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Burnett tries to remake himself at home in dome

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The evolving Yankee pitching takes another turn Tuesday night when manager Joe Girardi sees if right-hander A.J. Burnett can keep up his decent start to 2011.

It's not exactly the best atmosphere for another step on his comeback from a terrible 2010, when the Rogers Centre was a nightmare for Burnett, a former Blue Jay.

Burnett had a 14.04 ERA in Toronto in two losses last season and was 0-3 with a 9.61 ERA against the Blue Jays overall. On the line is his streak of being undefeated in all 13 of his April starts as a Yankee.

But he's certainly not the only pitching question the Yankees need answered.

With right-hander Phil Hughes on the disabled list and trying to long-toss his way out of a horrible slump, right-hander Bartolo Colon joins the rotation and will start Wednesday in Toronto.

Colon pitched more innings as Hughes' mop-up man than Hughes, who had a 13.94 ERA when he went on the disabled list. Colon has not made a major league start since July 24, 2009.

Since the Yankees have a second off-day this week on Thursday before they go to Baltimore, they might have some flexibility with their rotation.

Girardi would not commit to a rotation after Colon. "We'll see how we want to slate the next three days," Girardi said.

At the very least, Burnett and Colon will start in the comfort of a dome, after the Yankees have played much of their schedule in 40-degree weather this season, at one point averaging 49.9 degrees in their home games.

"You feel like you're going to have decent weather indoors," Girardi said. "We've played in some pretty cold weather and I'm sure our guys will enjoy wearing short sleeves and we can understand why they're wearing them."

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