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Yankees vs. Tigers: AJ Burnett and Possible Game 4 Scenarios in the ALDS
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AJ Burnett has the fate of the New York Yankees resting squarely upon his shoulders.

Or at least that is what most people think.

A quick look at pertinent numbers for his matchup with Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers, and the potential outcome of the game looks very bleak.

Burnett has not pitched well against the Tigers in his career, going 2-2 with a 6.33 ERA. He also sports a 7.17 ERA in Comerica Park. His career postseason ERA is 5.67.

Those numbers don't exactly inspire any confidence that Burnett will rise to the occasion, harness his great stuff and come up with what would arguably be his biggest win as a Yankee.

Many fans have already given up hope that the Yankees will advance. For many it is a forgone conclusion that Burnett will fail and further add to his resume as one of the biggest Yankee busts of all time.

However, baseball is a team game, and while a lot rides on Burnett's start, there are plenty of ways the Yankees could win or lose Game 4.

Win or lose, Burnett doesn't have to necessarily be the hero or the goat.

Here are six scenarios that could occur tonight for the Yankees.

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