CC Sabathia won for the first time in a month and Alex Rodriguez hit his 591st career home run as the Yankees defeated Baltimore, 6-3, completing a three-game sweep.

Initial Reaction

Carsten Charles Sabathia allowed three hits and struck out seven over seven innings, beating the hopeless Orioles for the third time already this season. Sabathia was winless since May 3 – a stretch where he allowed five-plus runs in three starts and his season ERA inflated to above 4.00. Thus afternoon, he was bit only by the long ball, allowing an Adam Jones solo shot in the third and a two-run homer by Luke Scott in the seventh. Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera relieved Sabathia, each pitching a scoreless inning.

The Yankees hit Baltimore ace Kevin Milwood hard, for six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Yankees put up two runs in the first inning, as Millwood balked forcing home Derek Jeter. Following that, Robinson Cano laced a run-scoring double to left-center, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Alex Rodriguez closed within nine homers of 600 with a two-run shot into the right-field seats, and Curtis Granderson stroked a run-scoring single that made it 5-1.

Positives From The Game:

Knock ‘Em Out Da Box: Outside of Francisco Cervelli (who still reached base with a walk) every Yankee recorded a hit, including multi-hit games from Mark Teixeira, Rodriguez, Granderson and Brett Gardner.

Carsten Charles In Charge: Over his last 5 outings, CC Sabathia was 0-2 – with a dismal 6.28 ERA. Outside of the two home runs, CC only allowed one other hit (a single) through seven strong frames with seven strikeouts and just one walk allowed.

Brett The Basher: The little guy has some pop! Brett Gardner has as many home runs as Jason Bay. Reread that last sentence a few times. Mets fans must be so proud.

Negatives From The Game:

A Not-At-All-Perfect Ten: The Yankees left ten runners on base.

Interesting Facts:

CC Sabathia is 12-1 in his career vs. Baltimore.

Making his 300th career start, Sabathia won for the first time since back-to-back wins, over Baltimore no less, on April 28 and May 3. The big fella went 0-2 in his next five outings, marking his longest winless stretch since July of 2005 with Cleveland.

Curtis Granderson is 10-for-24 with four doubles and a homer since returning last week after missing a month with a groin injury, and he’s also playing great defense in centerfield.

Robinson Cano went 1-for-3 with a walk, ending his run of multi-hit games at eight but extending his hit-streak to 17 games.

In the last five games, Yankees starters are 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees cross the northern border for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday, June 4, YES Network: AJ Burnett (6-2, 3.28 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81 ERA)