New York Yankees defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2

ST. PETERSBURG - His reputation as something of an underachiever is fast being replaced by that of the new Yankee stopper.

Injuries notwithstanding, maybe all A.J. Burnett needed to live up to his potential was the chance to pitch on a team like this that always seems to be playing big games.

"I think he enjoys the stage," was the way Joe Girardi put it Tuesday night.

This wasn't Broadway, but the lights were pretty bright here at the home of the American League cham...

ST. PETERSBURG - There was no history made at Tropicana Field Tuesday night, but A.J. Burnett did enough to make it a night to remember for the Yankees.

After watching the Rays collect their 2008 American League championship rings, Burnett flirted with a no-hitter before losing it in the seventh. But the Yankees surged past Tampa Bay with a 7-2 win.

"A.J. really stepped up, because we knew the bullpen was somewhat depleted and we needed some innings," Joe Girardi sai...

A.J. Burnett says it's just a matter of time. The day is coming, Burnett said, when Yankees pitchers will pitch on the same night Yankees hitters will hit. Everyone will be on the same page, and the $200 million Bombers will start to look more Mercedes Benz than Hyundai.

That night, however, was not Wednesday night.

Burnett did his part, however, pitching well enough to earn a win with six pretty solid innings. But instead, he settled for his fourth straight no-decis...