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The end is near ... if A.J. remains No. 2

Earth avoids Apocalypse; Yankees won't be as lucky with Burnett as CC's wingman

Updated: May 22, 2011, 2:41 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- A.J. Burnett waved his arm to acknowledge the standing ovation, then disappeared into the dugout for the ritualistic round of pats and handshakes and atta-boys that forever mark the occasion of a quality start.

The Stadium crowd was feeling good in the seventh inning, really good, for these two distinct reasons:

• The world did not descend into the fiery pits of hell at 6 p.m.

• Burnett did not suffer his own unique version of an apocalyptic ...

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