When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired A.J Burnett from the New York Yankees on February 19 this spring, the veteran right-hander had an opportunity to join a young ball club and become the ace of the staff. And that's what he continues to do start after start after start.

"I’ve never had a 35-year-old ace on any staff I’ve ever had," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "This is a veteran guy that had an opportunity to come in and be an ace. This is just as enjoyable for me to have a guy like that leading your pack. And to watch what he’s doing not just on the day he gets the ball, but on the other four days, interacting with the starters and the ball club."

Burnett was impressive on the bump for Pittsburgh in his 17th start of the season for the Pirates. The lone run that Burnett allowed to th...

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