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Clutch Cano leads Yankees to 9-3 rout over Mariners

Robinson Cano crowned ‘King’ Felix for three hits in leading the New York Yankees (89-57) to a 9-3 rout over the Seattle Mariners (61-86) on late Monday night baseball action.

The rumors around sports blogs and sites everywhere was that the Bombers were thinking of trading their young catching core for Mariners pitcher ‘King’ Felix Hernandez (14-12) as the righty has been not only an ace-but a Cy Young award winner with the Mariners.

If you are a fan of the Bombers though, you really have to be unsure of the idea of Felix in pinstripes. There have been times of the successful transition from ace in the smaller market-to ace on the mound for the New York Yankees.

The spotlight with the Yankees is just a bit brighter-just ask Randy Johnson -who never really seemed to fit in with the New York spotlight. Getting back to Monday night’s game; the ‘King” was crowned by the Yankees giving up nine hits and six runs-in a rough night for the Seattle starter.

In the other locker room Yankees young starter Phil Hughes (W, 5-5) is starting to pick up steam, tossing six innings and only giving up one run against the Mariners offense.

Helping Hughes is the fact that the Bombers bats came to life, as New York finished the game with 14 hits and scoring nine runs.

Leading the way for the Yankees was Cano, who had a 3-for-5 night at the dish with three RBI’s.  Four other Bombers had two hit nights, along with New York having two players recording a first in their time with the team.

Chris Dickerson recorded his first home run with the Bombers, on a ball to deep right field in the top of the first. Rookie Yankees catcher Austin Romine recorded his first hit in a Yankees uniform in the bottom of the seventh.

Thus far the catching duo of Romine and Jesus Montero has impressed not only Yankees fans, but the executives in charge of the Pinstripes. Both young men are slated to be a part of the future in the Bronx.

This three-game set will continue with another late night game tonight, as A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.27 ERA) takes on Charlie Furbush (3-8, 4.84 ERA). The first pitch is slated for 10:10 p.m.

Written on September 13, 2011

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