The Yankees lost a game and might have lost their third baseman. In a 4-2 loss to the Mariners, Alex Rodriguez had to be taken out after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand in the eighth inning. Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki were also hit by pitches in the game — and Raul Ibanez was nearly hit — but there was no indication that the Yankees believed any of the pitches to be intentional. There was no immediate word on Rodriguez’s status. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia allowed three runs through 7.1 innings and retired the last 15 batters he faced. The Yankees pulled within a run in the top of the eight, but the bullpen allowed an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Center fielders Curtis Granderson and Michael Saunders each hit solo homers in the first inning, and the Mariners took their lead in the third. They scored two runs on three singles — one of them an infield hit off Garcia — and a sacrifice fly. It wasn’t a particularly explosive inning, but it was enough for Felix Hernandez who was charged with two runs through 7.1 innings. His final pitch was the one that hit Rodriguez.
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