Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (1-1, 7.04).
Griffey Jr. DH
Pitching: LHP Luke French (1-0, 6.97).
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight, 11 of 12 and a ridiculous 35 of 46. They have taken the first two games of the four-game series against the Mariners.
HEADING FOR A RECORD: Derek Jeter has 2,670 hits as a shortstop. The Major League record of 2,673 is held by Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio.
SPEAKING OF GREAT YANKEES: Mariano Rivera has converted 30 straight saves, one shy of his career record et in 2005.
PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING: The Yankees have allowed six earned runs and struck out 27 in their last 29 innings. That’s a 1.86 ERA for you slow kids.
THE MITRE MATTER: The Yankees are somehow 3-2 in the games Mitre has started. He has allowed 38 hits (four of them homers) and six walks in 23 innings and committed three errors.
RUN, ROBBIE, RUN: Cano has a 12-game hit streak (22 of 53) that includes nine extra-base hits.
NO BULL: Yankee relievers have allowed one run in their last 16 innings.
BRUNEY’S BACK: Brian Bruney’s last four appearances: 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.
MEASLY MARINERS: Seattle has scored five runs in the last 43 innings.
SUCCESS IN SEATTLE: The Yankees are 28-18 at Safeco Field. … They are 4-1 against Seattle this season.
That’s it’s for now. More to come later.
UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Damaso Marte’s 30-day injury rehab assignment ended yesterday. The Yankees today announced that he has been indefinitely excused from the team for “personal reasons.”
This comes 24 hours after Joe Girardi said that Marte wasn’t ready to pitch in the majors because of erratic velocity. The Yankees did not specify what those personal reasons were, but it seems likely those will serve to keep him off the roster.
UPDATE, 8;36 p.m.: A-Rod tried some swings in the cage and said he was recovered enough to play. “Good enough. We’ll strap it on,” he said.
He did say he had “some little neck stuff” a day after experiencing back spasms. But regardless, he’s playing third base and hitting cleanup.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Just checked with Brian Cashman, Marte remains on the 60-day DL.
UPDATE, 10:05 p.m.: Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few — who really knows his stuff — threw out the first pitch.
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: They play the Law & Order theme music when the umpires comes out.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: We are underway at beautiful Safeco Field on a perfect night for baseball in the Northwest. Hope you enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.: Wow, they really hate A-Rod here. The earthy crunchy Seattle fans booing loudly and some throwing fake money in the air as he comes to the plate. Booing all through his at-bat, too.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Hold everything, its real money they were throwing. Some of it just fluttered into the press box. It has an advertisement stuck on it by emailbroadcast.com “Results so good even YOU can afford the Material Girl.” It says.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: No hometown scoring here in Seattle. Cano gets an error on a ball that would have bene called a hit in a lot of places, especially Florida.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: 13-game hit streak for Cano.
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: The Machine is cranked up again. Single, error, single, sac fly, two-run jack by Swisher. Yankees 4-1.
Swisher has hit 19 homers — 16 on the road — and 62 RBI.
Once again, they seriously traded Wilson Betemit to get this guy. Wilson Betemit.
UPDATE, 10:54 p.m.: Posada must be laughing, or crying. He drilled a bomb to the wall in center in the first inning then just hit a line drive right at the chest of the third baseman. He’s 0 for 2 and nobody on the team has hit it harder.
Meanwhile, Luke French isn’t long for this game. He has put eight men on base and we’re in the third inning.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: The Yankees are up 4-1 on a team that has scored six runs in the last 43 innings. If Sergio Mitre can’t give them six innings tonight, he never will.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: If I lived in Seattle, I’d get season tickets in right field just to see Ichiro play 81 times a year. That was a great catch. He does something fun to watch every day.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Melky Cabrera (6 for 47) really needs a day off. He has done admirable work since GGBG was injured. But he looks beat.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Mitre still has yet to go deeper than 5.2 innings in a start. He leaves a big mess for Dave Robertson to try and clean up.
UPDATE, 12:12 a.m.: Robertson got away with one there. That pitch was low but C.B. Bucknor punched out Langerhans to end the inning.
I’m telling you, he’s going to be around a while. He throws strikes.
UPDATE, 12:36 a.m.: Phil Coke did what he had to do there and fanned Griffey. Now he gets another lefty in Branyan.
Be interesting to see who pitches the eighth with a lead. Could be Aceves instead of Hughes, who threw 28 pitches last night.
UPDATE, 12:39 a.m.: I love Ichiro but that is a Dumb play. Notice the capital D. Whatever advantage gained there with two outs is hardly worth the risk.
Running on a 2-0 pitch? Branyan has 68 RBI, too. Bad baseball there.
UPDATE, 12:46 a.m.: Leaving Coke in. Nobody warming up, so apparently he has the inning.