Rodriguez, Cano Homer As The New York Yankees Beat Oakland To Start Second Half

Tron HarrisCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2008

Behind another strong start from veteran Mike Mussina, the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A's 7 - 1 to bring their record up to 51 - 45 for the season.

After allowing a run in the top half of the first inning, Mussina settled down nicely and picked up his twelfth win of the season.  He gave up one run on nine hits through six innings.

Richie Sexson, who I am still skeptical about (see my article Yankees Acquire Sexson; A not so SEX-y Pickup), came through with a big two out RBI in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one.  Congratulations to Sexson on his solid debut.

In the third, Robinson Cano blasted a three run home-run that ultimately proved to be the game winning hit.  A-Rod added his 20th homer of the season to put the exclamation point on a good Yankee win.

The Yankees need a strong second half to make it to the playoffs this season and this was exactly the start they needed.  Look for the Bombers to stay energized and get off to a hot start to the second half of the season.