<
>

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Rays 2

Recap | Box score | Photos

What it means: That all bad things must come to an end, including the Yankees' six-game losing streak. Plenty of hitting, more than enough pitching and some long-missing oomph from the cleanup hitter get the Yankees off the schneid tonight at The Trop.

What's good: Plenty, starting with Alex Rodriguez, who belted two solo home runs; Jorge Posada, who celebrated his return to the lineup -- and the seven-hole! -- with two hits, a single and a double; Brett Gardner, who had three hits, including, believe it or not, a successful bunt; and David Robertson, who worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam left behind by Ivan Nova in the sixth by striking out B.J. Upton and Casey Kotchman. Joba Chamberlain got four big outs, allowing just one hit. Even Chris Dickerson, called up today to replace the DL-ed Rafael Soriano, got into the act with a bloop RBI single in the seventh.

What's bad: Nothing, really, except for Nick Swisher's stomach, which kept him on the bench tonight.

What's coming from me: Can never go wrong writing A-Rod, so that's what I'm doing. Plus, all the euphoria of a winning clubhouse, something the Yankees haven't seen since last Tuesday.

What's next: Two games in Baltimore -- Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74) vs. LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42) Wednesday night, CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.47) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (1-6, 3.98) Thursday night -- followed by the first Subway Series of the season, three with the Mets at Yankee Stadium this weekend.