New York Yankee vs. Seattle Mariners
Tip-off: Friday, June 7, 2013 – 10:10 PM ET
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
- New York: Kuroda (6-4, 2.59 ERA)
- Seattle: Bonderman (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
The New York Yankees are on a roll; mainly due to home runs and Mark Teixeira.
Tonight Teixeira will try to continue his momentum and help his team match their longest winning streak of the season when they face the Seattle Mariners.
The Yankees (35-25) have won four in a row after dropping seven of eight, a slump during which they managed 15 runs and three homers.
The resurgent offense has been keey for the winning streak, as New York has batted .273 — 26 points above their season average. The Bronx Bombers hit six home runs in that stretch, with five sparking at least one inning of four or more runs in each MLB game.
The big inning in the opener of this four-game set was the third, when the first baseman hit a solo homer right after Robinson Cano’s three-run shot sparked a six-run outburst en route to a 6-1 win.
New York is on the brink of equaling their season-high five-game run of May 8-12, and a healthy Teixeira has been a big reason for it.
The Maryland native is 4 for 13 with three homers and eight RBIs over the past four games after going 1 for 9 in his first three following his return from a wrist injury.
His hot streak may continue tonight as he’s posted a .418 average with eight homers and 16 RBIs in his last 16 games at Seattle (26-35).
Cano has batted .341 with 18 RBIs in his last 21 baseball games when facing the Mariners. The native of Dominican Republic has put together a nine-game hitting streak at Safeco Field during that stretch, hitting .395 while driving in 10 runs.
Starting for New York will be Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59) after giving up three runs and two homers in 5 1/3 innings of a rain-shortened 3-0 defeat versus the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Kuroda, 38, has split four starts versus Seattle with a 2.70 ERA. He won his only outing at Seattle on July 23, yielding one run and three hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-1 win.
The Mriners, 2-2 on their 10-game homestand, will start with Jeremy Bonderman. The 30 year-old gave up seven runs and three