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Rapid Reaction: Mariners 12, Yankees 2

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes is still very inconsistent.

NOT EVEN ONE, AND HE WAS DONE: Hughes was awful. He could only pick up two outs before manager Joe Girardi gave him the hook in the first inning. It was his shortest start of his career. In May 2009, Hughes gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings at Camden Yards.

He finished that season as an important part of the World Series-winning bullpen. He is not going anywhere this year, but he hasn't made anyone feel he is more than a No. 4 starter.

On Wednesday, he was smashed for seven runs on six hits, which included a Raul Ibanez grand slam. As ESPN researcher Katie Sharp pointed out, Hughes allowed seven runs, which is just two less than \Matt Harvey has given up all season.

In his previous start, he allowed six runs, all earned on seven hits, but got the win for his 5 2/3 innings in Kansas City. However, in his four starts before that one, he went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA.

Will he ever be more than a No. 4 starter?

RAUL, SO COOL: Not only did Ibanez hit a granny in the first, he added a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Brett Marshall, who was making his major league debut. Ibanez became the first 40-year-old to ever have six RBIs against the Yankees.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: In the sixth, rookie David Adams picked up his first major league hit, a single to center. Adams, from Cliff Lee fame, got called up on Wednesday, which happens to be his 26th birthday. He is only the fourth major leaguer to make his debut on his birthday and get a hit, according to Sharp. The last one before Adams to do it was the Indians' Dave Clark.

HOMERS: Vernon Wells (10) and Stewart (3) had solo shots. Wells is now tied with Robinson Cano for the team lead.

SERIOUS GARBAGE TIME: With the Yankees getting blown out, shortstop Alberto Gonzalez picked up the final out of top of the ninth. Wells moved to second.

In the seventh, Chris Stewart played some first base, while Ben Francisco entered in left. This pushed Curtis Granderson to center for the first time all year.

ON DECK: I'll find out what Hughes and Girardi say about this performance. Plus, I'll talk with Adams about his debut and get some notes on the late-inning chicanery. Come back soon for more.

IN THE HOLE: The series ends on Thursday with Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.30) facing Andy Pettitte (3-2, 4.06).