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Earlier this week, Robinson Cano was quoted in the Seattle Times as saying he likes it when he gets booed at Yankee Stadium. He must have loved the attention he received Friday night in the Mariners’ 7-1 victory. Cano figured in two of Seattle’s rallies and drew the usual boos he has heard at the Stadium since he left the Yankees after the 2013 season for 240 million reasons supplied by the star-starved Mariners.
Yankees fans’ attitude is somewhat curious considering Cano was a crowd favorite during his nine seasons in the Bronx. But once he rejected an offer from the Yankees of a reported $170 million to accept Seattle’s even more generous bid the Stadium faithful did a complete turnabout.
Cano’s big night came at an appropriate time. Friday was Jackie Robinson Day throughout baseball as all players wore uniform No. 42 that has been retired in perpetuity since 1997 in honor of the player who broke the color barrier 69 years ago. Cano was named after Robinson by his father, a former player in the Dominican Republic.
Cano singled to center field in the fourth inning to score Seth Smith, who had doubled with one out off Yanks starter Luis Severino. That wiped out the 1-0 lead the Yankees acquired on Brett Gardner’s first home run of the season, in the first inning off Seattle starter Nathan Karns. The Mariners went ahead in the fifth on a two-run home run by Chris Iannetta, the Seattle catcher who had an even bigger night than Cano with three hits and three RBI.
In the sixth, Cano followed a leadoff walk by Smith with a single to right field and eventually scored on a single by Adam Lind, Severino’s last batter. The righthander had a tough night (four earned runs, eight hits in 5 2/3 innings) against an offense that entered Friday night’s game with a team batting average of .208. The Mariners had an absolute feast with 12 hits in the game.
It was the Yankees’ offensive unit that sputtered Friday night. The Yanks stranded 12 base runners and were hitless in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position, this coming after going 3-for-22 in similar situations in the three-game series at Toronto. Gardner’s home run turned out to be their lone bright spot. And it will not get any easier Saturday with Felix Hernandez starting for the Mariners against CC Sabathia.
It may be a very long time before the Yankees see a keystone combination with the combined offensive productivity of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano of the not so long ago. Two games into the 2016 season, however, there has been much to enjoy about the combined efforts of this year’s shortstop-second base combo of Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro.
The pair have done more damage at the bottom of the lineup than those at the top for the Yankees. Castro, who had a two-run double in Tuesday’s Opening Day loss, probably had the most important hit Wednesday night as the Yankees came off the canvas for a 16-6 romp of the Astros. After Michael Pineda nearly gave up all of a 6-1 lead as Houston closed to 6-5 in the top of the second, Castro crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to put the Yankees back in command.
It was a four-hit, five-RBI night for Castro, who was acquired from the Cubs in an offseason trade for pitcher Adam Warren. After watching Stephen Drew struggle to hit .200 last year, it has been a treat so far to see a Yankees second baseman handle the bat so well. In addition to his three-run bomb, Castro knocked in two more runs with singles in the six-run first inning and the three-run seventh. In only his second season at second base after being moved there from shortstop last year, Castro has looked comfortable in the field as well.
Gregorius, who settled in nicely as Jeter’s successor in 2015 after a shaky start, has broken out of the gate much better this year. He hit an impressive home run Tuesday and followed that with three singles Wednesday night. From the 8-9 holes, Castro and Gregorius are batting a combined .563 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. Contrast that with the 1-2-3 hitters for the Yankees, who have combined for one hit in 22 at-bats (.045).
With Castro’s double and Gregorius’ home run Tuesday, it marked the first time since at least 1913 that the Yankees’ starting middle infield pairing both had extra-base hits and RBIs on Opening Day. The YES Network reported that Castro and Gregorius, both 26, are the Yankees’ youngest regular starting middle infield pairing since 1977 with second baseman Willie Randolph, 22, and shortstop Bucky Dent, 25, who played together for three-plus seasons.
