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Rapid Reaction: Twins 9, Yankees 4

8/21/2011

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What it means: That no matter what you're smoking, A.J. Burnett had a horrible night in Minneapolis on Saturday night. Tell me again how much better he is this year than he was last year.

What's good: Not much. At least the Red Sox lost, keeping the Yankees atop the AL East by a half-game. And Andruw Jones lined one over the flowerpots in the ninth and thankfully, no review was needed to call it a home run.

What's bad: Tonight, almost everything. Burnett had by far his worst outing as a Yankee, allowing as many hits -- 5 -- as he got outs and being charged with seven earned runs. To cap off the night, he appeared to jaw over his shoulder at Joe Girardi after the manager pulled him from the game with the bases loaded, on three walks, with two out in the second. Even Girardi's patience has its limits, and this will certainly put it to the test. Shameful performance all around by Burnett.

Luis Ayala wasn't charged with any runs, but allowed all three inherited runners to score. New acquisition Aaron Laffey, acquired to retire left-handed hitters, faced eight of them in three innings and allowed four hits. Russell Martin threw out a base-stealer, but followed his two-home run night on Friday with two strikeouts and a double play on Saturday. Jorge Posada, inserted into the game at first base when it was 9-1, nearly killed Cory Wade with a bad flip.

What's next: Series finale, Ivan Nova (12-14, 4.21) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.53), first pitch at 2:10 p.m. And maybe, the return of A-Rod.