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New York at Seattle

N.Y. Yankees
W: M. DeSalvo (1-0) L: M. Batista (3-3)
HR: NYY - None   SEA - None

Posada, Jeter lead Yankees' charge over Batista, Mariners

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SEATTLE -- Matt DeSalvo is a little star struck in his rookie season with the New York Yankees. If he keeps pitching like this, he may soon be a star himself.

DeSalvo allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to get his first major league win in his second start, and the Yankees cruised past the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Saturday night.

"It's almost like I'm going out trying to impress these guys, to show that I belong in this locker room," the Yankees' 26-year-old rookie right-hander said.

Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada had three hits each for New York to back DeSalvo's strong performance.

"He was outstanding," Jeter said.

"Oh, it's incredible," said a beaming DeSalvo, who walked three and struck out two. "I've waited 26 years for this."

After scoring just two runs in its previous 22 innings, the Yankees offense broke out against Miguel Batista for seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

"That's the way our offense can roll," said Johnny Damon, whose RBI double was part of a five-run second inning. "That second inning was huge. That's a glimpse of what our offense can do."

Seattle got another miserable outing from one of the three offseason additions to its rotation. Batista, Jeff Weaver and Horacio Ramirez are a combined 5-11 in 19 starts with a 9.03 ERA.

Jason Giambi, who returned after a three-game absence with a spur near his left heel, led off the second with a walk. The Yankees got six hits and five RBI from their next seven batters. That included a double by Matsui --1 for his previous 11 -- an RBI single by Posada, Doug Mientkiewicz's RBI single, an RBI double from Damon and then RBI singles by slumping Bobby Abreu (1-for-15) and Jeter.

"Two or three guys on a team can get hot. But the whole team?" said Batista (3-3), who said he was tipping his pitches. "No, something happened. ... They (found) out what I was throwing. Something I have to fix."

New York chased Batista after Robinson Cano ended an 0-for-13 skid with a RBI single in the third.

"We're capable of doing that," Posada said.

DeSalvo (1-0) made his first major league start against Seattle on Monday. He allowed one run in seven innings but got a no-decision. Saturday, he had a surprise for Seattle -- a slow forkball he hadn't thrown much since high school in New Castle, Penn.

The first time he threw it, to strike out Richie Sexson leading off the sixth, Sexson swung over it by about a foot and then mouthed "Wow!" back at DeSalvo in disbelief.

"He's legitimate," manager Joe Torre said of the top prospect he said he regretted cutting the last two spring trainings. "He was great."


  • Jeter went 3-for-5 and leads the AL with a .376 batting average. Posada is second at .369.
  • Giambi wore soft-soled shoes instead of spikes to comfort the spur near his left heel. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return. He has one hit in his last 16 at-bats.
  • Raul Ibanez hit a two-run triple in the third inning for Seattle.
  • Rookie LHP Eric O'Flaherty quieted the Yankees on just one hit in 4 2/3 innings in relief of Batista. New York has just six hits in 12 2/3 innings against Seattle lefties in the series. Ramirez, who starts Sunday, is left-handed.
  • Rodriguez went 0-for-4 and is stuck in a 1-for-13 skid.
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Derek Jeter rattles the Mariners with three hits and one RBI to drive up his BA to .376.  (Getty Images)
Derek Jeter rattles the Mariners with three hits and one RBI to drive up his BA to .376. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Posada
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
New York

D. Jeter
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5111001 .250
Bobby Abreu, RF5011003 .241
Derek Jeter, SS5031000 .376
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000124 .331
Jason Giambi, DH4100123 .288
Hideki Matsui, LF5230011 .267
Jorge Posada, C5231002 .369
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3111001 .238
Robinson Cano, 2B4011012 .242
2B - Johnny Damon (4, Batista), Hideki Matsui (7, Batista)
SH - Doug Mientkiewicz (3)
RBI - Johnny Damon (13), Bobby Abreu (19), Derek Jeter (19), Jorge Posada (21), Doug Mientkiewicz (11), Robinson Cano (16)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (3, 2nd base off Reitsma/Johjima)
Team LOB - 9
DP - DeSalvo-Jeter-Mientkiewicz, Jeter-Cano-Mientkiewicz, Jeter-Cano-Mientkiewicz
E - Doug Mientkiewicz (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Matt DeSalvo (W,1-0) 6.2722320 1.98
Mike Myers (H,2) 0.1000000 2.00
Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 4.70
Mariano Rivera 1000100 7.11
HBP - Guillen (by Matt DeSalvo)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt DeSalvo 87-51, Mike Myers 5-4, Kyle Farnsworth 8-5, Mariano Rivera 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt DeSalvo 6-10, Mike Myers 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt DeSalvo 29, Mike Myers 1, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Mariano Rivera 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4110101 .279
Jose Vidro, DH5130002 .308
Raul Ibanez, LF3012103 .276
Richie Sexson, 1B4000012 .171
Jose Guillen, RF3010001 .275
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010001 .246
Kenji Johjima, C4010003 .304
Jose Lopez, 2B3000112 .260
Willie Bloomquist, SS2000101 .095
   a- Ben Broussard, PH1000000 .250
a-grounded out for Bloomquist in the 9th
2B - Jose Vidro 2 (3, DeSalvo, DeSalvo), Adrian Beltre (7, DeSalvo)
3B - Raul Ibanez (2, DeSalvo)
RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (22)
Team LOB - 9
E - Jose Guillen (1, Misplayed grounder), George Sherrill (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (L,3-3) 2.11077110 6.98
Eric O'Flaherty 4.2100030 0.77
George Sherrill 1100010 2.61
Chris Reitsma 1100110 3.38
WP - Eric O'Flaherty (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 57-35, Eric O'Flaherty 60-44, George Sherrill 17-13, Chris Reitsma 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 2-4, Eric O'Flaherty 4-7, George Sherrill 1-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 18, Eric O'Flaherty 15, George Sherrill 5, Chris Reitsma 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46153
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Sam Holbrook