With some big-league pitchers zeroing in on a 20-game season, the Mariners don't yet have a 10-game winner - and Jason Vargas could change that today.
The crafty left-hander is 9-5 with a 3.15 earned run average, and while he's never beaten New York, the Yankees have not beaten him, either. Vargas comes in having won each of his last three starts.
Offensively, Russell Branyan has hit starter Javier Vazquez well - three home runs - so that may be the matchup to watch. On the other hand, cleanup hitter Jose Lopez has batted .211 vs. Vazquez.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have a lineup in which three of their first four hitters have 22 or more home runs, so Vargas is going to have to navigate carefully agaisnt Nick Swisher, Mark Texeira and Robinson Cano.
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And we're off.
- Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with his fourth home run of the season, the 32nd leadoff home run of his career. Russell Branyan hits his third hom run in less than 24 hours, his 19th of the year. In the first: Seattle 2, New York 0.
- Yanks came right back: a Derek Jeter single, Texeira double, Cano two-run single. and Jorge Posada with a two-out, two-run homer, his 14th. In the first: New York 4, Seattle 2.
- Ichiro homered again, banging his fifth of the season intot the stands in right. That's the fifth multi-homer game of his career. Two-out singles by Jose Lopez, Franklin Gutierrez and Casey Kotchman tie the game.In the third inning: New York 4, Seattle 4.
- Since that wild first inning, Vargas has held the Yankees without a base runner the last five innings. He's retired 16 of 17 hitters in that span.
- One-out singles by Austin Kearns, Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez - who picked up his first major-league RBI - breaks the tie and chases Vargas. Now pitching: Jamie Wright.Jeter singled home Granderson. Texeira's sacrifice fly pushed home a third run. In the seventh: New York 7, Seattle 4.
- Ichiro and Chone Figgins singlex in the ninth against Mariano Rivera, and Branyan got Ichiro home with a fielders choice. It's a final: New York 9, Seattle 5.