The New York Yankees were reveling in the addition of one superstar before the start of their series against the Seattle Mariners . They'll have to overcome the loss of one beginning with their final game at Safeco Field this season.
With Alex Rodriguez heading to the disabled list, the Yankees conclude their three-game set against the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon.
New York (58-39) made a big splash before Monday's series opener in Seattle by acquiring 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki from the home team for two minor league pitchers and cash. He singled in his first at-bat with his new club, a 4-1 victory, and had a double Tuesday night.
The Yankees, though, suffered a 4-2 defeat and likely lost Rodriguez for at least the next couple of weeks after he was hit in the hand by a Felix Hernandez pitch in the eighth inning.
"He's upset," manager Joe Girardi told the team's website. "He wants to be out there. We're not going to have him and we're going to have to find a way."
The team announced the three-time AL MVP has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand and will see doctors when the club returns home following Wednesday's game. The Yankees likely would have a timetable for his return after that examination.
Rodriguez hit his 15th homer of the season, his 299th with New York and 644th of his career Monday. He was batting .276 over 94 games this season but was hitting .333 over his last 17 contests.
"It's difficult," Rodriguez said. "Tough break. I never thought fracture, but it was. It's a tough blow. Tough blow."
Eric Chavez , who has eight homers and a .269 batting average in 64 games this season, is expected to start out as Rodriguez's replacement at third.
Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.10 ERA) will try to help his team get past Rodriguez's injury by providing a more consistent effort. The right-hander has given up six runs in two of his starts this month and two in each of the other two.
After a loss to Los Angeles on July 15, Nova gave up two runs and scattered nine over 6 2-3 innings Friday against Oakland, but he did not get a decision during a 3-2 defeat.
"I thought he threw the ball overall pretty well," manager Joe Girardi said. "You almost get seven innings (out of him) and two runs (allowed). You figure you're going to win most of those games."
Nova hasn't recorded a decision in either of his two career starts against Seattle (43-56). He allowed one run and five hits over 7 1-3 innings during the latest one Sept. 14.
He'll seek that first win over the Mariners while pitching opposite Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 4.86), who will make his fourth major league start.
The right-hander had his best outing since joining the rotation Friday in Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs over six innings and fanned seven, but did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss.
"He did a real nice job for us," manager Eric Wedge said. "He did a great job with his fastball. Really commanded the ball well."
Iwakuma, 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in his three starts, will make his first appearance against the Yankees.
|New York Yankees|
|July 24, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Left hand fracture|
|June 28, 2012||Andy Pettitte||60-Day DL||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 27, 2012||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|June 16, 2012||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left quad contusion|
|July 18, 2012||Charlie Furbush||15-Day DL||Strained left triceps|
|July 01, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|June 30, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Left Game-Head Injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|June 27, 2012||Kevin Millwood||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right groin|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Salvaging a 2-5 road trip somehow felt extremely rewarding for Joe Girardi .
It's not the standard the New York Yankees manager wants to play to. But considering how the rest of their West Coast swing had gone, putting together a late rally on Wednesday was important, especially with the hated Red Sox waiting Friday night at home.
"After losing five games by a total of six runs, to be able to win a series going into an off day was important," Girardi said. "Two-and-five is not what we want on a road trip, but we won the second series and it'll be a happier flight home."
Pinch-hitter Jayson Nix lined a three-run double off reliever Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning, and the Yankees rallied for the 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners .
After the Yankees failed to come through with runners in scoring position earlier in the game, Nix finally produced a clutch hit. Kelley left a 2-2 pitch over the middle of the plate and Nix's liner scored Derek Jeter , Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira . It was Nix's first hit in eight at-bats during the Yankees' trip.
"We kind of struggled all day to get something going and it feels good to come through," Nix said. "Whenever I get my chances, whenever they are, I just hope to do something positive and to be able to come through today was good."
Nix probably will see increased playing time with Alex Rodriguez sidelined for a month or more because of a fractured left hand. Nix and Eric Chavez , who started at third base on Wednesday, are the likely candidates to handle the position until Rodriguez returns.
Nix was called on to pinch-hit for Raul Ibanez , who was 0-for-3 on the day. Seattle countered with Kelley out of the bullpen after reliever Josh Kinney opened the inning by hitting Jeter on the thigh, and Lucas Luetge (1-1) loaded the bases with singles to Cano and Teixeira.
Luetge got Curtis Granderson to foul out behind third for the first out. Once Nix was announced as the pinch-hitter, Seattle manager Eric Wedge called on Kelley, who has now allowed runs in three of his last four appearances. Russell Martin added a two-out RBI single off Kelley, who finally escaped the inning by getting Ichiro Suzuki to ground out.
Nix is 2-for-3 this season as a pinch-hitter.
"Really all I wanted to do was hit a sac fly. I didn't want to do too much. I just wanted to get one run," Nix said. "I think that helped because I wasn't trying to do too much."
David Phelps (2-3) threw 1 1-3 innings of relief and struck out two to get the victory, but the entire Yankees pitching staff held Seattle's meager offense in check. Starter Ivan Nova struggled with his control, walking a career-high six, and gave up just two hits. Clay Rapada and Phelps bridged the sixth and seventh innings, David Robertson cruised through the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances.
Seattle got just one hit after Jesus Montero 's broken-bat single with one out in the first inning - Casper Wells dumped a two-out single off Soriano in the ninth. Both Seattle runs scored in the first on Kyle Seager 's 10-pitch bases loaded walk and Mike Carp 's fielder's choice.
"You're asking a lot of your pitching staff to hold those guys down for that many innings," Wedge said. "We almost squeezed by ... but ultimately you can't play it that tight against a veteran offensive club like that."
Jeter homered in the first inning, his eighth of the season, off Hisashi Iwakuma . But the Yankees missed chances in the fourth and fifth innings before Nix's clutch hit in the eighth.
Seattle honored Suzuki before his first at-bat. With Suzuki back in the leadoff spot on Wednesday, the Mariners played a video montage of Suzuki highlights before flashing up the message "Ichiro: Thanks for all the thrills." Suzuki acknowledged the standing ovation by tipping his helmet around the stadium before grounding out to second leading off the game.
Wednesday could be Suzuki's final appearance in Seattle. His contract expires after the season and the Yankees do not make another trip to the Pacific Northwest this season.
"I didn't really show it but inside I was going through some emotional times, but it was very special these last few days. Definitely emotional inside," Suzuki said through his interpreter.
NOTES: Jeter's homer in the first was his 1,823 run scored, moving him into sole possession of 15th place. ... Nova failed to record an out in the sixth inning. It was his shortest start since lasting five innings against the Mets on July 1 last year. ... Seattle DH John Jaso walked in his first three at-bats. It was his first three-walk game since 2010.