CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Burnett started against his former Pittsburgh teammates, giving up one run in two innings Sunday as the Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.
Burnett allowed one hit, struck out one and took the loss in his spring training debut. He went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA last year in helping pitch the Pirates back into the playoffs, then signed as a free agent with the Phillies last month.
Josh Harrison homered for the Pirates in the sixth off Antonio Bastardo. Pittsburgh also hit three doubles, including top prospect Gregory Polanco's shot off Burnett in the first.
Pirates starter Stolmy Pimentel threw two scoreless innings. He made five appearances in the majors last year and is projected to start the season in Pittsburgh's rotation. Pimentel came to the Pirates a year ago in the trade for Joel Hanrahan.
Phillies: Burnett spent the last two years with the Pirates before signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies on Feb. 11, providing much-needed pitching depth for Ryne Sandberg's squad.
"It felt good. Felt better in the first (inning)," said the 37-year-old Burnett. "That first time sitting down and getting back up, it makes you realize how old you are."
Pirates: Pimentel allowed one hit and struck out one. Pimentel, 24, is out of options, meaning the Pirates could lose him on the waiver wire if he doesn't make the 25-man roster out of camp.
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