The Yankees got a well pitched game from A.J. Burnett and their closer combo as they beat the Twins 4-3 at the stadium today.
Burrnett threw six innings and allowed just two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five. He really only got into trouble in the fourth inning, but was otherwise very good. He worked in his changeup real well today going to it 12 times, eight times for strikes. He threw 23 curveballs, 15 for strikes and his fastball was at 92.4 mph.
Joba Chamberlain relieved Burnett and pitched one inning and allowed an unearned run without walking anyone or giving up a hit. Rafael Soriano pitched the 8th and had his normal good stuff throwing a fastball that came in at 93.7 mph. He needed only 10 pitches to get out of the inning. Mariano Rivera topped him though as he needed just seven to get through the 9th.
The offense came by a Brett Gardner manufactured run and a three-run fourth inning. Alex Rodriguez started the rally with a leadoff walk, Robinson Cano singled, Andruw Jones doubled, Russell Martin got an RBI groundout, and Brett Gardner drove in another.
Derek Jeter came two hits closer to 3,000 by going 2-for-3 with a walk. He is now 69 hits away.