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Yankees 7, Mariners 2: Pineda, Teixeira usurp King Felix

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Wins are fun!

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is weird. Coming into this game, many didn't have high expectations. Sure, Michael Pineda was pitching, but the struggling Yankee offense had to face Felix Hernandez. Flash forward a couple hours and the Yankees were up seven runs and had chased Hernandez from the game in fifth inning. Add in Pineda holding up his end of the bargain, and that amounted to a solid 7-2 Yankees win over the Mariners.

Through three innings, no Yankee had reached base and the lineup had seen a combined 21 pitches. But in the fourth, the offense got a little something going. Brett Gardner got the first Yankee hit when he led off the inning with a single. Chase Headley then followed that with another single, moving Gardner to third. And when Hernandez threw a wild pitch to Alex Rodriguez, Gardner scored to make it 1-0. Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira would draw back-to-back walks, loading the bases. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Brian McCann grounded in to a double play, which wasn't optimal. A run did score on the play however, making it 2-0.

Two innings later, the Yankees added more. Stephen Drew walked to start the inning. That was followed by a Ramon Flores single and a walk to Gardner, loading the bases. Headley would then fly out, but it was deep enough for Drew to score. A single by Rodriguez re-loaded the bases and brought Teixeira to the plate. Teixeira then un-loaded the bases with a grand slam. All of the sudden, the Yankees were up 7-0.

After a few slight jams early, it was mostly smooth sailing for Pineda. But in the seventh, the Mariners got some offense going. Kyle Seager led off the inning with a single. Seth Smith then hit one down the first base line. That meant it went into the Carlos Beltran corner, which always means trouble. Seager scored and Smith went into third with a triple. Austin Jackson then added a double, scoring Smith and making it 7-2. After allowing a walk to Brad Miller, Girardi decided to go to the bullpen. Pineda went 6 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

Justin Wilson came in and struck out Mike Zunino for the first out of the inning. Then, with a little help from Headley, Wilson got Rickie Weeks to ground into an inning-ending double play, keeping the lead at five runs.

After a scoreless top of the eighth, Dellin Betances came in to the pitch the bottom half of the inning. Dellin would do Dellin things and struck out the first three hitters. Unfortunately, the third strike on the third hitter, Nelson Cruz, got past McCann and Cruz reached first. It would be no big deal though, as Teixeira made a diving stop on a Seager grounder to get the third out of the inning.

The Yankees couldn't add to their lead in the ninth and Chasen Shreve came in to try and finish off the game. A runner reached base and a couple of the outs were loud, but in the end, Shreve finished off the game. The Yankees opened the series with a nice 7-2 win over the Mariners.

The Yankees and Mariners will play game two of their series in Seattle tomorrow at 10:10 pm eastern. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees, while Mike Montgomery will go for the Mariners.

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