Blue Jays-Yankees: Pitching Staff Shines in New York

Thayne HallyburtonCorrespondent IApril 2, 2008

A.J. Burnett went seven strong innings for the Toronto Blue Jays, propelling them to a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday night.

Burnett recorded his first win of the 2008 regular season for the Blue Jays.

The only blemish to Burnett's superb first start of the season was an Alex Rodriguez two-run home run in the sixth.

He then turned the game over to Brian Tallet and Jeremy Accardo, who shut the Yankees down after A-Rod's blast.

Tallet threw two very solid innings in relief, giving way to Accardo, who got himself into trouble in the ninth. But, with runners on first and second, he retired three straight batters, including a key strikeout of Rodriguez, to record his first save of the season.

The Blue Jays’ offense came from center fielder, Vernon Wells, and right fielder, Alex Rios, who each had two RBI on this night.

Wells' RBI came via a two-run shot off Mike Mussina in the third inning which landed eight rows back into the left-field bleachers.

The Blue Jays’ pitching staff were the stars on this night, showing the rest of baseball that one of last year's best staffs has not lost that magic to start this campaign.