--C Miguel Olivo was on the bench Sunday after a mishap at first base in the 11th inning Saturday. He slid safely into first base to beat out a grounder, but in the process cut himself above and below his eye and looked a little the worse for wear. "People who don't understand say, 'Why don't you just tell them not to do it?'" manager Eric Wedge said of sliding into first. The practice has been debated as not that effective and adding an unnecessary injury risk. "It doesn't work that way. It's not that easy. You don't think we tell them that? The bottom line is, when you're competing, you're out there and you're fighting, you sniff something out and you go for it. You don't think about the repercussions because that's what winning players do."
--RHP David Pauley is working on a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his last nine relief appearances. He's won his last two appearances and leads all American League relievers with 32 1/3 innings and is second among AL relievers with an 0.84 ERA.
--C Chris Gimenez, getting a rare start, saved a run in the third inning, blocking Yankee base runner Derek Jeter from getting to the plate by planting his foot in Jeter's path while taking a throw from 3B Chone Figgins, then applying the tag. Jeter never touched the plate. Gimenez seemed to get a tag on Nick Swisher later in the inning, too, but home plate umpire Gerry Davis didn't see it that way.
--RHP Michael Pineda was presented with his American League Rookie of the Month Award by Mariner general manager Jack Zduriencik in ceremonies before Sunday's game. He was 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA for the month.
--RHP Jeff Gray threw a career-best four innings of relief Sunday. That performance came after the Seattle bullpen threw nine innings of relief the previous two games, indulging the final five frames of a 12-inning game Saturday. "Jeff really came through huge for us (Sunday)," manager Eric Wedge said.
--CF Franklin Gutierrez became the fourth different Mariner to bat cleanup for the club when he did it Sunday. Jack Cust, Miguel Olivo and Adam Kennedy had done it before, but Cust and Kennedy got the day off against Yankee LHP C.C. Sabathia and Olivo couldn't play after suffering some facial cuts sliding head-first into first base Saturday.
--SS Brendan Ryan has matched his career best with a nine-game hitting streak, including double and a single Sunday. He had a pair of nine-game streaks in 2009 while playing with the Cardinals. And dating back to May 5, he is 25-for-59, a .424 average that is the best in the majors for players with more than 50 at-bats during that span.
--LHP Jason Vargas' three-inning stint Sunday was the shortest outing of his career as a starting pitcher. After going three starts in which he gave up one earned run in 25 2/3 innings, Vargas has come back to give up 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings in his last two starts.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- The number of players in Mariners history to have recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive days pitching at least two innings each day. RHP David Pauley did it Friday and Saturday.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I love the way the guy plays. He's the kind of player we want here." -- manager Eric Wedge talking about the toughness of C Miguel Olivo.
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