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Yankees continue hot streak, rout Mariners 11-1

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Derek Jeter homered before leaving early to rest, Hideki Matsui had his fourth career two-home run game and a season-high five RBIs and starter C.C. Sabathia struck out a season-high 10 as New York began its longest road trip of the year with an 11-1 easy win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

The Yankees had a 5-0 lead one out into the third inning without Alex Rodriguez, who may also miss Friday with a bruised elbow, and without Jorge Posada, their bruised catcher who said he could have played.

They didn't need either one. Sabathia (13-7) mixed a 96 mph fastball with sinkers and dancing off-speed pitches that had the AL's lowest-scoring team flailing. He allowed just three hits and a solo home run in eight innings.

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