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Pirates' Burnett receives Batmobile-cycle as retirement gift

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett took the mound for the his final regular season start on Saturday night, as he is set to retire after this year.He certainly had a last day to remember.Prior to the game, his agent and financial advisor gave him a Batmobile-cycle as a retirement gift:After 6 2/3 innings and 107 pitches, Burnett exited to a standing ovation at PNC Park:All of...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds spoil Burnett's finale, beat Bucs to stop 13-game skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career, and the Cincinnati Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game by beating the Pirates 3-1 Saturday night to snap a 13-game losing streak. Pittsburgh still needs a win Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Sep. 27

You’ll have to hold out until the last game of this Sunday slate to be rewarded with the best duel, but fortunately it’s nationally televised for your viewing pleasure. Check ’em out: A.J. Burnett (PIT) vs. Jake Arrieta (CHC) 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN Burnett’s been off the radar for a while, but he’s put together a reasonably solid season for the Pirates at age 38. Burnett...
Via The Sports Post
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh used ‘bat signals’ to welcome A.J. Burnett back from disabled list (Video)

A.J. Burnett made his first start on Thursday after being sidelined with elbow inflammation since July. To welcome the 38-year-old back, the City of Pittsburgh projected the logo of one of his favorite superheros on buildings near PNC Park. Burnett is an avid Batman fan and even had special Batman inspired cleats to wear during his first All-Star Game appearance earlier this year...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett returns against the Brewers

Tonight is a pretty notable game for the Pirates for two reasons: one is that it’s AJ Burnett’s first start since a disastrous outing against the Reds on July 30th that forced the Pirates to go out and trade for JA Happ (which was maybe not the worst thing in the world, all things considered). He’s been out just about six weeks with his strained flexor tendon, which is just...
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Burnett closing in on return to make run at division title

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett could return to the mound sooner rather than later after he takes a bullpen session on Tuesday.Burnett went on on the 15-day disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right elbow on July 31. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection and recenly began throwing off a mound.He is expected to test his fastball...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett Not Sweating Lack of Playing Time in Only Career All Star Game

It has been a long time coming for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett; 17 seasons to be exact. After 16 he decided that his 17th would be his last. Wouldn't you know it--it has been the best season of his career (to date). So good in fact that he was finally named to an All-Star squad for the first time in his career.With it being his first (and last since he has decided to...
Via FatManWriting
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Calming Influences of A.J. Burnett

38,000 fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates were lustily booing umpire Vic Carapazza after his phantom foul tip call gave Cardinals’ slugger Mark Reynolds a second chance that he would not waste. Reynolds drove the very next pitch from A.J. Burnett over the left field wall to stake the Cards to a 1-0 second inning lead. PNC Park was a powder keg ready to explode. Francisco Cervelli...
Via Hidden Vigorish
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett Hits First Home Run in Close to a Decade

Pitchers are supposed to save their arms for pitching. They are not meant to be big, brawny guys that go after batting titles or anything. Typically their batting averages are among the worst in the league, and they are certainly not known for hitting the long ball--but Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett sure got a hold of one Saturday night against the Cardinals.It's only the fourth home...
Via FatManWriting
July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

This is what AJ Burnett came back for

After a year in baseball purgatory, AJ Burnett made a beeline back to the Pirates in the hopes of closing out his career on a winning baseball team. Today, Burnett gets the ball with a chance to move the Pirates within 3 1/2 games of the first place Cardinals in front of a national TV audience and a full house at PNC Park. I’m sure that Burnett’s happy with the way he’s started...
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

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