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July 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Mariners at New York Yankees: July 26, 2011 game thread

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If you get bored and need something to do, here’s a replay of our live video walk from earlier from the No. 4 subway train in the south Bronx over to the Yankee Stadium pressbox.
Some sad news to report tonight. Safeco Field peanut vendor Rick “Peanut Man” Kaminski is said by sources to be in serious condition in Evergreen Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm. Kaminski, 67, has been a fixture tossing pinpoint throws of peanut bags to fans since the team first began playing in 1977. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Brendan Ryan broke up C.C. Sabathia’s perfect game on a clean, line drive single to left field with one out in the seventh inning. Sabathia rallied for two strikeouts after that and now has a career high 14.
Hard to believe the M’s are still in this thing, down only 3-0 but with just six outs to go.
6:01 p.m.: And play is back underway, with C.C. Sabathia still perfect through 5 1/3 innings with seven consecutive strikeouts and a 3-0 lead. Oh yeah, the M’s have still lost 16 in a row. That hasn’t changed, either.
Some of you are already discussing an ESPN report that Felix Hernandez is “on the market” for a trade out of Seattle. I can tell you, having spoken to people within the organization, that this is not going to happen this summer.
Here’s why. In any trade they’d do for Hernandez (and we’re only talking theoretical here right now), the Mariners cannot accept mere prospects. Even the “bestest, bestest ever” type of guys. They need major league players back in return. Guys like Justin Upton and then some. We wrote about this three months ago when talking about what would get the M’s to listen to Hernandez offers. Something like Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Eduardo Nunez, Jesus Montero, plus a top prospect might open the door for you.
The key is, Hernandez is one of the pieces you use to build a team with. If you give him up, you’d better make sure you’re getting other, proven pieces in return. Guys who might be around for a while. Cano is a proven bat the Mariners need. Hughes is a guy who could be a top-end starter someday and is already an MLB starter. Nunez could be a corner infield guy or he could be a bench guy. Montero? Maybe a catcher, maybe a DH.
But chances are, all would be in the majors helping the team complete its rebuilding. And I’m not saying that’s the package that gets it done. Maybe there aren’t enough proven guys. Maybe Brett Gardner has to be in a deal.
The point is: top prospects won’t get it done.
And midway through a season is not when a team that’s contending trades away a bunch of proven players. That’s an off-season move. Because then, you have time to go out and get other players to replace the ones traded without tanking your season.
Any gains the Yankees might make by obtaining Hernandez would be thrwarted by all the guys they’d be giving up in-season to get him.
Nope. If there is any, any truth to any talks the Yankees might be having with Seattle to acquire Hernandez, it would be exploratory at best. Because for what the Mariners would want in return, that’s only a move you can make over the winter. Not in the middle of a pennant race.
M’s GM Jack Zduriencik and his crew are feeling some heat when it comes to getting this thing turned around in Seattle. Zduriencik is not about to delay the turnaround even longer by trading Hernandez for a bunch of young minor leaguers who may — or just as likely may not — pan out.

5:31 p.m.: This is going to be interesting. We’ve got a fire and brimstone type of rain storm moving in and C.C. Sabathia throwing a perfect game through five with six strikeouts in a row. Might take a whole lot of water and a Yankee getting struck by lightning to delay this thing.
New York scored twice more in the fifth to go up 3-0. This baby looks as good as done.
5:44 p.m.: The baseball gods are some kind of ticked at something. Maybe it’s the baseball the M’s have played the past three weeks. Maybe it’s the one-sided beating C.C. Sabathia was administering to them. But for now, the game has been halted by the worst rain I’ve seen since the deciding game of the 2008 World Series in Philadelphia, which I attended the first part of before having to fly home ahead of the resumption of play three days later.
This was a monsoon unleashed by a higher force. And the umps had no choice, perfect game or not, but to hustle Sabathia and everyone else off the field.
It’s still 3-0 for the Yankees, with Sabathia throwing a perfect game with seven consecutive strikeouts one out into the sixth inning. Imagine for a moment, if we’re stuck here for an hour and Sabathia can’t continue and Seattle gets to the bullpen and somehow wins this game.
Yes, indeed. I’m a pro writer. I’m paid to dream up stuff like this.
5:07 p.m.: On to the fifth we go and the Mariners now trail 1-0 after Curtis Granderson took Doug Fister over the left field wall with one out in the fourth. Hardly a rocket launched shot. More like a BB gun blast. But effective all the same.
Seattle has gone 12 up, 12 down versus C.C. Sabathia and nobody has really come close to a hit yet.
16:37 p.m.: Doug Fister is the latest to try to snap this 16-game losing streak. Takes the mound against some dude named C.C. Sabathia. Good luck.
Two innings in and both pitchers have faced the minimum thus far. Mark Teixeria led off with a single in the second, but was erased on a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play turned by Fister, who has three strikeouts already.

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