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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Mariners 3

By Matt Ehalt



Even Felix Hernandez can't slow down these Yankees.

The Yankees managed to win a game started by the Mariners' ace as they rallied for a 4-3 win on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Hernandez left the game after six innings with a 3-1 lead, but the Yankees rallied in the seventh for the win.

Outfielder Curtis Granderson also made his season debut, playing left and batting cleanup, and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

With the win, the Yankees will at least be tied for the most wins in baseball by the end of the night. St. Louis and Texas could tie them with victories Tuesday.

FELIX GREAT AGAIN: Hernandez continued his domination of the Yankees as he gave up just one run in six innings and left in position to win. The bullpen immediately gave up three runs in the inning following his departure. He's 4-1 in his career at Yankee Stadium and easily could have recorded his fifth win.

The Yankees managed to put some pressure on Hernandez, finding ways to maneuver runners into scoring position, but they were just 0-for-8 in those situations against him. Even after the first two batters of the game reached, Hernandez didn't flinch and worked his way out of it.

AVERAGE CC: In the pitching duel between Hernandez and CC Sabathia, Hernandez clearly had the better day. Sabathia had some troubles as he yielded a season-high 10 hits to the AL's second-lowest scoring team. Seattle didn't fare well with runners in scoring position, otherwise the damage may have been much worse. Sabathia did, however, strike out 10 batters.

GRANDERSON DEBUT: Granderson has had better days at the plate, going 0-for-3 with a walk, a double play, a weak grounder and a strikeout. In the field, playing left for the first time as a Yankee, Granderson made all the plays but didn't seem fluid. That should come with time and more experience out there.

OVERBAY DELIVERS: Lyle Overbay continues to be a revelation for the Yankees as he drove in two runs, including to go-ahead one in the seventh. Overbay got the Yankees on the board with an RBI double in the sixth versus Hernandez, and his sacrifice fly in the seventh put the Yanks ahead, 4-3. Overbay has 24 RBIs.

CARRYING THE TEAM: For as great as Overbay has been, the Yankees continue to be carried offensively by second baseman Robinson Cano. His two-run double in the seventh tied the game at 3-3 and gave him 25 RBIs. He has stepped up his game while his fellow All-Stars have gone down with injuries.

UP NEXT: The Yankees will look to win their third straight as Phil Hughes (2-2, 4.43 ERA) faces Hisashi Iwakuma (4-1, 1.74) at 7:05 p.m.