New York at Baltimore

W: A. Burnett (3-0) L: B. Matusz (2-1)
HR: NYY - R. Cano (7), R. Cano (8)   BAL - None

Burnett dominates as Yankees easily handle Orioles wire reports

BALTIMORE -- A.J. Burnett was so dominating against the Baltimore Orioles, all he needed from the New York Yankees' offense was one measly run.

Robinson Cano had other plans.

Burnett pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, Cano homered twice, and the Yankees cruised to a 4-0 victory Thursday night.

Burnett (3-0) improved to 10-2 lifetime against the Orioles, 5-0 at Camden Yards. He struck out four and allowed only two runners past first base.

"I was so locked in. I knew I was in a groove," the right-hander said. "I had a good tempo and I repeated myself well tonight."

Burnett has been pitching in the majors since 1999, and this is the first time he's 3-0.

He received plenty of help from Cano, who got three hits to lift his AL-leading batting average to .407. Cano hit solo homers in the fourth and eighth innings, his sixth career multihomer game.

"When I grow up I want to be like him," teammate Nick Swisher said of Cano. "The dude's on fire. He's in a zone right now and not missing any pitches."

Cano has hit in eight consecutive games and is on a 16-for-24 tear.

"It feels good, but not because I'm having a good season," he said. "I'm happy the team is winning and I'm contributing."

Cano went 8 for 13 with three home runs during the three-game series.

"We couldn't get him out, and the way he's hitting right now, no one in the American League is getting him out," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He's a quality player."

Cano also made a brilliant play at second base, robbing Nolan Reimold of a third-inning hit by grabbing a grounder up the middle and making a perfect throw to first from the outfield grass.

"That was amazing. I had to throw my arms up in the air after that," Burnett said. "He's locked in both at the plate and in the field right now. It gives you confidence to attack hitters when you know you have guys behind you that can make plays like that."

Marcus Thames had three hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who took two of three from Baltimore to finish a three-city road trip with a 5-4 record.

"It was good to win a series and finish up strong and have some momentum going back home," manager Joe Girardi said.

The defeat dropped Baltimore's record to 4-18, worst in the majors. The Orioles are 1-8 at home and 3-12 against the AL East.

Baltimore starter Brian Matusz (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. The left-hander had won six straight decisions since Aug. 15, including at Yankee Stadium in September.

"Matusz was good, but Burnett was better," Trembley said.

Matusz lamented allowing the leadoff batter to reach in four of six innings.

"One positive thing I take away from this start is that I didn't walk any guys and I battled through a couple jams that I got myself into," Matusz said.

Getting past Cano was far more difficult.

"That guy is swinging the bat so well. The hits he got today were all on pitches in different locations," Matusz said. "He's a tough out right now."

New York got a first-inning run when Derek Jeter hit a leadoff single, took third on a double by Mark Teixeira and scored on a fly ball by Alex Rodriguez.

Despite collecting his 13th RBI, Rodriguez went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his past 19 at-bats.

Cano's first home run made it 2-0 in the fourth, and successive doubles by Cano and Thames gave the Yankees a three-run cushion in the sixth.

Cano hit his eighth home run of the season in the eighth against Alberto Castillo. He has 17 career home runs against the Orioles, the most against any opponent.

  • Yankees C Jorge Posada was rested but available after being plunked in the right knee by a pitch on Wednesday night.
  • Orioles RHP Koji Uehara (hamstring) pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Bowie and will probably come off the 15-day DL next week.
  • Mariano Rivera worked the ninth and struck out Miguel Tejada to move with one K of Roger Clemens for 10th place on the Yankees' career list (1,104).
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A.J. Burnett continues his mastery of the Orioles and achieves the first 3-0 start of his career.  (Getty Images)
A.J. Burnett continues his mastery of the Orioles and achieves the first 3-0 start of his career. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
New York

A. Burnett
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 4

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Nick Swisher, RF5000013 .264
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010001 .139
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3001011 .250
Robinson Cano, 2B4332001 .407
Marcus Thames, DH3031100 .588
Curtis Granderson, CF4000004 .230
Francisco Cervelli, C4010002 .409
Brett Gardner, LF4010014 .306
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HR - Robinson Cano 2 (8, Matusz, Castillo)
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RBI - Alex Rodriguez (13), Robinson Cano 2 (17), Marcus Thames (2)
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New York Yankees
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Mariano Rivera 1000110 0.00
WP - A.J. Burnett (2)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 116-77, Mariano Rivera 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 11-9
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Mariano Rivera 4
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones, CF4010011 .204
Nick Markakis, RF3000101 .274
Matt Wieters, C3000111 .286
Miguel Tejada, 3B4000013 .268
Luke Scott, DH4000011 .200
Ty Wigginton, 2B3010000 .323
Rhyne Hughes, 1B3000011 .313
Nolan Reimold, LF3000000 .193
Cesar Izturis, SS3010000 .279
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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Matusz (L,2-1) 6933021 4.40
Matt Albers 1.1000010 7.36
Alberto Castillo 1211101 2.08
Jason Berken 0.2000000 1.32
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 97-67, Matt Albers 22-15, Alberto Castillo 12-7, Jason Berken 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 3-13, Matt Albers 3-0
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 27, Matt Albers 4, Alberto Castillo 5, Jason Berken 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26439
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz