Saturday, April 4, 2009

UPDATE: Pettitte, Burnett Pace Yankees' Muscle-Flexing

The New York Yankees clearly meant business today, and were able to provide many souvenirs for the fans that battled the cold and wind.

The Yankees received two home runs from Mark Teixeira, as well as blasts by Derek Jeter and Shelley Duncan to ensure a 10-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Andy Pettitte pitched into and out of trouble throughout the afternoon, harnessing the skill he has always mastered in his seasons in pinstripes.

It may not have been pretty, but it helped to pave the way for a convincing exhibition victory.

In probably his sole relief appearance of 2009, A.J. Burnett dominated the Cubs in four innings of work. He struck out six while surrendering just three baserunners.

The Yankees could not be happier heading into Monday's Opening Day matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, and appear to be firing on all cylinders.

The recovery from and threat of injuries seems to be the only foreseeable kryptonite for the Yankee ball club.

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