Seattle Mariners defeat New York Yankees, 8-4
As he headed out of the Yankees' locker room to take batting practice before Thursday night's game with Seattle, Hideki Matsui needed to look at the lineup card pinned to the door.
Then he needed to look again.
Matsui, who had become little more than an afterthought during the Yankees' nine-game interleague road trip through Florida, Atlanta and Queens the last week and a half, had to do that double take to make certain he was penciled back in Joe Girardi's lineup.
Velocity isn't everything. Just ask CC Sabathia.
The Yankees' ace had his best fastball going Thursday night against the Mariners, but without command of that heater, he proved to be all too hittable. Seattle made that point emphatically, handing the big lefthander his worst loss since Opening Day in an 8-4 Yankee defeat at the Stadium.
The loss snapped the Yankees' seven-game winning streak, dropping them three games behind the idle Red Sox in the AL East.