Gregorius became the third Yankees shortstop to homer on Opening Day. Jeter did it three times, all of which came on the road — April 2, 1996 at Cleveland, April 5, 1999 at Oakland and April 1, 2002 at Baltimore. Dent went deep April 9, 1981 at Yankee Stadium against Texas.
It would be too much to ask Castro and Gregorius to duplicate some of the seasons Jeter and Cano had together, but so far so good.
Think Robinson Cano misses Yankee Stadium? You bet he does. Oh, sure, he found 240 million reasons to leave the Yankees as a free agent after the 2013 season and sign a 10-year contract with Seattle where he has found Safeco Field to be no match for hitter friendliness as the right field porch at the Stadium.
Cano was back aiming at that porch Saturday and hit pay dirt twice with a couple of two-run home runs that accounted for all the Mariners’ runs in their 4-3 victory. Both blows were off Michael Pineda (9-6), who took the loss despite six serviceable innings.
For the second straight game, all of Seattle’s runs were the result of two home runs by one player. Friday night it was Kyle Seager in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Saturday, it was Cano, who has not been the same power hitter with the Mariners that he was with the Yankees.
In nine seasons with the Yankees, Cano averaged 23 home runs a year. In his second season with the Mariners, Cano has hit 22 home runs total in 949 at-bats, the equivalent of almost two full seasons. The change in venue has been part of it. Including his game Saturday, Cano is a .312 career hitter at Yankee Stadium with 81 home runs, 293 RBI and an OPS above .900 in 1,544 at-bats. At Safeco Field, he has batted for a decent average (.298) but has only 16 home runs and 75 RBI in 608 career at-bats.
Cano has dealt with some health problems this year, especially a chronic case of acid reflux that has sapped some of his strength and presented nutritional issues. But there have been signs lately that he is turning his season around, which has coincided with Edgar Martinez, the Mariners’ former two-time batting champion, joining the club as its hitting coach.
Cano is batting .333 (20-for-60) this month with 10 runs, four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games. In 25 games since June 17, he has hit .290 with 14 runs, seven doubles, six home runs and 15 RBI in 100 at-bats after batting .236 with 25 runs, 16 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in his first 63 games and 254 at-bats. Cano has six home runs over his past 21 games after hitting only two over his first 67 games of the year.
He definitely hurt the Yankees, who got a two-run home run from Brian McCann in the fourth inning off Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) that tied the score. Two innings later, Cano victimized Pineda again.
The Yankees threatened in the ninth inning against righthander Carson Smith, who has replaced Fernando Rodney as Seattle’s closer, but came up a run short. Mark Teixeira, who led off the inning with a double to center, scored on an infield out by Garrett Jones. Chris Young, pinch running for Chase Headley who had reached first base on a third-strike wild pitch, was at second base with two out, but Didi Gregorius grounded out.
That left the Yankees 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game. The Mariners were not any better (0-for-3). It is a rare game in which both sides fail in the clutch. This turned out to be a game of home runs, and for a change with his new club Robinson Cano had the higher total
The Yankees returned home Friday night following the All-Star break for the first of six games at Yankee Stadium. The stretch of games begins with a three-game series against the Mariners featuring former Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons followed by a three-game set against the American League East rival Orioles Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon.
The Yankees will pay tribute to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the United States Armed Forces by hosting Military Appreciation Day Saturday. Ceremonies will begin approximately at noon, prior to the scheduled 1:05 p.m. game against Seattle. As part of the festivities, the Gold Team of the United States Army Golden Knights will parachute into the Stadium.
Following the jump, Maddeline and Mitchell Voas, the family of fallen Air Force Special Operations Pilot Major Randell Voas, will be recognized in a special ceremony. Also taking part in the day’s ceremonies will be United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Matt Caruso – who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch; country music recording artist and former Army Ranger, Keni Thomas – who will sing the national anthem; and current member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., Technical Sergeant Aaron Paige – who will sing God Bless America.
2000 World Series Champions Fan Ring Day will take place Sunday. The first 18,000 people in attendance 14 and younger will receive a fan ring, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.
