2005_06storre.JPGThe Yankees' dismal road trip had only its second highlight Wednesday, a 12-3 win at Milwaukee. Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs, including the 400th of his careeer, and his team's sputtering offense finally woke up. For all their troubles, the Yankees were only behind Boston by three games heading into Wednesday's games, and that was after losing nine of ten. Gothamist has been impressed by the Orioles, but it'll be tougher for them to be in first place in August than in early June. In other words, the Yankees could be a lot worse off in the AL East.

Gothamist is also pleased with Joe Torre's recent moves, including his fiery argument with first-base umpire Larry Vanover that triggered an ejection. The Yankee skipper has caught some flak from owner George Steinbrenner, but Torre can't control Randy Johnson and his twelve home runs allowed. What he can control is where he places the American League's best hitter. Alex Rodriguez has no business hitting fifth. Wednesday's line-up, which had Bernie Williams, Gary Sheffield and Rodriguez hitting 2-3-4, was a marked improvement over those that included Tony Womack in the two hole. Womack and his .295 on base percentage have no value in left field. He should be nothing more than a pinch-runner. Womack returns to St. Louis on Friday, when the Yankees start a three-game series against the defending National League champions.

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