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July 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM

New York Yankees at Mariners: July 10, 2010 game thread

OK, the world is back spinning on its axis again. Ichiro lined a hard one that struck Javier Vazquez and rolled off to the side. Vazquez grabbed the ball, but his desperate toss to first base was in the dirt.
A hit for the Mariners! Their first, with two out in the sixth.
We’re now in the top of the seventh, with New York still up 1-0.
Hey, I saw that Cliff Lee took a complete game loss. Looks like the M’s trained him well for his new job.
By the way, FSN is showing a special 3D broadcast of tonight’s game. It’s the first time they’ve ever done it. You need the receiver and 3D package to see it in 3D, but they’ve set up a suite in the pressbox here to go see it. Have a look.

What? You thought you’d actually see some 3D in the video? No, silly.

8:30 p.m.: Felix Hernandez is keeping his anemic offense in a 1-0 game through five innings. The Mariners have scored just twice the first 23 innings of this series and have yet to get even a lone hit tonight.
Justin Smoak just had his second AB of the game and actually took the first two pitches this time to jump ahead 2-0 in the count. The third pitch was also taken, for a strike this time, then he whiffed at the next offering to make it 2-2. Javier Vazquez then, once more, took something off his ensuing offering — clocked at 80 mph — and Smoak went after it like a cat pounces on a rat with a busted leg.
Unfortunately, the rat won. Two ABs, two Ks for Smoak. A work in progress.
Tell you what, if Vazquez throws a no-hitter, it’s time for Frankie to leap off the ledge once and for all.
The Yankees have six hits and a walk, but just the one run on a Nick Swisher solo homer in the third inning. Hernandez saw the first two New York hitters reach base in the fourth, but set down the side on a flyout and two grounders.
7:56 p.m.: New York just took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Nick Swisher took Felix Hernandez just over the wall in right center with two out. Hernandez’s body language was fun to watch as he almost triedto will the ball to stay in the yard. He seemed quite frustrated at the end, giving a dismissive wave in the general direction of the homer.
Blink and you likely missed the Justin Smoak debut at the plate in the second inning. Smoak went up hacking and went down swinging against Javier Vazquez. He fouled the first pitch straight back, then fouled the second one off to the first base stands. Pitch No. 3, as could be expected, saw Vazquez take something off and Smoak flailing at air.
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Think he’s a little anxious?
Anyhow, the Yankees had two hits in the first off Hernandez, but one of the runners, Brett Gardner, was erased on a caught stealing. The Mariners had one baserunner the first two frames when Russell Branyan drew a walk.
7:09 p.m.: Well, the Mariners still have one staff ace left on the roster and he’s out there pitching tonight. I’ve said it before, but I do think Felix Hernandez still has an outside shot at a Cy Young Award. His team will have to score more that one run per game for that to happen, though. Let’s see what happens with Justin Smoak in there tonight.
For those following the Cliff Lee debut, he trails 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Lee has gone eight innings so far, allowing all five runs to the Orioles. The big story there tonight is Chris Tillman of the Orioles, dealt away by Seattle in the Erik Bedard swap.
Tillman had a no-hitter going with one out in the bottom of the seventh before Ian Kinsler singled. The Rangers didn’t score until the eighth and Tillman is now out of the game, having allowed two hits and an unearned run over 7 1/3 frames.
The lineups:
LF Brett Gardner
DH Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Colin Curtis
C Francisco Cervelli
SS Ramiro Pena
RHP Javier Vazquez
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Justin Smoak
LF Michael Saunders
C Rob Johnson
SS Jack Wilson
RHP Felix Hernandez

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