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Mr. Rowland-Smith & Friends Vs. New York - Mariners Game #141

Ryan Rowland-Smith's turn to face New York and, like Brandon Morrow last night, he'll have a few rookies in the lineup with him.

1B Bryan LaHair, C Rob Johnson and 2B Luis Valbuena will start tonight against a rather portly Sydney Ponson.

And we're off.

Yankees grab their first lead of the series on Bobby Abreu's 16th home run of the year. Could have been worse.

Johnny Damon worked Rowland-Smith for a 3-2 walk, but Derek Jeter grounded into a double play. After Abreu's home run, Alex Rodriguez flied out - to the delight of the crowd.

Yankees 1, Mariners 0 ...

Yankees loaded the bases on a trio of two-out walks to bring the game to Jason Giambi.

Manager Jim Riggleman played the right side of his infield deep - second baseman Valbuena was in short right field - and Giambi grounded sharply to Valbuena's right.

Diving stop, pop up and throw, in time.

Yankees 1, Mariners 0 ...

Rowland-Smith has pitched five sharp innings, getting out of trouble when he had to - but Ponson has wiggled out of harm's way again and again.

Mariners got Yuniesky Betancourt to third base with one out, but Valbuena was robbed of a hit by Jeter and Ichiro grounded out.

Jeremy Reed led off with a double in the fourth inning and was never moved.

Mariners have two hits, the Yankees four.

Through five innings, Ponson has thrown only 47 pitches. Rowland-Smith 71.

Yankees 1, Mariners 0 ...

Rowland-Smith got ahead of Giambi, 1-2, and Giambi turned a fastball around for his 29th home run.

After six innings, Rowland-Smith has been burned for two solo home runs - and the Mariners haven't broken through yet.

Yankees 2, Mariners 0 ...

Two-outs, who cares? Reed and Beltre single with two outs - Beltre extending his hitting streak to 12 games - and Raul Ibanez hit his 23rd home run of the season.

RBI number 98, 99 and 100 for Ibanez, and the Mariners lead.

Mariners 3, Yankees 2 ...

Top of the seventh, and Rowland-Smith was pulled for Sean Green. Johnny Damon, aboard on a fielders choice, stole second and third base and Jeter walked for the second time.

With left-handed hitting Abreu due up, Rigglemen went to rookie left hander Justin Thomas.

Abreu pulled a soft line drive into the right-field corner for a two-run triple.

Riggleman went to right-hander Roy Corcoran, who hit A-Rod with his first pitch. Giambi doubled home a run, Nady's ground ball scored A-Rod, Matsui singled home another run and the Yankees opened the game up with a big inning.

Yankees 7, Mariners 3 ...

Two-out singles by Reed, Beltre and Ibanez pushed across a run - but also brought on Yankee closer Mariano Rivera to get the final four outs.

He got the first one, getting Jose Lopez to ground out and end the eighth inning.

Yankees 7, Mariners 4 ...