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A.J. Burnett, Alex Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez and Chris Carter

Sorry for the delay this morning. Off the Yankees game, I wrote about A.J. Burnett, who had a brutal start against the Phillies. I focused on how Burnett still hasn't gained the trust of Yankees fans, based on the fans' treatment of him and also what I see and hear in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best).

Tyler Kepner, meanwhile, focused on Joe Girardi's reaction to Burnett's failure to cover first base in the fourth inning. I agree with Tyler that George Steinbrenner and Joe Torre would've handled it differently. Yet Girardi learned a couple of years ago, with Robinson Cano, that you can't give a player too much leeway.

What a pleasure it is, meanwhile, to watch Jamie Moyer when he's able to keep opposing hitters off balance like that. Moyer became the oldest pitcher to ever beat the Yankees. With an ERA+ of 88, he's below the league average, but he has given the Phillies innings when they've needed them (you know, because they traded Cliff Lee last winter).

--Alex Rodriguez looked OK at the plate, but very shaky running the bases. Jorge Posada, meanwhile, didn't look too sturdy behind the plate and admitted afterwards that he wasn't yet ready to play two straight games at catcher. So Joe Girardi must continue to monitor his two banged-up veterans.

 --The Mets won again. Not much more to say at this point, except they deserve props for capitalizing on about as easy a week of interleague play as you can get. While at the same time, the Phillies had the Red Sox and Yankees, and the Braves had the Twins and Rays.

--The Mets should consider signing Pedro Martinez, Anthony Rieber writes. I don't necessarily disagree, but it's just not happening. Pedro and the Mets aren't on great terms at the moment.

--Johan Santana has performed better against righties than lefties this season.

--Great piece by the New York Times' David Waldstein about Chris Carter's grandather, who is blind and has been attending the Mets' games in Cleveland.



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