Joe Girardi said it was the best pitching performance against the Yankees all season. Russell Martin agreed, adding phrases like "pretty impressive" and "nasty" to his description.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge went further, calling what his ace, Felix Hernandez, did against the Yanks Saturday "probably the most impressive start that I've ever seen as a manager.

"I've seen a lot of good and great pitchers pitch over the years. This ballpark, that lineup, the swings and misses, the mis-hits with so many good hitters over there, the efficiency in which he did it in a 1-0 ballgame.

"It doesn't get any better than that."