Yankees feel good coming out of Orioles series: 'We have a lot of guys that are clicking at the right time'

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Aaron Judge Gary Sanchez celebrate 5/16
Aaron Judge Gary Sanchez celebrate 5/16

The Yankees missed their chance for a sweep with Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, but they ultimately take a stretch of five straight series wins into the Monday's four-game road set against the Texas Rangers.

Following a 13-hit performance in Saturday's 8-2 win over the Orioles (17-23), a 10-hit effort kept the Yankees alive throughout most of the finale but a shaky day on the bump hindered New York (22-18).

With injuries to DH Giancarlo Stanton and CF Aaron Hicks, plus a positive COVID-19 test for SS Gleyber Torres, the Yankees have seen the likes of Clint Frazier and others take a step forward.

"I think the general consensus is that everybody feels good," said Frazier, who posted a 2-for-4 day at the plate -- including a solo home run in the first inning that put the Yankees in front of a 4-0 lead. "We have a lot of guys that are clicking at the right time. Obviously, losing Stanton and losing Hicks is a tough one, but we got Luke Voit back. So it kind of filled the void that we didn't have. Obviously, you don't want to see anyone go down. So you just hope that they can all come back. And we miss the guys that are on the COVID IL right now. So hopefully we can all get back together here pretty soon and continue this good stretch we're on."

In addition to Aaron Judge, who kept swinging a hot bat from the DH spot with a 2-for-3 day that saw him hit his 12th home run of the season, C Gary Sanchez caught manager Aaron Boone's eye.

"I'm really excited," Boone said of Sanchez, who went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer in the first inning that put New York up 3-0. "... Going back, now, a week -- he's actually gotten results. He's walking. Obviously, he's hit a couple home runs. He's gotten some hits. But he's also hitting into some tough luck. And I just feel like he's starting to win a lot of pitches. And I feel like he's made a little adjustment, obviously, with quieting down the leg kick and everything and I feel like it's putting him in a real great position to make great swing decisions to be on time.

"And I feel like -- in a lot of ways -- he's in the best place right now that he's been in a long, long time. And I'm excited about what potentially lies ahead for him, with what we're seeing right now."

As the lineup looks to keep clicking, ace RHP Gerrit Cole (5-1, 1.37 ERA) gives New York an ideal starter for Monday's game against the Rangers (18-24) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, following a rough outing Sunday by LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.75 ERA).

"Baseball can be like that sometimes," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "Sometimes you get ahead of hitters and you have them in a spot where you can put them away, and you execute a pitch and they end up hitting it. And at the same time, it's sometimes, you're facing those guys where you're under the count. But it happens, from time to time. You kind of have to look at it and move on and focus on the next start."