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Around the Yankee Galaxy: Worrying about Burnett

How worried should we be about A.J. Burnett? Not just this year, but for another three-and-a-half -

"It's a gut feeling of mine," Girardi said. "The stuff is there, so my gut is to run him out there. You've got to go with what your heart tells you, and my heart tells me to get him back out there."

In five starts this month, Burnett is 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA, one of the worst stretches by a Yankees starter in recent memory.

His ERA (5.25) has risen above Vazquez' (5.16). It's hard to remember early May when he was 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA.

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