As the time-worn axiom goes, repeated this day by Raul Ibañez after the Yankees' 6-2 loss to the Mariners:
Kevin Millwood brought an 0-4 record and 5.88 ERA into Sunday's game, but the Yankees had few good scoring chances against the 37-year-old righthander and the five relievers who followed. And the ones the Yankees did have ended in frustration.
They loaded the bases with none out in the fifth but scored only one run, when Russell Martin walked with one out to bring them within 2-1. But Derek Jeter, who went 1-for-4 to give him 3,142 career hits -- tying him with Robin Yount for 16th on the all-time list -- grounded into his second double play of the game.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, Charlie Furbush walked Robinson Cano to make it 4-2, but Furbush then struck out Mark Teixeira on a pitch out of the strike zone. Teixeira, batting .223, has five hits in his last 31 at-bats.
"It's going to happen, but it doesn't make it any easier," Joe Girardi said of the blown scoring chances. "We need to bounce back tomorrow."
On second thought . . .
With the Yankees trailing by four runs in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Swisher lined an opposite-field drive down the leftfield line. He never hesitated going around second and was thrown out at third for the first out of the inning, although replays indicated he beat the tag with his headfirst slide.
"Just trying to get something going," Swisher said. "Looking back on it, I wish I would have stayed at second."
To make room on the roster for Andy Pettitte, the Yankees optioned reliever Cody Eppley to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Eppley has a 4.76 ERA in five appearances. The Yankees shifted Mariano Rivera to the 60-day DL . . . Yankees starters on the six-game homestand: 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA . . . According to Elias, Pettitte became the oldest player (39) to appear in a game with the Yankees after not playing in the majors the previous season since Bert Campaneris (41) in 1983 . . . Sunday marked Curtis Granderson's 1,000th career game, giving the Yankees 10 players on their roster who have reached that plateau. Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Ibañez, Teixeira, Eric Chavez, Swisher, Cano and Rivera are the others.