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A.J. Burnett strikes back

No longer the wild man, the Bucs' ace is throwing the National League a curve

Updated: August 1, 2012, 2:37 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Whenever A.J. Burnett feels like history is within reach, his mind drifts back to his previous no-hitter.

"I always think about it," he said of his May 12, 2001, no-hitter against the Padres. "I want to clean that one up. That was a wild one."

He's not being modest. Burnett walked nine in that game. It's a wonder he didn't send his cap to Ripley's Believe It or Not, rather than the Hall of Fame.

In the Pirates' 5-0 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night, Burnett ...

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