The Match-Up: New York Yankees(3-2), BurnettĀ  at Tampa Bay Rays (3-2), Shields

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This is the rubber game of a three game set.

AJ Burnett has had great success against the Rays. He has a career 11-4 record with 156 strikeouts over 149 innings to go along with a 2.77 ERA. In 2009, Burnett was 3-1 against the Rays with 24 strike outs in 24 innings. Burnett kept the Yankees in the game on Tuesday, lasting five innings and striking out five.

James Shields has not had success against the Yankees. He has a career 1-7 record in nine career starts. Shields has allowed 36 earned runs in 54 innings. In his first start this season, Shields put up a similar line to Burnett, lasting six innings and striking out six without figuring into the decision.

Given the Yankees success against the Shields, I expect them to come out on top tomorrow. Burnett has pitched extremely well against the Rays in the past and the Yankee bats are hot. ‘Green me’ for the Yanks.

The Pick: New York Yankees

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