreness when he tried to take some swings in the batting cage on Wednesday.

"It wasn't too comfortable hitting," he said.

Manager Pete Mackanin doesn't think Joseph will be out of the lineup long. Neither does Joseph.

"Zero fear," Joseph said when asked if he had any fear that he might not be ready for opening day.

Morgan goes four
Adam Morgan pitched four innings of one-run ball in a minor-league game on Wednesday. The Phillies are keeping Morgan stretched out as a starter even though he is a candidate to pitch out of the big-league bullpen.

Up next
The Phillies play the Orioles in Sarasota on Thursday night. Here is the posted lineup for that game:

Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Roman Quinn, CF
Howie Kendrick, LF
Michael Saunders, RF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Brock Stassi, 1B
Daniel Nava, DH
Andres Blanco, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C

Vince Velasquez will be the Phillies' starting pitcher. Lefty Chris Lee is scheduled to pitch for Baltimore.

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.