AJ Burnett pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Robinson Cano hit two solo home runs, and the New York Yankees beat Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0.

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Initial Reaction:

Burnett was dealing tonight, allowing just three hits while striking out four in eight innings. Cano continues to stay en fuego, staking his claim as the hottest hitter in all of baseball.

Positives From The Game:

Don’t Ya Know?: Robbie Cano raised his batting average to .407 (tops in the AL) by going 3-for-4 with 2 HR and a double. He also made a spectacular defensive play in the third inning.

Good AJ: Burnett was virtually un-hittable, throwing an eight-inning gem. He allowed just two runners past first base, and only one reached third. He retired the last eight Baltimore hitters he faced

Good To Be Back: After dropping four out of five, the Yankees return return to the Bronx on a two-game winning streak.

Negatives From The Game:

Not Being Negative Is Positive: Not a lot of negatives in a 4-0 win. Despite collecting his 13th RBI on the year, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 and is hit-less in his last 19 at-bats. Curtis Granderson couldn’t be happier about coming back to the Bronx. On the Yankees nine-game road trip, Granderson went 3-for-29.

Interesting Facts:

17 and 8: Cano finished the Yankees’ three-city, ning-game road trip with 17 hits in 34 at bats, with 11 runs scored and four home runs. He’s riding an 8-game hit streak back into Yankee Stadium.

3: Burnett has been pitching in the Majors since 1999. This is the first time he’s 3-0.

6: The Yankees have won six out of seven series to start the season.

17: After his 2 HR today, Cano has 17 career home runs against the Orioles, the most against any opponent.

1,103: Mariano Rivera struck out Miguel Tejada in the ninth to move within one strikeout of Roger Clemens (1,104) for 10th place on the Yankees’ all-time list.

What’s Next?:

Andy Pettitte looks to continue his terrific start as the Yankees return home for a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox.

7:05 PM Start: Andy Pettitte (3-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.82 ERA)