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If the reports and rumors are true the New York Yankees soon might finally be rid of starter A.J. Burnett.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired about the 35-year-old right-hander and a deal could be in the works.
If the reporta are true, Burnett would be a perfect fit for the Bucs. Burnett would join a Pirate rotation that includes former Yankee Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia, Charlie Morton, John McDonald and Erik Bedard.
Bunrett was 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA and it was his second consecutive season with the Yankees in which he posted an ERA above 5.00. He is 34-35 in his 98 starts overs three seasons with the Yankees.
The Yankees recently added 23-year-old right-hander Michael Pineda and 37-year-old right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to a rotation that includes ace left-hander CC Sabathia and right-hander Ivan Nova, who was 16-4 in his rookie season. The Yankees said that Burnett will have to battle 25-year-old right-hander Phil Hughes and 35-year-old right-hander Freddy Garcia for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Burnett is currently owed $33 million on the two years left on his contract and the Yankees reportedly have offered to pay about $8 million of it. However, the Pirates may be looking to the Yankees to pay more toward that contract in order to accept a deal.
The Yankees would like to clear salary room in order to sign a left-handed-hitting designated hitter from among a group of free agents that includes former Yankees Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui and former Phillie outfielder Raul Ibanez. The Yankees would also like to re-sign veteran backup infielder Eric Chavez.
The Yankees are not likely looking for a player currently likely to make the Pirates 25-man roster in return. They probably are looking at obtaining some minor-league prospects in general manager Brian Cashman’s effort to stock the Yankees’ minor-league system.
So Yankee fans who are thinking the Pirates will trade former Yankee outfielder Jose Tabata or star center-fielder Andrew McCutcheon for Burnett are dreaming. The Pirates will be looking to keep their young stars on the roster but might part with a prospect or two that could help the Yankees down the road.
YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 1
When your team is ailing after giving up 23 runs in two games to the red-hot Blue Jays and needs a real shot in the arm what does the doctor usually prescribe? About 8 CCs of Sabathia.
Sabathia (14-4) calmy climbed the hill at Rogers Centre on Saturday and pitched eight solid innings of one-run baseball to earn his major-league best 14th victory and his seventh in a row as New York finally downed the Blue Jays.
Sabathia, who also has won six in a row against the Blue Jays, gave up only three hits and three walks and struck out eight batters to run his record to 11-1 since May 19. His ERA during that span is a microscopic 1.68.
However, the first inning saw the Yankees and Sabathia fall behind after Rajai Davis walked, stole second and scored one out later on a Yunel Escobar single. The run broke Sabathia’s 24-inning scoreless-inning string.
But Sabathia settled in after that and gave up only an Adam Lind single in the fourth and a John McDonald double in the eighth.
The Yankees, meanwhile, were able to reclaim the lead for good in the second inning off Jays left-hander Ricky Romero (7-9). Andruw Jones followed Nick Swisher’s one-out, ground-rule double with an RBI single to tie the game 1-1. It was Jones’ fifth RBI of the series. After a Brett Gardner double advanced Jones to third, Eduardo Nunez scored Jones on an infield groundout and the Yankees never trailed again.
The Yankees added a run in the third on a play that began with Curtis Granderson at third and Robinson Cano at first and one out. Romero threw a pitch low to Nick Swisher and it bounded to the right of catcher J.P. Arencibia. Cano broke for second and was caught in a rundown. However, second baseman Aaron Hill’s throw back to Arencibia to nail Granderson at home went awry for an error and Granderson was safe.
In the fourth inning, Gardner opened the frame with a hustle bloop double to center. Nunez bunted him to third. One out later, Derek Jeter scored Gardner with an infield single to Escobar at shortstop. Jeter had two hits in the game and with it tied Al Kaline for 26th place on the all-time hits list. He needs just four hits to pass Wade Boggs.
Mariano Rivera was tagged for two bloop one-out singles in the ninth but he struck out Hill and got Travis Snider on a groundout to record his 23rd save in 27 chances this season.
With the victory the Yankees improved their season mark to 54-37 and they remain 1 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Blue Jays fell to 47-48 and they fell 10 1/2 games back in the division in fourth place.
- Sabathia was not at his best or sharpest. But he was still good enough to shut down the Blue Jays, who had raked the Yankees for 31 hits in the last two games. Sabathia used his slider to keep the Jays off balance all afternoon. Sabathia is now ahead of his victory pace last season with 14 wins in 21 starts. He also lowered his season ERA to 2.64.
- Gardner is the hottest Yankee with the bat coming out of the break. In the last three games, Gardner is 7-for-11 (.636) with three doubles. On Saturday, Gardner was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base. He has raised his season batting average from .265 to .279.
- Jones was hitting .205 with only four home runs and 12 RBIs after 81 games. In the two games in this series he has played, he is 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBIs. Jones perhaps was hearing rumors the Yankees might make a change on the bench after Marcus Thames, who had the role last season with the Yankees, was released by the Dodgers.
- Nunez committed yet another error. McDonald led off the fifth inning with a ground ball to Nunez and Nunez’s throw to first got past Mark Teixeira at first. Nunez has now committed a team-leading 12 errors in limited play as shortstop and third base. The error did not cost the Yankees because Jeter was able to turn a double play on the Davis to erase McDonald but the errors are becoming a major concern for manager Joe Girardi.
- Despite reaching on a single in the seventh inning, Teixeira looks absolutely lost at the plate after the All-Star break. He is 2-for-14 (.143) with five strikeouts and three weak infield popups. His 1-for 5 game on Saturday kept his average at an even .240.
- Swisher was 1-for-4 with a run scored, but he had a tough afternoon with home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor and Romero. Romero caught Swisher looking on a slow curve with two on and one out in the third inning. Romero also fanned Swisher looking with one on and one out in the fifth on a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be low in the strike zone. Swisher had words with Tichenor, walked to the dugout and Tichenor then turned to the Yankee dugout and shouted. Girardi came out of the dugout and had some words with Tichenor but there were no ejections.
Injured setup man Rafael Soriano successfully completed a 25-pitch batting practice session on Saturday in Tampa, FL. The next step will be some rehab stints. Soriano has been on the 60-day disabled list since May 13 because of inflammation his right elbow.
The Yankees can tie the four-game series with Toronto with a victory on Sunday.
The Yankees will start 25-year-old right-hander Phil Hughes (0-2, 10.57 ERA), who will be making only his second start since coming off the disabled list. Hughes allowed two runs in five innings his first start against the Indians. He is 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays will counter with converted reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 2.99 ERA). Villanueva has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last five starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Game-time will be at 1:07 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.