A-Rod continues postseason resurgence as Yanks walk off

Fielding the Yankees’ Game 2 4-3 win over the Twins in 11 innings on a short hop …

In less then 25 words …
A.J. Burnett worked out of several early jams, Alex Rodriguez delivered two clutch hits and Mark Teixeira’s walk-off homer sealed the 11th-inning win.

Frozen moment
Shortstop Derek Jeter signaling to right fielder Nick Swisher to throw the ball to him so he could tag out Carlos Gomez beyond second base before the Twins’ Delmon Young could touch home plate. The play ended the fourth inning and kept Minnesota off the scoreboard, and a fired-up Jeter pumped his fist in the air after what was a big momentum-turner.

Big number
Combined total of walks and hit batsmen by Burnett, who was wild but effective in working with backup catcher Jose Molina.

Game balls
Alex Rodriguez

Despite his oft-chronicled postseason struggles, Rodriguez continued to reverse the trend, connecting for an RBI single with two outs in the sixth to plate Jeter. He then blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Burnett

With all of the buzz surrounding Burnett’s preference to pitch to Molina over Jorge Posada, the right-hander stepped up and silenced his critics. He struck out six and allowed one run on three hits, walking five over six innings.

Derek Jeter

Jeter, who delivered a key two-run homer in the Yankees’ 7-2 win in Game 1, continued to thrive in the clutch, answering the Twins’ run in the sixth inning with a double that led to a New York run.

Sense of October
Pinch-runner Brett Gardner stole second base and induced a wild pickoff throw to second from pitcher Joe Nathan to put a runner on third in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Lines of the Game
Derek Jeter
4 AB, 2B, R
Jeter had one of the Yankees’ two hits off Nick Blackburn and scored New York’s first run.

Phil Hughes
2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, K
The usually stoic Hughes struggled in his second career postseason relief appearance, giving way to a two-run Twins lead in the eighth.

Next step
The Yankees will fly to Minnesota for Saturday’s off-day before handing the ball to Andy Pettitte, looking for a series sweep in Game 3.

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