New York Yankees defeat Texas Rangers, 9-2

ARLINGTON, Tex. - A.J. Burnett won for the first time in eight starts, Hideki Matsui's bat showed life with two home runs and even Chien-Ming Wang looked sharp, throwing a pair of scoreless innings.

But one thing stood out above all the rest after Wednesday night's 9-2 win over the Rangers: The Yankees are in first place.

The Bombers won for the 14th time in their last 19 games, improving to 27-20 to tie the Red Sox atop the American League East standings for the fir...