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Angels Homer Off Burnett & Rivera In 6-4 Win

Former Yankee Bobby Abreu hit two enormous home runs for the Angels in a 6-4 win against the Yankees on Tuesday night.  AJ Burnett was roughed up to nobody’s surprise.  Mariano Rivera gave up the go-ahead, two-run homer to Abreu in the 9th.

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Bobby Abreu played for the Yankees from 2006-2008.  Abreu has hit 282 home runs during his 16 seasons in the big leagues.  He added two big home runs to his career total on Tuesday night.  Abreu hit a solo shot against AJ Burnett in the 6th inning to even the score 1-1.  He also hit a two-run shot off of Mariano Rivera in the top of the 9th to break a 4-4 tie.

AJ Burnett pitched well through five innings but unraveled in the 6th.  After giving up a game-tying solo home run to Bobby Abreu, Burnett loaded the bases and then gave up a ground-rule double to Jeff Mathis.  The Angels catcher came into Tuesday’s game with a .181 batting average.  A wild pitch with a 1-2 count on Erick Aybar allowed another run to score.  Burnett finished the game by giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.

The Yankees scratched their way back from a 4-1 deficit.  Derek Jeter hit a 2-run single in the 7th inning to tie the score.  After Mariano Rivera gave up the go-ahead blast by Abreu, the Yankees had runners at first and second with one out.  Curtis Granderson nearly grounded into a double play but beat out the throw to extend the game.

With two outs and Mark Teixeira at bat, Curtis Granderson was picked off of first base and eventually got tagged out in a rundown to end the game.  Inexcusable.  Granderson started off the game well with a solo shot in the bottom of the first against Dan Haren, but ended the game about as badly as possible by getting picked off.  After dropping the final two games in a three-game set with the Red Sox, the Yankees have lost three straight.

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