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May 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Felix Hernandez tries to continue impressive run at Yankee Stadium

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Raul Ibanez just showed he isn’t done in MLB just yet, saying hello to old friend Felix Hernandez with a three-run, first-pitch homer to right-center in the bottom of the sixth inning. That gives the Yankees a 4-2 lead. Ibanez’s sixth homer of the year came after a leadoff walk to A-Rod, a single by Robinson Cano and a fielder’s choice that left runners at the corners. Hernandez struck out Nick Swisher for the second out of the inning, but his very next pitch was golfed over the wall.
M’s have their work cut out for them. Only five hits tonight and doing nothing with runners in scoring position.
8:45 p.m.: Jesus Montero just made Yankees fans collectively go “Jesus!” — I’ll let you figure out if it was in a good or bad way — with a go-ahead solo shot to right field to lead off the sixth. So, it’s 2-1 M’s.
The Yankees blew what could be their best shot at Felix Hernandez in the fourth. Three straight singles could have loaded the bases with none out, but New York waved A-Rod around third on a single to left. Mike Carp let the fly ball drop in front of him in mid-left, then fired a strike to the plate and A-Rod was clearly nabbed. The rest of the inning went quietly on a nubbed groundout and a whiff.


4:58 p.m.: Still 1-1 as we enter the fourth inning. The Mariners had a great shot in the second inning, getting two on with none out. But Justin Smoak popped out to the shortstop, Mike Carp flied out and Michael Saunders grounded out.
4:29 p.m.: We’re tied 1-1 after an inning of play as Curtis Granderson singled with one out, stole second with two out, then scored on a single to right field by Robinson Cano.
4:14 p.m.: Felix Hernandez has made six career starts at Yankee Stadium. He is 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA, including a 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA at the new version of Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.
Gotta like those odds.
Dustin Ackley just increased the odds a bit by taking Hiroki Kuroda’s third pitch of the game over the left field wall. So, it’s 1-0 Mariners after the first career leadoff homer for Ackley. Third leadoff blast by M’s this season, the prior two by Chone Figgins.
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Felix Hernandez
NEW YORK
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
C Russell Martin
RHP Hiroki Kuroda

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