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Yankees postgame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The talk after the Yankees’ 10-6 victory concentrated on two fronts, A.J. Burnett’s performance and Mark Teixeira’s hot start. How strange does that sound with the first baseman? It is only two games, though. 

First, Burnett wasn’t feeling well at all. He said he has a sinus infection and a throat infection, and that he couldn’t hear. But he gutted his way through five, allowing three runs, five hits and one walk, while fanning six. Plus, he limited the damages in the fifth when he was wearing down and having trouble swallowing. There was a run in and the bases were packed with one out when Burnett got Will Rhymes to ground a changeup to first, although a run scored. He then fanned Magglio Ordonez with a curve. So it remained 6-3 at that point.

“I thought he threw the ball well,” Joe Girardi said. “Stamina was somewhat of an issue. His ears have been clogged. He’s had a hard time breathing. That’s why we only let him go five innings.”

Burnett is undefeated in April as a Yankee, going 6-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 11 starts.

Teixiera, meanwhile, had two homers at the end of April last year. Now he has two homers after two games, both three-run shots. But he changed his offseason routine in order to try to get off to a better start. He bought an Iron Mike machine and hit away after having it installed at Bobby Valentine’s sports complex in Stamford, Conn.

“Just swinging more and working out a little less,” Teixeira said. “I’ve always been a guy who hits the weights really heavy. Because of that, I’ve always had great second halves and stayed strong during the whole year. But I was swinging a little more this offseason and trying to get my swing right.”

Teixeira is the first player to hit a three-run homer (or grand slam) in his team’s first two games since 2002 when Barry Bonds was going deep for the Giants. …

The Yankees have scored 16 runs over the first two games.

“The good news for us is 1 through 9, everybody is swinging the bat well,” said Alex Rodriguez, who needs 16 homers to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time homer list after sending up No. 614. …

The 3,000 watch: Derek Jeter needs 72 hits to reach the magic number. After going 2 for 4, Jeter is tied with Al Simmons for 35th on the all-time list with 2,928 hits. …

Mariano Rivera has saved the first two games, the first time that has happened since 2000. …

Russell Martin hit his first homer as a Yankee, a three-run drive in the fifth.

“He’s been very, very impressive,” A-Rod said. “He brings a lot of athleticism to our lineup.” …

This is the Yankees’ first 2-0 start since 2005. …

Sunday’s series finale is set for 1:08, with Phil Hughes going against Max Scherzer.




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