TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A.J. Burnett threw three perfect innings in his second spring training start and a New York Yankees split-squad beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 on Monday.
Last year was marked by a lack of control on and off the field for Burnett. The right-hander cut both hands smacking a clubhouse door out of frustration, came to work with a mysterious black eye
and went 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA.
Burnett allowed two hits over two scoreless innings last Wednesday against Houston. On Monday, he had one strikeout _ Ryan Howard swinging in the second _ during a 45-pitch outing that included 30 strikes.
Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer and Curtis Granderson also connected against Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt, who yielded five runs in 2 2-3 innings.
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