AJ Burnett and Francisco Cervelli brought energy to an otherwise very dull night. Burnett had his electric stuff, out-pitching Brian Matusz (again) while Joba Chamberlain closed out the Orioles for the second consecutive night.

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Initial Reaction:

After out dueling Matusz on Thursday, Burnett did more of the same tonight. He struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and an unearned run. Cervelli provided most of the pop in the bats tonight, with three of the Yankees eight hits.

Positives From The Game:

Sweet Cervelli: FC always brings the energy, even on a dull night like tonight. Cervelli, catching in place of an injured Jorge Posada, had himself a game tonight. He stole the show going 3-for-3, including a bunt single and a triple on a line drive that got under the glove of a diving Adam Jones in right center. Add in a tumbling catch over the dugout railing, landing gracefully on Tony Pena, and that’s an all-around terrific game.

Wheelin’ and Dealin’: Burnett was dealing tonight, making it two straight great outings, lowering his season ERA to 1.99 and continuing his dominance against the Orioles. After a sacrifice bunt was thrown away by Burnett, it set up second-and-third with no outs. Burnett worked out the jam, striking out the top of the order – Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters. His line from tonight: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K.

Negatives From The Game:

Stranded: Like Tom Hanks in Castway, Yankee hitters that reached base were stranded. Yankees hitters with RISP: 0-10 (Teixeira 0-1; Jeter 0-2; Thames 0-1; Pena 0-2; Rodriguez 0-1; Swisher 0-2; Cano 0-1)

Interesting Facts:

Sweet Home River Avenue: The Yankees improved to 9-2 at home this season.

Something For The Birds: Burnett improved to 11-2 lifetime against the O’s.

It’s Electric!: Burnett has allowed just four earned runs in his last 28 2/3 innings pitched.

We Are All Witnesses: …of Derek Jeter’s greatness. Jeter led off the bottom of the first with his 443rd career double, passing Don Mattingly for third all-time.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees try for their second series sweep of the year tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday, 1:05 PM, YES: Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.12 ERA) vs. David Hernandez (0-3, 4.55 ERA)

Career Stats:
Pettitte vs. Baltimore: 26-6, 3.60 ERA
Hernandez vs. New York: 0-0, 4.91 ERA