10/09/09 11:05 PM ET
Yankees Short Hops: Game 2
A-Rod continues postseason resurgence as Yanks walk off
By Brittany Ghiroli / Special to MLB.com
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.
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.
7: Combined total of walks and hit batsmen by Burnett, who was wild but effective in working with backup catcher Jose Molina. Game balls
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.
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.
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.
4 AB, 2B, R
Comment: Jeter had one of the Yankees' two hits off Nick Blackburn and scored New York's first run.
2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, BB, K
Comment: The usually stoic Hughes struggled in his second career postseason relief appearance, giving way to a two-run Twins lead in the eighth.
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.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.