The Yankees weren’t going to let the O’s get their first sweep at Yankee Stadium in 22 years, and they responded the way they should be everyday.

A 13-3 drubbing of the last-place O’s.

Behind Bobby Abreu’s double and two homers, the Yankees provided all of the firepower that Joba Chamberlain needed to collect his second straight victory, improving to 3-1 as a starter.

Abreu hit his 444th career double, tying him for the MLB record for Venezuelan-born sluggers (he’s tied with Andres Galagarra) and hit his first multi-HR game in pinstripes.

A-Rod hit his team-leading 23rd homer of the year and Xavier Nady continued to improve his offense in pinstripes, contributing with a 2-4 day with two doubles and two ribbies.

Melky Cabrera continued his slump, going zero fer three, and Molina also went 0-3. Cabrera is now .245 on the year. Jeter continued his struggles at the plate today, striking out three times, only to be pulled by an even more pitiful Wilson Betemit. I still don’t get Girardi’s fascination with Betemit. He cannot hit.

On the mound, Chamberlain went six innings, striking out six batters while allowing 5 hits and one ER. He was replaced by Edwar Ramirez, who threw exactly one pitch, this one at the head of Kevin Millar and was promptly ejected. If Ramirez pitches tomorrow and does not allow a hit, he will have gone the entire month of July without allowing a hit.

Dave Robertson came in and was excellent, pitching 2 innings and striking out 3 and Dan Giese came in to finish the top of the ninth.

The Yankees continue to be inconsistent with their offense. Every time a poor pitcher starts a game, the Yankees appear to leave their offense on the bench, as was evident yesterday and the day before yesterday. With 41 of their next 55 games on the road, they need to get out of the offense slump. Perhaps Pudge will help.

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