When I heard A.J. Burnett was pitching, I was scared.html_removedhtml_removed
But the Yanks showed me there was no need to worry. They scored 4 runs, (no double-digit scores today) and Burnett pitched well. He went 6 innings, struck out a season-high tying 8 batters, and only gave up 3 earned runs. Not great, but good enough.
Mark Teixeira started the scoring with a RBI double in the first which scored Derek Jeter. Then, in the 2nd, after a base hits by Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez, Brett Anderson, the A's starting pitcher, missed a catch on a ball from Jeter which consequently scored Granderson and moved Nunez up to second. After Eduardo stole third, Swisher walked to load the bases. Tex followed up with a single and both Nunez and Jeter scored, making it 3-0.
The A's scored two in the 4th on a home run by Kevin Kouzmanoff and tacked on another run in the 5th, making it 4-3 Yanks, and that would end up being the final score.
Mariano Rivera was one of the four relievers Joe Girardi used, as he closed the game out for his 28th save and the New York's 83 win.