A.J. comes up big for Yankees

Bronx Bombers needed Burnett to pitch them into Thursday; he didn't let them down

Updated: October 5, 2011, 3:47 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

DETROIT -- In reality, the New York Yankees weren't asking all that much of A.J. Burnett on Tuesday night.

They weren't asking him to undo all the harm he had done over the past two seasons, when he went a combined 21-26 with a 5.20 ERA.

They weren't asking him to justify his five-year, $82.5 million contract, which since June has looked like a worse investment than Florida real estate.

And they weren't even asking him to re-establish his credentials for the job they had ...

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