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ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 2: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks off the mound after giving up 12 runs on 12 hits in 2.2 innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 2, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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Uh, A.J. Burnett Is Kinda Great, You Guys

The last time we checked in with A.J. Burnett, he was giving up twelve runs in 2 2/3 innings. We all had a good laugh about that, but since then, it's been impossible to deny that Burnett has turned into the pitcher the Yankees always dreamed he could be. Last night he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 5-0 shutout of the Cubs, and his ERA is down to 3.27. He's 13-3 on the year and has been a savior for a team that would comfortably have a wild-card spot if the season ended today. You were right all along: A.J. Burnett just never fit in the Bronx. It'll be fun when the Pirates and the Yankees meet in the World Series and he pitches at Yankee Stadium.

Photo: Jeff Curry/Getty Images