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Verlander? Yanks fans should fear A.J.

Burnett looms as Bombers' Game 4 starter, forecasting ALDS doom in Detroit

Updated: October 3, 2011, 12:06 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Justin Verlander is no longer the most frightening right-hander in the series, not even close. As ominous season-threatening figures go, the Game 3 starter for Detroit has nothing on the Game 4 starter for New York.

A.J. Burnett is the Yankees' worst nightmare, a pitcher with good stuff and bad everything else. He isn't wired to carry the burdens tethered to a 2-1 division series lead, never mind a 2-1 division series deficit.

And yet there he is lurking around the bend, ...

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