AJ Burnett didn't have his grade A stuff on the mound. He was getting hit early in the game, and he called Larry Rothchild out to the mound. The following conversation was recorded:
AJ: Larry, my heel is hitting the ground, I can't get it to stop.
LR: I get the money, so I don't care.
AJ: How is that helpful? That resolves nothing.
LR: Doesn't it? (wink).
(Long Awkward Silence)
And AJ started throwing strikes from there on out. A-Rod hit a homerun coming back from the flu as did Posada, but he wasn't overcoming the flu, just a slump.
In the 7th inning, AJ forgot Rothchild's words of wisdom, and gave up back-to-back 2-run homeruns.
So far Gardner isn't really making his case for being at the top of the lineup. He went 1-5 and got caught stealing by a mile. Its still very early, but its been ugly.
Its All for the Children
Last night A-Rod and Posada both hit homeruns to put the Yankees lead out of reach, and give a couple extra bucks to the Children's Health Fund.
Mark Teixeira 4hr = $8
Curtis Granderson 2hr = $4
Russell Martin 3hr = $6
Alex Rodriguez 4hr = $8
Jorge Posada 4hr = $8
Robinson Cano 2hr = $4
Andruw Jones 1hr = $2
Total = $40