Burnett and Indians’ pitcher Justin Masterson both kept hitters guessing until the seventh inning. With two outs, Burnett hit Luis Valbuena with a pitch. Valbuena stole second and scored when Marson reached first base safely due to a throwing error by Derek Jeter. Donald followed with a triple to center and the Tribe leapt out to a 3-0 lead.
Nick Swisher got the rally started for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh, singling to center. Swisher moved to second on a ground out by Juan Miranda. Brett Gardner hit an infield single to put runners on first and third. With two outs and two on, Jeter made up for his error by lining a RBI single to center, scoring Swisher and Gardner. Curtis Granderson followed with a double and Mark Teixeira came through with a monster homer into the stands in left field, giving the Yankees a 5-3 lead.
Burnett held the Indians through the eighth inning, but the Yankee offense wasn’t done. Robinson Cano and Swisher hit back-to-back singles and Miranda followed with a RBI double to right. With Swisher on third, Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to right and the Yankees held onto the 7-3 win.
Really, there is only one complaint I had about the game…
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
A.J. Burnett: Burnett went eight innings giving up just one earned run and five hits. He walked no one, hit two batters with pitches and struck out eight. All-in-all it was a pretty dominant performance by AJ.
Mark Teixeira: Teix went 2-4 with a big three-run homer that gave the Yankees the lead.
Nick Swisher, Juan Miranda and Robinson Cano: They each went 2-4 and contributed to the Yankees’ late inning rallies.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will try to top off the Memorial Day weekend by taking the four game series from Cleveland. Andy Pettitte will take the mound for the Pinstripes. He had an excellent start against Minnesota on the 26th, going eight innings and giving up just two runs on eight hits. The Indians will send rookie Mitch Talbot to the mound, making his first start against the Yankees. He is 6-3 with a 3.73 ERA so far this year. The righthanded pitcher has held lefties to just a .157 average, but righties are teeing off on him for a .312 average. First pitch is this afternoon at 1:05pm.