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A.J. Burnett Has More Wins Than the Boston Red Sox

Not to suggest that A.J. Burnett has been lights out this year or anything — he's taken advantage of some run support to get the ball to the Yankees' bullpen with a lead, thus far — but as of today, April 14, he has more wins than the Boston Red Sox. (Or perhaps we should phrase it this way: Yikes, the Boston Red Sox have fewer wins than A.J. Burnett.) The righty earned his third victory of the season last night, stumbling in a seventh inning in which he surrendered four runs on two homers but leaving with a three-run lead nonetheless. (Wins, obviously, are not a very good stat to judge a pitcher by, though Big League Stew points out he's also held opponents to a .250 batting average and has a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio.) And considering all the questions surrounding Burnett this off-season — ones that haven't gone away yet, incidentally — the Yankees will happily take what he's given them so far, especially after seeing his worst last year. Meanwhile, the Red Sox — a team so universally praised for their off-season moves and picked to win the A.L. East — are still stuck on two wins, after losing twice this week to Tampa Bay and seeing the third game of that set rained out. Having said that, Boston's dreadful 2–9 start to the season would be easier to enjoy if both of those wins didn't come during a three-game series against the Yankees. [IIHIIFII...C]

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