Record-setting night for Yanks in DH sweep of O's

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New York Yankees' Robinson Cano starts a rally of 12 run scored in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles with an RBI single in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees set a franchise record for runs in the first inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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NEW YORK (AP) — One inning, 12 runs, 40 minutes and 70 pitches. Those were just some of the wild numbers in a record-setting start for the New York Yankees.

Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and the Yankees broke loose for 12 runs in the first inning Saturday night, setting a franchise mark en route to a 17-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles that completed a painfully embarrassing sweep of their split doubleheader.

"I think it was a great day for the Bombers, no doubt," Swisher said. "We sent a message."

Cano went 5 for 5 with five RBIs, a career high for hits, and Swisher smacked his second two-run homer of the day in the nightcap. Curtis Granderson added four hits for the Yankees, who roughed up both young pitching prospects called up from the minors to start for Baltimore.

"If they're going to be what we think they're going to be, stuff like that will be something they'll reach back for and get better as a result of it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "And one day, it will be on the other foot."

During the blowout, last-place Baltimore announced it had traded setup man Koji Uehara and cash to Texas for right-hander Tommy Hunter and infielder Chris Davis.

Afterward, the Orioles sent first baseman Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for minor league first baseman Aaron Baker.

New York opened a 15-0 lead after two innings, making it an easy night for Ivan Nova (9-4) in his return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Despite an excellent record and 4.12 ERA, the rookie was sent down July 3 to make room in the rotation for Phil Hughes when the 2010 All-Star came off the disabled list.

"I just was thinking to pitch my game, pitch a good game," Nova said. "If I had to prove something, I already did."

Swisher had three hits in the opener and New York backed Bartolo Colon with plenty of production from the bottom of the lineup in an 8-3 victory.

Derek Jeter, Russell Martin and Granderson sat that one out. In their place, Eric Chavez, Francisco Cervelli and Chris Dickerson came through.

"We expect all our guys to hit, but the bottom of the order did a lot of damage today," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's always nice when everyone's contributing."

Swisher finished the day 6 for 10 with four runs and five RBIs. New York matched its 2011 high for runs and set a season high with 24 hits in the nightcap.

By the late innings, it literally had become dangerous for Baltimore's brutal pitching staff. Mark Hendrickson and Mike Gonzalez were both drilled by searing line drives, and neither threw another pitch.

Swisher homered and drove in three runs in the first inning of the nightcap, following up his big game in the afternoon. Cano had a pair of RBI singles and the Yankees sent 16 batters to the plate in an offensive outburst that lasted 40 minutes.

New York banged out 10 hits in its biggest inning since a 13-run eighth on June 21, 2005, against Tampa Bay.

"We were bound to have a breakout game like this," Swisher said. "We need to build off it."

A two-run single by Jeter in his second at-bat chased Orioles starter Zach Britton (6-8), recalled from Double-A Bowie before the game. Britton got only one out, throwing a called third strike past Jeter to start the inning.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double off reliever Jason Berken, and Swisher added a two-run homer to cap the scoring. After a walk to Andruw Jones, Berken finally ended the frenzy when Martin grounded into a force play on the 70th pitch of the inning.

"It wasn't about stuff today. It was about execution," Britton said. "It's tough to swallow. The game's over in the first inning. As a position player, I can only imagine what they're thinking."

Baltimore helped the Yankees with a pair of errors, including a costly one by shortstop J.J. Hardy. Six of the 12 runs were unearned.

The 23-year-old Britton left trailing 7-0 and was ultimately charged with nine runs, six earned, and seven hits. He also walked a batter.

His previous big league start was nearly as bad. The highly touted left-hander got just two outs on July 8 at Boston, where he was roughed up for eight runs — seven earned — and six hits in a 10-3 loss.

After that game, his third straight loss, he was sent down to Double-A, where he stayed for three weeks.

Even after their big first inning, the Yankees weren't done. Eduardo Nunez hit a leadoff triple in the second and Cano capped a three-run inning with a two-run double.

Jones, who hit an RBI double off the top of the left-center fence in the first, added a leadoff homer in the third against Berken to make it 16-1.

Cano had four RBIs in the first two innings and four hits by the fourth.

In the opener, six players drove in at least one run for the Yankees. The final five hitters in the lineup combined to go 10 for 19 with six RBIs and six runs scored.

Cory Wade worked three strong innings in relief of Colon (8-6), who threw 105 pitches over five.

New York is 8-1 in the season series, outscoring Baltimore 78-28, though three of the games went to extra innings.

Vladimir Guerrero went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Orioles in the nightcap.

Baltimore recalled right-hander Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start the first game and he looked sharp early before fading fast.

With the score tied at 2, Tillman (2-4) issued a leadoff walk to Cano in the fourth and fell behind Swisher 2-0. Swisher sent a two-run drive to right, giving New York the lead for good. Cervelli added an RBI single.

After making 35 pitches through three innings, Tillman doubled that total in the fourth. It was his first big league start since May 27 at Oakland.

"It's been a long two months," Tillman said. "It's a work in progress. It won't change overnight."

The right-hander was optioned back to Norfolk between games to make roster room for Britton.

NOTES: Baltimore placed RHP Brad Bergesen on the paternity leave list. Bergesen left the team to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. ... Jeter got his 3,020th hit, tying Rafael Palmeiro for 24th place on the career list. ... Yankees RHP Rafael Soriano struck out two in a perfect ninth, his first appearance since coming off the 60-day disabled list. ... Harry Belafonte was in the crowd of 43,190 for the nightcap.

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