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May 23, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Mariners at New York Yankees: 05/23 game thread

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Here, enjoy this video, a tour of Yankee Stadium. You’ll see the new stadium being built across the street, then go inside the old place, the one I’m now sitting in, with me. We’ll trek across the field to visit Monument Park, beyond the fence in left center. We’ll also tour the visiting team’s bullpen area. Enjoy.
Still a 13-2 game in the eighth. The M’s aren’t going anywhere.

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6:03 p.m.: And we’ve got our fourth consecutive embarrassment really underway now, with the Yankees up 13-2 after scoring eight runs in the fifth inning to chase Erik Bedard from the game. Bedard yielded nine runs on eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings. The Yankees had eight hits in the inning, mostly singles. But do you know what? For all the grief Derek Jeter takes in some corners, some of it justified for overrated defense, the guy knows how to win. Jeter, for me, set the tone in an inning that took about a half-hour to play. He was hit by a Bedard pitch to start the inning. A single to left put runners at the corners with none out. But then Alex Rodriguez hit a hard smash to third that got Jeter caught in a rundown between third and home. You could literally see Jeter directing traffic with the two other runners as he scampered back and forth, judging just the right moment to break back the other way. Bottom line? Instead of one out and men on first and second, the Yankees had runners on second and third by the time Jeter was tagged out. The guy knows how to play the game. He plays it the right way. He does the little things needed to win.
Hideki Matsui promptly singled to center and both guys scored. The slaughter was underway.
5:20 p.m.: And no sooner are the words out of my mouth then Erik Bedard gives back two runs to the Yankees in the fourth inning. A Hideki Matsui single is followed by a double into the left field corner by Jason Giambi to put runners at second and third. Bedard got one out on a shallow pop to center by Shelley Duncan, but then Robinson Cano doubled to left field to score a pair and make it a 5-2 game. Here we go again?
4:56 p.m.: The M’s got a run back in the third, with Jose Vidro notching his second hit of the game off Andy Pettitte, a single to right center. Adrian Beltre then doubled over the head of left fielder Hideki Matsui in left to make it a 3-2 game, the Yankees still leading. This game is not over yet. Erik Bedard has to keep it a one-run affair and not let it get out of hand like other starters did the first two games in Detroit. The hitters have to be given a few innings, at least, to tie this thing up. No more givebacks in runs, or else this one will end up like all the others before it.
4:47 p.m.: Seattle is down 3-1 on the scoreboard and down a manager as well as we head to the third. The M’s just gave up three in the second inning after John McLaren got tossed between frames for coming out to argue on Ichiro’s behalf when the latter had been called out on strikes. There had been two out in the inning with two on and a run already home on a Yuniesky Betancourt single. It was the second time in the game that plate umpire Mike DiMuro had rung-up Ichiro and the latter was furious both times. He had to be pulled back by teammates because he was laying in to DiMuro so hard. McLaren took over from there and barely got two words in with DiMuro before being tossed (and then he got plenty of angry words in).
DiMuro infuriated the Seattle dugout in the bottom of the inning by calling Ball Four on Jason Giambi after a leadoff single to center by Hideki Matsui. Two pitches later, Shelley Duncan cranked a no-doubt, three-run shot to left. So, not the greatest turn of events for the M’s.
4:15 p.m.: A nice evening here in the Bronx as we get underway. Andy Pettitte struck out Ichiro and Jose Lopez to start the game, but Jose Vidro then delivered a double to left. Vidro began the night 5-for-19 with a homer and a double off Pettitte career-wise. But Raul Ibanez grounded out to end the inning.
The lineups:
MARINERS (18-30):
51 Ichiro CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
3 Jose Vidro DH
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
44 Richie Sexson 1B
50 Wladimir Balentien RF
15 Jamie Burke C
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
45 Erik Bedard LHP
YANKEES (22-25)
2 Derek Jeter SS
53 Bobby Abreu RF
13 Alex Rodriguez 3B
55 Hideki Matsui LF
25 Jason Giambi DH
17 Shelley Duncan 1B
24 Robinson Cano 2B
19 Chad Moeller C
28 Melky Cabrera CF
46 Andy Pettitte LHP



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