"Derek Jeter and Yanks know CC Sabathia must come through today, or Yanks' season will be in the hands of A.J. Burnett in Game 4".
CC allowed 7 hits, 6 walks, and 4 runs in 5.1 innings. Both
Joe Girardi and Russell Martin complained that the strike zone wasn't big enough for CC. Also, Jeter - who represented the tying run in the bottom of the 9th in Game 2 and struckout -- whiffed to end Game 3 with the tying run on second.
Noodle Bats: Teixeira (1-for-11), Nick Swisher (2-for-11), Alex Rodriguez (0-for-10), Yankees (.224).
The Yankees need A.J. Burnett to be better than CC Sabathia.Girardi: "Some guys relish the opportunity to change the script. I feel good about what A.J. is going to do for us [tonight]."
In the history of the Yankees, there have been few more discouraging thoughts at this time of year. ... [T]he Yankees season rests with A.J. Burnett, whom the organization trusts so little it was trying to avoid using him at all in this Division Series.
So ignore the cover story the Yankees are offering about their confidence in Burnett. They have as much confidence in him as he has in himself, which is to say not much. ...
Sabathia can opt out of his contract after this season with four years and $92 million left. The feeling has been the lefty will do that. ... Meanwhile, the fate of the Yankees' season will be in the hands of a pitcher who they wish wasn't signed for next year — or the one after that.
Brett Gardner: "We have a lot of confidence in A.J."
Jorge Posada: "This is the perfect scenario for him to do everything we ask him to do."
Nick Swisher: "He's going to be really good for us."