(Don't know what I'm talking about? It's a reference to what happened between these teams 10 years ago.)
The game began after a 2-hour rain delay. Seattle couldn't beat us, so they brought their kind of weather? In spite of this, paid attendance was listed as 44,365. (I wonder how many were actually in the Stadium?) In spite of both the weather and the 10 Yankee runs, once the game began, it lasted just 2 hours and 36 minutes. Michael Kay, no doubt, was pleased at this "very manageable" game.
Freddy Garcia (9-7) pitched into the 8th, allowing 8 hits but only 1 walk, and that's what I like to see. Boone Logan did not piss me off this time, getting the last out in the 8th and the first in the 9th, before giving way to the major league debut of 25-year-old lefty Trenton, New Jersey native Steve Garrison, who got the last 2 outs without allowing a baserunner. (Is he the first Trenton native, or even the first Mercer County native, to play for the Trenton Thunder? If anybody knows, let me know.)
Jason Vargas (6-9) was the starter for Seattle, and the Yankees smacked him around for 4 innings, thanks to home runs by Mark Teixeira (his 27th) and Derek Jeter (his 4th -- I seem to have a vague memory of his 3rd).
The Red Sox finally lost last night, the Kansas City Royals beating them in 14 innings (so that's a double meaning for "finally"). So the Yankees are now 2 games behind them -- both regularly and in the loss column.
The series continues tonight, weather permitting. CC Sabathia goes against Doug Fister. Fister is 3-11 this season, 12-29 for his career (though his career ERA is 3.81 and his WHIP is 1.24, not bad numbers in the AL, but Safeco Field is a pitchers' park), and he's opposing CC. But he's not familiar to the Yankees... uh-oh.
He has faced the Yanks twice in his career, both in his first season, 2009: Pitching 7 strong to beat them at The Stadium on August 16, and then getting pounded in 4 at The Stadium on September 19. He's 27, and hasn't done much in the majors. Hopefully, the Yankees can prevent him from doing much tonight.
The Mets came from behind to beat the Reds in Cincinnati last night, 4-2. Good pitching from R.A. Dickey, and Jason Isringhausen got his 3rd save since coming back to the team that started, and nearly ruined, his career.
Somebody forgot to tell the Minnesota Twins that you gotta come out of the clubhouse to play the ballgame. The Texas Rangers were leading them 18-1 after 5, before the Twins mounted a comeback to make the final score 20-6. Michael Cuddyer actually pitched the 9th for the Twins, their 6th pitcher -- and, like only 1 other, held the Rangers scoreless. So, on the day the NFL lockout ended, both Yankees-Mariners and Rangers-Twins had football scores.
Jeter hits 3017 DONE
Rivera saves 584 17
A-Rod homers 626 137
A-Rod hits 2762 238