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34 A.J. Burnett SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 1/3/1977 | Birthplace: North Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 17 | Salary: $16,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/74 | Average Draft Position: 211.68
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Pirates SP A.J. Burnett goes seven innings in win over Tigers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett had amazing stuff on Wednesday against the Tigers.

Burnett tossed seven innings, allowed seven hits and just two earned runs before being pulled from the game. He picked up his seventh win of the season in a game where he was never truly in trouble at any point -- he gave up runs off a single and infield groundout.

The run support in the 9-3 win helped Burnett keep his compusure and settle into another good performance.

"The boys came out swinging," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "It was good to see Pedro get one and for Walker to have the day he had (4-for-6). Anytime they come out swinging like that, man, it helps out."

Burnett (7-3) has a 2.05 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 27 walks in 105 1/3 innings this season.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett strikes out five in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett was solid against the Reds on Thursday.

Burnett threw six innings, allowed eight hits and gave up just one earned run in a no-decision. He left the game with a 4-2 lead and a chance to pick up his seventh win of the year, but his bullpen allowed two runs in the seventh inning.

Burnett (6-3) has a 2.01 ERA with 86 strikeouts and 27 walks in 98 1/3 innings this season.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett knocked around for 14 hits on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett gave up a career-high 14 hits on Friday against the Nationals. But somehow he managed to escape with just four runs scored (three earned) over his 6 2/3 innings. Burnett walked one and struck out seven, needing just 98 pitches on the evening.

Burnett (6-3, 2.05 ERA) got into an early deficit when he gave up two runs in the first inning. He then gave up additional runs in the third and seventh innings before being lifted for a reliever.

"I don't think I've ever seen a pitcher go into the seventh giving up double-digit hits like that," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com, "and have the game still in hand. It wasn't his 'A' stuff. But his will to compete got things done and kept us in the ballgame."

This is just the third time in 14 starts this season that Burnett has given up at least three earned runs. But he was still left with his third loss of the season. He's set to square off against the Reds at home on Thursday.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett dominates in nine scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched nine scoreless innings in Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 win against the Phillies.

Burnett was on point throughout the game and only allowed five hits through the nine complete frames. He was relieved by Jared Hughes, who entered the game in the 10th after the game was 0-0 through the first nine innings.

Burnett walked one batter and struck out four, aided by a great defensive effort by the Pirates.

Burnett’s spectacular season continued as his ERA is now 1.89 for the year.

His next start is projected for Friday against the Nationals.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett gives up an earned run in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed one earned run in Monday evening's 2-0 loss to the Brewers. 

This loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Burnett, who had even been victorious after giving up four earned runs in each of his past two starts. Against the Brewers, Burnett went seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one batter and struck out six. 

This is Burnett's sixth game in a row with at least five strikeouts. He now holds an ERA of 2.11

Burnett's next start is projected for Sunday against the Phillies. 


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett earns sixth win of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) After going winless in his first five starts to open the season, Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has now earned a win in his last six starts.

Burnett allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings of work during Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Giants. He also struck out five and walked two. His ERA now stands at 2.20.

Despite earning victories in his last two outings, Burnett has given up a total of nine runs (eight earned) during that time. It was his second-straight start failing to record a quality start.

"You can pitch well and lose, and pitch like I did tonight and still win," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "That's the way it goes, and why I'll never complain about the support I'm getting."

His next expected start is scheduled for Monday against the Brewers.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett on 5-1 start: 'I'm sticking to the things I do'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett won a fifth straight start Thursday at San Diego, improving to 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA through 10 starts.

Thursday was actually the first time all season the 38-year-old veteran allowed more than two runs in a start, but he's enjoyed a nice turnaround after totaling a career-worst 18 losses in 2014 with the Phillies.

"I'm throwing the same stuff I threw when I was here before, or even last year," Burnett said, per MLB.com. "People are saying I'm doing more because I'm executing more. The difference between the last couple of years and this year is that I'm executing more pitches than I'm not, that's the bottom line. I'm just sticking to the things I do."


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett allows five runs in Thursday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett gave up five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings to earn his fifth victory of the season during the 11-5 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Burnett (5-1) struck out six and walked two batters during the outing. His ERA rose from 1.37 to 1.81.

