AJ Solid Again In Another 4-3 Win Over Twins

After Tuesday night’s collapse and Wednesday night’s rain out, the Yankees came out today refreshed and ready to play.  There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the team over the past couple of days because of Joe Girardi’s use of the bullpen and Rafael Soriano’s escape.  However, today being a new day, they were able to put it all behind them, the Yanks were able to prevail 4-3 to win their second straight series to start the season.

AJ had something to celebrate today. (Getty Images)

Last Saturday, AJ Burnett toed the rubber with clogged ears and a sinus infection and was still able to hurl five innings of three run baseball to earn a win.  Today, he was pretty dialed in, relative to last season of course, as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of work.  Besides the fourth inning, he wasn’t really hit around too much.  This was definitely an encouraging performance from him.

After six innings of work, Joe Girardi went to his three-headed monster that Michael Kay so cleverly calls Jo-So-Mo (Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano, Mariano Rivera).  The set-up trio was quite good as they only let up one hit between the three of them.  Soriano and Rivera looked especially good as they got through their two innings in a combined 17 pitches.  It was definitely great to see Rafael bounce back after Tuesday’s catastrophe.

Apparently, there is an unwritten law that says that the Bombers can only score four runs per game against the Twins.  On Monday night, they won 4-3, on Tuesday, they lost 5-4, and today they won another one by 4-3.  However, they did not use the long ball for the first time this season.  It was nice to see Brett Gardner finally do something with the bat as he went one for two with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Andruw Jones also got involved in the offense for the second straight game with an RBI double.  It wasn’t over-powering, but it was effective enough.

(William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

So it was overall a solid series, even with the little speed bump.  The Yankees will travel tonight up to Boston to face the Red Sox in Fenway Park’s 2011 opening series this weekend.  With, the Sox coming home after an 0-6 road trip to start the season, things should be as intense as ever.  A preview will be posted soon.


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