What it means: That neither Phil Hughes nor Ivan Nova should have to scrounge for a rotation spot while A.J. Burnett still gets the ball every fifth day.
What's good: The bats were terrific. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Derek Jeter had five hits, scored four times, knocked in two runs. His average is up to .280. Brett Gardner was on four times (three singles and a HBP), scored four times. Curtis Granderson knocked in five runs with a triple, double and single. Eric Chavez knocked in four (homer, single), Robbie Cano homered, Mark Teixeira tripled in a pair.
What's not so good: A.J., A.J., A.J. Coming in, Burnett had never won a game in August as a Yankee (0-8, 6.95 ERA in 11 starts) and he still hasn't, despite being staked to a 12-run lead after 2½ innings. Allowed a career-high 13 hits and a disgraceful seven runs. On the bright side, didn't walk anyone. All in all, a brutal performance.
What's next: Nova, who has already suffered one indignity -- going to the minors despite an 8-4 record to make room for Hughes -- now suffers another as he must try to match Hughes' shutout performance Tuesday night to (possibly) get another start. Nova (9-4, 4.01) faces RHP Phil Humber (8-7, 3.44), who shut the Yankees out for seven innings on one hit back in April. First pitch, 8:10 p.m.