The Yankees have won two consecutive games, but even with that little streak, they haven't done much since sweeping the Mariners earlier this month.
Since that series, the Yankees have gone 5-9 – not exactly the kind of record you would expect from a team with postseason aspirations.
But hot or not, that hasn't seem to matter when teams play the Mariners, who drag a three-game losing streak into the Big Apple.
The Mariners need to get going, and although they pitch two of their top starters (Erik Bedard, Carlos Silva) this weekend, so do the Yankees. Two of those pitchers – Chein-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina – have already beaten the Mariners this year. Wang gave up only a run in six innings in a 5-1 victory, and Mussina turned in the same effort in 6-1 Yankees win.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez missed the earlier series vs. his former team because of a quad injury that cost him 17 games.
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He's back now and he's making up for lost time. Although Rodriguez was hitless on Thursday, he homered in each of his two previous games since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.
RECORD VS. MARINERS
The Yankees swept a three-game series in New York earlier this month.
DID YOU KNOW?
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter needs 10 more hits to tie Mickey Mantle on the team's all-time hit list with 2,415.