Cano Surges New York Yankees to Sweep of Orioles and Ninth Win in a Row

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 21, 2009

It just hasn't been much better then this in a long time.  The New York Yankees are now 24-17 and have won nine games in a row after a 7-4 victory and a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season and his second save in the past two days.  He struck out Aubrey Huff swinging on a 93 mph cutter down the middle to end it.

If you had to find a downside, it would be the fact that Joba Chamberlain left the game with only two outs in the first inning after a line drive off of the bat of Adam Jones struck Chamberlain near the knee.

He tried to stay in, but after a base hit and a noticeable limp, Yankee skipper Joe Girardi made the move and brought in Alfredo Aceves.

It seems Chamberlain is day-to-day and more will be known in the coming days.  This may force the Yankees to bring Chien-Ming Wang up earlier then expected.

Meanwhile, Aceves pitched three-and-one-thirds scoreless innings and earned his third victory of the season and third this week.  He also holds a 1.38 ERA and no losses.

Adam Eaton earned the loss for the Orioles and struggled early and often, giving up four doubles in the first two innings and never recovered after a four run first inning.

Robinson Cano was moved up to second in the batting order tonight due to a sore Johnny Damon getting the day off.  He made the decision worth wile.

Cano had three hits, including his 11th double of the season and his eight homer, a two-run shot in the second inning that plated Brett Gardner.

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez hit the ball hard a few times tonight, but ended up going 0-4 with five men left on base.

Hideki Matsui added an insurance home run in the fifth inning, his fifth of the season.

Up next for the New York Yankees his interleague play at Yankee Stadium against the Philadelphia Phillies (22-17).

Friday at 7:05 PM ET: PHI-Brett Myers, RHP (3-2, 4.50) vs. NYY-A.J. Burnett, RHP (2-1, 5.02)

In other MLB news, the Toronto Blue Jays (27-17) were swept by Boston and now just hold a half game lead of the AL East over the Rex Sox.  The Yankees are now one and a half games out of first.