ATLANTA -- The Yankees have often been accused of relying too much on the home run, but in the first four innings of tonight's game against the Braves, they have shown they do not live by the bomb alone. They took a 1-0 first-inning lead when Robinson Cano singled in Alex Rodriguez, who had doubled, a rare example this year of a Yankee hitting with a runner in scoring position -- and even rarer for Cano, whose BA w/RISP was the worst in the league. In the third, they loaded the bases on two walks sandwiched around a Cano double, and got the run home on a wild pitch.
And just to remind everyone they still knew how to do it, Raul Ibanez belted one into the right-field seats in the second inning. Yankees lead 3-0 after four at The Ted.