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A.J. Burnett Pitches Gem on Three Days Rest

Dan NoonCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2008

Whether the Blue Jays were showcasing AJ Burnett or not, their decision to start him on three days rest was a pretty good choice.

As AJ's name has been swirling in trade rumors, it seems as though there is no distraction that can rock this guy.

With his record for this year (10-8) already matching his total win total from the previous two years, the Jays might be thinking twice about trading their No. 2 pitcher. Especially with Litsch struggling, and Marcum and McGowan on the DL, AJ Burnett might just be what the doctor ordered.

AJ pitched 8 and 1/3 innings, fanning eight and walking one. Doing this to a line-up like the Yankees, is a great day, but doing it on three days rest is quite the accomplishment. AJ is now 3-0 on three days rest in his career and his stock just jumped a whole lot after Sunday afternoon.

If this writer could play GM for the Jays, I would not consider trading Burnett. Sure the Jays are nine games out of first place in the east, but like Rod Barajas said in a post game interview, "With pitching like we got, you're never out of a race". I agree. Pitching wins, and if the Jays can get healthy, and Halladay keeps up his CY Young season, the Blue Jays will seriously contend for a wild card.

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