The Yankees won the opening game of this shortened two game set against the Orioles, 7-4. Alex Rodriguez’s first inning, three-run home run set the pace for the Bombers as they cruised to an easy victory. AJ Burnett got the start for the Yankees and lasted 6.1 innings, giving up four earned runs and seven hits. Mariano Rivera recorded his fifth save with the win. With the victory, the Yankees move to 6-4 on the young season while Burnett improves to 3-0.

Recap

The Yankee offense started early against starter, Chris Tillman. The Bomber offense scored six earned runs in only 1.2 inning against the young hurler. Alex Rodriguez set the pace with a line drive home run into the right field seat in the first inning while Robinson Cano stroked a two-run double in the second. The Yankees would go on to add a solo home run by Jorge Posada late in the game (his fourth of the season) to propel them to victory.

The story of the game though was AJ Burnett. Burnett looked absolutely dominant through six innings, striking out five while allowing only three hits to a Baltimore order that ranked first in the AL East. Burnett got knocked around a little bit in the seventh, allowing four earned runs. Burnett picked up the victory thought, improving to 3-0 with an unsightly 4.67 ERA.

Key Stats

2 for 5: After a lot of ridicule this week, Derek Jeter bounced back with a 2 for 5 day at the plate which included two RBIs.

5: Mariano Rivera recorded his fifth save of the season today with a perfect ninth inning. His ERA on the season is 0.00.

32nd: With his two hit performance, Derek Jeter ties Barry Bonds for 32nd on the all-time hits record with 2,935 hits.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will be right back at it tomorrow night with their series finale against the O’s.

7:05 PM: Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (16.50 ERA)