A.J. Burnett threw 67 pitches in a rehab start tonight for the Marauders.

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates' starter A.J. Burnett made his first appearance in a game situation, throwing three innings during an intrasquad game at Pirate City. He was scheduled to throw his next game tonight in high-A Bradenton. Rather than stick around in Bradenton for the week, the right-hander had a detour to make, traveling up to Pittsburgh for Opening Day.

"I didn't want to miss it," Burnett said of the trip. "I made sure I was going to be there. I had a good ovation. It means a lot from the people there and I can't wait to get on the field for them."

Tonight Burnett made his first start against another team, making a rehab start for the Bradenton Marauders against the St. Lucie Mets. Burnett, who i...

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