The Pirates gave Burnett a 7-0 lead before Burnett allowed two runs to score in the fourth inning on hits by Justin Upton and Will Middlebrooks. Burnett permitted more runs in the fifth inning when two hits and two errors led to two runs.

By failing to toss seven innings Thursday, it broke Burnett's streak of four-consecutive starts throwing seven innings. He allowed four earned runs during those outings. His next expected is scheduled for Tuesday at San Francisco.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett goes seven solid innings in win over Mets


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett was dominant on Saturday in a win against the Mets. Burnett went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out a season-high 10 batters on the afternoon. He threw 96 pitches, 60 of them going for strikes.

Burnett (4-1) gave up his only run on the day in the fourth inning on a run-scoring fielder's choice by Daniel Murphy. Other than that, he never really got into any trouble, as he allowed just one other runner to get to third base all day. 

“He’s pitching as well as I’ve seen him pitch,” manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s doing his job."

Burnett has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his first nine starts this season, and will take a nice 1.37 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Thursday in San Diego. 


Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws seven shutout IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (3-1) threw seven shutout innings Sunday, scattering three hits, fanning seven and walking five to earn the win over the Cubs.

Burnett tossed 103 pitches and lowered his ERA to 1.38 in the outing.

"I do believe it's the best delivery of his career, at least since we've seen him," Hurdle said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's just connected. He's holding his back side. He's getting out with perfect extension … with the angle he wants. Everything is coming out of the same arm slot."

Burnett has not allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts this season, becoming the first Pirates starter since 1900 to do so.

Burnett returns to the mound for his next start Sunday, May 24, against the Mets.


A.J. Burnett earns second win of year for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates starter A.J. Burnett moved to 2-1 with Tuesday's win over the Phillies. 

Burnett gave up two runs, one earned, in seven innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five. Burnett threw 95 pitches, 65 strikes.

Burnett's next start is Sunday, at the Cubs.  


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett records 2,400 strikeout of career Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett struck out four batters to record his 2,400 career strikeout during Thursday's 7-2 win over the Reds.

Burnett recorded the historic strikeout when he struck out Anthony DeSclafani in the third inning. He became the 41st pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the feat.

"Twenty-five hundred would be a good milestone; 2,400 is just on the way there," Burnett said, per MLB.com.

Burnett surrendered two runs on seven hits over seven innings of work during the start. He received his first win of the season for his effort and his ERA now stands at 1.66. Burnett has not allowed more than two runs in any of his six starts this season.

His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Philadelphia.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett strikes out seven during Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett tossed six shutout innings while striking out seven batters during Friday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Despite not allowing a run, Burnett received a no-decision for his effort after he exited with a one-run lead in the sixth inning. Pitcher Arquimedes Caminero relieved Burnett in the seventh and surrendered the game-tying run. Burnett also walked three batters and his ERA now stands at 1.45.

Despite not allowing more than two runs in any of his five starts this season, Burnett (0-1) has yet to record his first win of the season. He has allowed a total of five runs over his five starts this season.

His next expected start is scheduled for Thursday against the Reds.


Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett strikes out four in no decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. 

Burnett worked efficiently through his start, only running into one issue in the second inning. Burnett allowed a single to Chris Owings, who then stole second base. Tuffy Gosewich then singled to right to bring home Arizona's only run. 

Burnett, who remains 0-1 on the year, lowered his ERA to 1.80 and added four strikeouts to his totals.


Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allows one run, earns ND in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed just one run over his six innings of work in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to the Cubs Monday.

Burnett scattered eight hits in his outing, but allowed just one run in the fifth inning. After putting two men out with two outs, Burnett allowed an RBI single to Kris Bryant to tie the game at 1. Burnett lasted one more inning before getting the hook.

Burnett, still 0-1 on the year, lowered his ERA to 2.00 in 18 innings. He will look for his first win of the year Saturday against the Diamondbacks. 


Pirates' Burnett looking to avenge two losses to Cubs in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett heads into his start Monday against the Cubs with a 7-4 record, 3.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP against the NL Central foe in his career. He has a .219 opponents' batting average against Chicago.

Although, Burnett did not have much luck against the Cubs in 2014. He went 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA in two starts. He's allowed at least three runs in four of his last six starts against Chicago.

