July 3, 2009

Burnett shines for Yanks in 4-2 win

A.J. Burnett provided a strong start, and Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano homered in the Yankees (46-33) 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays (42-39).

Quick ‘Cap:
Cano gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead after he slugged the first pitch of the second inning into the Yankees bullpen. After a leadoff double by Lyle Overbay in the fourth, Alex Rios drove him home with a single to tie it up.

The Yankees had a chance to break the game open in the fifth, but only managed two runs with the bases loaded and no outs. Mark Teixeira walked in a run and Johnny Damon scored on a passed ball. Vernon Wells made it 3-2 in the sixth with a solo shot, but then A-Rod blasted one to right in the eighth to make it 4-2. Mariano Rivera did his thing in the ninth for the 21st time this season. Full box score here.

It was a good rebound win for the Yankees, and an especially good one for Burnett who lost the last time he faced the Blue Jays in May.

It was interesting to see Joe Girardi use two pitchers in the eighth inning (Phil Coke & Phil Hughes), rather than one or the other. Coke got his batter out, and then Hughes allowed one single but nothing further.

Line of the Night:
Derek Jeter: 2-for-3, BB. He was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game, as they only collected eight hits as a team.

Up Next:
In baseball, there is no July 4 holiday break. Cy Young Award candidate Roy Halladay (10-2, 2.56) will face former Cy Young Award candidate Chien-Ming Wang (1-6, (10.06).

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