The New York Yankees have a few players that have slumped during a recent rough stretch, but two of them played a big part in their last victory.
The Yankees try to close a nine-game road trip with a winning record when they complete a three-game series against the lowly Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
New York (13-7) won for only the second time in six games Wednesday, defeating Baltimore 8-3. Nick Swisher(notes) had his second straight three-hit game and Derek Jeter(notes), who entered in a 2-for-16 slide and went 0 for 5 on Tuesday, drove in two runs. He began the night with a leadoff double to tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees’ career list.
The Yankees split the first two games of this series after opening the trip by going 3-3 against Oakland and Los Angeles.
Nick Markakis(notes) had three hits and his first home run, while Miguel Tejada(notes) had two hits and doubled. Tejada has gone 8 for 21 since returning from a strained groin that kept him sidelined four days.
The Orioles have lost seven of nine at home against the Yankees, who have batted .304 with 19 homers in those contests. Robinson Cano(notes) homered Wednesday and is 14 for 28 with five RBIs in his last seven games.
Burnett gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-4 loss to the Angels on Friday. New York had won his previous three starts.
“It’s hit and miss,” Burnett told the Yankees’ official website. “I always seem to find it 80-something pitches into the game.”
Burnett is 9-2 with a 5.23 ERA against the Orioles, going 4-0 with a 4.75 ERA in six starts at Camden Yards.
In a statement issued through a Yankees official, Posada said there was “no question there’s been improvement since last night.” And, although the knee was still swollen, Posada said he could play Thursday “in a pinch.”
The left-hander was matched up with Burnett in his first career start versus the Yankees on Sept. 12, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings of a 7-3 road victory.