After struggling to get any offense in the first two games of the series, the New York Yankees exploded for eight runs off of thirteen hits to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-0. A.J. Burnett was dominant in 6.1 innings of work and picked up his second straight victory in which he’s allowed no runs. With the win, the Yankees move to 64-36 on the 100-game-old season.

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Initial Reaction:

As John Sterling likes to say: “You cannot predict baseball.” This was certainly the case over the past two nights. Yesterday, the Yankees couldn’t buy a hit off of Josh Tomlin, who was making his Major League debut. Tonight, the Yankees had an offensive onslaught against Fausto Carmona, a 2010 All Star. He went only 2.2 innings and was charged with 10 hits, 7 earned runs, a walk, and a strikeout.

A.J. Burnett kept the good momentum going forward from his last start. He had a fantastic outing tonight going 6.1 innings and allowing seven hits while striking out seven and walking only three. This is the A.J. Burnett who deserves to get paid $16.5 million a season.

Positives From The Game:

That’s No 600, But…: In the top of the first, Alex Rodriguez took a Fausto Carmona sinker up the middle for a base hit that scored Mark Teixeira. That was his first hit of the series.

Top O’ the Second: In the second, the Yankees amassed four singles and a walk, highlighted by a two-run single with the bases loaded by Mark Teixeira. This led to a total of three runs off the lone All Star representative from the Cleveland Indians.

In the first four innings, the Yankees rattled off all eight of their runs. The Yankees certainly took out their frustration of the past two nights by exploding for 13 total hits. The exclamation point was Robinson Cano’s bomb to right in the fourth inning, his 19th home run on the year.

Think everything was going right for the Yanks tonight? Well, it did. Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre combined for 2.2 scoreless innings. Scary stuff.

Negatives From The Game:

Uh. Nothing. The game started 42 minutes late due to rain, but that’s about it from a Yankee perspective.

Interesting Facts:

26: Number of at bats since A-Rod has hit a home run. Just in case you haven’t heard, he hasn’t hit home run #600 yet.

Every Yankee hitter reached base at least twice except Derek Jeter, who went 0-5. Weird.

The Yankees are 36-10 when Brett Gardner scores a run.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will finish their four game series with the Cleveland Indians tomorrow night. Let’s hope they saved some hits for tonight. The game will begin at 7:05 PM and can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Dustin Moseley (0-0, 4.22 ERA) vs. Mitch Talbot (8-9, 4.08 ERA)