A.J. Burnett took the mound in a big game (sort of) against the Red Sox…and he was fantastic. Well, fantastic enough. A.J. did allow two home runs to Jacoby Ellsbury, the only member of the Red Sox who seems interested in playing next month, but other than that Burnett didn’t allow anything. On the whole Burnett’s line reads like something respectable; 7.2 IP, 2 runs and 5 hits allowed with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. David Robertson got the final four outs of the game, striking out 3, naturally, and the Yankees decisively took the first half of the twin-billing from Boston.
Now, with Tampa Bay winning today, the Yankees can officially close out Boston’s spectacular September collapse, as a win will drop Boston into a tie with Tampa Bay in the wild card standings. Ivan Nova will be facing John Lackey, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Jesus Montero are all in the starting lineup, and Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera are available out of the bullpen.
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