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A.J. Burnett, a tough day for the Mets, Justin Verlander and the Sunday Insider

The Yankees lost, thanks to an abominable start by A.J. Burnett. Shocker.

Not much more to say on this guy, is there? He'll stay in the rotation this coming week because the Yankees have a doubleheader coming up next Saturday in Baltimore. Beyond that, however, the only way he should be getting starts is for the doubleheader in September against Tampa Bay (yet to be scheduled) and if the club...

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Why is Jim Thome so beloved? It's not entirely what you might think

Minnesota's Jim Thome rounds the bases on his

(Credit: AP)

As luck had it, I was in Detroit last night - working on a separate project - when Jim Thome went deep twice, joining the 600 home run club. 

And it was a very special thing to witness. I was in the respective house for Barry Bonds' record-breaking homer and Alex Rodriguez's 600th, and both were very cool. But this was different, because of the warmth surrounding Thome and what he did.

The...

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The case of the disappearing DH

Hideki Matsui homered for the 500th time as a professional, counting both Japan and Major League Baseball, as the A's beat the Tigers in Detroit.

It's a great accomplishment for Matsui, and as Jane Lee points out in her story for MLB.com, it surely meant more to him because it helped Oakland pick up a rare victory. Yet it also has to be bittersweet, not only because the A's are terrible, but...

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