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So much for the straight-laced pinstripes of old.
Shedding their corporate image, the New York Yankees are reveling in this winning streak with a childlike enthusiasm.
"It's been a great run for us," Swisher said. "I think having fun creates winning."
Swisher hit the first of three consecutive home runs that sent the Yankees to their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday night, 11-4 against the Baltimore Orioles.
Cano had three hits and three RBI, and Mark Teixeira hit a run-scoring double off the center-field fence for the Yankees, on their longest winning streak since taking eight in a row last July. New York broke it open with a six-run eighth that included Jeter's two-run double off the top of the right-field wall.
"I liked a little bit of everything," manager Joe Girardi said.
Nearly four hours before the game, the Yankees held a Kangaroo Court, something veteran Andy Pettitte said the team hadn't done since 1995, when Wade Boggs was the sitting judge.
In a fun ritual that's common practice for many teams -- though not the buttoned-up Yankees -- players are razzed and fined by teammates for all sorts of small transgressions from arriving late to wearing an ugly outfit.
"I took an absolute beating," Alex Rodriguez said, before leaving the clubhouse with his young daughter in his arms. "I think I just barely survived."
Phil Hughes (2-2) struck out a career-high nine in five innings, limiting a Baltimore lineup that tagged him for eight runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings on May 9.
It was an important start for the 22-year-old right-hander, whose big league future is uncertain because Chien-Ming Wang appears close to coming off the disabled list and rejoining the rotation.
Before the game, Girardi said Wang's timetable would be determined solely by his health and sharpness, not Hughes' performance. But this outing should only boost confidence in Hughes, who had plenty of zip on a riding fastball that was particularly effective up in the zone.
"I feel like I can compete at this level and get a lot of guys out as well," Hughes said. "So it's a good dilemma for them to have."
Rivera gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold in the ninth, his first in the majors.
The Yankees broke loose against Baltimore's bullpen in the eighth. Cano and Cabrera each had an RBI single during the burst.
"We just couldn't stay away from the big inning," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
"We had opportunities and we didn't take advantage," Jones said. "He made some good pitches when he had to."
There have been 71 home runs hit at the new Yankee Stadium, one shy of the record for the first 19 games at a major league ballpark set at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
This was the eighth game with at least five home runs here. For Swisher, however, it was his first at Yankee Stadium after connecting eight times away from home.
"For a while, I was a road warrior," he said. "For everyone else, it must be easy. For me, it's not."
One player who did not go deep was Rodriguez, who homered in his previous four games.
|The Yanks' Melky Cabrera completes the trifecta of consecutive home runs in the second inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.292|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||2||1||0||2||2||.370|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.318|
|Aubrey Huff, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.266|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Ty Wigginton, DH||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.220|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.261|
|Chad Moeller, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.195|
|Robert Andino, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.226|
|2B - Melvin Mora (2, Hughes), Robert Andino (1, Hughes)|
|HR - Adam Jones (9, Hughes), Ty Wigginton (3, Hughes), Nolan Reimold (1, M. Rivera)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (27), Ty Wigginton 2 (13), Nolan Reimold (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (8)|
|CS - Brian Roberts (4, 2nd base by Hughes/Cash)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - B. Roberts-Andino-Huff, Guthrie-B. Roberts-Huff|
|E - Robert Andino (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeremy Guthrie (L,3-4)||7||5||5||5||3||2||3||5.37|
|HBP - Rodriguez (by Jeremy Guthrie), Teixeira (by Jeremy Guthrie)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 110-67, Danys Baez 16-8, Jamie Walker 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-11, Jamie Walker 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 29, Danys Baez 5, Jamie Walker 5|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||2||0||0||0||.273|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||.318|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.241|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||1||2||0||0||2||0||1||.189|
|Angel Berroa, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.252|
|Ramiro Pena, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Nick Swisher, RF||2||2||1||1||2||0||0||.234|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||2||3||3||0||0||0||.307|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||4||2||2||2||0||1||2||.321|
|Kevin Cash, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.077|
|2B - Derek Jeter (8, Walker), Mark Teixeira (8, Guthrie)|
|HR - Nick Swisher (9, Guthrie), Robinson Cano (7, Guthrie), Melky Cabrera (5, Guthrie)|
|SF - Kevin Cash (1)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (19), Mark Teixeira (31), Nick Swisher (23), Robinson Cano 3 (22), Melky Cabrera 2 (16), Kevin Cash (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (12), Robinson Cano (9)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Johnny Damon 1|
|DP - Cash-Jeter-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Phil Hughes (W,2-2)||5||6||3||3||1||9||2||7.06|
|Alfredo Aceves (H,1)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||1.74|
|Phil Coke (H,2)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.58|
|Mariano Rivera (S,8)||1.1||1||1||1||0||0||1||3.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 89-57, Alfredo Aceves 23-16, Phil Coke 5-4, Mariano Rivera 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 2-3, Alfredo Aceves 2-1, Mariano Rivera 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 21, Alfredo Aceves 7, Phil Coke 3, Mariano Rivera 5|
|Attendance - 43903|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Gary Darling|