After taking three of four against the Tigers, the Yankees will welcome the Seattle Mariners to the Bronx for a three-game, weekend set. The Mariners will bring on their ace, Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62 ERA) to start the series. Hernandez has notched two complete game shutouts against the Yanks this year, so look for the Bombers to seek out some revenge.

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Keys To The Series:

#1 Get to Felix: The aforementioned Felix Hernandez has been great against the Yankees this year, but has lost four of his last five decisions. His most recent loss came in Cleveland. Hernandez always seems to get up for games against the Yankees. Getting to him early in the contest will be key.

#2 Keep Burnett Rolling: AJ Burnett will face off against Hernandez tonight and will look to continue his solid pitching of late. Burnett has given only four earned runs over his last fifteen inning and took a tough 1-0 loss in Kansas City last Sunday.

#3 The Stick is on Fire: After an embarrassing showing on Sunday and Monday, the Yankee bats woke up on Wednesday and Thursday, producing twenty total runs.

Tale of the Tape:

HR: NYY 145 (3rd); SEA 75 (13th)
NYY .349 (2nd); SEA .302 (14th)

ERA: NYY 3.83 (3rd); SEA 3.89 (4th)
Fielding: NYY .989 (2nd); SEA .984 (8th)

Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (9-10, 4.66 ERA)

Last Start:

Hernandez: Loss, 6 2/3 innings, no earned runs, seven strikeouts (at Cleveland)
Burnett: Loss, eight innings, one earned run, six strikeouts (at KC)

**Mentioned above, Hernandez has posted two complete game shutouts against the Yanks.

**Burnett is 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA at home this year.

Saturday, 1:05 PM, YES: Jason Vargas (9-5, 3.15 ERA) vs. Javier Vazquez (9-9, 4.89 ERA)

Last Start:
Vargas: Win, seven innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (at Cleveland)
Vazquez: Loss, four innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. Detroit)

**Vargas is 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA on the road this year. He has a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against the Bombers, including a seven inning, one run performance in July.

**Vazquez hasn’t won a start since July 26th, but threw seven scoreless innings against the M’s on July 10th.

Sunday 1:05 PM, YES: Luke French (2-3, 4.02 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (16-5, 3.12 ERA)

Last Start:

French: Win, 7 2/3 innings, no earned runs, three strikeouts (at Baltimore)
Sabathia: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, nine strikeouts (vs. Detroit)

**French has had a see-saw ride in terms of role this season, but threw three innings of one-run ball in relief on July 9th.

**Sabathia is 9-0 with a 2.64 ERA this season. He is 2-0 against the M’s this year while allowing only two earned runs in 15 innings.

Enjoy the series!