Burnett rocked again as O’s down Yanks
It’s hard to know what to expect from
Will it be the dominant pitcher who went 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA from June 27 to July 27? Or will it be the struggling starter who is 1-5 with a 6.19 ERA since?
“You do want him to get on a roll. It’s important for us,”
New York lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 16-17 at Seattle and Oakland – and dropped back-to-back games at home for the first time since June 17-18 against Washington.
A day after surpassing Lou Gehrig for the
“We have not clinched anything or won anything yet,” Jeter said. “Our focus has always remained to try to win games and win the division, so that’s what everyone’s looking forward to.”
Burnett (11-9) allowed six runs and seven hits in seven innings. Staked to a lead by
A walk and three singles put the
“It was a bit of surprise to have that big an inning,” said Roberts, who went 3 for 4 and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Burnett appeared far from ready to follow
“I left one over, you know, a little too much at the wrong time,” he said. “It’s been one mistake here or there.”
While Burnett retired 17 of 19 batters after the slam, three of the first five outs during that stretch were flies to the warning track. Catcher
“That’s a question a lot of people have got to ask,” he said. “I don’t think he’s tired. I don’t think he needs a rest. I think he’s 100 percent ready to go because to me he seems like he’s battling every time.”
Matusz, a 22-year-old left-hander, was making his eighth career start and first against the
“I thought it was the best start of the year. The atmosphere, that was really cool, with the first guy I’m facing being Jeter, but I was able to relax,” he said. “I felt it a little bit. It’s every kid’s dream to pitch at Yankee Stadium.”
Matusz impressed a team that leads the major leagues with 816 runs.
“He was moving the ball in and out. He was mixing his breaking balls, changeup,” Jeter said. “He was never really in trouble.”
“It makes you feel good heading into the last few weeks of the season about what the future possibly holds,” manager Dave Trembley said.
Roberts has five slams. He also hit one Aug. 20 off