The New York Yankees attempt to right the ship and cool down the Seattle Mariners when the clubs begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday. Since sweeping Toronto at home from July 16-18, New York has gone 4-9 in losing three of four series. The lone series win came in Seattle, where the American League East-leading Yankees took two of three from July 23-25.
New York, which is 2-4 on its nine-game homestand, welcomes a Mariners team that has won seven straight contests and 13 of 17. Seattle, which has captured five of away from home, is kicking off a nine-game road trip. The club just completed a 10-game homestand during which it posted an 8-2 record.
Mariners Yankees Betting
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, August 3, 2012
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, Root Sports (Seattle), YES (New York), MLB Network
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Kevin Millwood (4-8, 3.90 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.57)
Millwood is coming off his first victory in over two months, a triumph over Kansas City on Saturday in which he allowed an unearned run and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old had gone 0-4 in 10 starts, including a combined no-hitter on June 8 against the Los Angeles Angels, since tossing six scoreless frames in a win over Texas on May 23. Millwood fell to 3-7 lifetime against New York after yielding three runs over seven innings of a home loss on July 23.
Sabathia was fortunate to come away with a no-decision against Boston on Saturday after surrendering a season-high six runs in six innings. The burly veteran is unbeaten over his last six outings, going 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA. Sabathia, who has lost just once since May 20, is 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 19 career starts against the Mariners. He has won seven consecutive meetings with Seattle.
1. The Yankees have hit at least one home run in 20 consecutive home games, matching the second-longest streak in franchise history.
2. New York OF Ichiro Suzuki, who was acquired from Seattle on July 23, went 3-for-12 against the Mariners at Safeco Field last week.
3. The Mariners have not won eight in a row since June 23-July 1, 2007.