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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yankees Scour For Pitching, A.J. Burnett 14-4

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

With the Yankees leading the AL East by 5 1/2 games,
and a record that is 21 games over .500 it's tough
to find anyone to feel sorry for them, and yet their
situation could be a bit precarious. Today they
signed Derek Lowe off the scrap heap as they brace
for another DL stint from ace C.C. Sabathia, and
a shaky rotation to fill in for him.

Phil Hughes at 11-10 makes them nervous, Ivan Nova
has a better mark at 11-6 but a worse era at 4.70
and has been shaky recently, and to count on anything
from Andy Petitte isn't very wise at this juncture.
Derek Lowe started out the season like gang busters
while he was with Cleveland with a 6-1 record and a
stingy era, but has fallen off a cliff and the Yankees
hope they can catch him and his 8-10 record & 5.52 era.

All that brings me to A.J. Burnett who the Yankees
traded to the Pirates in the off season and are still
paying more than half his salary. With his 14-4 mark
and a 3.32 era, I can assure you New York Yankee fans
are wondering why he couldn't do this when he was in
New York. That question may never truly be answered
fully, but armchair quarterbacks everywhere will
always speculate, and I do wonder if Brian Cashman
wished he had that one back. I just wonder.

Don't Believe In Plays, Believe In Players - Al Davis

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