Once Felix Hernandez tweaked his back, the whole game took an odd twist.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, Lyle Overbay delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees rallied in the seventh inning after King Felix was forced to make an early exit, beating Seattle 4-3 Tuesday night.
''It was hard luck,'' Hernandez said.
The Mariners' ace was in the midst of another top outing at Yankee Stadium, outpitching CC Sabathia in the first matchup between the former Cy Young Award winners and taking a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning.
But with a runner on first and one out, Hernandez fielded a soft comebacker by Curtis Granderson in front of the mound, quickly pivoted and snapped a throw to second base for a forceout.
The swift play, however, came with a price. Hernandez twice kicked his left leg near the mound, trying to get loose, and seemed to say ''ouch'' a few times. Not a significant setback, yet enough to cause concern.
''He was feeling it,'' Mariners manager Eric...