All posts tagged "A.J. Burnett"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Opening Day Start a First for A.J. Burnett

    It can be hard to find many “firsts” for a player that is entering his 15th season in the big leagues, but when A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs he’ll be having one of those moments — his first career Opening Day start. Burnett, now in...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Starting Rotation

    The Pirates starting rotation shaped up to be a battle for one spot, but Jeff Karstens started having shoulder problems. Karstens appears likely on his way to a spot on the disabled list to start the season, which opened up another place in the rotation. A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

    Pimentel fanned six in five shutout innings Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn't a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees' AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn't manage to complete all his innings...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    A.J. Burnett Struggles With His Curveball Today at Pirate City

    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,...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirate City Notes: Jameson Taillon and A.J. Burnett Starting Today

    The Triple-A and Double-A teams are home for the second day in a row. Today they'll be going up against Toronto's farm system, and the highlight from a prospect standpoint will be Jameson Taillon getting the start for the Double-A team. Over on the opposite field, A.J. Burnett will be getting the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Buying Into The Pickoff; Burnett Has His Best Outing

    A.J. Burnett picked off a runner in the first inning today. It's starting to become a familiar sight this Spring to see a Pirates pitcher picking off a runner at first. On Thursday, James McDonald started the game by allowing a single, then erased the runner with a pickoff to first. Today,...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Clichés Are True in the Short Term, Useless in the Long Term

    A.J. Burnett "got his work in" today. It's very cliché. You hear it all the time during Spring Training right after a starter had a bad outing. "This is one of those outings in Spring Training, you walk away, you say he got his work in, you move on," Clint Hurdle said...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Leroux Getting His Strength Back; Burnett’s Spring Prep

    Chris Leroux lost some velocity and relied on his slider more in 2012 due to his strained pectoral injury. When I was looking over Chris Leroux's stats for the 2013 Annual, I noticed two red flags in his pitch selection. First, I noticed that he was leaning more on his slider in...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Name Burnett Opening Day Starter

    Clint Hurdle has announced today that A.J. Burnett will be his Opening Day starter when the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs on Monday, April 1st at PNC Park. He has also announced that Wandy Rodriguez will get the start in game two on Wednesday night. After that, the rest of the...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: The Starting Pitching Depth

    With yesterday's news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today's news that they're still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to...

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