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AL GAME OF THE DAY

Yankees are all alone in first place

They defeat Orioles, 6-4, to take sole possession of the top spot in the AL East.

July 22, 2009|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Sergio Mitre earned his first win in two years, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and the surging New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-4, on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

The Yankees (56-37) moved a season-best 19 games over .500 and took a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston, which lost to Texas. New York hasn't been alone in first this late in the season since it won the division in 2006.

"Yeah, it feels great that there's nobody in front of us but it doesn't mean anything at this point in the year," shortstop Derek Jeter said.

Mitre (1-0) missed the 2008 season after Tommy John surgery.

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