He picked up right where he left off the first time he faced his former team earlier this season.
The Seattle Mariners hope to see more of the same from Ibanez when they begin a four-game set with visiting New York on Thursday night.
Ibanez, in his third stint with Seattle, hit 19 home runs for the Yankees last season, then led the way for the Mariners as they took two of three in New York from May 14-16, homering three times and driving in eight runs.
The 41-year-old outfielder owns an OPS of 1.187 with six home runs and 18 RBIs over his last 11 games against the Yankees dating to Sept. 6, 2008, when he was in his second tenure with the Mariners.
Ibanez homered Monday and Tuesday while helping Seattle (26-34) to wins over the White Sox and was 1 for 6 on Wednesday in a 7-5, 16-inning loss.
The Mariners answered Chicago's five runs in the top of the 14th with five in the bottom half before yielding two more in the 16th. It marked the first time in major league history that each team scored five or more runs in a game when it was scoreless through nine.
The Yankees, meanwhile, hope Travis Hafner will keep providing pop at the plate. He homered in Monday's 7-4 victory over Cleveland and added his 10th on Wednesday as New York (34-25) won 6-4 to complete a three-game sweep.
Hafner has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games against Seattle while slugging .651 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs. The Mariners hope to match that power with the return of their own slugger, Michael Morse , who missed his eighth straight game Wednesday with a strained right quadriceps muscle.
Tied with Ibanez for the team lead in home runs with 11, Morse is expected back in the lineup Thursday, according to manager Eric Wedge .
"He's champing at the bit," Wedge, who hasn't decided if Morse would be the designated hitter or play first base, told the team's official website. "It's most definitely not going to be the outfield. We'll see how today goes and then decide."
Morse went 7 for 12 with a home run in the teams' first series this season.
Hoping to keep Ibanez in the yard will be New York starter Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.37 ERA). He failed to do so in a 12-2 loss to Seattle on May 15, getting charged with seven runs on six hits - including an Ibanez grand slam - in two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career.
Hughes also served up a grand slam to Boston's Mike Napoli in his last outing as he allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings in an 11-1 loss Saturday. He's allowed seven home runs in his last 23 2-3 innings.
On the hill for Seattle will be Aaron Harang (2-5, 5.82). The right-hander was 1-5 with an 8.58 ERA through his first six starts but has limited opponents to one earned run and eight hits over 15 innings in his last two outings.
Harang has given up three hits in 14 at-bats against Hafner but has never faced the Yankees in his 12-year career.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is batting .337 with 23 RBIs over his last 23 games against Seattle, while Lyle Overbay - coming off the first three outfield starts of his career - is 11 for 24 with five doubles when facing Harang.
|New York Yankees|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
|May 25, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||David Phelps||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right arm injury|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|June 04, 2013||Jesus Sucre||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist injury|
|June 01, 2013||Jesus Montero||Day-to-Day||Torn left meniscus|
|May 30, 2013||Justin Smoak||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|May 16, 2013||Aaron Harang||Day-to-Day||Lower back stiffness|
|April 23, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||60-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 22, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Torn right hamstring|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Thanks to Phil Hughes , the New York Yankees could get away with only one inning of offense.
What an inning it was.
Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York's six-run third inning Thursday night, and Hughes took a shutout into the eighth for the Yankees in a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners .
Cano and Teixeira were the catalysts for New York's big third inning that proved to be the Yankees only offense as they started a 10-game West Coast trip with a win. New York matched its season high for runs scored in an inning, tagging Seattle starter Aaron Harang (2-6) for eight hits in the third before being shut down the rest of the night.
"I don't care when we score six runs. If you get six runs a night, you're probably going to win a lot of games," New York manager Joe Girardi said.
Hughes (3-4) won for the first time in nearly a month and continued a run of success pitching in Seattle. Hughes improved to 4-0 in his career at Safeco Field, striking out seven before leaving after facing one batter in the eighth inning.
The last time Hughes saw the Mariners, he didn't make it out of the first inning. Hughes lasted just two outs May 15, giving up seven earned runs and six hits at Yankee Stadium. On Thursday, the Mariners didn't get a runner to third base until the sixth inning when Brendan Ryan walked and reached third on Kyle Seager 's one-out single - the third hit allowed by Hughes. Ryan was left at third after Hughes got pop outs from Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales .
Hughes retired the first eight batters before Ryan's two-out single in the third. He then set down seven of the next eight before Ryan walked to open the sixth. Seattle avoided the shutout thanks to Seager's RBI double in the eighth. The run was unearned because of an error earlier in the inning.
Hughes lasted just 4 1-3 innings and gave up five earned runs in his last start against Boston.
"You talk about bounce back outings and not having a snowball effect on you," Hughes said. "So it's nice to pitch well here."
The Yankees batted around in the third inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and knocking out Harang after 2 1-3 innings. Jayson Nix and Brett Gardner sandwiched singles around Austin Romine 's strikeout. Cano then lined a high fastball into the right field seats for his 15th homer and before Harang could recover, Teixeira hit his third homer to right-center to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. It was New York's first back-to-back homers since Cano and Vernon Wells on May 12 in Kansas City.
The battering of Harang didn't stop. Travis Hafner singled and Kevin Youkilis doubled before Wells looped an RBI single. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a line drive over shortstop Brendan Ryan to score another run and Harang's miserable night was done.
"We were just trying to take advantage. That was a great inning. The whole lineup hit in that inning and that's what you want. You want to take advantage when you've got runners in scoring position," Cano said. "We got shut out after that but at least we scored early.
The bright spot for Seattle was reliever Blake Beavan , who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. Beavan, who was demoted to the minors on May 1, retired 14 straight batters after taking over for Harang, striking out four. Beavan's streak was snapped when Hafner led off the eighth with a single, but that was the only hit allowed in 6 2-3 innings.
"You're going to have those innings. Obviously I made the mistake at the wrong time with Cano with the runners on," Harang said. "It seemed like everything started to spiral out of control."
NOTES: Suzuki played in Seattle for the second time with the Yankees. Last year was a whirlwind with his trade to New York taking place while the Yankees were in Seattle. He was greeted with a tepid ovation before his first at-bat but the "Ichimeter" that was a staple of his time in Seattle was back in the front row of the right field stands. Before the game Suzuki, who is staying at the team hotel, joked he never fully realized how many Starbucks there were in downtown Seattle. ... Girardi said he texted with 3B Alex Rodriguez in the last couple of days but it was strictly baseball related. ... Seager extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Michael Morse (quad) returned to lineup for Seattle after missing last seven games. He struck out three times.