The Yankees made a statement Sunday that they are definitely a team to be taken seriously.  After three straight losses against the hated Red Sox, the Yankees split the first two game of their weekend series with the Mets and were lucky to come away with the win on Friday evening.

But they turned heads with their 15-0 thumping of their crosstown rivals.  Derek Jeter returned to his role of Captain Clutch with a 4-4 performance and the Yanks used a 9-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach and give Johan Santana the worst loss of his career.

Santana lasted only three innings, allowing 9 hits and was pulled with the score 7-0 in the fourth.  He was credited for 9 earned runs since the two men left on base when he exited the game were his responsibility.

Derek Jeter hits an RBI single during the 2nd inning.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Derek Jeter hits an RBI single during the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AJ Burnett gave probably his best outing of the season, going 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits, striking out 8 and holding the Met’s lineup scoreless.  The only blemish on his box score is the 4 walks he allowed.

The Bronx Bomber’s lineup was sharp the entire game.  They got started early in the bottom of the second, scoring 4 runs off of three straight singles by Francisco Cervelli, Jeter and Johnny Damon.

Things got out of hand in the bottom of the fourth.  After Santana walked Nick Swisher, Hideki Matsui smacked a home run to right center – score 6-0.  Melky Cabrera doubled, Cervelli singled and Jeter singled, scoring Cabrera and knocking Santana out of the game.

Brian Stokes relieved Santana on the mound but it made no difference.  The Yankees promptly took over where they left off with Santana, with Damon promptly doubling and scoring Cervelli.

Mark Teixeira then loaded the bases with a single, Alex Rodriguez hit into a double play at third and second, taking out Tex and Damon, but scoring Jeter and leaving A-Rod on first.  No worries about that, as Robinson Cano smacked a two-run shot to bring the score to 11-0.

After Swisher and Matsui earned walks, Cabrera smacked his second double of the evening, scoring both runners, but ending the inning when he got greedy and tried to turn the double into a triple.  He must have been confused and thought he was Bret Gardner or something. No worries, 13-0 Yanks.

All-in-all the Yankees played a great game and pitched an even better one. After losing 4 of the 6 Subway Series games last season, the Yankees are 2-3 against the Mets this season.  The two teams face off for the final time this season in two weekends, June 26-28 at the Met’s home, Citi Field.

After a Boston loss to Philly on Sunday, the Bombers are now 2 games behind in the AL East.  The Sox face the Florida Marlins Tues-Thurs and the Atlanta Braves Fri-Sun.  Both series will be played at Fenway.  The Yankees play the Nationals Tues-Thurs at home and then travel to sunny Miami to face the Marlins.  Both teams have an off day Monday.