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New York Yankees: Looking Back at the Seattle Mariners Series

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 6-3 in the ninth inning.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Bernadette PasleyContributor IMay 30, 2011

When I saw the pitching matchups for the just completed series against the Mariners in Seattle, I resigned myself to believing the Yankees would lose two out of three.

After all, they were facing Michael Pineda, a pitcher they'd never seen before, in Game 1. As every die-hard Yankee fan knows, they never manage to do much against a pitcher they are facing for the first time.

The Game 2 starter, Felix Hernandez, has dominated them for pretty much his whole career.

If you watched the first two games, you were probably as excited as I was when the Yankees were able to knock Pineda and King Felix around, taking leads each time. When they ended up losing both games by one run, I was sick with disappointment, both at the fact that they could have won both games and the fact that I'd stayed up watching games that started at 10 p.m. New York time, only to see them lose.

(Actually, I stayed up for the entirety of only the first game. When Boone Logan came in to pitch the 10th inning of the second game, I lost all hope, assuming Logan would blow it. But, as I found out in the morning, it was Mariano Rivera who gave up the winning run. I'm kind of glad I missed that.)

At least CC Sabathia was able to save the weekend with his dominance in the series finale. Sabathia looks ready to rattle off a bunch of wins, and they couldn't come at a better time.

Moving on: The Yankees have two more stops on this west-coast road trip, one in Oakland and one in Anaheim.

It won't be easy for the Yankees, who'll be facing two good teams, or for their fans, who'll have to endure more inconvenient starting times.

Personally, I'll be able to watch only today's game in its entirety.

I'll either be working or sleeping during rest of the games on this road trip. I'm not looking forward to missing so many innings.

I can't wait for this trip to end.

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