Saturday, April 2, 2011

Yankees News and Notes Saturday 4/2/11

The New York Yankees had a lot to be happy about after Saturday afternoons win. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2005. Here are some news and notes from after the game. Joe Girardi on A.J. Burnett "I thought he threw the ball well. Stamina was somewhat of an issue. His ears have been clogged. he's had a hard time breathing. That's why we only let him go five innings." As a Yankee Burnett is undefeated in April 6-0 with a 3.99 ERA. He has made 11 April starts. Teixeira is usually the opposite having terrible Aprils. He had two homeruns all of April last year well he already has two in two games this year. He changed his offseason routine to try to get off to a better start and so far it is working. Teixeira said "Just swinging more and working out a little less. I've always been a guy who hits the weights really heavy. Because of that, I've always had great second halves and stayed strong during the whole year. But I was swinging a little more this offseason and trying to get my swing right." Teixeira is the first player to hit a three-run homerun or a grand slam in his teams first two game's since 2002 when Barry Bonds was doing it for the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees have scored 16 runs in their first two games. Alex Rodriguez said the good news for them is that everyone in the lineup is swinging well. A-rod needs 16 homeruns to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time homerun list. He hit number 614 today. Derek Jeter is 72 hits from reaching the magical number 3,000 and becoming the first Yankee to do so. He is tied with Al Simmons for 35th on the all-time hits list. Mariano Rivera has saved the first two games which is the first time that has happened since 2000. Russell Martin had his first Yankees homerun. Rodriguez said he has been impressive.

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