- Kieran Darcy, ESPN Staff Writer
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Well, you certainly can't blame A.J. Burnett for this one.
The 34-year-old right-hander pitched seven strong innings on Wednesday night, giving up just one hit -- a home run by Eric Hosmer to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Burnett exited the game with a 2-1 lead after having thrown 115 pitches, but the Yankees' bullpen couldn't preserve it. The Kansas City Royals tied it up in the eighth, and won it in 11 innings, 4-3.
"I felt all right," Burnett said. "I think the main thing is I didn't let the walks bother me like I would in the past."
Burnett was on the wild side Wednesday night, walking five and hitting a batter. But he also had six strikeouts, and worked out of trouble with two men aboard in the second, fifth and sixth innings.
"My command was really good early," Burnett said. "But then I had to turn the page -- who cares if I walk 'em, I've gotta make the next pitch, I've gotta get the next guy out."
Burnett remains 4-2 on the season, but lowered his ERA to 3.38 after Wednesday night's performance. In his last outing, a loss to the Detroit Tigers, he brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and gave up just two earned runs on three hits in seven innings of work.
So it appears that even though the calendar has flipped from April to May, Burnett is still on his game -- a very good sign for Yankees fans.