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Game 100: Yankees vs. Mariners07.25.11

YANKEES (59-40)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (8-7, 3.21)
Garcia vs. Mariners

MARINERS (43-58)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Dustin Ackley 2B
Miguel Olico C
Adam Kennedy 3B
Mike Carp DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Greg Halman LF

LHP Jason Vargas (6-8, 3.94)
Vargas vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network (pushed back to 9 p.m.)

WEATHER: Rain never fell very hard, but obviously the radar was a mess. After a lengthy delay, it actually feels pretty nice here.

UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Brian Knight

LOOKING FOR 60: If the Yankees win tonight, it would mark the 46th time in franchise history that the team has won 60 of its first 100 games.

KEEPING IT CLOSE: The Yankees have had 12 of their 20 July games decided by three runs or less. Four of their past seven games have been decided by just one run. The Yankees are 12-15 in one-run games this season.

BEST VS. THE WEST: The Yankees are 15-6 against teams in the American League West this season. That’s the best winning percentage against the AL West of any team in 2011. The Yankees only series loss against an AL West team came in Seattle.

MOTIVATION: The Mariners have lost 15 games in a row. The last time the Yankees lost to a team that that had lost its previous 15 games was in 1926 when the Red Sox won at Yankee Stadium to end a 17-game losing streak.

UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: There’s home run No. 27 for Teixeira, a two-run shot over the Poland Spring sign in left for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the first. Against this Mariners lineup, two runs might be more than enough.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Couple of hits and a sac fly have put the Mariners on the board. It’s 2-1 in the third.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: Jeter’s fourth homer of the year has extended the Yankees lead to 3-1 in the third.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Three straight hits from the bottom of the order — including an infield single by Andruw Jones — have sparked a five-run fourth inning for the Yankees. Seattle looks like a team capable of losing 16 in a row, and it might be about to happen. It’s 8-1.

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.: Another run for the Yankees, meanwhile Freddy Garcia just keeps plowing through this weak Mariners lineup. It’s 9-1 heading into the seventh.

UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: Here’s Steve Garrison to make his major league debut in the ninth inning of a 10-3 game. He’s gotta get the final two outs.

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Game 51: Yankees at Mariners05.29.11

YANKEES (27-23)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.17)
Sabathia vs. Mariners

MARINERS (26-25)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Mike Wilson DH
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Michael Saunders LF
Chris Gimenez C

LHP Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.86)
Vargas vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 4:10 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Cloudy, cool and rainy. Good to experience the stereotypical Seattle.

UMPIRES: HP Gerry Davis, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Sam Holbrook

JUST IN TIME: With the Yankees coming to Oakland tomorrow, the Athletics have activated closer Andrew Bailey from the disabled list.

GOOD IN THE END: The Yankees are 11-6 in series finales this season. They’ve won their past three… The Yankees are also 11-3 in day games this season, tied with the Phillies for the best sunshine record in the Majors.

WAS THAT A GOOD YEAR? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are the first pair of Yankees teammates to have at least 15 home runs through the first 50 games of the season since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961.

ON THIS DATE: On May 29, 1995, Derek Jeter made his Major League debut here in Seattle. He didn’t get his first hit until the next night.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Swisher keeps hitting right-handed. He just went deep for a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second. Meanwhile, Andruw Jones followed and nearly swung out of his shoes on a  foul ball.

UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: Good block at the plate. Jeter out at home, up to Cano with two out and two on in the third.

UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: And Cano gets it done. RBI single pushes the lead to 2-0.

UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Yankees got away with one there, but a nice slide by Nick Swisher and a big double by Andruw Jones have broken the game open. Now Nunez has followed with an RBI triple (finishing with a less-than-graceful slide) and it’s now 6-0 in the third.

UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Girardi must be on a hit-and-run kick this weekend. By the way, RBI single by Teixeira has extended the lead to 7-0.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Hard to explain Sabathia walking the No. 9 hitter to load the bases, but he handled a comebacker by Ichiro to get out of the fifth inning with a 1-2-3 double play.

UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Derek Jeter single up the middle. Twenty away from 3,000.

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Game 123: Yankees vs. Mariners08.21.10

YANKEES (75-47)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Austin Kearns LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Javier Vazquez (9-9, 4.89)
Vazquez vs. Mariners

MARINERS (49-73)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Josh Bard C
Michael Saunders LF
Josh Wilson SS

LHP Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15)
Vargas vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Brian Knight, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Greg Gibson

WEATHER: Low 80s. Hardly any chance of rain. Little bit of a breeze blowing in.

LEFT ON LEFT: Robinson Cano hits lefties. We already know that. Against this particular lefty, Jason Vargas, he’s a career .714 hitter (5-for-7) with two doubles and no strikeouts. The guy he’s replacing in the clean-up spot, Alex Rodriguez, is 0-for-4 with two walks and a K against Vargas.

SPEAKING OF LEFTIES: The Yankees are 12-5 in this past 17 games against left-handed starters. Before this stretch, they were 12-12 against lefties.

ON TIME: The Yankees-Red Sox game on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Yankee Stadium, has been picked up by FOX and will begin at 4:10 p.m.

UPDATE, 1:12 p.m.: Vazquez’s third pitch of the game is the 36th lead-off home run of Ichiro’s career.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Whoa. Branyan just went into the upper deck with his third home run in two days. I honestly can’t believe how far he hit it. Television had the Vazquez fastball at 86 mph. The stadium gun has him ranging between 84 and 88.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m.: Robinson Cano picks up Vazquez with a two-run single in the bottom of the first. The game’s tied at 2.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Jorge Posada’s 14th home run of the season is a two-run shot to left, and it’s enough for  4-2 Yankees lead. Still in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: After a fairly routine fly ball round a hole for a two-base hit to start the second inning, Vazquez got out of it with three straight outs, one of them on a terrific play by Teixeira at first.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Thought Nunez had his first big league hit for sure. Nice play by Wilson to take it away.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: Ichiro’s second swing is his second home run of the game. He has just five homers all year.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: With two outs in the third, four straight Seattle batters have reached base. Chad Gaudin is getting loose in the bullpen. The game is tied at 4.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: That’s it for Vazquez. A lead-off infield single is enough to chase him from the game in the fourth inning. Gaudin is now pitching.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Terrific job by Gaudin. He’s pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He’s carried the game into the seventh inning. If this is as far as he goes, he’s certainly done his job. The rest of the bullpen should be able to handle it from here.

UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: Boone Logan is in for Gaudin to begin the seventh. Really nice job by Gaudin. He’s one of the reasons the Yankees don’t need to rush Alfredo Aceves back into the mix. With Gaudin and Mitre pitching well, the Yankees don’t absolutely have to have another multi-inning reliever.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: The entire Yankees bench came to the front of the dugout to cheer Eduardo Nunez’s first big league hit. It was an important one, a single through the right side of the infield that scored Austin Kearns from third base and put the Yankees in front 5-4.

UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: And there’s an RBI single by the Captain. That makes it 6-4 with Logan in line for the win.

UPDATE, 3:24 p.m.: Teixeira’s sac fly makes it 7-4 before the end of the inning. Ramiro Pena is in for Nunez to play third base. Brett Gardner is in for Kearns to play left. Swisher is staying in the game in right. Jeter is staying in the game at short. Dave Robertson is pitching.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Girardi’s not messing around here. He’s bringing Rivera in with two outs and two on in the eighth. Robertson pitched well. He struck out two, but a hit batter and a bloop single put him in a little bit of trouble.

UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Casey Kotchman was just charged with an error, his first since 2008. It snapped the longest error-less streak of all time at first base. The Yankees are now in front 9-4.

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