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AJ Burnett named NL Player of the Week

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Bucs starter was 2-0 with one-hitter and 1.02 ERA

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher AJ Burnett has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending August 5th.

Burnett was a perfect 2-0 during the week, notching his 13th and 14th wins of the season. The veteran right-hander led the Majors with 17.2 innings pitched and tied for the Major League lead in wins. Burnett’s 15 strikeouts were the second-most by an N.L. hurler, while his 1.02 ERA ranked eighth among qualifying N.L. starters.

On Tuesday, July 31st the Little Rock, Arkansas native posted a one-hit, complete-game shutout in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Burnett took a no-hitter into the eighth frame before Cubs pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas singled to right field on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. The 35-year-old fanned eight batters in the outing while walking just two on the way to his first complete-game shutout since 2006 and his sixth victory over the Cubs in seven career starts (6-0, 2.78 ERA). The one-hit shutout also marked Burnett’s lowest-hit game since his May 12, 2001 no-hitter at San Diego.

He followed his complete-game effort with an 8.2-inning gem on Sunday, allowing just two runs on three hits in his 20th start of the season, to give the Bucs a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Burnett threw 102 pitches (64 strikes) before giving way to closer Joel Hanrahan in the ninth inning for the one-out save. The win was Burnett’s fourth consecutive victory and the 13th in his last 14 decisions.

With a 14-3 record, Burnett is tied for the Major League lead in wins. This is Burnett’s fourth career weekly award and his first since the week ending April 17, 2005.

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