Johnny Damon was released by the Indians last week, not long after Hideki Matsui met the same fate with the Rays.

Raul Ibanez, whom the Yankees signed instead of those two veterans, keeps on hitting.

The 40-year-old homered in the fifth to pad a one-run lead and drove in two more with a single off Oliver Perez after Mark Teixeira was walked intentionally in the sixth in the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Mariners.

"He's had a knack [for important hits] in his career," manager Joe Girardi said after Ibanez homered for the third time in his last eight games. "Raul never tries to do too much. He's able to relax in big situations."