Damon Goes Deep to Guide Yanks to Win and Series Victory

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 10, 2009

The New York Yankees haven't had much to cheer about this season, but all of that has changed after a series victory in Baltimore as they took two out of three against the Orioles.

Johnny Damon connected on his ninth home run of the season, a three run shot in the seventh inning that gave the Yankees the lead for good.

They were trailing 3-1 early on after Mark Teixeira hit his seventh home run in the first inning to make it 1-0, but only to be answered by a three run shot by Aubrey Huff in the bottom of the first.

It wasn't just any ordinary home run from Huff, he showed Yankee pitcher Joba Chamberlain up as he rounded first with a fist pump, and then again as he crossed home plate. 

Huff claims he was just messing around and of course this stems from a 2007 game where Chamberlain made Huff look silly on a strike out and fist pumped as he walked off the mound.

Chamberlain did get the win and last laugh as he remained in the game and pitched six solid innings to earn his second victory of the season and is now 2-1.

“I didn’t even notice. It’s a home run. No reason to be upset; he did what he’s supposed to do. I made a bad pitch and he went and got a home run,” Chamberlain said.

Alex Rodriguez, playing in his third game of the season flirted with a home run on a fly ball to center, but settled with a 1-4 game with a first inning single to left.

Robinson Cano connected for his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning to draw the Yankees a little closer before Damon blasted a home run for the lead.

Mariano Rivera seems to be back to normal somewhat after nailing down the save, his sixth of the year after receiving the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

He claimed he experienced some soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder, but looked fine on Sunday in Baltimore.

Up next for the Yankees is a much needed day off on Monday and then a three game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

AJ Burnett (2-0, 5.26 ERA) will return to the Rogers Centre on Tuesday and face his former team and former teammate and friend Roy Halladay (6-1, 3.29 ERA).

The Yankees will have to bring their A-game if they want to win in Toronto against one of the best pitchers in the league.  It should be interesting to see how Toronto receives Burnett in his return.