"We have guys that have been in this game for a long time, guys that know how to play the game and guys that have pretty good swings," Cano said. "They're stepping up for us. That's what you want, guys to come here, feel like they're at home and help us win games."
The Yankees pounded out 18 hits in cruising to their third straight victory, battering Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for seven runs before the right-hander was ejected for drilling Kevin Youkilis in the back following Cano's two-run blast in the fourth inning.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was not surprised by home plate-umpire Jordan Baker's ejection, and while Indians skipper Terry Francona defended his hurler by saying that Carrasco slipped on the mound, even Francona acknowledged that "under the circumstances, it didn't look good."
"It doesn't look good in a lot of ways," Youkilis said. "A home run is given up and a ball is thrown at your head. Luckily I just ducked down and it hit me in the shoulder. Things like that happen, but you're not surprised when seven runs are given up. You never know intent, and it's always on the pitcher."
Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension for throwing at the Royals' Billy Butler in a 2011 game, having missed all of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
"I know it doesn't look good," Carrasco said. "I really want to say sorry. I don't want to hit anybody."
In any event, with the way the Yankees were hitting, Carrasco wasn't going to hang around much longer. Powered by the long-ball display from Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, Youkilis, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch, Pettitte finished with more than enough support to log his second victory of the young season.
"They just obviously did a great job, just put some really good swings and a lot of runs early," Pettitte said. "I'm glad I was able to give us a good start and take us fairly deep into the game. It's just a good win for us. We've played a few good games here and put together a good little streak."
Pettitte held the Tribe to just Asdrubal Cabrera's sixth-inning homer over seven innings of effective work, scattering five hits while walking three and striking out four in a 97-pitch outing.
He said that he has not been surprised to watch the Yankees score seven or more runs in their last three games, racking up 32 runs and 44 hits over the current winning streak.
"They're good big league hitters and they have been for a long time," Pettitte said. "Most of them have been around for a long time and played for a long time. They know what to do if you make bad pitches. It's not like you've got guys out there that are just going to get beat by fastballs that are right down the middle. Our guys can hit."
Brett Gardner and Cano each had four hits, with Gardner and Overbay scoring three runs, while Francisco Cervelli had two hits and two runs scored. Each player in the starting lineup had at least one hit for New York except for designated hitter Travis Hafner, who went 0-for-4 after spoiling Cleveland's home opener on Monday.
"It's great. That's what motivates you," Cano said. "You see the whole team getting on base, so you want to do the little things, get them over and try to get some singles with men in scoring position."
Ichiro hit his first homer of the year off Carrasco in the third inning, and Cano unloaded on a two-run blast in the fourth, his third in the last two games.
Youkilis exacted some revenge for Carrasco's plunking in the sixth when he laced a two-run homer to left off Brett Myers. Youkilis said that even though outside voices have forecasted doom and gloom for the Yanks, that negativity hasn't seeped into the clubhouse.
"I think we all had confidence within ourselves," Youkilis said, "and that's probably been the biggest talk -- no one's had confidence in us. So we stick together as a team, keep trying to have good at-bats."
Overbay belted a solo shot and Boesch slugged a pinch-hit, two-run blast off Myers in the eighth as the Yankees blew the doors off the contest. Girardi hopes the outburst has washed away any stains left over from losing four of the season's first six games.
"When you lose two games in a row in the middle of the season, you don't think much about it," Girardi said. "The last few days, we beat a very good pitcher in [Justin] Verlander, then to come in here and score a bunch of runs the next two nights, they've got to feel pretty good."