Starting a nine-game, 10-day road trip that could set the tone for the remainder of the season, the Yanks continued their strong second-half start with an 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
The Yankees homered four times to improve to 10-1 since the All-Star break.
Starter AJ Burnett allowed two hits in seven innings and switch-hitter Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate.
Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon also went deep, while Derek Jeter had three hits and Alex Rodriguez contributed a two-run double on his 34th birthday.
Cano had an RBI triple in the second inning, then led off the sixth with his 15th homer. Swisher hit his 15th off the right-hander two pitches later and added his sixteenth with a solo shot in the ninth.
Damon finished New York’s 15-hit night with his 200th career homer, a three-run blast that made it 11-3
Beginning a stretch in which they’ll play 19 of 26 on the road, the Yankees showed no signs of a letdown following the club’s best homestand (9-1) since June 2004. They’ve won 23 of their last 29, climbing a season-best 23 games over .500.
The Rays scored twice off Jonathan Albaladejo in the eighth before the third New York pitcher, David Robertson, struck out Carlos Pena to escape a jam with two runners on.