It started off badly for Seattle and never got better. Freddy Garcia struck out Ichiro Suzuki on three pitches and set the side down in order in the first. Then in the Bombers' half of the inning, they took a 2-0 lead three batters in. Mark Teixeira crushed a Jason Vargas fastball into the second deck in leftfield, a feat only accomplished a handful of times previously.
Derek Jeter got into the action with a triple and home run (into the rightfield seats in the third), his first since the one off David Price. Of the Yankees' 11 hits, six went for extra-bases.
LHP Steve Garrison made his big league debut and recorded the last two outs of the game.
Now that Eduardo Nunez is playing everyday, he seems to be getting over his error-prone ways. He made two perfect throws (from thirdbase, a position he's not familiar with) and a nice diving catch on a looper down the line.
The win tonight is the first time the Yanks have been 20 games over .500.
Back to Garcia: he was his usual self, fooling hitters with a wide variety of pitches without ever reaching 89 MPH.
Play of the Game: Tex's two-run shot in the first that got the party started (+15%).