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What a relief?

Alberto Gonzolez, who started at short and went 1-for-3 at the plate, found himself on the mound after Marshall, the designated sacrificial lamb, tired late in his Major League debut. The Yankees used two relievers after started Phil Hughes got knocked out in Seattle’s seven-run first inning. Preston Claiborne worked through the third, and Marshall went all the way into the ninth.

Marshall got the ball from his only strikeout and was given up a couple of lineup cards.

Meanwhile, Adams, who could be the new starting third baseman until Kevin Youkilis comes back, could have a chance to stick. He played a flawless third and picked up his first hit, a single, in the sixth. He also got the ball.

Marshall, who worked 5 2/3 innings, threw 108 pitches but wouldn’t be asked to get the last out. Gonzalez came on with two outs and two men on base in the ninth, and he got Robert Andino to fly out to shallow right-center. Prior to that outing, Gonzalez had never pitched in the Majors.

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