A.J. Burnett knows that popular sentiment is against him starting Game 4. "To be honest with you, I hear it everywhere, but I'm not really paying attention to it. I was told when I was pitching, and I was preparing myself to pitch until told otherwise.
"I know a lot of things have been written. I don't read a lot. I don't dig into it too much, but I do go off with everyday people that I meet at breakfast and lunch and stuff and it's been nothing but positive towards me. I'm just going at it as it's my turn to pitch in Game 4 of the AL Championship."
As for the possibilitiy (one would say likelihood) that Jorge Posada will be the catcher, rather than Francisco Cervelli, who normally has caught Burnett. "We are both confident with each other," Burnett said. "And I have no worries Jorge can handle me. I know he can handle me. Whoever is behind the plate, I'll be ready for it."