A.J. Burnett's season continued to careen off the rails Monday, as the Yankees starter gave up three homers and five runs in the first inning in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks added a run against Burnett in the second inning and another in the fourth. All seven runs were scored with two outs -- Burnett gave up an amazing eight two-out hits in just the first two innings.
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the first inning, sandwiched between solo shots by Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.
At the end of May, Burnett was 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He has lost all four of his starts this month, and after going four innings Monday has a June ERA of 10.35.
When a pitcher drops off this dramatically and suddenly, it's often a sign that there's a correctable mechanical reason. The Yankees certainly hope so, given that they're on the hook to pay him $16.5 million a year through 2013.
-- David Andriesen
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