A.J. Burnett

Right-hander A.J. Burnett has been solid in his two starts with the Pirates so far this season. After coming off the disabled list on April 21, he blanked the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park by tossing seven scoreless innings, holding them to just three hits while striking out seven. In his second outing with Pittsburgh on Friday, Burnett allowed two runs on six hits over 6.0 innings with eight whiffs.

The 35-year-old, who has over 12 seasons in the big leagues, has not only been impressive on the field, but he is also helping out some of the young arms in the rotation.

"He’s in a very mentoring mode," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Win appropriate. He’s not going outside of himself to do it. He is taken the task, a couple guys in there that we asked him to lead ...

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