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Burnett comes up short on big stage

In a game where a strong start was needed to send a message, the pitcher failed

Updated: June 9, 2011, 4:00 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees needed A.J. Burnett twice Wednesday night.

Sadly, Burnett didn't deliver in either case.

In a game that cried out for a hero, for a stellar start in a big spot on the biggest stage in front of the brightest lights, Burnett failed once again against the Boston Red Sox.

Nobody was looking for Burnett to pitch a no-hitter or even a shutout -- just finally beat the Red Sox. The Yankees needed a starter to come out and give them a fighting chance to ...

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