Yankees-Mariners Preview

The Associated Press

The New York Yankees were reveling in the addition of one superstar before the start of their series against the Seattle Mariners. They'll have to overcome the loss of one beginning with their final game at Safeco Field this season.

With Alex Rodriguez heading to the disabled list, the Yankees conclude their three-game set against the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon.

New York (58-39) made a big splash before Monday's series opener in Seattle by acquiring 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki from the home team for two minor league pitchers and cash. He singled in his first at-bat with his new club, a 4-1 victory, and had a double Tuesday night.

The Yankees, though, suffered a 4-2 defeat and likely lost Rodriguez for at least the next couple of weeks after he was hit in the hand by a Felix Hernandez pitch in the eighth inning.

"He's upset," manager Joe Girardi told the team's website. "He wants to be out there. We're not going to have him and we're going to have to find a way."

The team announced the three-time AL MVP has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand and will see doctors when the club returns home following Wednesday's game. The Yankees likely would have a timetable for his return after that examination.

Rodriguez hit his 15th homer of the season, his 299th with New York and 644th of his career Monday. He was batting .276 over 94 games this season but was hitting .333 over his last 17 contests.

"It's difficult," Rodriguez said. "Tough break. I never thought fracture, but it was. It's a tough blow. Tough blow."

Eric Chavez, who has eight homers and a .269 batting average in 64 games this season, is expected to start out as Rodriguez's replacement at third.

Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.10 ERA) will try to help his team get past Rodriguez's injury by providing a more consistent effort. The right-hander has given up six runs in two of his starts this month and two in each of the other two.

After a loss to Los Angeles on July 15, Nova gave up two runs and scattered nine over 6 2-3 innings Friday against Oakland, but he did not get a decision during a 3-2 defeat.

"I thought he threw the ball overall pretty well," manager Joe Girardi said. "You almost get seven innings (out of him) and two runs (allowed). You figure you're going to win most of those games."

Nova hasn't recorded a decision in either of his two career starts against Seattle (43-56). He allowed one run and five hits over 7 1-3 innings during the latest one Sept. 14.

He'll seek that first win over the Mariners while pitching opposite Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 4.86), who will make his fourth major league start.

The right-hander had his best outing since joining the rotation Friday in Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs over six innings and fanned seven, but did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss.

"He did a real nice job for us," manager Eric Wedge said. "He did a great job with his fastball. Really commanded the ball well."

Iwakuma, 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in his three starts, will make his first appearance against the Yankees.

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