NEW YORK -- Wednesday's rainout against the Yankees allowed Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon to juggle his rotation slightly, pushing rookie Roenis Elias back to Thursday's game in New York and moving Felix Hernandez to Friday against the Astros.
The Mariners previously had been undecided on Friday's starter, though All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma was lined up to pitch that day if the club chose to bring him off the 15-day disabled list. Iwakuma pitched four innings in his first Minor League rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma in Las Vegas, then rejoined the Mariners and threw a bullpen session on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
McClendon hasn't revealed his plans beyond Friday, but he will have the choice of working Iwakuma in on Saturday now against the Astros or sticking with his original plan of having Brandon Maurer start that game with Chris Young to follow on Sunday.
The Mariners could have Iwakuma pitch another Minor League game on Friday and then be ready to rejoin the club next Wednesday when the Mariners have a doubleheader in Oakland.
Hernandez misses out on his chance to pitch at Yankee Stadium, where he is 4-1 with a 1.18 ERA in six career starts. But the Mariners' ace has had success at Minute Maid Park in Houston as well, where he's 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three career outings.
Yankees not surprised fans booed Cano
NEW YORK -- Yankees fans are going to have to wait another day to resume booing Robinson Cano.
With Wednesday's middle date of a three-game series rained out, the Mariners and Yankees will face off again on Thursday at 4:05 p.m. PT at Yankee Stadium for Cano's second meeting with his former team.
Seattle's new second baseman was showered with boos every time he came to the plate in Tuesday's 6-3 win, and the Bleacher Creatures in right field chanted "You sold out" the first time Cano took the field.
The weather was poor enough Tuesday night that most of the announced crowd of 37,484 was gone by the final few innings. Those that remained continued to boo Cano every time he came to the plate as he went 1-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Cano said he wasn't surprised at the reception and just went about his business. The Yankees weren't surprised either.
"No, it's New York," said veteran pitcher CC Sabathia. "I mean, it is what it is. He left to make the best decision for him and his family. Got a 10-year contract. People are going to be mad either way. For him, I know he's just going out and trying to play. For us, I don't think it's that surprising."
"Some people probably booed because they wish he was here," said shortstop Derek Jeter. "Some people boo because they're upset he left. And some people may have booed because the people next to them were booing. It is what it is. It's not the first time someone's come back and got booed."
Indeed, Alex Rodriguez received a much tougher reception in Seattle after he left the Mariners to sign a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Rangers before the 2001 season, when fans threw Monopoly money in the air in his first game back and showered him with thunderous boos every time he came to the plate for the next several years for the Rangers.
Yankee Stadium brings out best in Zunino
NEW YORK -- Mariners catcher Mike Zunino had a career-high four hits in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Yankees, becoming the second-youngest player to record four or more hits in his first game at Yankee Stadium.
Zunino, 23, snapped an 0-for-13 streak with a 4-for-5 day that raised his batting average from .235 to .274. Only 14 other players had posted four-plus hits in their Yankee Stadium debuts, and the only one younger was Wayne Ambler, who was 22 with the Philadelphia A's when he went 5-for-5 against the Yankees on May 13, 1938.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said the effort was all the more impressive given Zunino had been sick with the flu for two days prior and it wasn't certain if he'd be able to play until earlier in the day on Tuesday.
"Considering he wasn't playing at full strength, it was pretty good on his part," McClendon said with a smile. "Maybe he should play sick all the time."
• Outfielder Jabari Blash, who hit .262 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in his first 25 games with Double-A Jackson, was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. The Rainiers also activated catcher Humberto Quintero off the disabled list and transferred catcher Manny Pina back to Jackson.
• An anti-bullying public service announcement featuring Hernandez, Grammy Award winner Macklemore and a group of students from Highland Middle School in Bellevue, Wash., was released on Wednesday. The PSA can be viewed at mariners.com/changethegame.
• When Young recorded the victory for Seattle on Tuesday night, it was his first Major League win in 604 days, going back to Sept. 2, 2012, when the 6-foot-10 right-hander was with the Mets. Young pitched in the Minors last year while dealing with shoulder problems.