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No matter what, A.J. must go

If Girardi wants to help Yanks, he'll vote for Hughes and banish Burnett to the bullpen

Updated: September 1, 2011, 3:02 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- Phil Hughes does not belong in the bullpen any more than Mariano Rivera belongs in the rotation, not when A.J. Burnett is available for the human sacrifice required for the New York Yankees to get from six starters to five.

Burnett can go out Thursday night and throw the game of his life against the Boston Red Sox, pitch against them like he did in Toronto, and still Joe Girardi won't be able to trust him in October. The manager showed far too much faith in Burnett in last ...

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