Given all the nervousness coming in, A.J. Burnett and the Yankees could not have asked for a better start. Fresh from a long rest and amped up by a very vocal and supportive crowd, Burnett got ahead of Elvis Andrus before getting a fly out. He then froze Michael Young with an 0-2 changeup, and to close out the inning, Josh Hamilton hit a weak tapper to second base.
Burnett threw nine pitches in a perfect first, with eight strikes. He looked very much in control. The only question now is how long this will last.