Jesus Montero homered in his return to Yankee Stadium, but Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees' offense beat Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 6-2. The lone Yankee run that was scored by way of something other than a dinger came in the first inning, as Curtis Granderson scored on a single by Robinson Cano. Cano, who is really heating up after his month-long slump, went 4-4 in the game with three singles and a double.
Thanks to said Montero home run, the Yankees were down 2-1 before Raul Ibanez hit a big three-run home run that put the Yankees back ahead for good. Andruw Jones pinch hit for Eric Chavez in the eight inning, and threw in a long two-run home run of his own. Alex Rodriguez also continued to look good offensively, reaching base three times on two singles and a walk. Every Yankee that came to the plate managed a hit tonight except, you guessed it, Russell Martin.
Hiroki Kuroda gave up a leadoff home run to Dustin Ackley, and worked himself into trouble a couple times throughout the game, but managed to only give up two runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings of work. The Binder decided that three pitchers would combine to pitch the 8th inning, with Clay Rapada, Cory Wade, and Boone Logan each facing one batter. Boone Logan started the 9th inning, but was pulled for David Robertson after an infield single to Justin Smoak. His Houdini act wasn't necessary, as Robertson got two quick outs to end the game.
Tomorrow, Phil Hughes will face former Yankee Hector Noesi at 4:05 p.m. Offense, ahoy.
Comment of the Game: knuqqler for realizing why A-Rod got thrown out at the plate.