American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, June 6th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (34-25) at Seattle Mariners (26-34), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.37)
Seattle - Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82)
(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees eye a fourth straight win on Thursday
when they begin a 10-game road trip with the first of four games against the
Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
After starting its eight-game homestand just 1-4, New York finished the stay
by sweeping the Cleveland Indians in a three-game set, culminating with a 6-4
win on Wednesday.
Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner homered in the win, while CC Sabathia went the
distance to earn his second straight win for the Yanks, who will also visit
Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the trek.
"It means a lot," Sabathia said about giving the bullpen a day off. "Our
bullpen has been taxed a little bit. That's one of the strengths of our team
so to get them a rest feels good."
Heading to the hill for the Yankees on Thursday will be inconsistent righty
Phil Hughes, who is winless in his last four starts. Hughes absorbed the loss
to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, as he was hit for five runs and seven hits
in 4 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven, but still fell to 2-4 to go along
with a 5.37 ERA.
Hughes seemed to be cruising along until he served up a third-inning grand
slam to Mike Napoli. The long ball continues to plague Hughes, who has
surrendered 12 home runs on the season.
"Tonight really was just one pitch I'd like to have back," Hughes said. "I
feel like if I can find a way to get Napoli out there, that's really a
Hughes has faced the Mariners 10 times (7 starts) and is 4-3 with a 4.29 ERA.
Seattle, meanwhile, lost a bizarre, 7-5, decision to the Chicago White Sox in
16 innings on Wednesday.
The two teams were scoreless through 13 innings before Chicago scored five
runs in the top of the 14th. Kyle Seager's grand slam, though, capped a five-
run bottom half of the frame for the Mariners, who couldn't come back after
the White Sox pushed two across in the 16th.
It marked the first time in major league history that each team scored five or
more runs in a game when it was scoreless through nine. Seager's blast was
only the third extra-inning grand slam since 1945 that did not give a team the
lead, and the first ever to tie a game.
"We talk about you'll never be able to figure this game out. That's a great
example," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Getting the call for Seattle will be veteran Aaron Harang, who is 2-5 with a
5.82 ERA. One start removed from a four-hit shutout, Harang did not get a
decision on Saturday in Minnesota, but pitched well, as he allowed just an
earned run in six innings of his team's 5-4 loss.
"Early on, I felt kind of inconsistent," said Harang, who has never faced the
Yankees. "I didn't have my control right away. But I was able to battle
through and get us through those first few innings and finally was able to
calm down and execute pitches later in the game, and get them to hit some
grounders and keep the guys active in the field."
Seattle took two of three from the Yankees earlier in the season.
06/06 10:40:49 ET