AJ Burnett pitched five innings of shutout baseball before having his start cut short by an 85-minute rain delay, and Robinson Cano had the biggest hit of the night with a three-run double, as the Yankees beat the Royals, 7-1.

AP



Initial Reaction:

Good AJ was on the mound so it’s no surprise there was a thunderstorm that delayed the game for an hour and 25 minutes, because his stuff was so electric. Burnett lasted through five innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and struck out three. A great recovery after his last start.

In the first, Brett Gardner hit a line drive that bounced off the fence in rightfield, and Alex Gordon played the carom cleanly but bobbled the ball taking it out of his glove. Gardner was given a double and advanced to third on the error. Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch and Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases, which set up Cano’s shot into the gap in left-center.

After Cano’s three-run double, Jorge Posada laced a double down the rightfield line. As Cano touched home it marked Posada’s 1000th run batted in. Brett Gardner punched a single to left to drive in two in the sixth, increasing the lead to 6-0…it was way over before then.

As good as Burnett pitched, he was helped by the gloves behind him. One was a routine 4-6-3 in the first inning, while the second had Teixeira flashing some leather. Teixeira made a nice diving stop on a sharp grounder near first, stepped on the bag, and threw to second where Derek Jeter tagged Wilson Betemit to end the fourth inning.

Outside of the rain and Posada’s milestone, it was a very uneventful game. The Yankees went about their win in a manner that was business-like. Pounding pitchers is business, and business is good.

Positives From The Game:

AJ came out pitching instead of punching Friday, which is always a positive thing. His start was cut short, throwing only 58 pitches, and he looked to be getting better as the game went on.

Many in the crowd at The Stadium came to see A-Rod hit his 600th home run. They didn’t see it last night, but they did see a different milestone. Congrats, Jorge, and more on this in a bit.

The Yanks pounded out 11 hits and six walks against a Royals club that isn’t even in the same league.

Interesting Facts:

Of the 13 catchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame, only six have topped the 1000-RBI plateau. Jorge is in some great company as he makes a case for Cooperstown.

Cano is in the AL’s top 10 in most major hitting categories, including batting average (fifth), RBI (sixth), homers (ninth), on-base percentage (seventh) and slugging (fifth).

What’s Next?:

The Yankees continue their four-game set against the Royals, looking to win their fourth straight game.

Saturday, 1:05, YES: Kyle Davies (4-6, 5.45 ERA) vs. Sergio Mitre (0-1, 2.88 ERA)

– Alex Rodriguez, who went 2-for-4 on Friday, gets his next chance to hit home run No. 600 off Kyle Davies and Co. Sound familiar? A-Rod hit No. 500 in the Bronx against Kansas City…off of Kyle Davies.
– Davies is 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA lifetime in two starts against the Yankees

Enjoy the game!