For most of the last two seasons, setup man Jared Burton has been one of the few players the Minnesota Twins have been able to rely on to deliver night in and night out.
That no longer appears to be the case.
Burton faltered again with a lead in the eighth inning, giving up three runs on three hits and getting just one out in Minnesota's 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night.
''He's had a couple scuffles here,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We desperately need him. He's been very good for us and we desperately need him to get going again.''
Burton had been a revelation after signing with the Twins before last season, overcoming shoulder problems that derailed his career in Cincinnati to become one of the American League's top setup men. But after giving up a homer in a loss to Kansas City on Sunday, he fell apart against the Yankees' struggling offense.
He entered the game with a 4-3 lead and looking to get the ball to superb closer Glen Perkins. But he gave...