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A-Rod headed for DL with broken hand; Felix, Mariners defeat Yankees

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SEATTLE -- Even as Alex Rodriguez writhed on the ground in pain, he didn't believe his left hand was fractured.

Turns out A-Rod was wrong, and now the Yankees will be without another of their star players.

"It's difficult. Tough break," Rodriguez said in almost a hushed tone after New York lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Tuesday night.

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Rodriguez broke his hand when he was hit by an 88 mph changeup from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning. He went down in considerable pain. The Yankees said he has a non-displaced fracture of the hand, and there is no timetable for his return. He will be placed on the disabled list and will remain in Seattle with the team for the series finale Wednesday.

Eric Chavez, Rodriguez's replacement at third base, had a similar injury in 2004. He was out for about five weeks.

"You hate to see a guy go down on something freak like that," Yankees' first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "I had a weird feeling it wasn't good."

Rodriguez was the last of three Yankees to get plunked in a five-batter stretch and that ended Hernandez's night. He also hit Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Jeter with pitches.

While not sharp, Hernandez had allowed only Curtis Granderson's first-inning home run and worked out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings.

The sudden loss of control started when Hernandez hit former teammate Suzuki on the foot with a breaking ball in the seventh. He then hit Jeter in the arm to open the eighth and completed the trio when his 3-2 pitch to Rodriguez tailed up and in.

None of the Yankees felt any of the wayward pitches were intentional and Hernandez was apologetic.

"It was getting away. It was a changeup to A-Rod," Hernandez said. "I feel bad."

Rodriguez has been durable this season after failing to play at least 150 games since 2007. He had played in all but three of the Yankees 97 games this year after playing only 99 last season.

But A-Rod's production has fallen way off. He was hitting only .274 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI entering Tuesday's game, although he was hitting .328 over his past 16 games.

With the acquisition of Suzuki on Monday to take over for injured left fielder Brett Gardner, the Yankees appeared to be done with any big moves before the non-waiver trade deadline in a week. Losing A-Rod, though, could change that. New York's main option at third base now is the injury-prone Chavez.

"We'll just have to talk about it and see what we come up with," Chavez said. "Whatever he asks me to do I'll just give it my best shot."

Rodriguez joins Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Michael Pineda and Gardner as key pieces of the Yankees puzzle who have missed time with injuries.

Whatever the time-frame on Rodriguez, it's one more obstacle for the Yankees to overcome. They do have the luxury of a seven-game lead in the AL East, even with their recent West Coast slump.

"You find out how good you are. Other guys are going to have to step up. We can't feel sorry for ourselves because no one else is going to," Jeter said. "It's going to be a challenge, but it's been a challenge for all the injuries we've had this season."

Lost in the concern over Rodriguez was starter Freddy Garcia (4-4) looking more like the 2001 version that won 18 games with the Mariners and was an All-Star. Garcia struck out a season-high eight and retired the final 15 he faced before being pulled with one out in the eighth.

But Garcia was pitching from behind after the Yankees offense failed in getting to Hernandez in both the fourth and fifth innings when New York had runners in scoring position and couldn't get clutch hits. Teixeira added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, but reliever Lucas Luetge struck out Raul Ibanez with two on to end the threat.

That was all secondary to what the absence of Rodriguez will mean for the Yankees.

"We're going to have to change it around a little," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had been swinging the bat really good, too. We've had to overcome some things so far, we're just going to have to continue to do it."

Notes

  • Rodriguez recorded his 2,000th career strikeout when he went down swinging in the sixth inning on a changeup from Hernandez.
  • Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the first time since July 20, 2010.
  • Hernandez hit three batters in a game for the third time in his career.
 
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A-Rod goes down in pain after a King Felix pitch hits him in the left hand. The Yanks say there is no timetable for his return. (AP)
A-Rod goes down in pain after a King Felix pitch hits him in the left hand. The Yanks say there is no timetable for his return. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 7.1
H 4
ER 2
BB 3
K 4
New York

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS3100002 .307
Curtis Granderson, CF4121022 .249
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2010110 .276
    Jayson Nix, PR-3B0000000 .235
Robinson Cano, 2B4010003 .317
Mark Teixeira, 1B2001100 .262
Raul Ibanez, LF4000025 .238
Eric Chavez, DH4000013 .269
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010000 .262
Chris Stewart, C2000102 .245
   a- Russell Martin, PH1000010 .180
Totals2925237  
a-struck out for Stewart in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (16, Hernandez)
HR - Curtis Granderson (27, Hernandez)
SF - Mark Teixeira (8)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (54), Mark Teixeira (67)
SB - Curtis Granderson (7, 2nd base off Hernandez/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (L,4-4) 7.1533081 5.16
Clay Rapada 0.1011100 2.77
Chad Qualls0000100 4.97
Boone Logan0100100 3.55
Cody Eppley 0.1000000 3.04
IBB - Montero by Chad Qualls
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 89-60, Clay Rapada 13-8, Chad Qualls 5-1, Boone Logan 13-7, Cody Eppley 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 8-6
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 27, Clay Rapada 2, Chad Qualls 1, Boone Logan 2, Cody Eppley 1
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, 2B3100101 .222
Michael Saunders, CF4221001 .262
Jesus Montero, DH3011100 .258
John Jaso, C2001110 .288
    Chone Figgins, PR0000000 .181
Kyle Seager, 3B4021011 .241
Casper Wells, LF4000024 .255
Mike Carp, 1B3000021 .151
Carlos Peguero, RF3000011 .185
Brendan Ryan, SS3110010 .188
Totals2946438  
Batting
HR - Michael Saunders (10, Garcia)
SF - John Jaso (3)
RBI - Michael Saunders (34), Jesus Montero (38), John Jaso (26), Kyle Seager (59)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager (34)
SB - Dustin Ackley (11, 2nd base off Qualls/Stewart)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hernandez-Ryan-Carp, Ryan-Carp
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,9-5) 7.1422341 2.80
Lucas Luetge (H,6) 0.2100010 1.33
Tom Wilhelmsen (S,11) 1000020 2.31
HBP - Suzuki (by Felix Hernandez), Jeter (by Felix Hernandez), Rodriguez (by Felix Hernandez)
WP - Felix Hernandez (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 114-71, Lucas Luetge 13-7, Tom Wilhelmsen 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 9-7, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 30, Lucas Luetge 3, Tom Wilhelmsen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31908
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi