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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%: 73/39 | Average Draft Position: 212.49
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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.


Pirates sign pitcher A.J. Burnett to one-year deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Pirates have signed pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract, the team announced.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the one-year deal is worth $8.5 million.

Burnett struggled in 2014, going 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA. He previously pitched for the Pirates in 2012 and 2013, producing a 3.50 ERA.


Report: Orioles offer deal to veteran starting pitcher A.J. Burnett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Orioles have offered free agent starting pitcher A.J. Burnett a contract, according to Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan. However, nothing is close to being completed.

However, one Orioles official told CSNBaltimore.com the reports of an offer to Burnett was "news to me."

Burnett became a free agent in early November after he declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies. The two sides also declined a mutual $15 million option.

The 37-year-old pitcher lost a career-high 18 games in 2014. He also won fewer than 10 games for the first time since 2004. He did toss 213 2/3 innings, while posting a 4.59 ERA and striking out 8.0 batters per nine innings.


A.J. Burnett hits free agent market


(11/4/2014) By formally declining his $12.75 million player option Monday, A.J. Burnett is officially a free agent.

Both the Phillies and Burnett had declined the mutual option for the 2015 season. Despite turning down his player option, Burnett still wants to pitch in 2015.

His agent, Darek Braunecker, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXsports.com, Burnett would not only play in 2015, but he prefers to play for a contender. 


Phillies, A.J. Burnett decline mutual options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett both declined their $15-million mutual option Friday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Burnett has the option of picking up his $12.75-million player option by Monday or becoming a free agent. He went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 190:96 K:BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings in 2014.


Report: Phillies SP A.J. Burnett likely to return for 17th season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) It appears Phillies starting pitcher A.J Burnett will return for a 17th season in the majors in 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Burnett suggested following a rough outing in August that he would "probably" retire, but people close to Burnett believe he will likely pitch next season.

A.J. Burnett will have hernia surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Immediately after the end of his final start of the season, Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett told reporters that he will have surgery to repair his inguinal hernia, MLB.com reports Saturday. Burnett also indicated that he is unsure if he'll pitch again next season.

A.J. Burnett suffers league-leading 18th loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett suffered a league-leading 18th loss in his final start of the season Saturday night at home against the Braves. The right hander permitted four urns on five hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Burnett finishes the season 10 games under .500 (8-18), with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 34 starts. He posted a 190:96 K:BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings.


A.J. Burnett clobbered Sunday against Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett received plenty of run support Sunday in Oakland, but pitched too poorly to take advantage and came away with a no-decision.

Burnett surrendered six runs on three hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was his fourth six-walk game of the year. Burnett fanned three along the way. He was all but doomed by a three-run first inning and was knocked out after allowing a two-run double to Geovany Soto in the fifth.

He will try to perform better against Atlanta on Saturday.


A.J. Burnett indicates he's been pitching hurt this season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett has hinted that he's been plagued by a physical issue this season, but declined to elaborate.

Burnett indicated that he felt terrible much of the year, though he used an unprintable word. Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday, however, that he was unaware of any such problem for Burnett aside from an inguinal hernia that has been known since April.

The veteran starter is 8-17 with a disappointing 4.40 ERA. He leads the majors in losses and walks (87), but is set to make $12.75 million in 2015. Sandberg has been impressed with his durability - Burnett has made 32 starts this season.

"If anything he has displayed just the opposite," Sandberg said about Burnett's health. "Very durable guy with innings, the length that he does give, durable arm. The hernia thing ... from my knowledge, that's been a non-issue."


A.J. Burnett walks four in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took a loss Tuesday, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Padres.

Burnett (8-17) gave up a pair of runs in the first inning Tuesday, but the offense carried him to a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning, where the starter served up a two-run home run and an RBI single to fall behind for good. It's the first time in his last eight starts Burnett has been unable to complete six innings. He owns a 4.40 ERA and 180:87 K:BB ratio in 202 2/3 innings going into Sunday's scheduled start against the A's.


A.J. Burnett suffers 16th loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took another step back on Thursday against the Pirates, dropping to 8-16 on the year. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 4-1 defeat.

Burnett has allowed four-plus runs in six of his last nine starts. He owns a 4.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 31 starts (197 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at San Diego.

A.J. Burnett tosses seven one-run innings in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett earned a win Saturday, giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out four in his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

Burnett (8-15) surrendered his only run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, making Saturday's win just the second time in his last eight starts that he hasn't served up a home run. Burnett owns a 4.29 ERA and 169:80 K:BB ratio in 191 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Thursday.


A.J. Burnett takes another step back on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took another step backward on Sunday against the Mets, dropping 7-15 on the season. He was shelled for five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings of a 6-5.

Over his last five starts covering 32 2/3 innings, Burnett has allowed 20 earned runs. He owns a 4.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 29 starts (184 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Washington.