A.J. Burnett has been named the NL Player of the Week, after throwing two great starts last week. Burnett started with a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs, striking out eight and walking two in the process. The right-hander carried a no-hitter in to the eight inning, before giving up a two-out single on a 3-2 pitch to Adrian Cardenas.
Burnett followed that up with another gem last night, giving up two runs in 8.2 innings, coming one out shy of his second straight complete game. He gave up one run each in the first and third innings, then cruised the rest of the way. After getting two outs to start the ninth, Burnett issued two straight walks, and was lifted with 102 pitches on the night.
This is the fourth time Burnett has won a weekly award, and the first time since April 17th, 2005....
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