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Burnett, Wang falter vs. Phils

By Anthony Machcinski

A.J. Burnett could only turn away as Phillies outfielder Jason Werth sent a line drive directly into the left field second deck, thoroughly ending the night for the Yankees.

Werth's long home run is the perfect symbol for tonight's game; far out of reach. The Yankees watched their 9 game winning streak end tonight against the defending World Champion Phillies.

The night started off awful for Burnett, now 2-2 on the season and struggling. The first pitch of the night was deposited into the right field bleachers by leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins. Burnett failed miserably to find the strike zone, despite striking out seven hitters.

The offense, which has carried the team of late, fell flat to Phillies pitcher Brett Myers, who seemed to be pitching to minor leagers. The Yankees got runs on three solo home runs, one each by Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixiera.

Chein-Ming Wang came off the disabled list to give relief to the bullpen. He failed, giving Raul Ibanez a ball, which he proceeded to drive into right field for his league leading 17th home run of the season.

Notes

- Johnny Damon returned to the lineup tonight, only to go 0-4. Cano returned to his normal spot batting seventh.

- To make room for Chein-Ming Wang, Jonathan Alabadejo was sent to AAA Scranton/Wilkes Berra.

- Reliever Brian Bruney was inactive for the game due to elbow inflamation.

- Tomorrows Starters : J.A. Happ (PHI) vs. Andy Pettitte (NYY)

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