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34 A.J. Burnett SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/227 | Birthdate: 1/3/1977 | Birthplace: North Little Rock, AR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: No College | MLB Experience: 16 | Salary: $16,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 79/55 | Average Draft Position: 152.26
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Report: Royals might go after Bartolo Colon or A.J. Burnett


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Royals are considering making a run to acquire Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon or Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, major-league sources told the New York Daily News.

However, a major caveat is that the Roayls might not be able to add to the payroll to acquire either pitcher, but that will be determined in the coming days. The Royals' evaluators, however, are said to like both veteran pitchers.


A.J. Burnett struggles against the Mets Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett turned in a tough start Monday against the Mets.

Burnett allowed seven runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two. Burnett found himself in trouble almost immediately. After walking the leadoff hitter, Burnett allowed an RBI double to Daniel Murphy. Lucas Duda would single home another run, and back-to-back doubles would drive in two more. By the end of the first, Burnett trailed 4-0. He settled in for three scoreless innings, but ran into trouble again in the fifth. 

After getting two outs, Burnett walked Lucas Duda and gave up a single to Chris Young. Travis d’Arnaud stepped to the plate and hit a three-run homer off Burnett. He was able to finish the inning, but his day was done.

With the loss Burnett drops to 6-10. His next start will come against the Nationals. 


A.J. Burnett twirls eight scoreless innings vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four hits and four walks in eight scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 loss to the Giants.

Burnett turned in his first scoreless outing since the end of April but was matched across the diamond by Madison Bumgarner. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to square off against the Mets in New York Monday.


Pirates were scouting A.J. Burnett's last start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Pirates had scouts at Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett's last outing Friday against the Braves, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Burnett's name is beginning to pop up in trade rumors, and he's been recently linked to rumors involving the Orioles.

Orioles engaged in 'very preliminary' talks about A.J. Burnett


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) The Orioles have had talks with the Phillies regarding a possible trade for pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to a FOXSports.com report Saturday.

The talks are defined as "very preliminary" according to the report, but the Phillies have reportedly been open to trading just about anyone on the roster. Burnett has a 4.08 ERA in 136 2/3 innings in the first of a two-year deal worth $30 million signed last offseason. 


A.J. Burnett knocked around against the Braves


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett was knocked around Friday against the Braves.

Burnett was hittable during the outing, putting 11 men on base. Burnett allowed six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Most of the damage against Burnett was done in the second inning. Jason Heyward led off with a solo home run. Burnett was able to get the next two outs before giving up two straight singles. B.J. Upton then doubled in a run and Andrelton Simmons followed it up with a two-run single. 

The loss drops Burnett to 6-9 on the season. His next start will come against the Giants. 


Phillies outline post-break rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be on the hill in the team's second-half opener Friday against the Braves, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will be followed by Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick in the three-game series at Atlanta.

Cliff Lee (elbow) will then be activated off the 60-day disabled list to open a series vs. San Francisco July 21. He will be followed by Roberto Hernandez before the rotation resets.


A.J. Burnett pulls out a win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett picked up a win Friday against the Nationals.

Burnett allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out six. Burnett was only threatened twice during the game. Bryce Harper belted a solo home run again Burnett in the seventh inning, and Ryan Zimmerman struck in the eighth. After Burnett walked his second batter of the inning, he was pulled in favor of Ken Giles. Giles proceeded to give up an RBI single to Zimmerman. The run was charged to Burnett. 

The win brings Burnett to 6-8 on the year. His next start will come shortly after the All-Star break. 


A.J. Burnett pitches well in losing effort Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched well but was charged with his eighth loss of the season Sunday afternoon against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Burnett has allowed three earned runs in each of his last three starts. He owns a 3.92 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 19 starts (124 innings). He will make his next start Friday at home against Washington.

A.J. Burnett strikes out 10 in no-decision vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

Burnett tossed three scoreless innings before giving up two runs on a bases-loaded single in the fourth. He gave up two more runs in the fifth, with the second coming on a wild third-strike that would have ended the inning. Burnett owns a 3.92 ERA and 95:51 K:BB ratio in 117 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Sunday.


