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July 9, 2010 at 9:07 PM

New York Yankees at Mariners: July 9, 2010 game thread

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Seattle is finally on the scoreboard after Jose Lopez doubled home Chone Figgins in the bottom of the sixth. But the Mariners still trail 5-1 after a triple by Robinson Canoe brought home two runs in the top of the frame to break the game open.
A Lopez error on a Derek Jeter grounder put two on with none out that inning and, after David Pauley was pulled, Chad Cordero walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases.
Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly for the first New York run of the inning, then Cano doubled home two more. Cano later scored on a single to cap the four-spot for New York. Looking like another loss, which would leave Seattle a season-worst 17 games under .500.
About those reports stating that the Yankees are “upset” with Jack Zduriencik for how he handled the deal, I’ve heard some contradicting statements out of New York’s camp. In the end, the way you do a deal in MLB is, a player belongs to a team until they trade that player away. That’s the code.
If the Yankees are upset by this, you’d think they’d be upset with themselves for maybe jumping the gun a bit. Now, did Zduriencik use the Montero talks to leverage a better deal out of the Rangers? I’m sure he did. He admitted as much in an answer to my question to him at today’s press conference, of whether or not the Rangers first offered up Justin Smoak this morning.
“We had had a lot of talks with Texas and this is the player that we desired,” Zduriencik said. “And they threw different things around and yes, there was a point in time this morning when, through the conversations, I said ‘Look, there are other opportunities. If you want to do this deal, this is the player we want.’ And they said yes.”
But there is a huge difference between doing that and taking a “done deal” and shopping it around after the fact. Had he and Yankees GM Brian Cashman agreed to a deal over the phone, nailed down all the particulars, and then Zduriencik went shopping from other GMs, I could see a problem.
Zduriencik today insisted he did not do that.

8:27 p.m.: We’re midway through the fifth inning and David Pauley is holding his own, still trailing 1-0 on that first inning home run by Mark Teixeira.
Pauley has retired 13 in a row since giving up a single to A-Rod in the first inning. The Mariners have only three hits against Phil Hughes, squandering a nice chance in the third inning.
With two out and runners at second and third, Hughes got Russell Branyan to go down swinging and end the threat.
7:21 p.m.: Feel a bit sorry for all those folks who bought tickets tonight hoping to see Cliff Lee. I mean, David Pauley’s a nice guy and all, but…
Anyhow, Pauley trails 1-0 after he left a 3-1 pitch up in Mark Teixeira’s wheelhouse and saw it buried deep in the right field stands. A-Rod came up next and Pauley gave him some chin music up and in. Got a rise out of the crowd with that one.
The lineups:
YANKEES
SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Swisher
1B Mark Texeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
C Jorge Posada
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Colin Curtis
LF Brett Gardner
RHP Phil Hughes
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Justin Smoak (kidding!)…Casey Kotchman
LF Michael Saunders
C Rob Johnson
SS Jack Wilson
RHP David Pauley

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