[caption id="attachment_435" align="alignright" width="200" caption="CC Sabathia"] [/caption]CC Sabathia isn't mentioned often - except in New York - in the American League Cy Young Award race, but he's having a marvelous season.
And not many hitters enjoy facing him.
The Mariners put together the best lineup they could, given the numbers, and here's how tonight's lineup has done against Mr. Sabathia in the past:
Adrian Beltre 0-for-10Franklin Gutierrez 3-for-6 with a home run.Bill Hall 1-for-3Kenji Johjima 5-for-11Jose Lopez 2-for-13Ichiro Suzuki 18-for-45 with three homersMike Sweeney 20-for-74 with two homersMatt Tuiasosopo has never faced him.Josh Wilson 2-for-9 with a home run
It's CC vs. Doug Fister.
There is the sense for some that Fister and his arsenal of off-speed stuff and guile is living on borrowed time.
The 25-year-old rightie has seen the Yankees before, and they him, and in the first inning they came out swinging against him.
Johnny Damon singled with one out and scored when Franklin Gutierrez kept Mark Teixeira's long drive in the ball park - turning a home run into an RBI triple.
Fisher got Alex Rodriguez on a ground ball - imagine the applause! - but walked Hideki Matsui.
On a full count, Nick Swisher flied out. Three outs, 23 pitches.
In the first: Yankees 1, Mariners 0
Fister is walking the line between brilliance and disaster, but the Yankees have not been able to add on against him yet.
In the second inning, Robinson Cano led off with a double but Fister forced New York to strand him there. Damon doubled to open the third inning, but Fister got out of that when second baseman Matt Tuiasosopo made a diving catch of a line drive and doubled Damon off base.
No one doubts Fister's moxie - he's got plenty. But New York has hit some balls on the nose and so far stranded two men at third base tonight.
Hideki Matsui hit a home run so hard the ball screamed in pain all the way into the right field stands - landing an estimated 408 feet from home plate.
It was just one run, but it was an impressive one.
In the fourth: Yankees 2, Mariners 0
That might do it
In the span of about 10 pitches, Fister probably lost this game.
Two runs might have beaten him, but the Yankees began the fifth inning with three consecutive singles for a run - then got Teixeira's 36th home run.
A-Rod walked, and that was that. Fister's night is over, Jason Vargas will relief and Carlos Silva can't be too far behind.
In the fifth: Yankees 6, Mariners 0
Man or beast?
Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-out line drive off Sabathia's chest for a single, and Sabathia didn't even rub it. Astonishing.
Jose Lopez grounded to third, where A-Rod threw the ball away - allowing Gutierrez to score all the way from first base.
That's a rally. Sort of.
After five: Yankees 6, Mariners 1
Giving it back
Hard to catch a team when every time you score, they score in their next at-bat.
Against Vargas, a Cano double and single by Francisco Cervelli - who Bill Hall threw out trying for two - got New York another run.
In the sixth: Yankees 7, Mariners 1
Mr. Silva returns
For the first time since May 6, Carlos Silva took the mound for Seattle and no, his luck hasn't changed.
A quick ground ball out, then a fly ball to left that fell because the gimpy Bill Hall couldn't get to it. When Melky Cabrera singled, Silva was on the hook for an 'earned' run.
Silva hit 94 mph on the radar gun, should have faced only four batters but wound up throwing 27 pitches to get two outs.
In the eighth: Yankees 8, Mariners 1
That man - again
Teixeira led off the ninth with his 37th home run and second of the night. Were it not for Gutierrez keeping his first-inning drive in the park, the Yankees first baseman would have three home runs tonight.
In the ninth: Yankees 10, Mariners 1
And in the end
Rookie Michael Saunders made a rare appearance and picked up an infield single.
That's all, folks.
It's a final: Yankees 10, Mariners 1