ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) â€” A.J. Burnett pitched seven strong innings and Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs apiece Sunday to lead the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.
Burnett (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits as the World Series champions wrapped up a season-opening six-game road trip with a pair of wins after dropping the opener of a weekend series at Tropicana Field.
CC Sabathia took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning of Saturday's 10-0 rout. Burnett gave up singles to Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford to start Sunday's game, then limited Tampa Bay to four hits over the next six innings.
Joba Chamberlain pitched the eighth, allowing a RBI triple to Crawford. Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.