A.J. Burnett gets little support in seventh loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched into the seventh inning for the sixth time in seven starts Wednesday, but still came out the on the wrong side of a 3-2 loss to the Marlins.

Coming off his first complete game of the season, Burnett tossed seven strong innings in a quality start. He allowed three runs on just five hits in seven innings of work, while walking three batters. He struck out  eight batters on 107 pitches in the loss, which dropped his record to 5-7.

Burnett has a 3.89 ERA in 111 innings of work, though that mark is just 2.59 over his last four starts. He will look to keep the good times going when he takes on the Marlins again next Tuesday. 


A.J. Burnett racks up ground ball outs in complete game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett kept the Cardinals offense off balance all night Friday, in a 5-1 complete-game win.

Burnett finished off his first complete game of the season despite striking out just three batters. He did so by recording 17 of 27 outs via ground ball. He allowed one run on seven hits and one walk, and finished the game at 111 pitches, not even a season-high.

Burnett has alternated wins and losses over his last handful of starts, and is now 5-6 with a 3.89 ERA in 16 starts. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Marlins.  


A.J. Burnett goes eight innings in loss to Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitched well over eight innings Sunday against the Cubs. However, Travis Wood was that much better over eight scoreless innings during a 3-0 win for Chicago.

Burnett (4-6) retired the first two batters Sunday before Anthony Rizzo clubbed a two-out solo home run. Starlin Castro and Ryan Sweeney followed with singles, but Burnett escaped the jam by retiring Nate Schierholtz on a fly out.

Burnett didn't allow another run until Castro's two-RBI single in the third inning. Burnett's final run allowed came on Schierholtz's one-out RBI double in the sixth inning.

The veteran right-handed hurler allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks, while striking out four. It was just the second time this season he didn't issue a walk, but he won his last start without issuing a walk on April 27 at Arizona.

He's slated to make his next scheduled start Friday at St. Louis. Burnett is 2-3 with a 4.98 ERA in seven road starts.


A.J. Burnett ends slide with quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett tossed his first quality start in more than a month Tuesday, in a 5-2 win over the Padres.

Burnett fell behind early after allowing a solo home run to Will Venable in the third inning, but the offense immediately answered back to put him up for good. For his part, Burnett never let the game's outcome be in much down, as he limited the Padres to two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in 7 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out three batters while throwing 53 of 89 pitches for strikes.

Burnett improved his record to 4-5 with the win, while his ERA fell to 4.24. The latter mark had risen in six straight starts before Tuesday's, so he will try to keep moving in the right direction with Sunday's start against the Cubs. 


A.J. Burnett rocked for eight runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett took the loss Wednesday, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and four walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 8-4 defeat against the Nationals.

Burnett (3-5) gave up four runs in the fourth inning, and it didn't get better from there, with the Nationals scoring another four runs in the next two innings before Burnett was removed. He hasn't turned in a quality start since May 3 and now owns a 4.41 ERA and 67:41 K:BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.


A.J. Burnett walks 6, fans 11 in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Phillies starter A.J. Burnett was all over the place Friday, lasting seven innings in a no-decision as the game headed into extra innings.

Burnett was tagged for five runs in seven innings, with much of the damage coming in a three-run second inning. He allowed five hits and six walks, while striking out 11 batters in 116 pitches, as the Phillies went on to win 6-5 in 14 innings.

Burnett remains 3-4 through 12 starts, with a 3.79 ERA in 73 2/3 innings of work> He now leads the National League with 37 walks, while also striking out 64 batters. His next start is set for Wednesday in Washington. 


A.J. Burnett struggles in loss vs. Dodgers Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett was hit with a loss Sunday after giving up six runs (four earned) on 11 hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out three in his team's 6-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Burnett (3-4) managed to keep his free passes in check, walking less that two batters for the first time in five May starts, but he was extremely hittable throughout the outing. He owns a 3.51 ERA and 53:31 K:BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Burnett is slated to take on the Mets Friday.


