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Game 141: Yankees at Mariners

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YANKEES (75-65)
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Molina C
Pettitte LHP

Andy Pettitte (13-11, 4.52) vs. the Seattle hitters. [2]

Brandon Morrow (1-2, 1.47) vs. the New York hitters. [3]

Notes: The Yankees are 6-0 against the Mariners, outscoring them 50-17. … The Yankees are 3-1 on their road trip and have won five of their last eight games.

WELCOME BACK: Melky Cabrera rejoins the Yankees today. He was optioned down on Aug. 15 because of a .242 batting average. Cabrera hit .333 in 15 games for Triple-A Scranton with five RBI. He was 0 for 4 last night in Pawtucket, R.I., in an International League playoff game.

LONG WALK HOME: This road trip will encompass 7,140 miles and require 18 hours in the air according to traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz. The Yankees have already been to Detroit and Tampa and still have to go to Anaheim.

Back later with some updates.

UPDATE, 8:29 p.m.: Just in the knick of not being in time, Darrell Rasner has been taken out of the rotation. Alfredo Aceves will start on Tuesday in Anaheim.

UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Scranton beat Pawtucket 6-4 tonight to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five International League series. Kei Igawa (remember him?) went seven innings, allowing one earned run. Former prospect Eric Duncan hit a three-run homer.

Scranton can wrap up the series tomorrow night. Phil Hughes will be on the mound.

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: And Trenton wins its Eastern League playoff series, beating Portland 5-4 for a three-game sweep. Colin Curtis was 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Kevin Whelan won in relief.

UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: The Yankees are getting no-hit by Brandon Morrow through four innings. Is that bad? That seems bad.

Joe Girardi was asked before the game whether the long night of travel might take something out of his team. Here is what he said:

“It’s no time to be tired. There’s a freshness here (in Seattle) because it’s cool. When you have that cool air, your body feels different.”

That would explain why the Mariners are 28-41 at home. Opposing teams love that cool air.

UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: This is the first MLB start for Morrow, by the way. He has been pitching in relief this season then was sent to the minors to get stretched out. He’s at 77 pitches and this could be his last inning. Be interesting to see what the Mariners do if he still has the no-hitter going.

Morrow is a former first-round draft pick (5th overall) out of Cal. In six previous appearances against the Yankees, he allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings.

UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: Well, at least the Yankees avoided being embarrassed. Wilson Betemit, the forgotten man, delivers a double.

What a job by Morrow, who threw 106 pitches. His high this season was 82.

It has come to this: The Yankees trying to avoid being no-hit by a first-time starter for the worst team in the league.