A.J. Burnett to start Opening Day

Updated: February 20, 2013, 8:05 PM ET
Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the first time in his career, A.J. Burnett is getting the call on Opening Day.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has named the veteran right-hander the team's starter when the Pirates begin the 2013 season at home on April 1 against the Chicago Cubs.

It's an honor the Pirates expected to bestow upon Burnett last spring after he came over in a trade with the New York Yankees, but Burnett fractured his orbital bone while trying to bunt during his first ...

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