Mariners shut down by Sabathia again in 6-3 loss

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 3 2012 9:50 p.m. MDT

"It's tough on home run balls that happen in parks like this because the fans are so close. They all reach out trying to catch the ball and you've just got to fight through it and hang with them," Thames said.

After returning to the dugout, Chavez and Mark Teixeira shared a laugh.

"He was talking today: 'I feel like I need a cheap one,'" Teixeira said with a smile. "He got it."

Chavez became the ninth Yankee with at least 10 homers this season — one shy of the club record set in 1998.

Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez both added an RBI single in the seventh against the Seattle bullpen. Carter Capps faced three hitters in his major league debut, retiring only Derek Jeter on a sacrifice bunt.

NOTES: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (9-5, 2.79 ERA) pitches Saturday against RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.28). Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last nine starts. ... Seattle OF Michael Saunders was rested with some stiffness in his legs, Wedge said. Saunders is 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Sabathia. ... Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush was scheduled to throw an inning during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. The left-hander has been on the DL since July 18 with a strained triceps. ... Martin was behind the plate for New York after backup Chris Stewart caught Sabathia's previous 16 starts.

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