A.J. Burnett talked this afternoon about giving up the lead. He seemed to believe the Yankees had given him a lead more than once, and that he had coughed it up each time. Truth is, that never happened. Burnett let the Orioles take the lead three times, but the Yankees were never in front.
Non-existent lost leads seemed be just another way in which Burnett was far less impressed by his start than either his manager or his teammates.
Joe Girardi: “I thought it was a good step forward. I thought his stuff was very good today. He didn’t really have his changeup today, but his curveball and his fastball were very good. He got in some situations that he wiggled his way out of; a first and second with nobody out and didn’t give up a run. He pitched pretty well.”
Burnett: “I was what, 0-for-3 on shutdown innings? Two or three. It was a good start, I appreciate that statement (from Girardi), but we should have been in that game.”
Derek Jeter: “I really thought he threw the ball well. He had a good breaking ball. They scrapped for a couple of runs off him, but like Girardi said, it was a step in the right direction. There were a lot of positives that came out of today.”
Burnett: “I’ll look at the positive tomorrow. I’m a little too upset about everything else. I wish I could tell you guys more, but to come out and start a game like that and get the lead and then blow it three times, that’s the story of the day.”
Alex Rodriguez: “A.J. looked good. He was one pitch away from having a really, really good start. (Brian) Roberts is a tough hitter and (in the seventh) he got a huge two-out hit – he got two of them today – and today that was the big difference.”
Burnett: “It’s not about my seventh. It’s my whole day in general. I take pride in shutdowns. I’ve said it six times already, sorry I keep repeating it, but nothing else happened today. I wasn’t able to shut them down when we scored.”
Associated Press photo of Burnett