The Cubs have totaled 45 runs, which is below the league average of 51.


Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett strikes out eight in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed one run on seven hits in Pittsburgh's 2-0 loss to the Tigers Tuesday. 

Burnett totaled eight strikeouts and two walks in his 6 2/3 innings of work. His only blemish came in the seventh when he walked both Alex Avila and Jose Iglesias. After a Shane Greene strikeout, Burnett surrendered an RBI single to Rajai Davis.

Burnett lowered his ERA to 2.25 and will look for his first win of the year Monday against the Cubs.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett Ks seven, settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett struck out seven and fell two outs shy of a quality start on Thursday against the Reds. He permitted two runs on four hits and one walk over 5 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision. Of his 87 pitches, 58 were strikes.

Burnett will return to the mound Tuesday at home against Detroit. In 16 starts, he went 4-8 with a 3.68 ERA at home last season.


Pirates P A.J. Burnett feeling good, confident


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is feeling good heading into the beginning of the season, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I feel better than I have in the past this time. I'm confident I'm where I need to be," Burnett said.

The right-hander threw four shutout innings in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Yankees, giving up six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Burnett had a career-high 18 losses in 2014, compared to only eight wins. He finished the season with an ERA of 4.59 with 190 strikeouts and 96 walks. 


Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.


Pirates' A.J. Burnett allows five runs vs. Rays Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett surrendered five earned runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 7-6 win over the Rays.

Burnett allowed four earned runs in eight innings in his first three appearances of the spring before turning in his worst Grapefruit League outing Monday, with the Rays scoring two runs in the first inning and adding four more in the fifth. The pitcher has delivered a 12:8 K:BB ratio to go with a 6.38 ERA this spring.


Pirates' Liriano draws Opening Day start for second straight year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Tuesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Reds. It will be the second straight year Liriano starts on opening day for Pittsburgh.

Hurdle also announced Tuesday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will start the second game of the season and A.J. Burnett will finish off the three-game series before Pittsburgh moves onto a three-game series at Milwaukee.

Hurdle added Vance Worley or Jeff Locke, who are competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, will start the fourth game of the season and Charlie Morton will start the fifth game. Hurdle said splitting up Burnett and Morton was important because they have similar pitching styles.


Pirates' A.J. Burnett feels 'good' after first spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett said that he "felt good" after giving up one hit in two scoreless innings in his first spring start Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"Felt good," Burnett said. "I felt better than I've felt in a long time."

Burnett pitched through a hernia last season but underwent surgery to repair the injury in October. He attributed his feeling to being back with the Pirates this spring.

"I think it's everything," Burnett said. "... Guys around, 48 people watching you warm up, it's just great to be here and back. I think that plays in. It makes it free, it makes you want to go out and work on pitching and nothing else, and that's what I'm able to do."


A.J. Burnett only wanted to pitch for the Pirates in 2015


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett had eyes for just one team this offseason, according to FoxSports.com.

Burnett called general manager Neal Huntington during the offseason, and told him he would only negotiate with Pittsburgh. Huntington wanted Burnett back, but admitted the situation was "awkward."

"The last thing we wanted to do was insult him," Huntington said. "At the same time, every dollar we can save in every contract we can re-allocate to another player who can make us deeper, a better club."

Burnett admitted the money wasn't an issue. He actually expected to make less coming off a 4.59 ERA. Burnett actually turned down a $12.75 million option from the Phillies, but was willing to sign with Pittsburgh for $8.5 million. 

Burnett had one of the finest seasons of his career with the Pirates in 2013. He posted a 3.13 ERA over 191 innings with the club. Burnett hinted that 2015 will be his final season, but doesn't want any type of retirement tour. 

"Not a lot of players have a chance to finish up where they want," the 38-year-old said. "I was lucky enough where Neal wanted me."


A.J. Burnett says he'll retire after 2015 season


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/11/2015) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, 38, said the 2015 season will be his last, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Burnett is coming off a disastrous season with the Phillies in which he led the majors in losses (18), walks (98) and earned runs (109).

Per the paper, he's hoping to recapture the form he showed in Pittsburgh when he revitalized his career in 2012-13. In 2013, Burnett led NL starting pitchers in strikeout and groundball rates.