After two days off, the Yankee offense showed no signs of rust as they hit five home runs in a 15-3 route of the slumping Baltimore Orioles. Russell Martin led the Yankee offensive surge with two home runs and four RBIs. Alex Rodriguez also chipped in a grand slam and drove in six runs. Every Yankee starter, outside of Nick Swisher registered a hit in the win. Ace CC Sabathia grabbed his win of the year, giving the Yanks eight innings of three-run ball. Buddy Carlyle made his Yankee debut tonight, tossing a scoreless ninth. With the win, the Yankees improve to 11-6 on the season and sit atop the AL East.

Bombs Away, Baby

Recap

The story of the game was clearly the Yankee offensive explosion. Martin (2), Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Brett Gardner all homered in the win. The game was relatively close in the bottom of the seventh (Yanks held a 6-3 advantage), but three eighth inning bombs (highlighted by an A-Rod grand slam) put the game out of reach. For good measure, Brett Gardner hit his first home run of 2011 in the ninth inning.

CC Sabathia has dealt with ineffective bullpen outings and offensive shortage in his first three starts, but the Yankee offense helped out their burly lefty today. Sabathia only made one mistake (an Adam Jones three-run home run) and looked great for the rest of the game.

Key Stats

22: Alex Rodriguez has now hit 22 career grand slams. He is only one grand slam away from tying Lou Gehrig for the most career grand slams.

Multi-hit: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Gardner, Rodriguez, and Martin all had multi-hit games for the Yanks. Cano’s 3 for 5 night gets lost in the shuffle with the Yankee power display in full force.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will look for the two-game sweep tomorrow on Easter Sunday.

1:35 PM: Freddy Garcia (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (2-1, 5.06 ERA)