Sweet Season Start

April 17, 2010 – 8:50 pm

NYY 7, Texas 3.The season continues to get off to a great start, as once again Good A.J. Burnett showed up and pitched yet another solid game. A.J. was nearly flawless for the first four innings, giving up just one hit, while his teammates were running up a 7-0 lead. From there he seemed to coast a bit, but was never in serious trouble, and finished with seven shut out innings. Three starts in to the season, he’s 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA. So much for the notion that A.J. has problems pitching to Jorge Posada — a story which I always suspected was more of a creation of the media than anything else.

Jete StreakOffensively, Derek Jeter continues to hit lights out, extending his hit-in-every-game streak to eleven with a 3-for-4 day, including a 2-run home run. Brett Gardner matched Jeter’s 3-hit performance, but in a way that only he could do — he didn’t get a ball out of the infield, yet still got three singles. Every time I start thinking Gardner’s not going to cut it offensively, he has a game like this where his speed makes all the difference in the world. Twice he kept 2-out innings alive by beating out hits, and the results were a 2-run inning and then a 4-run inning. If he can keep that up, he’ll more than pull his offensive weight.

So this is now four straight series wins to start the season, and already the Yankees are leading the AL East. Nice start indeed.

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