Ticket specials will run Saturday (Youth Game), Sunday (Youth Game), Tuesday night (Military Personnel Game), Wednesday night (Military Personnel and Student Game) and Thursday (MasterCard Half-Price, Military Personnel, Senior Citizen, and Youth Game).
For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should visit http://www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability.
The homestand will also feature the following promotional item and date:
Saturday, July 18 – Yankees vs. Mariners, 1:05 p.m.
* Collectible Truck Day, presented by W.B. Mason, to the first 18,000 in attendance, 14 and younger.
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Just a few days ago, it appeared that Stephen Drew was in the process of losing his job. He was benched for the last two games in Oakland only to resurface at second base Monday night in Seattle where he reached base twice with a walk and a single.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has continued to be supportive of Drew, who has spent the past two years well below the Mendoza line with a sub-.200 batting average. Girardi’s patience paid off Tuesday night when Drew avoided another hitless game with a two-out double in the ninth inning off Fernando Rodney to tie the score.
Drew’s RBI hit followed a clutch, pinch-hit single by Brian McCann that sent Chase Headley, who led off the inning with a walk. Had a pinch runner been used for McCann the Yankees might have gotten a second run on Drew’s double, but McCann had to stay on the bases because he had batted for John Ryan Murphy and would have to stay in the game to catch, which he did.
How satisfying was it to watch the third blown save in 17 tries for Rodney, who is such a showoff on the mound whenever he gets a save? Very.
Even more satisfying was the Yankees pulling out a 5-3, 11-inning victory in dramatic fashion. A three-run home run by Garrett Jones broke a 2-2 score, but the Mariners rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by former Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano off Andrew Miller, who then faced major-league home run leader Nelson Cruz with two on and struck him out.
It Drew who re-started the Yanks’ 11th-inning rally following a double play with a single to right. After Brett Gardner doubled, Jones went deep on a 2-0 pitch from lefthander Joe Beimel into the right-center field bleachers.
Much was made entering this series about the offensive struggles of Cano, who nearly a third of the way through the season is hitting below .250 with only two home runs. The same could have been said about another Mariners player with ties to the Yankees, but Austin Jackson looked like anything but a struggling player by reaching base six times on two doubles, two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch.
Three of Jackson’s hits came off Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who was nearly tagged with the losing decision that would have sunk his record to 2-8. To avoid having Sabathia face Jackson a fourth time, manager Joe Girardi took out the lefthander with two out and two on in the sixth inning.
Jackson handled reliever David Carpenter the same way he had Sabathia and doubled to center to score what looked for a while as if it would be the deciding run.
Jackson reached base a fifth time when he walked to lead off the ninth against Dellin Betances and quickly stole second. Cano had a chance to be the hero for the Mariners, but Betances blew him away with 98-mph petrol and kept Jackson at second base as the game went into extras.
The ninth-inning Yankees rally took Sabathia off the hook. He dealt with base runners throughout his 5 2/3 innings (nine hits, two walks) but let in only two runs as the Mariners stranded seven over the first five innings. It also spoiled Mike Montgomery’s shot at a victory in his major-league debut. The Seattle lefthander allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and that run was somewhat tainted. It was scored by Gardner, who had walked on a disputed fourth ball that replays showed he had actually gone too far around on a checked swing. Manager Lloyd McClendon and catcher Mike Zunino were ejected later in the inning for arguing a similar call in Alex Rodriguez’s favor.
CC got annoyed with Kyle Seager for trying to bunt a runner home from third for the third out of the fifth, but frankly I thought it was a smart play on Seager’s part. Sabathia may not like it, but his poor mobility should be tested more often by opponents. CC is lucky most major leaguers do not know how to bunt.
MINNEAPOLIS — It did not take Derek Jeter very long to get involved in the 2014 All-Star Game. On the very first play of the game, Jeter made a diving stop of a hard grounder toward the middle by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, but the reigning National League Most Valuable Player beat the throw to first base for a single.
