Sunday night games on ESPN are bound to be a roller coaster ride. Tonight was no exception for the New York Yankees.
It all started when starting pitcher A.J. Burnett was scratched in the third game of a four game set between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Burnett had back spasms and was filled in by the newly acquired Dustin Moseley. Alex Rodriguez, a day after getting hit in the leg by a line drive, was back in the lineup.
It was also a day of the milestones for the Yankees. Derek Jeter hit a single in the second inning, giving him his 2,874th career hit, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list.
Mark Teixeira followed with his 25th home run of the season. That locked up 25 home runs for Teixeira in each of his first eight seasons. He is just the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish that feat.
Then A-Rod collected his 300th career stolen base, making him the third player to get 600 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career.
But the story of the night was still Dustin Moseley. In an emergency start, Moseley pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up just two runs to the division rival Red Sox. It appears as though Moseley can provide the Yankees with a lot of help in the future.
Through much turmoil and excitement, the Yankees came through with a victory, lengthening their lead in the AL east. That, above all, is enough to satisfy the Yankees.
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