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 his second season in Pittsburgh, has spent time with the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees in addition to the Pirates but has never been...

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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 have all been penciled in in the top three spots for a while now, and word came in the middle of the week that Jonathan Sanchez would...

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

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 due to per-inning pitch limitations. Odd things like that happen in spring training games, so there’s no point getting stressed about it. By contrast,...

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A.J. Burnett Struggles With His Curveball 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...

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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 start for the Triple-A squad. Garrett Jones will also be in camp, getting at-bats between the two games. The lineups, pitchers,...

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