Facing his former team, A.J. Burnett held Toronto to one run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out one. He was not as effective last night as he was in his previous starts, but good enough to maintain control of the game.
The Yankees won, 7-4 to get their seventh straight win and improve their Grapefruit record to 12-8-1.
Burnett was struck in the left triceps by a John McDonald (“Good thing it was from Johnny Mac,” said Burnett) line drive in the second inning, but remained in the game. Brian Bruney had a troublesome outing, allowing two runs and four walks in 1 1/3 innings, but Mariano Rivera was supremely efficient in the sixth, setting the side down on five pitches.
Dan Giese, Steven Jackson, and Edwar Ramirez all pitched, with Giese going two innings and allowing one run on four hits.
The Yankees stroked three doubles in a three-run second inning, with Ramiro Pena, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher all logging two-base hits. Xavier Nady tripled to open the third inning and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single, and Hideki Matsui was thrown out stretching a run-scoring single in the fourth. Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
The Yankees gear up for one final trip to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday, to meet the Twins for a 1:05 p.m. start. Phil “The Franchise” Hughes will get the ball for New York.