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Jeter's mental lapse helps Mariners beat Yankees

Hernandez, Mariners Pound Yankees


By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter jogged nonchalantly down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over.

For a star with a resume full of memorable moments, he then nearly made a blunder worthy of a blooper reel.

Jeter's rare mental mistake helped give Kyle Seager his second triple Monday night to go along with a homer and a double in the Seattle Mariners' 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees.

"I almost gave it to a fan," Jeter said. "I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory."

The play that confused the Yankees captain came in the fourth inning, when Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn't come up with it.

With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he took several more steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.

"It was a weird play," Seager said. "I basically just kept running."

Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) hollered "throw the ball!" as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying "I thought it was foul" as he walked back to the infield.

"My emotions got the best of me," Phelps said. "I was trying to scream at him to get his attention, hoping he didn't throw the ball into the stands."

Phelps needed all the help he could get to stay close with Felix Hernandez, and the Yankees right-hander did through six innings.

But Brad Miller had a two-run single in the seventh that chased Phelps after the Yankees lost a challenge on a sacrifice bunt. Michael Saunders added another single for two RBIs off Matt Thornton to break open a tie game.

The Yankees missed Hernandez (8-1) in April because of the rainout and they certainly wished they had not faced the Mariners' ace Monday. King Felix has been on quite a roll.

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has not lost in nine starts dating to April 21. He was touched for two runs in the fourth when he kicked out his foot and redirected Ichiro Suzuki's grounder up the middle for a two-run single.

"Oh, my God," Hernandez said. "I should have not kicked that."

Hernandez gave up eight hits and two runs in seven innings. He struck out eight without allowing a walk. Hernandez last won five starts in a row in 2009. He improved to 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA at the current Yankee Stadium.

Seattle, which won games in the Bronx on April 29 and May 1, took all three games in New York for the first time since sweeping three in 2002. The Mariners have won three straight overall.

Seager became the first major leaguer to hit two triples and at least one homer and one double since Hal Breeden for Montreal in 1973, STATS said. The last AL player to do it was Hoot Evers for Detroit in 1950.

"That's definitely a special one," Seager said. "That's definitely one I'll remember, for sure."

Seager scored three runs and drove in three.

Seager homered with two outs off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth three batters after Michael Saunders hit a home run.

Robinson Cano was again relentlessly booed by Yankees fans, this time in a makeup of a game washed out April 30. In the lineup after sitting four straight with a bruised left hand, he went 1 for 3 with two walks. The former New York second baseman drew a mocking cheer when he was caught too far off first by Phelps.

NOTES: Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome's Jockey, Victor Espinoza, and Alan Sherman, the son of 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and his top assistant, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

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BOB June 03 2014 at 2:03 PM

What's up, you lure us in with a "Jeter" mental lapse, we watch the video and they don't even mention his name. Let's get with the program...

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salmagundi111 June 03 2014 at 2:23 PM

Jeter had a mental lapse on the play. He has not lapsed throughout his career as a player, gentleman and role model.

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theomegaman72 salmagundi111 June 03 2014 at 11:56 PM

True, however once a player in his twilight years humiliates himself and his team on the field, it's time to hang em up...it happened to the best-- Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, etc...it has been a great career Derek, now is the time to leave with dignity

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Susan theomegaman72 June 04 2014 at 5:00 AM

He has already announced his retirement after this season, has he not?

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geldonski June 03 2014 at 12:28 PM

Just another Yankee story that no one outside of New York gives a damn.

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emam545 June 03 2014 at 1:08 PM

It's okay Jete's, the third base UMP should of yelled fair ball, but as usual they don't know what's going on even when it's in front of them! Is what it is.

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car4068043 June 03 2014 at 2:45 PM

Anyone notice that the clip DOES NOT include the advertised Jeter miss-que????

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salmagundi111 car4068043 June 03 2014 at 2:51 PM

Misque? Bisque? Ooooh, miscue.

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cvanac8550 salmagundi111 June 03 2014 at 6:48 PM

Another retired english teacher on grammer and spelling patrol...lol

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jechandle salmagundi111 June 04 2014 at 9:29 AM

He meant he was mis-queued which means he was out of line.

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Bobby K June 03 2014 at 1:28 PM

I love Jetter and it's sad that he tried to play one more year and ruin what was an outstanding 19 years...One too many, sad to watch. So many things will go South the rest of the saeson...Jeter respect yourself, retire now. Giraridi is holding on to your coat tails and is going down with the ship...

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Franco June 03 2014 at 1:08 PM

I heard that Dan Marino is suing? My goodness, pretty soon Indi racers will sue do excessive speed, boxers will sue for hard punches, and heavy weight lifters will sue over hernias. :O(

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rjen164497 Franco June 03 2014 at 2:46 PM

Marino is and always was a little femine. Marino does weight loss ads and little else, about the same as the covergirls do.

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forrestpower rjen164497 June 03 2014 at 3:04 PM

And yet he played 17 years as an NFL QB, was one of the greatest to ever play the game, and is still rich. What have you done lately?

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gloriajean480 rjen164497 June 04 2014 at 3:26 AM

Omg, how could you say that about Mariano. I guess your not a Yankee fan. Mariano was the BEST!!! pitcher in baseball and you know it. Your probably a fag!!!

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dorc792 Franco June 03 2014 at 3:19 PM

jeter is bi racial...so u know what side came out on that play

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Rabbi Moishe June 03 2014 at 4:46 PM

Up your %^& with a baseball bat Rumberg! If you were around at the end of Mickey Mantle's career or Babe Ruth's you probably would have tried kicking them when they were less than stellar. You are probably a nothing writer who will never amount to anything. You should feel privileged to even write about Derek Jeter, a ballplayer who will be enshrined in Cooperstown. Your work probably won't last beyond this dopey article. Shame on you,you talentless hack.

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thundt1775 June 03 2014 at 7:15 PM

Yankees were BLOWN OUT 10 to 2. It was NOT a close game. It was not Jeter's fault. BTW-Yankees SU*K!

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redlgs14 thundt1775 June 04 2014 at 3:33 AM

yeah and they still hold more championships than any other team in any sport.

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qmcsm004 June 04 2014 at 5:41 AM

Hi get off Jeter's back he is human.

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