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A.J. is on when he shrugs off mistakes

Sign of progress in spring? Burnett gives up homer, moves on and retires next nine

Updated: March 12, 2011, 8:41 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

VIERA, Fla. -- It is only a month into spring training, but A.J. Burnett was in regular-season form.

His usual pendulum between good A.J. and bad A.J swung back and forth. He struck out the side in the first, gave up a two-run homer in the second. Then he retired his final nine batters.

For the spring, it is nine innings in the books for Burnett. He has allowed just two runs on four hits, struck out six and has walked none.

So there has been much more good ...

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