The Seattle Mariners (31-44) will bring their two aces as they face off against the Yankees for the first time this season. The Yankees went 6-4 against Seattle last year, including taking two of three at home. The Yankees took four of six games on their West coast trip while the Mariners dropped two of three in Milwaukee.

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With Cliff Lee set to take the mound in a few hours, let’s talk about his last outing at Yankee Stadium. During Game 1 of the 2009 World Series, Lee threw a complete game, six hitter as the Phillies topped the Yanks, 6-1. With the Phillies facing elimination, Lee threw seven innings, allowing five runs, but was good enough to keep the Phils alive.

Quickly, let’s look at Lee’s crazy 2010 splits with Seattle. Lee has struck out 76 hitters in 85 innings. More impressively, Lee has only issued 4 walks. Lee leads the American league with a 2.36 ERA. Boy, he’d look great in pinstripes next year.

Pitching Match-Ups:

Tuesday, 7:05 PM, MY9: Cliff Lee (6-3, 2.36 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (10-1, 3.18 ERA)

Last Start:
Lee: Win, CG, one earned run, nine strikeouts (vs. Cubs)
Hughes: Win, seven innings, three earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Mets)

Career Stats:
Lee: 4-4, 5.09 ERA (nine starts); 3-2, 5.00 ERA at Yankee Stadium
Hughes: 1-0, 2.00 ERA (one start); 6-0, 3.76 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2010

**Lee is the American League leader among starting pitchers in ERA (2.36), WHIP (0.91) and Complete Games (4).
**Hughes has won five straight starts.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Felix Hernandez (5-5, 3.28 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (6-6, 5.16 ERA)

Last Start:
Hernandez: ND, nine innings, two earned runs, eight strikeouts (vs. Cubs)
Vazquez: ND, five innings, four earned runs, one strikeout (at D’Backs)

Career Stats:
Hernandez: 2-3, 4.59 ERA (five starts); 1-1, 4.97 ERA in two starts at Yankee Stadium
Vazquez: 4-2, 4.35 ERA (six starts); 3-2, 4.25 ERA at Yankee Stadium this year

**Hernandez has thrown at least eight innings in five of his last six starts.

Thursday, 1:05 PM, YES: Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-7, 6.17 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.49 ERA)

Last Start:
Rowland-Smith: Loss, 5 1/3 innings, five earned runs, four strikeouts (at Brewers)
Sabathia: Win, eight innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts (at Dodgers)

Career Stats:
Rowland-Smith: 0-0, 5.29 ERA (two starts); 0-0, 12.17 ERA in four appearances at Yankee Stadium
Sabathia: 6-4, 2.97 ERA (14 starts); 5-0, 2.57 ERA at Yankee Stadium this year

**CC has won five straight starts!

Enjoy the series!