Yankees-Mariners Preview

The Associated Press

The New York Yankees are rolling, and big innings fueled by home runs are a major reason why.

Mark Teixeira has played a big part.

Teixeira looks to continue his power surge and help the Yankees match their longest winning streak of the season when they face the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

New York (35-25) has won four in a row after dropping seven of eight, a slump during which it managed 15 runs and three homers.

The resurgent offense has sparked the winning streak, as the Yankees have batted .273 - 26 points above their season average. They've hit six home runs in that stretch, with five sparking at least one inning of four or more runs in each contest.

The big inning in the opener of this four-game set was the third, when Teixeira hit a solo homer right after Robinson Cano's three-run shot sparked a six-run outburst en route to a 6-1 victory.

"That was a great inning," Cano said. "The whole lineup hit in that inning and that's what you want. You want to take advantage when you've got runners in scoring position. We got shut out after that but at least we scored early."

The Yankees are on the brink of equaling their season-high five-game run of May 8-12, and a healthy Teixeira has had a major role in that.

The first baseman is 4 for 13 with three homers and eight RBIs over the past four games after going 1 for 9 in his first three following his return from a wrist injury.

His hot streak may continue Friday as he's posted a .418 average with eight homers and 16 RBIs in his last 16 games at Seattle (26-35).

Cano has batted .341 with 18 RBIs in his last 21 meetings with the Mariners. He's put together a nine-game hitting streak at Safeco Field during that stretch, hitting .395 while driving in 10 runs.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59) is set to take the ball after giving up three runs and two homers in 5 1-3 innings of a rain-shortened 3-0 loss to Boston on Sunday.

The right-hander has split four starts against the Mariners with a 2.70 ERA. He won his only outing at Seattle on July 23, yielding one run and three hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-1 victory.

Seattle, 2-2 on its 10-game homestand, will send Jeremy Bonderman to the mound. The right-hander gave up seven runs and three homers in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, his first appearance since an eight-year stint with Detroit ended after 2010.

Bonderman has posted a 7.31 ERA while losing his last three starts against New York, the most recent coming Aug. 18, 2010.

Kyle Seager is providing an offensive spark for the Mariners, batting .366 during a 10-game hitting streak. The third baseman has totaled five runs with two doubles and a grand slam in the past two contests.

He's 1 for 9 versus Kuroda, while Michael Morse is 3 for 9 with two homers.

Morse went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Thursday after missing eight games with a quad injury. He had gone 7 for 12 in his previous three games against New York.

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