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A.J. as No. 2 is better than alternative

That doesn't mean Phil Hughes; it means hurting Burnett's confidence with demotion

Updated: March 20, 2011, 2:55 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- There is not a single player on the New York Yankees' roster who is going to have more of an influence on the eventual outcome of the team's 2011 season than A.J. Burnett.

Neither Alex Rodriguez nor Derek Jeter nor Robby Cano nor CC Sabathia nor even Mariano Rivera will have as much of a say in whether there is a parade, or even October baseball, than the talented, erratic, psychologically fragile and oftentimes maddening 6-foot-5 bundle of tattoos and contradictions ...

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