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A.J. Burnett pitches well enough to lose

Still his own harshest critic, right-hander takes one step forward, one step back

Updated: September 7, 2010, 9:26 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It is not good enough.

If you want to grade A.J. Burnett on a curve, go ahead, but he has an $82.5 million contract that brings with it a different set of expectations. He has a responsibility as the supposed No. 2 starter of the New York Yankees to not return opportunities the moment he is handed them.

While manager Joe Girardi and captain Derek Jeter said they thought Burnett pitched well enough on Monday, reasoning it was a step in the right direction, ...

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