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End of the line for Burnett?

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07:20 AM ET 10.08 | Pirates manager Clint Hurdle waited just about as long as he could to name his Game 5 starter. Rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole is Hurdle's choice to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. The past few days Hurdle avoided naming either Cole or veteran A.J. Burnett. Hurdle said he stayed mum for so long to "eliminate any of what we felt might be distractions, either way." ... "It's a difficult decision because (Burnett) meant so much, and we've asked so much of him while he's been here," Hurdle said. "(Busch Stadium) has been a very challenging park for him. If it was any other venue, he would have gotten the ball." When asked whether Burnett will be available in the bullpen Wednesday, Hurdle said, "I don't have an answer for your on that right now."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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October 8, 2013  08:06 AM ET

With an ERA of 31.50 in game one against the Cards this is understandable.

October 8, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Cole looked solid AT Busch..... so this really makes sense.

October 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Lets make this the TotD..... just because...... Cano is speculation, Donnie is speculation, Cubs are speculation, Hunter is in denial. So this is the only one about a playoff team, and a decision has actually been made....

October 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

So I am going to alacran this thread....

October 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET

And I'll do it without mentioning the P or R words that cause great consternation amongst our ranks....

October 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET

So - what do you all think?

October 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Is this good for the TotD?

October 8, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Great games yesterday. And the Cards force game 5. LA slips past ATL. A's ambush DET, and the Rays, live to fight another day.

October 8, 2013  08:29 AM ET

It's the playoffs people...... great baseball is suppose to be in the offing.......

October 8, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's the playoffs people...... great baseball is suppose to be in the offing.......

Would someone tell the Rays defense this? Please?

October 8, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Of course - who knows - maybe the Rays can ambush the Sox.....?

October 8, 2013  08:30 AM ET

It could happen.....



<flips quarter to Angels in the Outfield.......>

October 8, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Now the dingleberries play the video for every page refresh (F5)..... gotta get this rolled over.

October 8, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Anyone else with me?

October 8, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Or Is his the charge of the Lex brigade?

October 8, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Atro's to the left of me.....
Dole's to the right of me.....

God knows what I'm charging into......

October 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

So let this be a time of deep reflection....... look in a mirror.

October 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

So we are almost there....

October 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Will we make it?

 
October 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Don't know

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