After a rough outing by Joba Chamberlain and the bullpen last night led to a frustrating loss, it was up to AJ Burnett to get the Yankees back on track, taking on Ranger rookie Derek Holland, a big-time pitching prospect. The Yankees helped Burnett out right away by getting ahead against Holland early, something they have done consistently during their recent stretch of successful play.
Derek Jeter got the first inning going by recording the first of his 3 hits in the game, a liner to center field. After Johnny Damon, the only Yankee without a hit today, struck out, Mark Teixeira launched a home run to left field to put the Yankees up 2-0. After Burnett retired the side in the 1st, the Yankees got to Holland again. Consecutive doubles by Kevin Cash and Jeter plated another run, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
That would be all the scoring that the Yankees would need, as Burnett threw 6 shutout innings, walking 4 and allowing 3 hits while striking out 6. … Click here to read the rest