If you follow baseball at all, you likely know about AJ Burnett and all the trade rumors swirling around him at this point in the season. With him being able to opt-out of his Blue Jays' contract at the end of the year, many people expect Burnett to be gone by the July 31st deadline. If this is true, today was quite an audition in front of potential buyers.
Burnett used his overpowering fastballs and looping curves to blank the Yankees for the first eight innings. He was cruising through the game, having thrown 89 pitches in those eight innings.
New York didn't have an answer for Burnett until the ninth, when Jason Giambi launched the ball to the left field for a solo home run. Jorge Posada then proceeded to hit a single, and Burnett's day was done. He went a magical 8.1 innings, giving up only one run on six hits and eight strikeouts.
BJ Ryan would take over from Burnett, eliminating the next hitter (Robinson Cano) in a game-ending double play. This gave Ryan his 18th save of the season and Burnett his tenth win.
For the Jays, all the offense came in the second inning off of starter Andy Pettite. After Scott Rolen's single scored Kevin Mench, Marco Scutaro came up with runners on first and second with nobody out. After two unsuccessful attempts at a sacrifice bunt, Scutaro had no choice but to swing away. It turned out for the best as he launched a shot over the left field wall for a three-run homer and all the support AJ Burnett would need.
Up Next: The Jays have four days off for the All-Star break .When they come back, AJ Burnett (10-8) will be pitching once again against Rays pitcher James Shields (7-6).
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