McCutchen never stopped running that inning. He moved up to second base on a wild pitch during the at-bat of Yasiel Puig, who struck out, and stole third base as Troy Tulowitzki struck out. Mac never made it home, however, as Paul Goldschmidt grounded out to third.
The Twins, who have done a magnificent job as host of the All-Star Game, came up with a nice touch by having a tape of the late Yankees public address voice Bob Sheppard announce Jeter as he stepped to the plate as the first American League hitter in the bottom of the first inning. The tape was apparently from the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
The Target Field crowd was generous with its applause and gave Jeter a standing ovation. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove and the ball on the rubber and stepped back off the mound in joining his NL teammates in applauding Jeter, who removed his helmet, waved to the crowd and pointed to both dugouts. He motioned to Wainwright to start pitching, but the Cardinals ace remained behind the mound for probably a full minute before taking position.
As play resumed, fans treated the Captain to a “Der-ek Jee-ter” chant familiar to the roll call the bleacher creatures at the Stadium salute him with every night, another cool touch. Jeet got things started for the AL with one of his patented line drives to right field that went into the corner as Jeter legged out a double. The crowd loved it.
And how about that to those who thought Jeter should not have been the AL’s leadoff hitter? One swing, and he was in scoring position. Not bad, eh?
Angels outfielder Mike Trout got Jeter home with the AL’s second extra-base hit of the inning, a triple off the right field wall that the Dodgers’ Yasieal Puig played poorly. After Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano struck out, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera got the AL’s third extra-base hit of the inning, a home run to left field. The score was 3-0, and the Americans had not had a single yet. Perhaps Wainwright should have stayed off the mound.
The National League, which was shut out at Citi Field last year, closed to 3-2 in the second on RBI doubles by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy to end a 15-inning scoreless streak dating to 2012 at Kansas City.
Jeter was a leadoff hitter again in the third inning against Reds righthander Alfredo Simon and got the AL’s first single on another hit to right field. A wild pitch advanced Jeter into scoring position this time, but he was stranded.
Before the start of the fourth inning, AL manager John Farrell of the Red Sox sent White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez onto the field to replace Jeter, who was showered with another round of long applause while the PA system played Frank Sinatra’s version of “New York, New York” that is heard at the end of every Yankees home game.
Jeter again waved to the crowd, pointed to the NL dugout and then shook the hands of every one of his teammates in the AL dugout and urged on by the crowd came onto the field once more to acknowledge their cheers. He left All-Star competition with a .481 career average in 27 at-bats and seemed in place for maybe another game Most Valuable Player Award to match the one he received in 2000 at Atlanta’s Turner Field.
One stumbling block to that was the NL tying the score in the fourth on another RBI double by Lucroy, this time off White Sox lefthander Chris Sale. That opened the door for Trout, who with his second extra-base hit of the game, a double in the fifth, gave the AL the lead and put him in position to be the MVP.
But if the fans here had their choice, I’m sure they would vote for Jeter.
MINNEAPOLIS — Credit Red Sox manager John Farrell with a sense of history and propriety. The man in charge of the American League All-Star squad did not think twice about who his leadoff hitter would be for Tuesday night’s game at Target Field.
Who else but Derek Jeter?
In his farewell season, Jeter was voted into the starting lineup by the fans, and the AL manager responded in kind by not dumping the Yankees’ captain at the bottom of the lineup where some think his .272 batting average belongs.
But while home field advantage in the World Series is at stake based on the outcome of the game, Farrell recognizes that the All-Star Game is about stars, and for the past 20 seasons none has shown as brightly as Jeter, who has earned the respect of opponents as much as teammates for the way he goes about his business.
Farrell acknowledged his decision was easy and designed “to celebrate a player who is not only a champion but a guy that sets the bar that I think all players should aspire to — the way he has handled himself with class, with performance, no doubt a Hall of Famer. This will be a day that many baseball fans that are either in the ballpark or watching will remember as Derek’s last All-Star Game.”
