WHAT IT MEANS: King Felix Hernandez wore his crown well. He is a great pitcher. Hiroki Kuroda isn't too shabby himself, but he wasn't good enough on Saturday.
KING OF THE BRONX: Hernandez dominated the Yankees for nine innings. Entering Saturday, Hernandez was 3-1 with a 1.47 at the new Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, the Yankees wouldn't have scored even if you got runs for making it to third. They only got to second once. In the first, Robinson Cano hit a two-out double. He remained there after Mark Teixeira lined out to second.
YANKEES' HIRO: Kuroda pitched very well ... again. Kuroda allowed just one run in his 6 1/3 innings. That was the first run he has allowed in five daytime starts. Kuroda gave up seven hits, but he pitched out of trouble; especially in the sixth, when he escaped a one-out, runners-at-the-corners jam. Hernandez was just better. Kuroda (10-8) saw his ERA lower to 3.19.
ON BOARD: The M's got on the board when John Jaso led off the second with a double. Kuroda almost slipped out of the trouble after a sacrifice bunt and a popout. However, Mike Carp's single provided Hernandez the only run of the game.
HOME RUN STREAK OVER: The Yankees had hit a home run in 21 straight home games.
WATCH OUT, JOE D: With his third-inning single off Carp's glove, Ichiro Suzuki now has an 11-game hit streak. Yet again, Ichiro had only one hit. It is the longest one-hit hitting streak in Yankees history. Steve Sax (1990) owned the old record.
THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE TRADED MONTERO: Kidding, of course. Well, at least if you based it only on Saturday, Anyway, Jesus Montero, the guy I like to call Babe Jeteriguez because of all the hype around him, had a couple of base knocks. One in the fourth and one in the sixth. Each time, Kuroda made sure no one scored.
RETALIATION? We'd say probably not. But, in the seventh, with one out and a man on second, Kuroda nailed Brendan Ryan on the elbow. It set up a double play. Now, Ryan is the No. 9 hitter in a terrible lineup, so why would you hit him? Well, King Felix hit three Yankees in Seattle when they last met. Again, my opinion is it was not on purpose. It was Kuroda's final batter.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: I'm writing a column on King Felix and future Yankees implications. Matt Ehalt will handle the blog.
ON DECK: The Yankees and Mariners finish up with Freddy Garcia (4-5, 5.10) facing Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2, 4.10).
On Monday, the Yankees start a four-gamer in Detroit. Monday, Ivan Nova (10-5, 4.33) vs. Justin Verlander (11-7, 2.63). Tuesday, Phil Hughes (11-8, 3.96) vs. Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.65). Wednesday, CC Sabathia (11-3, 3.53) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-8, 3.99). Thursday, Kuroda vs. Doug Fister (5-7, 3.77 entering today).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: How would King Felix look in pinstripes?