American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 9th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (36-26) at Seattle Mariners (27-36), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - David Phelps (4-3, 4.15)
Seattle - Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58)
(Sports Network) - A couple of Yankee pitching legends put their stamp on
another victory for New York on Saturday at Safeco Field and now the visitors
try to cap off a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners on another
With six more games slated out west, three against both Oakland and the LA
Angels before returning home to face the LA Dodgers in interleague play, the
Yankees find themselves just 1 1/2 games behind Boston for first place in the
American League East following their 3-1 triumph on Saturday.
En route to the 250th victory of his career, Yankee great Andy Pettitte
allowed just a single run on three hits, striking out six over 7 1/3 innings
as he moved to 5-3 on the season overall. With the triumph, Pettitte moved
ahead of Vic Willis for sole possession of 43rd place on the all-time wins
"Two-hundred and fifty wins, and a lot of postseason wins, too," Yankees
manager Joe Girardi said. "He's been a great Yankee, and when you talk about
one of the all-time greats, that's what he has been. He has been a pleasure to
play with and a pleasure to manage."
Helping to get Pettitte to another win was reliever Mariano Rivera, who struck
out three in the ninth to record his 22nd save of the campaign and the 630th
of his illustrious career, nearly twice as many as his closest active rival
(Joe Nathan, 316).
Jayson Nix had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs for New York, while
Brett Gardner accounted for three hits and scored once.
The Mariners, now 10 1/2 games out of contention in the AL West, registered a
total of only four hits, two coming from Kyle Seager. Jason Bay scored the
lone run for the club in the fourth.
Joe Saunders was saddled with the loss for Seattle, permitting three runs on
seven hits and a couple of walks. The starter struck out four through 6 1/3
innings of work.
The Yankees now go from one of the top pitchers in team history to a second-
year hurler in David Phelps, as the Missouri native heads to the hill Sunday.
Phelps, who picked up a win over the Mariners in his only other appearance
against the club in his brief career, is coming off his fourth victory of the
campaign on Tuesday versus Cleveland.
Against the Indians, the right-hander allowed just a single hit over the
course of six innings, although he did walk four in addition to striking out
seven. The win was the third in the last four outings for the Notre Dame
As for the Mariners, they have one of the most dominant hurlers in the game at
their disposal today in Felix Hernandez. Since losing back-to-back outings
against Cleveland and Texas in May, the right-hander has bounced back with
consecutive victories, the latest being his seventh of the season versus the
Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Hernandez did give up four runs to the Sox on six hits and a walk over 7 1/3
innings, but at the same time he also struck out eight in a 7-4 triumph.
Now in his eighth season with the Mariners, Hernandez is making his second
appearance of 2013 versus the Yankees, the first outing coming on May 14 when
the hurler permitted only one run on five hits and struck out eight on the
road through six innings, but he failed to factor into the decision as Seattle
bowed in a 4-3 final.
For his career, the native of Venezuela has a record of 8-5 with a 2.99 ERA in
15 appearances versus the Bronx Bombers.
With two wins in the last three matchups, New York has knotted the season
series with the Mariners at three games apiece.
06/09 10:44:52 ET