The Yankees continue their 11-day, 10-game West Coast trip with a three game set in Oakland. New York comes off a successful series in Seattle having won three of four, including the last game in which Felix Hernandez pitched (no-decision for Hernandez). Oakland, meanwhile, comes off a four-game series split with the White Sox. Here is a Yanks-Athletics series preview.
There is no doubt that this isn't 2001-2010 anymore. Ichiro Suzuki is not the 200-hit season Ichiro. But he can still really help the Yankees, not so much as an every day player who is dominant, but helping the Yanks change games in the late innings.
Jeremy Bonderman has been searching for his stuff since coming back from Tommy John surgery earlier this season, and last night, for at least one game the veteran pitcher found it. Bonderman threw six impressive innings to help lead the Mariners over the Yankees 4-1 and tie up the series at one apiece.
The Yanks and Jays have at it for three in the Bronx. New York just lost two of three to Seattle and Toronto has won four straight against the Red Sox and Giants respectively. Here is a series preview.
How bad did the future Hall Of famer want to trade in losing in Seattle for a chance to play in pinstripes and a shot at a ring? Judging from what Ichiro agreed to big time!
Yankee GM Brian Cashman revealed that the Yanks had a list to present to Ichiro and he needed to agree to 3 different itams before the Yanks agreed to the deal, getting him from Seattle for 2 minor league prospects...
Late yesterday afternoon, the Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees for a couple of minor league players. Ichiro is clearly a player who can help the Yankees become less dependant on the homerun and allow them to play more "small ball" in certain situations...