The Yankees dominated the Orioles tonight for their seventh straight win.  The Yankees have been winning based on the combination of consistent batting and lights-out pitching.  With the Red Sox beating the Blue Jays 2-1 tonight, the Yankees are now 3.5 games behind the Jays and the Sox are 2.5 games behind.

CC Sabathia threw seven innings tonight, and after allowing one run in the first, he kept Baltimore scoreless for the rest of the game, struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one walk.  He is now 4-3 on the season.

Mark Teixeira Slams a two-run shot in the seventh inning.  (Photo: AP/Paul J. Bereswill)

Mark Teixeira Slams a two-run shot in the seventh inning. (Photo: AP/Paul J. Bereswill)

The Yankees offense was pumping tonight.  They got on the board quickly, answering the Orioles only run in the first with a two-run shot by Alex Rodriguez, scoring Johnny Damon.

The seventh inning was a doozy.  After Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano walked with one out, Miguel Cabrera singled to right-center, loading the bases for Derek Jeter.  Captain Clutch (as always) doubled to deep, deep right-center emptying the bases.  Damon then scored Jeter with a single, and Teixeira scored Damon with a homer.

Tex is red hot.  He has hit 4 home runs in the last 4 games.  He is hitting .444 (12-27) with 4 walks during this 7 game win streak.  Apparently 4 is a lucky number or something.

Brian Bruney was recalled today and in his first appearance since going on the DL nearly a month ago, he pitched a perfect 8th, recording a strikeout.  Brett Tomko then pitched a 1-2-3 9th to preserve the 9-1 victory.

The Yankees have won their seventh in a row, their longest win streak since the end of last season when they were pushing to make the playoffs.  The Bombers have also won 8 of their last 10.  At the beginning of the win streak, the team was 15-17, now they are 22-17.  They seem unstoppable.

Phil Hughes (1-2, 7.56) gets the start tomorrow against Baltimore’s ace, Jeremy Guthrie (3-3, 5.21).  With Chien-Ming Wang progressing in the minor leagues, this is most likely Hughes’ last start before getting sent to the bullpen or back to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.