For the second time this season, a New York Yankee hit a milestone. Mariano Rivera recorded his 600th career save tonight as the Yanks edged the M’s, 3-2. Rivera becomes only the second player in Major League history with 600 saves. Trevor Hoffman, who retired in the off-season, has 603 saves. Mo should blow by him next week. 

As for the game, AJ Burnett had probably one of the oddest outings I’ve ever seen. His command wasn’t that sharp and he threw two wild pitches, but recorded 11 Ks en-route to his 10th win of the year. More surprisingly, ten of the eleven strikeout came on curveballs. Odd stuff. Robbie Cano smacked his 26th homer as the Yankees improve to 90-57 on the season. The Magic Number sits at 8.

Another Day at the Office--AP Photo

When watching this game, I had a feeling AJ was going to go off the deep end in the third inning. After allowing a lead off double, throwing a wild pitch, and allowing the runner to score on a single, I thought we’d see classic AJ stuff. But he proved me wrong the first time this year. If you noticed, Burnett went back to his old mechanics with his hands starting down around his waist. Who know what his delivery will look like next time, but he got us one step closer to the post-season.

How about Jesus Montero? He went 2 for 4 tonight and scored a run. At this point, we almost have to assume he’ll be the DH in October. I can see Jorge coming off the bench to pinch hit in certain situations, but I think Montero will be a staple of the Yankee lineup for the next decade and beyond. 

After his two-run bomb tonight, Cano set a career high in RBIs with 111. He sitll has 16 more games to go to add to that total!

What’s Next?

The Yankees will look for the sweep. Same time and place.

Wednesday,10:05 PM: Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.94 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (8-13, 4.49 ERA)