The Yanks beat-up the Rangers last night to the tune of 9-2. Godzilla Matsui hit two home runs–and took what seemed like an eternity to round the bases; he looked like a tired farm animal who’d been pullling the plow for too many years–Derek Jeter added three hits, and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano also homered. AJ Burnett pitched okay and clearly got plenty of help from his hitters. He threw close to 120 pitches in six innings, didn’t allow a run and gave up just three hits but also walked four. He also finished the game with seven strike outs.
“There were no mistakes,” Burnett told the New York Times. “Everything was where I wanted it to go, for the most part. Fewer walks and you can go deeper in the game, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”
Perhaps the best news of the night was watching Chien-Ming Wang look sharp in two innings of relief. If he can return to his former self, then, man that gives the Yanks some decent pitching…Muh-hu-ha-ha.
The win, combined with a Boston loss, pulls the Yanks into a tie with the Sox for first place.