As Joe Girardi came out to remove A.J. Burnett from Monday's game, Derek Jeter huddled with the pitcher for a moment. Jeter, not surprisingly, didn't give an account of what he said and neither, at first, did Burnett.
"It's baseball related," said Burnett, who won for the first time in August in his Yankee career.
He relented, saying that he had asked Jeter before the game for a favor.
"I just asked him to keep an eye on my hand because I feel at times the way I come set, maybe runners can see my grip," Burnett said. "So I made a conscious effort to try and turn my glove in a little bit. That’s what I had him keep his eye on, and he said he never saw a thing."
Burnett called getting his first victory since June 29 "big" and Joe Girardi agreed. Brian Cashman was roundly mocked, and in some ways deservedly so, for seeming to put the blame on Burnett's winless streak on everyone and everything other than Burnett.
But this was a pitcher who, in the seven starts since that victory over the Brewers June 29, was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA.
"Everyone wants to feel like they're contributing," Girardi said. "He had thrown some games where I thought we could have got him wins and we didn't and that's frustrating because I think you're always going to ask yourself as a player, could I have done a little bit more? For A.J. I thought this was a big night."