With that single to right, Derek Jeter tied Luis Aparicioo with the most all-time career hits as a shortstop with 2,673. But Doug Fister gets out of the inning with a big strikeout of Alex Rodriguez. Did I think the called third strike by Mike Everitt was actually a strike. No it wasn't close at all, but this crew owes the Mariners a few.
Look it's Joba Chamberlain. I have never understood the hype surrounding him. Don't get me wrong. He's an unbelievably talented pitcher, but he's not even close to how good Felix Hernandez is, and yet Joba is more widely known. I guess that happens when you play in New York. Felix will know what it's like in a few years ... I'm kidding.
Fister looks solid with a couple more strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Mariners haven't done much against the Hall of Famer.
The Yankees take a 1-0 lead as Jeter doubles to right field and scores Pena. That was hit No. 2,674 putting Jeter atop the list of all-time hits as a shortstop. So congrats. Unlike A-Rod, it's hard to say bad things about Jeter. He's a class guy and player.
The Mariners rally as Joba walks Langerhans, gives up a double to light-hitting Josh Wilson, walks Branyan and then gives up a two-run double to Jose Lopez. M's lead 2-1.
A quick note to Doug Fister --- when you get a guy 3-0 in the big leagues, they can and will get the green light, so it's not a good idea to gut an 85 mph fastball on 3-0, thinking Nick Swisher is going to have the take sign. Instead, he took it right over the centerfield fence. On a bright note, Josh Wilson understands the words "I got it" coming from the left fielder on the shallow fly ball. If that's Yuni, the Mariners would be needing another leftfielder.
The Mariners are getting base runners against Joba, but they need to get some timely hits.
A nice inning for Fister. He got ahead and made decent pitches.
The Mariners obviously aren't impressed with all things Joba. Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Hannahan come up with RBI singles each to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead.
Fister again gets through the inning.
Again another wasted scoring opportunity as Seattle gets runners on first and second with one out, but Branyan strikes out and Lopez puts up a good fight fouling off seven pitches in a long AB but can't come up with the hit.
Doug Fister showed more fight int he seventh getting out of a jam than Erik Bedard did in 12 starts.
The Mariners break it open dropping a five spot as Aceves inexplicably hits Josh Wilson with the bases loaded to open the flood gates. Ichiro delivers a two-run single, Branayn an RBI single and Lopez with an RBI double - his third hit of the day.