Not the A.J. Burnett they wanted

The Yankees disliked seeing A.J. Burnett so much, late in the 2008 season, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon were among those who pulled general manager Brian Cashman aside and lobbied to open the wallets and make sure the right-hander landed in the Bronx after electing free agency.

Flash forward to June 2010, and Burnett says he’s not sure who he is right now. He isn’t comfortable pitching out of the windup, his pitches aren’t hitting their spots, and his confidence seems to be fading quickly. 
“It comes down to,” Burnett said, “remembering what it feels like to succeed.”
It is impossible not to wonder if pitching coach Dave Eiland’s excused absence is beginning to show up in Burnett’s results. No offense to Mike Harkey, who is trying to fill in, but no one knows the ins and outs of the Yankees’ starters like Eiland — as pitchers have raved, he can pick up on the smallest hitches on video and deliver those changes in the four-day span between starts. 
“You can’t put it on one person,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously we miss Dave, but to put your finger on exactly what it is, all of us have been here with [Burnett]. We understand what he needs to do. He needs to get it done.”

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Final in Colorado: Rockies 2 Red Sox 1

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Do the Yankees realize that this is one of the worst teams in baseball? They’re making them look awfully good in this series.

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Now Pettitte is getting knocked around in the 2nd inning. He’s pitched a lot of pitches already. 2 runs in so far. You can’t get the pitcher out? Come on Pettitte. You need to shut this down.

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Final in Tampa Bay: Padres 2 Rays 1

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A-Rod bombs!

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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How much does A.J. Burnett miss Dave Eiland?
Posted by: Chad Jennings
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2010/06/22/how-much-does-a-j-burnett-miss-dave-eiland/

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Fan Confidence Poll: June 21st, 2010
By Mike Axisa
http://riveraveblues.com/2010/06/fan-confidence-poll-june-21st-2010-30487/

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Matt,
“saying that this team is getting twice as much from a mistake like Bustnett than from another one in Pavano isn’t saying anything at all.”

Simply saying the Burnett signing wasn’t the worst recent signing.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 21, 2010

Pawtucket (Red Sox) 3
Scranton/WB 4
W: Albaladejo (2-1, 1.31); L: Castro (3-5, 6.65)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_06_21_pawaaa_swbaaa_1
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Tampa
Dunedin (Blue Jays) POSTPONED
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Staten Island 2
Hudson Valley (Rays) 3
W: Garcia (1-0, 0.00) L: Rodriguez (0-1, 3.38)
S: Hubbard (1)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_06_21_staasx_hvrasx_1
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GCL Pirates 8
GCL Yankees 10
W: Quintana (1-0, 3.00) L: Verdugo (0-1, 40.50)
HR: YAN: Sanchez (1), Rosario (1), Duran, K (1)
S: Marte, J (1)
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2010_06_21_pirrok_yanrok_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 22, 2010

Pawtucket (Red Sox) 7:00 PM
Scranton/WB

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Trenton
Erie (Tigers) 7:00 PM

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Tampa
Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7:00 PM

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Staten Island
Hudson Valley (Rays) 6:30 PM

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GCL Yankees
GCL Pirates, 12:00 PM

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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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