A.J. Burnett during Spring Training
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 handed the ball to start a season since his debut in 1999. Last season he appeared to be one of the favorites to start on Opening Day but a fractured orbital bone on a bunt attempt in Spring Training put an end to that.
Burnett spoke to the media Sunday afternoon at PNC Park prior to the team's public workout and said that he has "no clue" w...
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