Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter; Photo: Nick Wass/AP

7 games vs. the Orioles, 70 runs and 7 wins. Yankee management has got to be thinking, "can we schedule some more games with these guys?" Last night the Yankees jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on an Alex Rodriguez home run in the 1st inning. Mike Mussina, making his first start since he injured his groin 10 days ago, got off to a rocky start, but managed to pick up the win. Mussina gave up a three run home run to Miguel Tejada in the first inning, but settled down after that. The Yankees never looked back. A-Rod added another home run in the 7th inning and Derek Jeter had a homer in the 2nd, as the Yanks posted yet another win over their American League East rivals. Tonight Jon Lieber tries to get his 6th win of the year, as the Orioles counter with Erik Bedard.

Jose Contreras has left the Yankees to be with his family in Miami, who just arrived in the states from Cuba. Since defecting from Cuba in 2002, Contreras has been separated from his wife and two daughters. They arrived in South Florida early Monday morning, smuggled in on a go-fast boat.