A.J. Burnett was almost untouchable in his two Fenway Park starts in 2008, but he was infinitely hitable when he pitched there last year.
“Do you chalk it up to he got too involved in he rivalry? I don’t know,” Joe Girardi said. “Do you chalk it up to he just had a bad year? I don’t know. Obviously we’re going to be able to find out over the course of the season what he’s capable of doing.”
Tonight, Burnett will return to Boston with a chance to get the Yankees first win of the season. He’ll pitch to Jorge Posada, hoping to reconnect after the two struggled together last season.
“I’m going to have to pitch here eventually,” Burnett said. “It just happens to be the first start. That’s in the past, and I think it’s in the past for both of us. We’re just looking forward to getting out there and having fun together.”
Here’s Burnett talking to a few reporters on Sunday.