Burnett takes over a starring role

Right-hander steps to the forefront and blows away Phillies to even World Series

Originally Published: October 29, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- From the minute he signed his contract, he has always been That Other Yankees Free Agent, an $82.5 million best supporting actor.

But not on this night.

On this night, it was A.J. Burnett's turn. And no, not just to pitch.

To save the season.

As he headed for the mound on a crisp Thursday evening in October, he knew the stakes. CC Sabathia had lost Game 1 of this World Series the night before -- a development that conjured up the Yankees' worst postseason nightmare. ...

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