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06/16/10 12:45 AM ET

Phils of '09 brought out best in Burnett

The last time A.J. Burnett faced the Philadelphia Phillies in the Bronx, he led the Yankees to a 3-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series. On that night last October, Burnett outdueled Phillies starter Pedro Martinez, tossing seven strong innings and allowing just one run on four hits, recording nine strikeouts.

But the Phillies team Burnett will face on Wednesday hardly resembles the team that won the 2009 National League pennant. Since May 17, the Phils have gone just 8-17, posting the second-worst record in the NL over that stretch. In the same span, Philadelphia's offense has put up just 2.6 runs per game, the worst average in the Majors.

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Even with that in mind, however, Yankees manager Joe Girardi knows Burnett's task won't be an easy one as he looks to follow CC Sabathia's lead in keeping the struggling Phillies from breaking out while in the Bronx.

"They're extremely dangerous," Girardi said. "They have power, they have speed and their starting pitching has been pretty good. We went through a little funk, they've gone through a little funk. Eventually, good teams are going to come out of it. Hopefully, they can wait three more days."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made a surprising move on Tuesday to address his team's offensive struggles, moving Chase Utley from his usual No. 3 spot in the lineup to No. 2. In Utley's place, Placido Polanco batted third.

According to Manuel, recent struggles in the No. 3 spot by Utley -- who slugged an impressive 1.048 with five home runs and eight RBIs during the 2009 World Series -- can have a domino effect on the rest of the lineup.

"When we've got guys that aren't hitting, that kind of feeds down," Manuel said. "They look at it like if they get Utley out, they can work on [Ryan] Howard. If they get Howard out, they work on [Jayson] Werth. Stuff like that."

Phillies: Moyer, Kendrick switch spots
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick was originally scheduled to start for the Phillies on Wednesday, but lefty Jamie Moyer will take the turn instead, leaving Kendrick to pitch on Thursday. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said the coaching staff made the switch for two reasons -- first, it likes Moyer following right-hander Roy Halladay, who started on Tuesday. Second, the club wanted to give Kendrick an extra day of rest after he pitched in relief on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Yankees: New mark in the Bronx
With their 8-3 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night, the Yankees have won nine straight home games, setting a record for the longest home winning streak in the short history of the current Yankee Stadium. ... Alex Rodriguez, who has missed the past four games due to a strained right hip flexor, is expected to start at third base on Wednesday.

Worth noting
Including Tuesday's win, the Yankees are a Major League-best 27-5 when scoring first. ... Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Game went on sale to the general public on Tuesday at yankees.com. ... At 138-97, the Yankees are first all-time in Interleague wins and winning percentage. ... After losing on Tuesday, the Phillies dropped to 4-8 in June. ... The Phils are 2-5 in Interleague Play this season. ... The Phillies are 98-126 all-time in Interleague games, including 49-62 on the road. ... Philadelphia has not posted a winning record in Interleague Play since 2007, when the club went 8-7.

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