The whirlwind behind him, newly acquired Mariners outfielder Eric Thames is glad to be with his new club. "It's amazing. It's a fresh start," Thames said. "With everything that happened in Toronto this year, it's nice to be able to join a great group of individuals and a great team. I played with some of these guys in the Fall League, and [it's a] young group and guys are developing, just like myself. Exciting to be part of it." Thames belted a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over Toronto, his former club. Wedge said the Mariners are playing much looser during their recent hot stretch, in which they have won 13 of their last 17 games. "I think that's just them being around each other for a period of time and going through some of the things we've gone through and knowing that they're OK," Wedge said. "You want them to come out there and play tension free, I think they're doing a better job of that." Yankees: McGehee goes right into lineup
Casey McGehee went 0-for-2 in his Yankees debut on Wednesday, starting at first base. He had two walks, scored two runs and drove in a run on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. "I saw him come in this morning," Girardi said. "He was here fairly early, and I told him he was going to play some third, probably play first today." McGehee had to lose some facial hair -- but that's par for the course in the Bronx. "All joking aside, I'm just excited to be here," McGehee said. "I'll do whatever it takes. Shaving my beard is the least of my concerns." Worth noting
Yankees batters have homered in 20 straight home games, tying for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The Mariners have outscored their opponents by three runs this season, despite being seven games under .500.