Even with an unexpected injury to Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees still found a way to win yesterday. As has been over the last several games, the Yankees’ offense exploded in a dramatic series of events last night en route to a 7-4 win and series sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.

Chamberlain got two outs in the first inning before being hit by an Adam Jones line drive to the right knee. He walked two batters before Joe Girardi yanked him out. In came the Mexican Gangster and he proceed to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball at its finest, allowing only three hits and one walk and striking out one. In came Jon Albaladejo (why not Brett Tomko?) who was pretty bad, allowing five hits, four runs, and walking two while striking out two. Jose Veras pitched 1.2 innings and only allowed two hits, paving the way for Enter Sandman and his 11 pitches taking down the top of the ninth for his ninth save on the year.

Now on to the nice part of the game — the offense.The Yankees gave Aceves and the rest of the Yankees relievers all the runs they’d need with four runs in the first and another two in the second. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Mark Teixeira each doubled to start the game and three batters in the Yanks were already up 2-0. Later in the inning Nick Swisher would walk and Melky Cabrera would drive home both Swisher and Teixeira with a two-run double and the Yanks were up 4-0 after one. Cano would add a two-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 6-0. The Yankees added their seventh run on a Hideki Matsui solo homer the bottom of the fifth.

What I am impressed about is how the offense is finally clicking. A-Rod’s back, giving Tex the protection he needs. Damon is super-hot as of late, Swisher is producing power numbers (but not patience at the plate), and usual spring-slow-starts Cano and Cabrera are producing as well. This is true baseball.

The Yankees welcome the world champion Philadelphia Phillies into town for the start of interleague play this season. AJ Burnett takes the mound in aim for the Yankees’ 10th straight victory.


AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 1 0 1 1 1 .273
Cano, 2B 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 .317
Teixeira, 1B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .250
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 .171
Matsui, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .252
Swisher, RF 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .238
Cabrera, M, LF 4 0 1 2 0 0 2 .319
Cervelli, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .323
Gardner, CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .235
Totals 32 7 9 7 5 4 10
BATTING
2B: Jeter (9, Eaton), Cano (11, Eaton), Teixeira (9, Eaton), Cabrera, M (6, Eaton).
HR: Cano (8, 2nd inning off Eaton, 1 on, 2 out), Matsui (5, 5th inning off Eaton, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 2; Cano 7; Teixeira 3; Matsui 4; Swisher; Cabrera, M 2.
RBI: Cano 3 (25), Teixeira (32), Cabrera, M 2 (18), Matsui (14).
2-out RBI: Cabrera, M 2; Cano 2; Matsui.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.70
Aceves, A (W, 3-0) 3.1 3 0 0 1 1 0 1.32
Albaladejo 2.1 5 4 4 0 2 2 6.00
Veras (H, 3) 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 6.00
Rivera (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.89