Yankees At Mariners: New York Defeats Mariners, 5-2, In Series Finale

The Yankees took two out of three games from the Seattle Mariners after a 5-2 win on Wednesday

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Yankees Vs. Mariners Final Score: New York Uses 8th Inning Comeback In 5-2 Win

The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 5-2, on Wednesday at Safeco Field. The Yankees won two out of the three games in the three-game set.

Derek Jeter homered in the first inning to give the Yankees the lead. The 1-0 advantage would not hold through the bottom of the inning when the Mariners' Michael Saunders scored on a bases loaded walk to tie the game. Mike Carp grounded into a fielder's choice but Jesus Montero scored on the play to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. The bats were silenced until the eighth inning when the Yankees scored four runs. Pinch-hitter Jayson Nix drove in three runs with a double and Russell Martin plated the other run with an RBI single.

Ivan Nova went five innings in the start for the Yankees. He gave up six walks, two hits and two earned runs while striking out five batters. David Phelps got the win for New York. He struck out two batters and allowed zero hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Lucas Luetge took the loss for the Mariners for giving up two hits and two earned runs in the eighth. Rafael Soriano got his 26th save of the season for the Yankees for a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out one batter and allowed one hit.

The Yankees' newest player, former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki, was 1-5 at the plate in Wednesday's game and finished the series against his old club 3-12 with a double and a stolen base. The Yankees finished their West Coast road trip with a record of 2-5.

The Yankees (59-39) start their next series against the Boston Red Sox (49-49) on July 27 at Yankee Stadium.


Final - 7.25.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 10 0
Seattle Mariners 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
WP: David Phelps (2 - 3)
SV: Rafael Soriano (26)
LP: Lucas Luetge (1 - 1)

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Yankees Fall To Mariners, Lose A-Rod To Fractured Hand

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez came in red hot, and remained that way after solving his home struggles against the New York Yankees.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan fired 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, outdueling fellow countryman and childhood idol Freddy Garcia, as the Seattle Mariners edged the Yankees, 4-2, in the middle installment of a three-game set.

It was a rough loss for the Yankees, who will be without star third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He's headed to the disabled list with a fracture of his left hand.

Rodriguez was drilled on the hand by Hernandez in the eighth inning. He collapsed to the ground in agony after being pegged with an 88 mph change-up and was removed from the game. Rodriguez was the third and final hit batsman by Hernandez in a span of five batters.

"He's got a non-displaced fracture," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Until Dr. Ahmad sees him I won't comment...He's been swinging the bat really good too."

Eric Chavez, who had a similar injury and missed eight weeks, will replace Rodriguez at third.

"Al (Rodriguez) is so important to our team. This is definitely going to hurt," Chavez said.

Hernandez (9-5) fanned four, scattered four hits and walked three for Seattle, which has won six of its last nine games.

The right-hander is 5-0 with a minuscule 1.49 ERA over his last eight outings. He came in with a 2-3 mark and a 4.43 ERA versus the Yankees at home as opposed to a 4-2 record and a 2.49 ERA against them in the Bronx.

Tom Wilhemsen struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 11th save of the year.

Garcia (4-4) retired the last 15 batters he saw, struck out eight and surrendered three runs on five hits for New York, which has dropped five of its last six.

Garcia, who spent the first five-plus years of his career with the Mariners, is 5-4 against his former club with a 5.08 ERA in 11 starts.

In his second game with the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3.

Both teams traded runs in the opening frame as Curtis Granderson launched a solo shot to right in the top half and Michael Saunders smacked a blast to right in the home half.

Seattle, though, plated two in the third. Brendan Ryan began the frame with a single and after Dustin Ackley flied out, Saunders' base hit to right put runners on the corners with one away.

Jesus Montero fisted a single to right, plating Ryan, and John Jaso lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Saunders, giving the Mariners a 3-1 advantage.

New York loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Hernandez struck out Raul Ibanez and got Chavez to line out to center, ending the threat.

"That's what he does. He bears down, he steps up in those types of opportunities, he executes pitches, he's just a great competitor with great stuff. That was pretty impressive that inning," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

The Yankees got a run back in the eighth on Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly to center, but Seattle answered in the bottom half to regain its two-run margin.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Kyle Seager's infield single brought home Ackley to make it 4-2.

Game Notes

Granderson's round-tripper was his 27th of the season...The Yankees were 2- for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while Seattle finished 2-for-3 with RISP and left five men on base...Jaso had his 10-game home hitting streak snapped...Rodriguez struck out for the 2,000th time in his career in the sixth.


