Ladies and Gentleman, we have a good A.J. sighting.
Burnett did what he'll need to do if the Yankees are to succeed in the postseason - 6 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8K - and after back to back lousy starts, he's solidified his spot in the rotation...at least for this week.
The bullpen was solid, as four relievers combined for the final 9 outs. It's funny how things change, isn't it? Less than 2 months ago, the rotation was a strength and the bullpen was a disaster. Now, the roles have been reversed (although the rotation probably isn't as bad as I've made it out to be in the past), and the Yankees are back to having four or five solid, reliable relievers.
The play of the game, without a doubt, was the error by A's pitcher Brett Anderson in the 2nd inning. What should have been out number three at first base instead turned into a 3 run rally that gave the Yankees just enough offense to win the game. As a side note, isn't it kind of dumb that runs scored after an error by the pitcher are still considered "unearned"? Just one more reason ERA isn't the greatest statistic.
Quote Of The Game: goes to nyyrocks29:
You can't blame ESPN for being bitter. Favre is hurt, LeBron is now hated by anyone outside of Miami, and the Red Sox are all but out of it. What are they going to talk about all day?