The fans will give Raul Ibanez a warm welcome Tuesday night as he plays his first game in the Bronx since his memorable October performance. (Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

YGY Series Preview Show: Mariners-Yankees (5/14-5/16)

The New York Yankees continued their winning ways on the road as they finished up a 6-2 road trip with a split of the doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. During the doubleheader, the offense slumped in Game 1, but saw the youth movement come thru in Game 2 with players like Corban Joseph driving in runs and pitchers Vidal Nuno and David Phelps (Game 1) only giving up one run combined! As far as the Royals’ series goes, the Yankees got home run hitting from Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. A 6-2 road trip not only puts the Bronx Bombers at ten games over .500, but in sole possession of first place in the American League East  Now, the Yankees get set to bring back some of the injured with Curtis Granderson likely to be activated for Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners.

All of the talk in the AL West has been about the struggles of the Los Angeles Angels and the first place Texas Rangers. However, the Seattle Mariners have been one of the hot teams in the American League. They have won three of their last four series and 10 of their last 15 games. The Mariners have always been known for their ace Felix Hernandez, but they brought in some power hitters to help their offense. During the winter, they brought in former Nationals’ outfielder Michael Morse (9 home runs) and former Angels’ designated hitter Kendrys Morales (4 HR’s, 17 RBI’s). The strength of Eric Wedge‘s team is in the top of their rotation with Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, both of which will start against the Yankees this week. Not to mention, it is a return to New York for former Yankee playoff hero Raul Ibanez and former Mets’ bust Jason Bay.

On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recap the Royals’ series and look ahead to the Mariners series. To help me breakdown the Mariners, I spoke with Patrick Leary from SodoMojo.com about the Mariners’ recent stretch, the great start for Felix and the additions of Morse and Morales to the lineup. Plus, it wouldn’t be with a Yankees-Mariners show without a discussion about Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda. Finally, I talk about the movement of Eduardo Nunez to the disabled list,  the impact of Granderson’s return, and the Mariano Rivera-Joba Chamberlain dispute.

Keep in mind that the show was recorded SUNDAY NIGHT!!!

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