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August 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, Aug. 3: Mariners lose, 6-3

A ninth-inning homer for Ackley makes it more interesting, but just too much Sabathia tonight. He went the distance on a three-hitter, striking out 10.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Well, they got another hit — a one-out double by Olivo. But nothing more. 6-1 Yankees.
YANKEES SEVENTH: A rocky debut for Carter Capps,who doesn’t disappoint with his velocity (several over 100 mph, peaking at 101). But Martin singled on a 101 mph pitch, and Granderson walked.After Jeter dropped a sac bunt (on a 100-mph pitch, no easy task), Oliver Perez came in to face the lefty Cano. Oops. Cano singled in a run,and after a popup, so did Ibanez. Both were charged to Capps, who ends his first day with a 54.00 ERA. It’s 6-2 Yankees.
YANKEES SIXTH: Eric Chavez made the Mariners task that much harder with a towering — and I mean towering — two-run HR to right. I thought Thames might have a bead on it, but he jumped and didn’t come down with it. Apparently, he might have gotten tangled up with a fan. 4-1 Yankees.
MARINERS SIXTH: Sabathia still hasn’t had to pitch from stretch — M’s only hit (and baserunner) is Wells homer. He’s struck out 10 in a dominating performance with just that one lapse. 2-1 Yankees.
MARINERS FIFTH: Last time he facedthe Mariners (7/26/11), Sabathia struck out career-high 14 in 7 ip. Brendan Ryan broke up perfect game with one-out single in 7th. He has a one-hitter through five tonight, with eight strikeouts. He’s 7-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his last seven starts vs. Seattle, so it shouldn’t be any surprise. 2-1 Yankees.
MARINERS FOURTH: Sabathia retired the first 10 batters, but Wells ended the perfecto, the no-no, and the shutout by jumping on the first pitch he saw and sending it over the wall in left, his seventh homer. Sabathia fanned the next two, and has six strikeouts through four. 2-1 Yankees.
YANKEES THIRD: Ichiro was the institagator of a two-run inning with one of his patented hits — a nubber in front of the plate he barely beat out. Martin doubled him to third, and Granderson singled them both home. But Eric Thames stayed with Jeter’s liner to right to make a nice catch, and Cano grounded into a double play to minimize the damage. 2-0 Yankees.
MARINERS THIRD: Sorry, I’ve been having some internet issues. But not much Mariners offense to report: Sabathia has put down all nine batters he’s faced, striking out four. Millwood has given up a pair of hits, but no damage done, so we’re scoreless heading to the bottom of the third.
Eric Wedge said that Charlie Furbush (triceps strain) is scheduled to pitch an inning for Tacoma tonight in his first rehab appearance. He will be evaluated after that. Franklin Gutierrez, still recovering from his concussion, will work out with Tacoma but isn’t ready to play in games yet.
Wedge said he recognizes the importance of this tough road trip as a measuring stick for his streaking ballclub — they go to Baltimore and Anaheim after New York — but doesn’t want his players looking ahead.
“For me, it just starts with tonight,” he said. “I don’t want them to get caught up in thinking about the whole road trip. I want them to focus on tonight, come out here and get off to a good start. That’s what I’ve been thinking about, and I hope that’s what they’re thinking about.”
Here’s Jason Vargas’s reaction to being named AL Pitcher of the Month for his 5-0, 1.64 ERA showing: “It was cool. There are a lot of pitchers who have pitched well. To be the one they named pitcher of the month is pretty cool. It’s nice to be recognized. I feel there’s been stretches I’ve had that were just as good as anybody. To have that award and have them acknowledge it is nice.”
And here’s Wedge on the same topic: “There’s only six months. To be recognized as the best pitcher for that particular month, it’s a great accomplishment, and well deserved, obviously. He’s been as consistent as anybody this year.”

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