Yankees Beat Mariners 9-3 – De-Throne King Felix
The New York Yankees got a big win late Monday night as they managed to get 6 runs off of Felix Hernandez and go on to win 9-3. Mark Teixeira and Chris Dickerson both hit home runs off of Hernandez. Robinson Cano put the game away for good with a bases-clearing double to tack on three more.
Find out how the injured Yankees are doing and when these key players are expected back.
Going into the game, given the Yankees' history against "King Felix", it was thought to be a long night for the Bronx Bombers. Instead, the Yankees managed to knock Felix for 9 hits and 6 runs over 6 innings. Phil Hughes pitched good in the win for the Yankees going 6 innings allowing 5 hits, 1 run, walking 3 and striking out 3. Hughes is now 5-5 on the season and Hernandez drops to 14-12.
The Yankees had a huge inning in the top of the 4th inning. Mark Teixeira led off with a solo home run. Chris Dickerson later provided the big hit with a 2-run shot to make it 6-0 in the top of the 4th inning. In the top of the 7th inning, Robinson Cano cleared the bases to make it 9-1. Austin Romine picked up his first MLB hit in his first MLB start behind the plate as the Yankees' catcher. Romine made the start since he had caught Phil Hughes during his rehab stint with Scranton.
Both Nick Swisher and Alex Rodriguez have been out injured over the past few days. Nick Swisher has a form of tennis elbow, which was caused by inflammation in his elbow. Alex Rodriguez is still recovering from a grade 1 1/2 strain in his thumb. Both players are expected to miss another few games in order to ensure they will be fully healthy enough to play. Francisco Cervelli also remains out with concussion-like symptoms. It is unknown how much time he'll miss since he has to be able to clear tests and break away from those symptoms.
With this win, the Yankees are now a full 4 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. The Red Sox are now closer to Tampa Bay than they are to the Yankees as Tampa is now only 3 games in back of the Red Sox for the AL Wild Card.