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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Seattle, WA (July 9) – The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners for their seventh straight win on Friday night. Phil Hughes made the start and pitched seven strong innings giving up one run on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. The ironic thing is that Hughes may have been bumped to the bullpen if the trade for Cliff Lee was completed but it didn’t seem to affect him as he moved to 11-2 on the season.
The Yankees now have three 11 game winners before the All Star Break as they show that they are good without Lee even though they would of loved to have him. Dave Robertson and Chan Ho Park pitched scoreless innings to close out the game. Park gave up two hits and had a strikeout and Robertson gave up a hit and had a strikeout.
The offensive star for the Yankees was Mark Teixeira who hit two home runs. They were both solo home runs and he also drew a walk. Alex Rodriguez had a hit, walk and an RBI and Robinson Cano had a hit and two RBI. Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI, Colin Curtis had a hit and Brett Gardner had a hit.
The Yankees got on the board right away in the first inning on a solo home run by Teixiera. The game remained 1-0 until the sixth inning when the Yankees broke out with four runs. Brett Gardner walked, Jeter reached on an error and Nick Swisher moved them over with a bunt. Teixeira walked and Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly. Cano tripled to drive in two more runs and Granderson singled him home to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
The Mariners would score their only run in the bottom of the inning on a ground rule double by Chone Figgons and a double from Jose Lopez. The Yankees would score their final run in the ninth inning on a solo home run by Teixeira.
The Yankees have now won seven games in a row and have a 5-0 record on their current seven game road trip. The Yankees are three games up over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and five games over the Boston Red Sox.
Hughes was pretty much overlooked in spring training but he went about his business and won the fifth starters job. He is making the Yankees look good just about every time he pitches. Hughes has been better than a fifth starter with 11 wins and a ticket to the All Star Game on Tuesday night. The Yankees became the first team since the 1999 Houston Astros with three 11 game winners before the All Star Break. Hughes said “I don’t think many people expected a ton out of me, being that I was the fifth starter, and basically all we needed were four solid guys.”
It was a bounce back start for Hughes who struggled in his last two outings. The Yankees will look for their eighth straight win on Saturday night with Javier Vazquez facing Felix Hernandez.