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With one game, is all forgiven with A.J. Burnett?

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Derek Jeter said this last night, but I’m not sure whether it’s true:

“I think the thing you have to realize it doesn’t make a difference what you’ve done in the past,” Jeter said. “Every opportunity, especially in the postseason, every opportunity you play, you have an opportunity to do something good. (A.J. Burnett) was able to do that.

“No one is thinking about what’s happened prior to tonight’s game. We wanted him to go out there and pitch well. Trust me, I’m pretty sure all New York fans will remember this game as opposed to some of the other games.”

Is that true? Burnett wasn’t good this season, but for the Yankees, the regular season is only important in that it gets the team to the playoffs. These are the games that matter, and when it mattered, Burnett gave the Yankees what the needed.

“A.J. expects a lot out of himself,” Jeter said. “He’s hard on himself, which I think is good at times. But today, like I say, you couldn’t ask for him to do anything more.”

Is that enough to wipe out a season of disappointment? Is it enough to build some trust, and some confidence, for a potential start in the ALCS?

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