American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 11th
(All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (15-18) at New York Yankees (17-14), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (3-1, 1.89)
New York - Hiroki Kuroda (2-4, 3.75)
(Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez tries to continue his road mastery of the
New York Yankees this evening when the Seattle Mariners open a three-game set
against them at Yankee Stadium.
It actually hasn't mattered where Hernandez has pitched this season, as the
2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has been dominant, allowing two runs or less in
six of his seven starts this season, while going 3-1 with a 1.89 earned run
Hernandez was sensational in beating the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, as he
allowed just one hit over eight scoreless innings. He also struck out nine
batters and walked a pair.
"Just vintage Felix," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Just mixing his
pitches and doing a good job of working ahead for the most part."
Hernandez has been terrific in the Bronx over the course of his career,
posting a 4-1 mark to go along with a 1.96 ERA. He's also given up just one
run, 11 hits and has struck out 27 in 24 innings while winning all three of
his starts at the new Yankee Stadium. For his career, though, Hernandez is 6-4
with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts versus the Yanks.
Seattle could use a big start from its ace, as it tries to snap a six-game
road losing streak. The Mariners, though, enter this series red-hot after
taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers following a 2-1 win at Safeco
Field on Wednesday.
John Jaso knocked in the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth inning of
that one, while Jason Vargas (4-2) tossed eight strong innings, allowing one
run on five hits for the Mariners, who won for the fourth time in five games
"Vargas was fantastic tonight," Wedge said. "Even the inning they scored one
run, [Detroit had] a couple of jam shots, but he did a great job of
controlling the ball game."
New York comes into tonight's opener following a series win as well after CC
Sabathia outdueled Tampa Bay ace David Price on Wednesday, as the Yankees
downed the Rays, 5-3, in the rubber match of their three-game set.
Sabathia (5-0) gave up an unearned run in each of the first two innings but
then dominated over the next six frames, scattering seven hits with 10
strikeouts and one walk.
"I go out there with the intention of winning every game," said Sabathia. "You
know, this was the rubber game and I was going up against a tough guy, so I
just wanted to pitch as well as I could."
Curtis Granderson hit his 11th home run of the season and Robinson Cano added
a two-run shot for the Yankees, who have won three of four.
New York will rely tonight on Japanese righty Hiroki Kuroda, who has lost
three of his last four starts. Kuroda was defeated by Kansas City on Saturday,
as he allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in only 4 1/3 innings. He
also walked three batters and fell to 2-4 to go along with a 3.75 ERA.
"My role as a starter is to go as deep as I can into the game, and at least I
wanted to go seven," Kuroda said through a translator following his last
start. "But I couldn't do that, so it was really frustrating."
Kuroda lost his only start to the Mariners.
The Yankees were 5-4 against Seattle last season.
05/11 10:38:18 ET