AJ Burnett and the Yankees ended a somber week on a sour note. Burnett injured himself (more on that later) and lasted only two innings – the shortest outing of his career. The bullpen was lit up again as the Rays defeated the Yankees, 10-5.

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Initial Reaction:

With beloved Yankees of years past honored at the 64th Old-Timers’ Day – both in attendance and remembered by their family members – this game really would have gotten The Boss riled up…especially after what you’re about to read.

Burnett lasted just two innings before leaving with what Joe Girardi later said were “lacerations on his right hand.” The injury to the Yanks’ right-hander clearly impacted the command of his curveball. He allowed four runs on four hits, including one home run, and hit two batters. The Yankee skipper didn’t know when or how Burnett hurt his hand, but Kim Jones reported later that Brian Cashman said Burnett tripped going up some stairs and scraped his hand. About an hour ago, it was revealed that Burnett had lied to the Yankees about the injury – he cut his hand on a plastic lineup holder while slamming his hand on double doors in between innings. Burnett, who gave up only two runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last two starts, walked off the field to a echoing Bronx Cheer.

Look, AJ, we’re all frustrated, too. Don’t take it out on the lineup card. For the time being, consider Burnett day-to-day. We’ll keep you updated on his status in the coming days.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann pitched 6 1/3 solid innings, helping the Rays pull within two games of the AL East-leading Yankees. Brett Gardner hit a two-run double in the home half of the second to cut the lead to 3-2, but it was all Tampa Bay after that. Reid Brignac (seriously – Reid Brignac) went 3-for-5 with two HRs and five RBI, including a three-run shot off Dustin Moseley that increased the Rays’ lead to 8-2.

Positives From The Game:

Old-Timers’ Day: One of my favorite sports days out of the whole year is the Yanks’ Old-Timers’ Day. Saluting The Boss and The Voice only made the pre-game festivities that much more special.

Negatives From The Game:

If it weren’t for The Best That Ever Lived, the Yanks’ bullpen ERA (accounting for all relievers that have made an appearance) would be 5.15. Today Dustin Moseley went three innings, gave up four runs on five hits, and walked three; Chad Gaudin was a little better but not much: four innings, four hits, two runs.

The Rays built a 3-0 lead through two innings with two-out rallies in each inning.

Interesting Facts:

In the last ten games, Derek Jeter’s batting average has dipped 12 points to .269.

Mark Teixeria hit his 18th home run of the year. In his last ten games Teixeira has hit five home runs, driven in ten runs, and has 15 hits. A quick “Tex Message” to the rest of MLB: look out.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to take the three-game series against Tampa Bay tomorrow.

Sunday, 1:05, YES: David Price (12-4, 2.42 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.70 ERA)