Yanks roll to six straight
Tino didn't go deep but the Yankees still found a way to win as they crushed early Cy Young contender Rich Harden on Friday night. Harden would leave in the top of the 4th with a left oblique strain but the damage had already been done.
A two-run no doubt about it bomb by Sheffield in the 1st and a two-run triple by Womack in the 2nd would give the Yankees a superb start. Womack would score on a very deep fly by Matsui and that would provide all the offense that the Yankees would need to win the game.
Mike Mussina struck out nine through seven innings of two-run ball as the Yankees starting pitching continued to deal after Carl Pavano's blip on Wednesday night. He kept the Athletic hitters off balance all night long with his knuckle-curve looking particularly sharp as he beat them for the second time in two starts.
Jason Giambi snapped an 0/18 skid with a single to RF which skipped past Bobby Kielty allowing two runners to cross home plate and ended up with the slugger standing on third. The former superstar of the A's returned to the Yankees lineup amid speculation that he had turned down a buy-out offer and hit a deep fly in his second AB that would've been a HR in Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles, Red Sox and Blue Jays all lost leaving the Yankees just 5.5 out of 1st place, which doesn't seem all that much considering the awful start to the season. All in all a successful night for the Yankees, now if Kevin Brown can repeat his performance of last time out then I'll start to get excited.