Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Burnett Gets Homestand Off On Right Foot

The weather wasn't as miserable as it was Tuesday night, but the Yankees and Orioles had to slog through some sloppy surroundings at the Big Ball Park in the Bronx tonight. But A.J. Burnett (3-0) gave the Yankees some night time sunshine with a solid performance and Alex Rodriguez got the Yankees on the board early with an opposite field 3-run blast. Mariano Rivera retired the side in the 9th for his fifth save to seal the deal in the Yankees 7-4 win.

Burnett started out 3-0 last season before the wheels completely fell off his game. He's hoping for a better outcome this year and so far he seems to be battling through his on field problems with more tenacity and grit. It took 53 pitches to get out of jams in the first two innings, but Burnett blanked the Orioles until the 7th when Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts knocked him out of the game with a pair of 2-run home runs. But by then the Yankees had put seven runs on the board and the bullpen combo of David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, and Rivera allowed just one base runner over the final 2.2 innings.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman had a short night; though a lead off single by Brett Gardner in the 1st was erased by a caught stealing, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira followed with singles of their own. Rodriguez then jumped on a meatball and lined it over the right field fence for a 3-0 lead. The home run was A-Rod's fourth of the season and the 617th of his career.

The Yankees sent Tillman to the showers in the 2nd after Russell Martin laced a one out double, moved to third on a Gardner ground out and scored on Jeter's infield single. Teixeira followed with his second hit of the night and A-Rod walked to load the bases. Robinson Cano then doubled in the gap in left-center for a 6-0 lead and curtains for Tillman.

The Yankees got their final run in the 5th when Jorge Posada hit a solo home run off of Chris Jakubauskas.


Jeter's two hits left him 65 shy of 3,000.

Posada and Teixeira both snapped 0-18 streaks.

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