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05/30/10 6:03 PM ET

Yanks' offense clicks on all cylinders

The high-powered Yankees' offense notched a season-high 18 hits during a rout on Monday, and now their hot bats will welcome one of several teams they've found success against this season: the Orioles.

New York is coming off taking three of four from the Indians at Yankee Stadium -- a series punctuated by an 11-run, 18-hit effort on Memorial Day -- and will continue its current seven-game homestand against an Orioles team it has won five out of six games against this season.

The Yankees finished off the month of May 16-13 and remained in second place behind the Rays in the American League East.

New York will hope for an even better June.

"I think we have a long way to go," Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. "We definitely want to improve on what we've done in May, and I think we will. We went through a lot of injuries, and overall, hopefully June is a lot better for us."

When the Bronx Bombers swept the O's at home May 3-5, however, no game was decided by more than three runs.

Close games mean save situations. But with ninth-inning leads -- and, ultimately, wins -- coming few and far between for the Orioles, manager Dave Trembley isn't committed to saving new closer Will Ohman only for save situations when Baltimore starts its three game series with the New York on Tuesday.

Ohman, who inherited the closer role after injuries to Michael Gonzalez and Alfredo Simon, gave up his first two runs of the season Sunday, when Toronto's Jose Bautista and Alex Gonzalez hit back-to-back home runs off the lefty in the eighth inning of a 6-1 Blue Jays win.

Before that outing, Ohman had gone four days without pitching, and Trembley will be looking to keep his best reliever sharp moving forward, as Baltimore's bullpen has also sustained injuries to Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara.

"It would be nice to have a save situation, and you'd probably see Ohman in there," Trembley said. "I'd like to get him in at the end of the game, but I might have to use him earlier."

Orioles: Matusz looking to rebound
Brian Matusz has struggled mightily in his past two outings since tossing seven shutout innings against the Indians on May 15. The rookie allowed 13 combined runs in 7 1/3 innings against the Rangers and A's. ... Baltimore has lost five in a row and nine of its past 11.

Yankees: Swisher's hot month comes to an end
Right fielder Nick Swisher will have to reluctantly say goodbye to May, a month in which he hit seven home runs and posted a .374 batting average. ... Javier Vazquez is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA over his past three starts and will get the nod on Tuesday. Vazquez is undefeated for his career at home against the Orioles -- going 5-0 with a 3.47 ERA -- but hasn't faced them since 2008.

Worth noting
A-Rod hit his 20th grand slam and 590th home run on Monday. The 20 career grand slams rank third on the all-time list. The Yankees, now 21-17 on Memorial Day, are 5-13 when they are outhit by their opponent this year. ... The Orioles have only outhit their opponent 17 times this season. ... Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is day-to-day after being taken out of Monday's game for precautionary reasons after being plunked in the left hamstring.

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