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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Mariners 2




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Phil Hughes pitched his best game of the season and the Yankees drove in all their runs with two outs as they defeated the Mariners 6-2 on Saturday in the Bronx.

HUGHES THE MAN: While the Mariners' offense isn't what you'd call a juggernaut, Hughes stifled the lineup and kept his pitch count in order. He handled the Mariners with ease, avoiding troubling situations. Hughes allowed one runs and six hits.

The right-handed pitcher threw a season-high 7 2/3 innings and left the mound to chants of "Hughes" instead of the boos he's heard this year. Over his last two starts, he has pitched 14 1/3 innings, yielding 12 hits and just four runs. Hughes threw 112 pitches Saturday.

Two-OUT SPLURGE: The Yankees drove in all six of their runs with two outs. In the second inning, Raul Ibañez and Russell Martin both doubled in runs to make it 2-0, and Jayson Nix followed with his first hit as a Yankee as he blasted a two-run shot to boost the lead to 4-0.

In the fourth, Ibañez knocked his seventh homer out of the park. Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to left that scored a run in the eighth.

LONG TIME COMING: Nix's home run snapped an 0-for-20 skid. He last hit a home run on June 8, 2011, when he was with Toronto. Nix finished the day 1-for-3 filling in at shortstop for the afternoon.

RAUL'S WORLD: Ibañez continues to hit for power early in the season. He registered his seventh homer, which is tied for the second-most on team, and is now tied with Curtis Granderson for the team lead in RBIs with 21.

ROUGH DAY FOR A FORMER YANKEE: Former long reliever Hector Noesi, who was traded in the offseason in the Michael Pineda deal, struggled in his return, surrendering five runs on six hits over seven innings. Noesi has struggled as a starter for Seattle, as he's now 2-4 with a 6.32 ERA through seven starts.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Derek Jeter had two singles on Saturday and is now tied with Tony Gwynn for 17th place on the all-time hits list with 3,141 hits. One more hit will tie him with Robin Yount for 16th.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: Mike Mazzeo and I will have all the clubhouse news, including Hughes on his outing, the offense and any talk about the return of a familiar southpaw Sunday.

UP NEXT: Lefty Andy Pettitte will make his much-anticipated season debut as he tries to guide the Yankees to the sweep and their fourth-straight win. Kevin Milwood (0-4, 5.88) will get the start for the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.