New York Yankees defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada were the perfect combination for the Yankees on Sunday.

Posada's two-run home run made a winner of Burnett, who recovered from a rocky first inning to pitch the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees finished their season-opening road trip with another series win over a division rival, returning to the Bronx for Tuesday's home opener and ring ceremony with a 4-2 record.

A day after CC...

ST. PETERSBURG - The Yankees were excited to leave Tropicana Field, and believe it or not, it had nothing to do with the fact they were headed home for the first time this season.

After watching Evan Longoria's sixth-inning pop-up deflect off a catwalk high above home plate and ricochet toward the infield before falling between first and second, the Yankees were baffled with the umpires' decision to rule the ball a base hit.

The ballpark's ground rules state that any...

ST. PETERSBURG - It wasn't exactly like CC Sabathia carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Rays a day earlier, but A.J. Burnett, the Yankees' No. 2 starter, was outstanding in another way Sunday.

Burnett overcame situations in the Yankees' 7-3 victory that would have unglued him last year.

Burnett kept himself together after giving up two runs in the first inning and managed to ignore a strange sixth-inning incident in which a pop-up hit a Tropicana ...