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A.J. Shines: Yankees 6, Red Sox 2, Game 159 Preview

Hip, Hip, JORGE!
Hip, Hip, JORGE!

The Yankees won the first game of a doubleheader over the Red Sox today, thanks to a stellar performance by A.J. Burnett. The right hander threw seven and two thirds innings, allowing only five hits and two earned runs. Both runs were scored on Jacoby Ellsbury home runs.

Burnett walked off to a standing ovation by the Yankees fans in attendance, and truly seemed pumped up. He shook hands with Joe Girardi, and tipped his cap to the crowd. Right now I give Burnett the 4th starter in the playoff slot, as I also said before the game.

On the other side, Tim Wakefield was awful in what could be his last game ever.

In what could be his last regular season game for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Jorge Posada hit a two run home run and also singled. Posada was taken out for a pinch runner and received a standing ovation. If that was the end, it was a great ending for a great player.

Other Yankees runs came from multiple errors, wild pitches, passed balls, and RBI by Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Jeter went 3-4, and currently sits at a .300 batting average.

David Robertson closed out the game by pitching one and a third scoreless baseball.

Expect Jeter, A-Rod, Posada, and possibly Gardner to sit in game two, while Granderson, Teixeira, Montero, and Cano will likely play. Don't be surprised if Martin sits for Romine, either.

The Rays are currently ahead 5-2 in the top of the 9th inning, so if that score stands and the defeated the Blue Jays 5-2, so if the Yankees win game two, the Red Sox and Rays will be tied in the wild card hunt.

Come back at 6:30 for game two!