Mariano Rivera went through something similar last year at Citi Field in Flushing. In that case, however, AL manager Jim Leyland of the Tigers had to guarantee that baseball’s greatest closer would get into the game near the end. With the AL the visiting team, Leyland knew he could not hold Rivera until the bottom of the ninth, a closer’s usual inning, because there may not have been one. And that was the case with the National League ahead entering the eighth, so that was when Leyland summoned Rivera.
Farrell was presented with a different situation — to honor one of the players in the starting lineup. He was correct to see that fans did not want to wait for Jeter to bat until perhaps as late as the third inning. I am predicting an enormous standing ovation for DJ when he steps to the plate for that first pitch from NL starter Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
“I have been in the big leagues for nine years and have never faced him,” Wainwright said. “I’m very excited about it, just to say I faced the best. And he is undoubtedly one of the best to ever play his position, one of the greatest Yankees of all time.”
The game will also reunite Jeter with his former keystone partner, Robinson Cano, who will start at second base and bat third.
Here are the lineups crafted by Farrell and NL manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals:
Andrew McCutcheon, Pirates, CF
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, SS
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 1B
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins, DH
Aramis Ramirez, Brewers, 3B
Chase Utley, Phillies, 2B
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers, C
Carlos Gomez, Brewers, LF
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, P
Derek Jeter, Yankees, SS
Mike Trout, Angels, LF
Robinson Cano, Mariners, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 1B
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, RF
Nelson Cruz, Orioles, DH
Adam Jones, Orioles, CF
Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 3B
Salvador Perez, Royals, C
Felix Hernandez, Mariners, P
The Yankees couldn’t beat the Mariners at Yankee Stadium but couldn’t lose to them at Safeco Field. Seattle with its new second baseman, Robinson Cano, was victorious over the Yankees April 29 and May 1 at the Stadium as well as the June 2 rainout makeup game. The past three nights at Safeco was a whole different story, however, and there was nothing Cano could do about it.
The three-game sweep by the Yankees was impressive considering that the Mariners were hot entering the series while the Yanks were struggling with a fizzling offense. Their 6-3 victory Thursday night marked the first time in 13 games that the Yankees scored more than four runs. Derek Jeter heated up during the series with seven hits, including a double, and two RBI in 12 at-bats, a .583 clip that raised his average 17 points to .271.
The turnaround in fortunes home and away matched that of the Subway Series this year with the Mets winning the two games at Yankee Stadium May 12 and 13 and the Yankees taking the two games at Citi Field May 14 and 15. This marks the only two instances in franchise history that the Yankees lost all of its home games and won all its road games against the same opponent in a single season.
A drawback from Thursday night’s victory was Jacoby Ellsbury coming out of the game in the late innings because of a strained right hip. Ellsbury has broken out of an early-season slump to go on a 16-game hitting streak dating to May 26, which is the longest for the Yankees since a 19-gamer by Jeter in 2012 from Sept. 4-25. Ellsbury’s streak is the longest active streak in the majors, the third-longest in the American League this season, and tied for sixth-longest in the majors. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it is longest hitting streak by a Yankees center fielder since Melky Cabrera hit in 18 straight games in 2007.
During the streak, Ellsbury is batting .381 with nine runs, three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI, seven walks, seven stolen bases and a .443 on-base percentage in 63 at-bats. It is his longest hitting streak since a 19-gamer with the Red Sox last year from May 19 through July 11. His career best is a 22-game streak in 2009 from May 2-27. Ellsbury is tied for second in the AL with 18 stolen bases with the Tigers’ Rajai Davis, six behind league leader Jose Altuve of the Astros. Ellsbury had the game-winning RBI in the Yankees’ past three games. Elias notes that he is the first Yankees player with the game-winning RBI in three straight team games since Nick Swisher in 2012 from Aug. 13-15.
