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Jeter Becomes Elite, Yanks Fall In Finale

Yankees bullpen falters as Mariners come out firing to salvage final game. 

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Well, lets start with the bright side. With a hit today, Derek Jeter now stands as the player with the most hits for a shortstop in Major League Baseball history. He’s a star, there is no doubting that. 
The rest of the game was not as happy for the Yankees. The Yankees scored first in the third , on a Jeter RBI double. The Mariners came back with two in the bottom half of the inning, to give them the lead, but not for long. The next half inning, Swisher hit a two run shot to make it 3-2 Yankees. 
The Yankees did not score again, while the Mariners went on to score eight more runs to give them a 10-3 victory. 
Joba was shaky once again. He went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking three. Aceves was basically horrible, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings, not to mention the two hit batters. Gaudin was the same, surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
From the other dugout, things were not bad. The youngster, Fister, gave up just three runs in seven innings pitched, striking out four and walking none. Jakubauskas then closed it out, pitching two scorless innings.
Player of the Game: Doug Fister: W, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
The Wrap-Up:
Lets face it, you can’t win ’em all. The Red Sox lost, so its no big deal losing this one. The Yanks are still 7.5 games up and still won the series. Hopefully the Yanks can bounce back in the series opener in Oakland tomorrow night. They should be able to. I would also like to give out my best wished to David Wright and Hiroki Kuroda. What happened was very, very scary and its a shame that those two had to be the ones to experience the one bad side of the game. Please get well very soon, we all look forward to your returns.
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks fly to Oakland tonight to open up a four game set tomorrow night at 10:05 ET. The Yankees send A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71) to the mound, looking to rebound from a shaky start in New York. He faces off against former Yankee, Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23).
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8/13 Yankees vs. Mariners Preview

Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.


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Yankees @ Mariners
10:10 pm ET
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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C.C. Sabathia
#52 LHP
(12-7) 3.76 ERA 162.2 IP 123 SO 1.168 WHIP
CC was absolutely lights out in his last start. And boy was it a big one, against the Boston Red Sox. He went 7.2 innings, gave up just two hits and no runs, while walking two and striking out nine, a season high. He retired the first 13 batters he faced. In his last two starts, CC has struck out 14 batters in 14.2 innings and has a WHIP of 0.954. Since 2005, CC is 17-2 in the month of August, thats the most wins for any pitcher in that span. In seven career starts at Safeco Field, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.091. 
Tidbits:
Ichiro is a career .415 hitter against Sabathia. The Mariners as a team are .297 hitters against CC. The Yankees are just 13-11 in games that Sabathia starts, but in his last nine starts, their 6-3. The Yankees average over 5 runs per game when CC is on the mound. 
*****

Mariners Probable Pitcher:

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Ian Snell
#48 RHP
(2-8) 5.42 ERA 88.0 IP 57 SO 1.648 WHIP
This will be Snells third start as a Mariner, his last one didn’t go so well. He went just 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on two hits and six walks against the Rays. This is Snells first career start against the Yankees. In his last three starts, Ian has an ERA of 8.10 and a WHIP of 2.100. 
Tidbits:
The Pirates and Mariners are 4-13 in games that Snell starts. Jerry Hairston and Nick Swisher are the only players on the Yankees with a hit. Mark Teixeira is the only other Yankee to have faced S
nell, he is 0 for 5. 
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Keys to the Game: 
  1. Strike One: In 2009, when Snell throws strike one, opposing hitters are batting .227, when he doesn’t, they are hitting .361.
  2. Patience: This year, Snell averages 5.4 walks per nine innings.
  3. Get to the ‘pen: In the month of August, Pirates relievers have a combined 7.02 ERA.

Cano Caps Another Walk-Off, Big Home Stand

Walk off single in the 11th makes it nine out of ten for Bombers.


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It was just five days ago that the Yankees took 15 innings to beat the Red Sox. Today, it took the Yankees 11 innings to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 to cap off a 6-1 home stand. 
The day began, though, with a little bit of a scare. In the first inning Derek Jeter was hit with a pitch on the right foot, and left the game a little later. Luckily, X-Rays taken at the Stadium were negative. 
In the first, Jeter moved to third on a Damon double, then scored on an RBI ground-out by Posada. Ruiz homered in his second straight game to tie the game at one. 
The scoring was on hold until the third inning, when Damon drilled a solo shot to right field to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. In the next inning, Cano went deep to make the Yankee lead 3-1.
Then in the sixth, an RBI single by Chavez and a wild pitch, tied the game at 3. 
Burnett went six innings and gave up three runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out seven. Romero also went six innings and gave up three runs. He struck out five and walked three. 
Coke, Robertson, Hughes and Gaudin — in his Yankee debut — all combined for five scorless innings, giving up just four hits a
nd striking out six batters.
For the Jays, League pitched three great scorless innings, giving up just one hit.
The great efforts by both bullpens were all put to rest in the 11th inning. A-Rod was hit by a pitch and was shaken up for a minute before taking first. Then a single by Posada moved A-Rod to second. Robbie Cano was next and delivered a walk-off single that hit off the top of the right center field wall to seal the win, the series and the home stand. 

Player of the Game: Robinson Cano: 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI, R

The Wrap-Up:
The Yankees are now nine for their last ten, and have capped off a great 6-1 home stand. The Yankees have pretty much proved two things: in this ballpark, they can win close games, and if it gets to extras, its over. The Yanks are now 28 games over .500, a new season high. The Red Sox play tonight, so the Yankees are currently six games ahead of Boston.

Coming Up Next:
The Yankees fly out west tonight to open up a set against the Mariners. Tomorrow night at 10:10 ET, it will be Sabthia (12-7, 3.76) vs. Snell (2-8,5.42). The Red Sox have to deal with Verlander tomorrow afternoon. They send Clay Buchholz to the mound.