A.J. Burnett overcomes four walks for win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett struggled with his command at times, but still got back to .500 in a 6-5 win over the Marlins.  

Burnett lasted just five innings, as he racked up a high pitch count thanks to four walks. Still, he also struck out five batters on his 96 pitches, while limiting the Marlins to three runs on three hits in the win.

Burnett has walked nine batters over his last 10 innings, and a National League-leading 30 in his 59 2/3 inning overall. Despite that, he has a solid 3.32 ERA to go with his 3-3 record heading into his next outing, set for Sunday against the Dodgers. 


A.J. Burnett drops second straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett had some control issues Wednesday, and it cost him in a 3-0 loss to the Angels. The veteran right-handed hurler allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out six in five innings.

The Angels got to Burnett (2-3) early, as Albert Pujols scored on Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the first inning following his two-out double. Los Angeles added another run in the second inning on Efren Navarro's RBI single, which was another two-out hit.

Erick Aybar then came back in the third inning with an RBI double to center field, which scored Pujols and moved Ibanez to third base. Burnett walked the bases loaded, but he worked out of the jam by striking out Grant Green and getting Luis Jimenez to ground into a double play.

Burnett has dropped two straight starts. He's allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits and seven walks in his last two outings. He will look to end his losing skid Tuesday at Miami.


A.J. Burnett knocked around in loss to Blue Jays


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett ran into trouble for the first time Thursday, as the Blue Jays knocked him around in a 12-6 loss.

Burnett was tagged for six runs in six innings of work during his worst start of the season. He was tagged for nine hits, with three of them going over the fences, a season-high total. Burnett also struck out four batters and walked for, while throwing 59 of 103 pitches for strikes.

Burnett dropped his second decision of the season, and his record now stands at 2-2. He stille has a 2.90 ERA in 49 2/3 innings of work heading into his next outing, set for Wednesday against the Angels.


A.J. Burnett pitches six one-run innings in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett surrenderd just one earned run on three hits and two walks in six innings while striking out seven to pick up a win in his team's 7-2 victory over the Nationals Saturday.

Burnett (2-1) may have come back out for the seventh inning had a 24-minute weather delay not ended his night with 93 pitches thrown. He owns a 2.06 ERA and 35:19 K:BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. Burnett is up against an old team of his, the Blue Jays, Thursday.


Phillies announce rotation plans following rainout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) The Phillies announced following Wednesday's rainout against the Mets that they will skip Kyle Kendrick, who was scheduled to start Wednesday.

The weekend rotation against the Nationals will be Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels. Kendrick will slide back into the rotation Monday vs. Toronto, and he will be followed by Roberto Hernandez Tuesday before the rotation resets.


A.J. Burnett dazzles in win over D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett took care of the Diamondbacks on Sunday, scattering five hits in eight scoreless innings for his first win.

Burnett (1-1) struck out eight and issued no walks, improving his ERA to 2.15. He threw 102 pitches, 68 for strikes. Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Burnett has allowed only two earned runs.

Burnett will look to make his next start Sunday at home against the Nationals.

A.J. Burnett remains solid, winless


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett had a good day at the mound and the plate Tuesday, but ended up having to settle for a no-decision in a 3-2, extra-innings win.

Burnett limited the Dodgers to just two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work, his third quality start in five trips to the mound. He scattered six hits and a walk in his six-plus innings while striking out five, but remains winless on the season, as the Phillies offense gave him little support in the no-decision.

Burnett is off to a solid start to the season, despite an 0-1 record. He has a 2.73 ERA in five starts, and will look for his first win in his next start, Sunday in Arizona. 


A.J. Burnett lights-out in no-decision Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Right-hander A.J. Burnett hurled easily his best game in four starts in a Phillies uniform Thursday, but could not come away with a win.

Burnett engaged in a pitcher's duel against Atlanta lefty Alex Wood for seven innings, during which he blanked the Braves on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He was saddled with a no-decision, but his performance allowed his team to emerge with a 1-0 victory.

He will attempt to secure his first win with Philadelphia on Tuesday against the host Dodgers.