Raul Ibanez, the Yankees' left fielder, has taken a simple approach to his at-bats lately.

"I'm not trying to do too much,'' he said. "I'm just trying to put the ball in play.''

The simplicity of that approach has made Ibanez one of the most dangerous hitters in the Yankees' lineup. Four of his last six hits have been homers, including one in the fourth inning of the Bombers' 6-2 victory over Seattle at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. But it was his two-out RBI double that ignited a four-run second inning that paved the way for the win.

The Yankees bats are coming alive, particularly the middle of the order, which was a dead zone through much of the early part of the season. And it couldn't be happening at a better time.