AJ Burnett fell apart in the fifth inning, where the Blue Jays knocked him around for seven runs and collected six extra-base hits. The Yankees mounted a couple small late-inning comebacks, but it was too little, too late. With the loss and a Tampa Bay win, the Yankees are now tied with the Rays for first in the AL East, while Boston is 6.5 back.

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Initial Reaction:

This loss falls squarely on the shoulders of AJ Burnett. He had allowed one run (HR in the second) on two hits through his first four innings of work, and was on his way to a quality start. Then the fifth inning happened. The Jays scored seven runs (all credited to Burnett) off seven hits, including six of the extra-base variety. The bullpen did a fantastic job of shutting the door after that, but the damage was already irreparable.

Positives From The Game:

Nick Swisher is having a great season this year and he – along with Robbie Cano – has been consistently raking all season, something I can’t say for everybody else in the lineup. In tonight’s game, Swish went 2-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI. Still can’t believe we gave up Wilson Betemit for Swish Hawk.

As much props as possible to the bullpen tonight. Sergio Mitre, David Robertson, Boone Logan, and Joba Chamberlain combined to pitch four and a third scoreless innings. If there was going to be any chance at a comeback, they had to shut down the Jays offense. And they did exactly that.

Negatives From The Game:

Everything was going well for AJ until that fifth inning, when the wheels not only fell off the bus but the bus went below 50 mph and blew up. I thought maybe Girardi would pull Burnett after the fourth extra-base hit of the inning, but the skipper thought six was a better number. This game is all on him. AJ needs to start pitching way better than this. Now.

If Alex Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about No. 600 before tonight, he’s definitely thinking about it now. He wen’t 0-for-5 with 2 K’s, dipping his average to .266.

Interesting Facts:

The Yankees were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. In the other dugout, the Blue Jays were 5-for-11.

The Jays’ six doubles in the fifth inning tied an AL record for most doubles in one inning.

The last time a team had six doubles in one inning was the Rangers on July 31, 2002…against the Yankees.

A-Rod is 9 for 43 in 11 games since hitting No. 599 on July 22 against Kansas City

What’s Next:?

The Yankees look to win game two Tuesday night.

Probables: Ricky Romero (8-7, 3.46 ERA) vs. Dustin Moseley (1-0, 3.24)