A.J. Burnett threw five innings today at Pirate City.
A.J. Burnett got a start today at Pirate City, going up against the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A squad. The right-hander went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.
Burnett got off to a rough start, throwing 22 pitches in the first inning and having the inning ended with two outs. He bounced back in the second inning, needing only 10 pitches to get through the outing. The two runs came on a home run to right field with the wind blowing out. That same wind helped carry a Tony Sanchez home run out in the previous inning.
"I finished strong, that's the main thing," Burnett said of his outing. "I felt better as I kept going out. That's what you want to feel. You don't want to peak early and get tired. I'll take that any day over the opposite."
The right-hander said that he was struggling with his curveball. Burnett usually doesn't start throwing the curve until his third start. To...
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