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Burnett Throws 3 Perfect Innings For Yankees

New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers in the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers in the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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