The New York Yankees have a bit of their swagger back.
Enjoying their first three-game winning streak of the season, the Yankees will try to keep their roll going when they take on the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of their series.
“That is significant,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said of the winning streak. “It’s all based on pitching.”
Tino Martinez homered in his third consecutive game for the $200 million Yankees, who were coming off consecutive shutouts of Oakland. The last time it took the Yankees this long to win three straight games was in 1925, when it took 97 games.
The Yankees’ pitching is getting healthy against the punchless Athletics and Mariners, who began the day with the two lowest slugging percentages in the majors.
“We’re starting to put a few things together,” Womack said. “I think it’s a key for us, not giving those guys a jump and playing from behind all the time. That’s what the pitching is doing for us.”
Chien-Ming Wang will try to keep up his end of the bargain on Wednesday.
Wang, a 25-year-old right-hander from Taiwan, allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings in a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday in his second major league start.
Martinez could be just what Wang needs. The veteran first baseman has hit five home runs in his last 17 at-bats, and is batting .346 (9-for-26) over his last nine games, not bad for a player who was brought in to be primarily a backup.
“We didn’t really plan on numbers from Tino. You look up there and he’s got seven home runs,” Torre said. “He has that good stroke going. He seems comfortable at the plate.”
The Mariners have lost eight of nine.
Bret Boone has personified Seattle’s problems, going 3-for-30 with no RBIs over his last eight games. He remains one RBI shy of 1,000 for his career.