If you were to ask who would have the best record in baseball on May 14 during spring training, would you have said the New York Yankees? With all of their injuries I would not have, however, that is where the Yankees are at right now. The Yankees got win 25 on the season as the fought back against the Mariners bullpen and beat the Mariners 4-3 in the opening of a three game set.
It was a duel between Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia. Hernandez was strong giving up one run while striking out eight in six innings. He left the game after tweaking his back. CC Sabathia wasn’t as strong. He gave up a couple of runs on 10 hits, but did strike out 10.The Mariners got on the board first. Michael Saunders reached on an error and two batter later, Kyle Seager drove him home with a double. The Mariners extended that lead to 3-0 in the sixth, when ex-Yankee Raul Ibanez hit his fourth homer of the year.
The Yankees chipped away at the lead in the sixth. Lyle Overbay drove in Curtis Granderson with a double. They then took the lead for good in the seventh. Chris Nelson led off with a single. Two batters later, Brett Gardner walked. Robinson Cano doubled in two to make it 4-3. Vernon Wells and Granderson walked to load the bases for Overbay who hit a sacrifice fly.
YGY Player Of The Game: Overbay
Notes: Granderson was activated off the DL and Vidal Nuno was sent to AAA. Travis Hafner will miss this series after an MRI revealed tendonitis in his shoulder. Tonight was the first time Sabathia and Hernandez faced each other in a game.