All three of the Yankees’ victories in Seattle came in games in which their starting pitcher was a rookie. The Yankees are 21-8 in games started by rookie pitchers (Masahiro Tanaka, 11-2; Vidal Nuno, 5-5; Chase Whitley, 5-1), including 15-1 on the road (Tanaka, 6-1; Nuno, 4-0; Whitley, 5-0). Yankees rookie starters have a 2.73 combined ERA in 181 innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of their past eight outings (1.87 ERA in 53 innings). According to Elias, the Yankees have started rookies in 29 of their first 65 games, their highest such total since 1910 when the Highlanders had 30 of their first 65 starts by Russ Ford, Hippo Vaughn and John Frill.
The Yankees finish the trip with a three-game weekend set at Oakland against an Athletics team that has the best record (40-26) in the AL. Mark Teixeira has hit more home runs against the A’s (36) than any other opponent. His total against Oakland ranks second among all active players (Alex Rodriguez has 43HR). Tex has hit more home runs at O.co Coliseum (20) than any other ballpark as a visiting player. That, too, ranks second only to A-Rod, who has 21.
Yankees fans apparently were not as bothered about Curtis Granderson signing with the Mets as they were about Robinson Cano signing with the Mariners.
In his first game back at Yankee Stadium Monday night, Granderson received polite applause along with some booing during his first at-bat in the first inning. Curtis made a waving gesture toward the Yanks’ dugout as he approached the plate and promptly lined a single to center field off Hiroki Kuroda.
The reception was a far cry from what Cano experienced last month in his return to the Stadium wearing an opponent’s uniform. He was the target of severe booing throughout the abbreviated, two-game series.
The difference in reaction is probably due to off-season negotiations. The Yankees made a qualifying offer to Granderson for one year and $14.1 million and understood that he might seek a multi-year contract elsewhere, which he got from the Mets for four years and $60 million.
Cano on the other hand rejected a seven-year offer for $175 million from the Yankees that was certainly generous and accepted a 10-year deal for $240 million from Seattle that was certainly exorbitant.
I guess it was that $180-million difference that figured into the fans’ response.
If the Yankees thought they were catching a break Thursday night by not having to face Felix Hernandez they were sadly mistaken. Mariners rookie Roenis Elias gave them all they could handle.
Hernandez had been scheduled to start Thursday night, but with the rainout Wednesday night Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon chose to keep his rotation on schedule and went ahead and started Elias, 25, a lefthander who defected to Mexico from Cuba three years ago.
“We knew the kid had good stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Elias. “Our reports showed he is something special.”
They got visual evidence of that Thursday night. Elias mixed a fastball clocked in the mid-90s with a hard-breaking curve and a knee-bracing changeup.
Hiroki Kuroda, who lost his second straight start, had a decent outing but had trouble finishing off hitters in the early going. Robinson Cano doubled in a run in the first inning, but Kuroda got out of further trouble thanks to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who made a diving catch to rob Kyle Seager of a potential, run-scoring, extra-base hit.
Watching Ellsbury reminded me of a conversation I had at dinner a couple of night ago with YES voice Michael Kay, who said that he appreciates Ellsbury a lot more now that he is watching him on an every-day basis. I agreed. Some players can get overlooked, but if you see them every day you become more aware of how much they bring to a club on a daily basis. I used to view Tino Martinez that way years ago.
Ellsbury kept it up in the first inning by driving a 2-1 pitch to right field for his first home run with the Yankees. What happened next was a harbinger of what was to come from Elias, who then struck out Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano.
Elias continued to mow down the Yankees and finished with 10 strikeouts and only two walks through seven innings. The only other run he allowed was not earned due to an error by Cano, who lost an easy out by flipping the ball to unsuspecting shortstop Brad Miller. That extended the sixth inning in which Brian McCann singled in a run.
The Yankees also gave the Mariners a gift run in the third because of an error by Jeter. Cano got his second RBI with a fielder’s choice in the third. Kuroda couldn’t shut the door in the fourth when the Mariners went ahead to stay on an RBI single by Miller and a run-scoring double by Michael Saunders.
Seattle had only one hit over the next five innings as Kuroda found his groove albeit a bit late and the Yankees got excellent relief from Matt Thornton, Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley. The Yankees’ offense ran into the same type of pitching as well and could not avoid suffering a sweep in the abbreviated, two-game series.