There were serious discussions this past off-season as to whether the
Yankees should have acquired free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, but many analysts said he could not handle the pressure of pitching in New York.

It turns out the experts were spot-on with their evaluation of the young pitcher.

Greinke gave up seven runs in only two innings as the Bronx Bombers dominated last night’s game 12-2. It was New York’s 13th win in 17 games and, coupled with Boston’s lose to Philadelphia, puts them 1 ½ games over their rival Red Sox in the divisional standings.

Leading the way for the Yanks, and tied for the lead for most home runs in the Majors, was Mark Teixeira. The first baseman slugged his 24th round tripper of the year and drove in four runs.

"Winning obviously helps," Teixeira said. "It's the old, 'Does winning create good chemistry
or does good chemistry create winning?' It's a little bit of both, and we're having a lot of fun together right now and we're winning some games."

Adding to the carnage was Nick Swisher. The outfielder also went yard and drove in four runs as well.

“Right now more than anything, it's loose in here, and guys are laughing, having a good time, not stressing about things," Swisher said. "You know how it can be here in New York when you lose a couple games here and there. But right now, we feel that we got everything under
control, not to be taken for granted in any way.”

Freddy Garcia gave up only two runs over six innings for his fourth straight quality start. He is now 7-6 and it is the first time he is over .500 since he was 1-0.