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A.J. Burnett has Pittsburgh mentality

Pitcher settles in with Pirates after rocky seasons in New York

Updated: June 18, 2012, 12:10 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

There is a story that illuminates how A.J. Burnett could struggle with the Yankees for most of his three seasons in New York but flourish now in his first with the Pittsburgh Pirates, whose current lineup has never been confused with Murderer's Row. And the tale dates back two Yankees pitching coaches (a turnover that is not Burnett's fault, I swear …).

Even by the midpoint of the 2010 season -- or 1½ seasons before the Yankees finally unloaded Burnett in February in what ...

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