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Yankees keep on rolling; Burnett, Martin help beat Brewers

NEW YORK -- Things are going so well for the New York Yankees that Jorge Posada took two trips around the bases on one home run.

A.J. Burnett pitched neatly into the eighth inning, Russell Martin hit a three-run shot and New York kept rolling right along with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Robinson Cano tripled to start a four-run fourth and Posada rounded the bases twice on his solo shot in the sixth, which was changed to a home run after umpires watched the video replay.

"They probably didn't see me run them the first time, so I did it again," he said.

Nick Swisher had an RBI single for the Yankees, who have won four straight and 14 of 18 overall. By taking the first two games against Milwaukee in an interleague matchup of division leaders, New York clinched its sixth consecutive series victory since getting swept at home by Boston from June 7-9.

The AL East leaders announced good news on three injured All-Stars, too.

Derek Jeter could rejoin the team next week in Cleveland, ready to resume his pursuit of 3,000 hits. Phil Hughes was sharp in a rehab start for Double-A Trenton and could be back in the rotation real soon. And fellow right-hander Bartolo Colon is lined up to pitch Saturday against the Mets if all goes well this week.

"The healthier we are, the better we're going to be. There's no question about that," Martin said.

Without them, the Yankees are doing just fine. They improved to 11-3 since Jeter went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf -- he was eligible to come off Wednesday, but wasn't ready.

Jeter's replacement at shortstop, Eduardo Nunez, made a throwing error to start the eighth that allowed leadoff batter Rickie Weeks to reach safely.

That was it for Burnett (8-6), who left to a standing ovation after losing three of his previous four starts. Helped by three double plays, he gave up two runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out four.

"It's all mental, man. It's sad but true," Burnett said. "It's believing in all my pitches."

Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 21st save in 24 chances.

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