7:05 PM ET, September 4, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Chien-Ming Wang commanded Seattle in 7 1/3 innings to get his 17th win, and Jorge Posada homered twice as the Yankees rolled over the Mariners on Tuesday night.
• Hero: Wang (17-6) allowed one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, tying Boston's Josh Beckett for the major league lead in wins.
• Unsung heroes: Alex Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu also homered, and Posada, Abreu and Robinson Cano had four hits each for New York.
• Series lookahead: Seattle lost for the 10th time in 11 games and New York boosted its AL wild-card lead to two games over the Mariners and 3 1/2 over Detroit.
• Hunt for October: The Yankees doubled their wild-card lead over Seattle to two games.
• Did you see that? A squirrel climbed the screen attached to the right-field foul pole for the second straight Tuesday night, prompting cheers of "Let's Go Squirrel!" in the bottom of the sixth before A-Rod homered.
• Quotable: "It doesn't matter where it lands. It only counts for one run." -- A-Rod on his major league-leading 46th homer, a drive that landed about seven rows into the upper deck at Yankee Stadium
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 12, Mariners 3
A squirrel climbed the screen attached to the right-field foul pole for the second straight Tuesday night, prompting cheers of "Let's Go Squirrel!" in the bottom of the sixth before A-Rod homered. ... The only other righty to homer off Wang this year was Pedro Feliz at San Francisco on June 23. ... Doug Mientkiewicz entered at first base in the seventh, his first appearance since June 2, when he collided with Boston's Mike Lowell at Fenway Park, breaking his right wrist and sustaining a mild concussion and cervical sprain. ... Seattle CF Ichiro Suzuki was about to throw home on Cano's sixth-inning single to center, then changed his mind and threw to third. The ball went about 20 feet and landed on the outfield grass. ... Derek Jeter got just his third RBI since Aug. 13. ... Seattle's Wladimir Balentien hit a two-run double in his first major league at-bat. ... The Mariners tied the major league record with six pinch hitters in the inning. Detroit did it on Sept. 5, 1971, and it has happened four times in the NL.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Tue 9/4)|
|Fri 5/4||SEA 15, @NYY 11||Recap|
|Sat 5/5||@NYY 8, SEA 1||Recap|
|Sun 5/6||@NYY 5, SEA 0||Recap|
|Mon 5/7||SEA 3, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Fri 5/11||@SEA 3, NYY 0||Recap|
|Sat 5/12||NYY 7, @SEA 2||Recap|
|Sun 5/13||@SEA 2, NYY 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/3||SEA 7, @NYY 1||Recap|
|» Tue 9/4||@NYY 12, SEA 3||Box Score|
|Wed 9/5||@NYY 10, SEA 2||Recap|
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|2nd||J Posada homered to left.||0||1|
|6th||A Rodriguez homered to left.||0||2|
|6th||R Cano singled to center, J Posada scored, H Matsui to third.||0||3|
|6th||W Betemit singled to center, H Matsui scored, R Cano to third.||0||4|
|7th||A Beltre homered to left.||1||4|
|7th||B Abreu homered to right.||1||5|
|7th||S Duncan singled to left, A Rodriguez and J Posada scored, H Matsui to second.||1||7|
|7th||R Cano doubled to deep right center, J Damon and S Duncan scored.||1||9|
|7th||M Cabrera singled to right, R Cano scored, M Cabrera to second advancing on throw.||1||10|
|7th||D Jeter singled to center, M Cabrera scored.||1||11|
|8th||W Balentien doubled to deep left center, A Jones and C Jimerson scored.||3||11|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||52,487 (104.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Gerry Davis|