A-Rod backs up black-eyed Burnett

A.J. sports shiner, punches out pretty good performance -- and Alex delivers KO

Updated: September 18, 2010, 2:46 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- A.J. Burnett got hit hard again this week.

This time, it wasn't with a baseball bat, and as a result the New York Yankees are back atop the AL East after a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards.

The cause of the damage to Burnett's right eye, which had the red-and-purple glow of a late summer sunset, was not revealed in a tight-lipped Yankees clubhouse. The cause of the damage to the Orioles, however, was plain for everyone ...

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