Burnett has positive showing in debut

It wasn't pretty, but the Yankees pitcher did what the team needed him to do -- win

Updated: April 3, 2011, 11:07 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It wasn't suitable for framing.

But A.J. Burnett did what the New York Yankees need him to do this season -- just win.

Burnett started out like Cy Young against the Detroit Tigers and finished more like Houdini en route to the Yankees' 10-6 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In earning his first victory of the season, Burnett gave up three runs on five hits in five innings of work. He struck out six and walked just one on 86 pitches.

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