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Rejuvenated Burnett off to spectacular start in final season

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett isn't pitching like a guy sprinting toward retirement. The 38-year-old Burnett is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA heading into a game Saturday against the New York Mets. Burnett's ERA is second in the majors and he's been one of the few constant bright spots for the Pirates, who are hovering around .500 one-quarter of the way through the...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Much better

As awesome as Gerrit Cole has been, the Pirates have a new stopper for the time being: A.J. Burnett. Once again, you can’t say enough about how good Burnett has been. He has still yet to allow more than two runs in a start. (Today he allowed zero.) His 1.38 ERA is 2nd-best in all of baseball. And he was the guy on the mound when the Pirates ended their last two losing streaks....
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Phillies’ Sean O’Sullivan snares a line drive with bare hand

Guided by reflex and not by rational thought, Phillies pitcher Sean O’Sullivan apparently forgot that he should use his glove when fielding a line drive hit back to the mound. During the second inning of Tuesday’s game between the Phillies and Pirates, O’Sullivan not only caught a ball hit off the bat of A.J. Burnett with his bare hand, but he made it look easy. OK, to be...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett vs. his tormentors

Players talk about “home town discounts” all the time, but rarely has it borne itself out as dramatically as AJ Burnett’s return to Pittsburgh; he spent one ugly year in Philadelphia and then turned his nose up at $12-13 million dollars when it came time to decide on his player option. In the same breath, he had his agent call the Pirates and came back to pitch for the Bucs...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Burnett Gets First Win as Pirates Avoid Sweep Against Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Finally, the bats in Pittsburgh have come to life. The Pirates scored more runs last night than they had in their previous five games combined – all losses – to beat the Cincinnati Reds and...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

About time those bats showed up

I suppose it’s fitting that the night the Pirate bats finally woke up came with A.J. Burnett on the mound. Burnett maintained his streak of allowing two runs or less in every start this season, but just now picked up his first win in his sixth game. Really, that’s all it was. The offense came to life and Burnett had another strong outing. The top of the order – including Andrew...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
14 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett reaches 2400 strikeouts (VIDEO)

A.J. Burnett is now tied for 40th (with Dennis Eckersley) on the all-time strikeout list with 2401. Here’s number 2400: Pretty cool feat. I don’t know if that many people realize how long A.J. has been around and how many he has whiffed – soon to be in the top-40 all time. This is supposedly going to be his final season, but he may want to think twice about hanging them...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Burnett holding runners better

  A.J. Burnett knows he's knows the quickest to the plate, but he also knows how important it is to control the running game. “I'm not the quickest guy anymore to home,” Burnett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I just try to vary my holds and get them flat-footed.” And so far it appears to be working. The season is only a month old, but Burnett is doing a much better job...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates’ Pitcher A.J. Burnett Isn’t Done Yet

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) A.J. Burnett is not as young as he once was. The 38-year-old right-hander is a seasoned veteran, having spent time with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Pirates, and Phillies in his 15-year major...
Via The Sports Journal
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Birds look to continue bashing Burnett and the Bucs at Busch

A.J. Burnett considered retirement during his second successful season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, then did so again following one the worst campaigns of his career after bolting in free agency. What seems to be sure about Burnett, though, is that a Pirates uniform brings out the best in him. Burnett takes the hill as Pittsburgh seeks a rare victory at Busch Stadium in the...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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