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Burnett gets chance to stop Yanks' skid

Talented but inconsistent right-hander takes mound against the Twins on Tuesday

Updated: May 25, 2010, 8:58 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- When you listen to greats in the Yankees clubhouse -- the CC Sabathias, the Derek Jeters and the Mariano Riveras -- talk about A.J. Burnett, it sounds as if they should be describing a future Hall of Famer, not a barely over .500 career starter.

From Sabathia to Jeter to Rivera, all you hear about is the uniqueness of Burnett's combination of size, movement and velocity.

What is left unsaid and to the imagination: Do they trust Burnett? Do they feel as if he is the ...

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