Final - 7.24.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 0
Seattle Mariners 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 X 4 6 0
WP: Felix Hernandez (9 - 5)
SV: Tom Wilhelmsen (11)
LP: Freddy Garcia (4 - 4)

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Yankees (58-38) At Mariners (42-56) Previews: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The first game with newly-acquired outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was successful.The New York Yankees are hoping the trend continues Tuesday (10:10 p.m. ET on YES Network) as they continue their West Coast road trip and take on the Seattle Marines for the second game of a three-game series at Safeco Field.

Current and former Mariner teammate of Suzuki, Freddy Garcia (4-3) takes the mound for the Yankees and will oppose Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (8-5). Garcia will be trying to bounce-back from a bad start, which lasted less than six innings, against the Oakland A's last Thursday. Meanwhile, Hernandez has been on fire as of late, compiling a 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in his last seven starts.

On Monday, the Yankees (58-38) and Mariners (42-56) pulled off a notable trade, as Suzuki was dealt to New York for minor-league prospects. In his first game with NYY, Ichiro collected a hit and stole a base to help his new team earn a 4-1 victory and snap a four-game losing streak.


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Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT
SAFECO Field

Freddy Garcia vs Felix Hernandez

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Yankees 4, Mariners 1: New York Wins In Ichiro's Debut

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Wearing the unfamiliar No. 31, Ichiro Suzuki strode to the plate for his first Yankee at-bat in the third to a standing ovation and a charade of cheers from the place he called home for the past 11- plus years.

Suzuki returned the favor to the Seattle faithful with a traditional bow of respect to both sides of the stadium and then fittingly reached out and slapped a solid single to center.

The 38-year-old went 1-for-4 and stole a base in his Yankees debut, while Hiroki Kuroda spun seven innings of one-run ball as New York snapped its season-high four-game losing streak with a 4-1 triumph over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game set.

"I was on the opposite side today, it looks different being over here," said Suzuki through an interpreter. "But I was kind of worried getting up on that first at bat, but, with the standing ovation, I was really relieved. It was a special day today."

The Yankees acquired Suzuki, who is in the final year of his contract, from the Mariners earlier Monday in exchange for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar and cash.

"We're excited to have him," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi of Suzuki. "It just changes our lineup when you have a guy that can do the things that he can do."

Suzuki, a 10-time American League All-Star, is Seattle's all-time leader in hits (2,533), runs scored (1,176), triples (79) and at-bats (7,858).

The AL MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001, Suzuki had spent his entire career with the Mariners, hitting .322 over that span. He was named an All- Star in 10 straight seasons from 2001-2010, while capturing a Gold Glove Award in each of those campaigns.

He did not wear his traditional No. 51 in respect for legendary Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams.

"It was a weird feeling," said Mariners catcher John Jaso of not having Suzuki on the team. "Once the game started the only weird thing was seeing him in a Yankees uniform.

Kuroda (10-7) fanned nine and surrendered three hits to win his career-high tying fourth straight decision.

Alex Rodriguez tallied two hits, including a solo homer, and two runs, Mark Teixeira recorded three hits, an RBI and a run scored and Rafael Soriano notched his 25th save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kevin Millwood (3-8) was charged with three runs on nine hits and two walks in seven innings for Seattle, which had won five of its last seven.

Jaso's RBI single in the third opened the scoring for Seattle, but the Yankees retaliated with a three-run fourth and plated another in the eighth.

Rodriguez smacked a one-out double to center and after Robinson Cano walked, Teixeira brought Rodriguez home with a double to right. A pair of singles by Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones plated Cano and Teixeira, respectively, to give New York a 3-1 advantage.

Rodriguez drilled a leadoff homer in the eighth into the seats in left-center to increase the Yankees margin to 4-1.

In the ninth, Jesus Montero flied out to Suzuki in right to end the game.

Game Notes

Suzuki batted .261 with 49 runs scored and a team-high 15 stolen bases in 95 games with the Mariners this season...The Yankees designated Dewayne Wise for assignment to clear a roster spot for Suzuki...Rodriguez's homer was the 644th of his career.


Final - 7.23.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 1
Seattle Mariners 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (10 - 7)
SV: Rafael Soriano (25)
LP: Kevin Millwood (3 - 8)

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Ichiro Suzuki Batting 8th For Yankees Monday Night Against Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki, fresh from being traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees, will bat eighth against his former team Monday night for the start of a four-game series at Safeco Field. Ichiro will man right field with Nick Swisher out. Once Swisher returns, Ichiro should spend most of his time in left field for New York. You can check out the Yankees full lineup below:

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Raul Ibanez, DH
Andruw Jones, LF
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Russell Martin, C

Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

Ichiro was acquired Monday in a trade that sent pitching prospects D.J. Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar to Seattle. With Brett Gardner out for the season the Yankees needed immediate help in the outfield and in a quick turn of events acquired a 38-year-old, 10-time All-Star.

See Pinstripe Alley for complete discussion and analysis of the Yankees and stay tuned to SB Nation New York.

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