A.J. Burnett pitched his first semi-shut out as a Yankee. He had given up at least two runs in every start this year until today, when he shut out Texas over six innings.
In reality, he did not look that great - often falling behind hitters (throwing 118 pitches), but Texas couldn't string hits together or square the ball up despite Burnett making several mistakes with pitches down the middle.
We may be watching Hideki Matsui finally emerging from his slump - he hit two homers tonight for a total of three RBI. But the big blow came early: Mark Teixeira hit a first-inning, two-run bomb that put the Rangers into an early hole they couldn't climb out of.
David Robertson cleaned up the mess Jose Veras made (who clearly deserves a demotion). Chien Ming-Wang pitched two perfect innings after that to close the contest; he's in a very strange position right now, but there's not much that can be done. As long as the other starters remain healthy and effective, Wang should stay in the pen: he only has two quality pitches, has had injury concerns, and seems to 'lose' his mechanics rather often. Until someone goes down, we'll have a very good longman - and maybe even a dominant late-inning guy, e.g. the 'bridge' to Mo.
- Tonight was the 14th straight error-less game, a Yankee record.