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Teixeira Blasts NY to Series Win

Mark Teixeira deposits Fernando Rodney's pitch over the wall in right to break a tie in the 8th and give the Yankees the lead on July 19, 2015 at Yankee Stadium

Game 91 / 50-41 / 1st / +4G : CC Sabathia pitched to a 1-1 draw against King Felix over 6 innings, and Mark Teixeira settled the matter with a solo home run in the 8th off reliever Fernando Rodney for a 2-1 victory.

Here’s the box score, wrap and video highlights.

Yankees 2, Mariners 1

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  • CC Sabathia   The Yankees are going to need starts like this from The Big Man down the stretch, especially at home — 6 strong innings, 7 strikeouts, 1 BB and 1 ER. History and experience tells you odds are this needed to be a low-scoring game against Felix Hernandez, at least until we could get into their bullpen. Sabathia did just that with a gutty performance and hopefully a sign of things to come as the dog days are approaching.
  • Mark Teixeira   Tex’s bounce-back season continues. Today’s game-winnning blast was his first hit ever off Fernando Rodney, snapping an 0-10 skid against the Seattle reliever.
  • The Bullpen   Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller got it done, which is exactly according to plan. They got the last nine outs, keeping the Mariners off the board while Tex worked his magic.

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Refsynder Sent Down

With Carlos Beltran back in the lineup, Rob Refsynder was optioned to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. According to Joe Girardi, the combination of Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan gives the club more defensive flexibility in the infield, as both can play multiple positions.

“I wasn’t ever promised anything. I never had a meeting saying, ‘This is your job,’ or anything. I came with the mindset every day that I’ve got to get better and prepare and help the team win. Obviously as a young player you want to come up and make a good impression and play well and win a job, but like I said, I wasn’t ever promised anything. It’s a good experience, and I got my feet wet.” ‐ Rob Refsynder  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1950, Yankees purchased the contract of Elston Howard from Kansas City of the American Negro League … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : Today was the 400th head-to-head meeting between the Mariners and Yankees, with New York now holding an overall edge of 226-174 …

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