PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After another strong outing from veteran A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, the right-hander dropped his ERA down to 3.60 on the 2012 season. But because of one rough outing, Burnett's impact on and off the mound is even better if you dig a little deeper.

Burnett got charged with 12 runs on 12 hits over 2.2 innings in St. Louis on May 2. Burnett entered game action with just a 1.38 ERA over his first two starts, which jumped to 8.04 after the rough outing. The 33-year-old became the first Pirates starter to allow 12 runs in a game since Glenn Spencer did so against the Chicago Cubs on April 24, 1932.

"That left a bitter taste in my mouth," Burnett said. "I thought I was better than that game. I know I’m better than that. I’ve just tried to make it a point to go out and not...

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