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Around the Yankee Universe, 04.15.09

Here's a quick look at some of the stories floating around the Yankee Universe this morning.

  • A.J. Burnett had a no-hitter through six innings last night, and really wanted the second no-hitter of his career. He isn't very proud of the first one.

Burnett has pined for another no-hitter since stumbling into his first one, for the Florida Marlins on May 12, 2001, when he was 24 and had little more than an electric but erratic fastball.

Burnett walked nine San Diego Padres that night, the most in a nine-inning, complete-game no-hitter. There were so many base runners, he said, that it took seven innings for catcher Charles Johnson to realize the Padres had no hits.

“Embarrassing,” Burnett said. “That was a long time ago. I didn’t know where the ball was going. I’ve always had a goal to throw another one so I could wipe that one away.”

  • In that same story Xavier Nady admits to being worred about what damage today's MRI will show to his already surgically-repaired elbow.

“A lot of times when it’s bothersome, it’s just kind of irritating,” Nady said. “But tonight, it was pretty painful. I’m definitely kind of nervous, but I’m trying to be as optimistic as I can.”

  • Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland thinks he knows why Chien-Ming Wang has struggled in his first two games. That's all well and good. All I care about is how quickly Eiland can fix it.
  • The New York Times discusses the architectural significance of the facade at the new Yankee Stadium.
  • It looks like Alex Rodriguez could return to the lineup earlier than originally expected. That's great news. I have already seen more than enough of Cody Ransom.