The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-2 after Alex Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.
Jayson Nix hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead as Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira crossed home plate. Nix scored on Russell Martin’s single for the final run.
“I wasn’t trying to do too much, I just wanted to get one run in,” Nix told reporters. “I think that helped because I wasn’t trying to do too much on the ball.”
Jeter hit his eighth home run of the Major League Baseball season in the first inning at Safeco Field in Seattle yesterday to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
Kyle Seager tied it on a bases-loaded walk and Mike Carp made it 2-1 with a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the first.
Eric Chavez, who took Rodriguez’s place at third base, walked twice and went 0-for-2.
Rodriguez, who turns 37 tomorrow, may be out as long as eight weeks after being hit by Felix Hernandez’s fastball during the eighth inning of New York’s 4-2 loss to the Mariners two nights ago.
Rodriguez’s 644 career home runs are fifth in major league history. He is batting .276 with 15 homers and 44 runs batted in this season.
The Yankees yesterday recalled infielder Ramiro Pena from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team said in a Twitter post.