Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/11/12
NEW YORK -- The Seattle Mariners looked like the winners of the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade when Pineda underwent season-ending right shoulder surgery before he threw a regular season pitch for the New York Yankees. But Raul Ibanez -- the player signed to at least partially fill the vacancy at designated hitter created by the trade of Montero -- made sure the Yankees won the first meeting of the season between the two teams Friday. Ibanez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Robinson Cano continued his torrid hitting by going 4-for-4 and Hiroki Kuroda threw seven solid innings as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners,6-2, Friday night in front of 37,226 at Yankee Stadium. Ibanez was signed as a free agent Feb. 21, 29 days after Montero and Hector Noesi were sent to Seattle in exchange for Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos. The 39-year-old, who has made more starts in left(nine) than at DH (eight) because of Brett Gardner's elbow injury, h...
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