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Burnett ready to put Posada issue to rest

A.J. Burnett wants it to go away and he hopes his 33-pitch bullpen session Monday is the start.

“I was looking forward to it from the first day of camp to be able to put that behind us and start working together,” Burnett said of throwing to Jorge Posada. “A lot of stuff was blown out of proportion last year and we’ve talked a handful of times already and we’re just real excited to put that behind us and move on, get better and learn from each other.”

Burnett repeated what he said in the days after the horrendous Aug. 22 start in Boston, when he and Posada couldn't seem to agree on anything, that any issues the two had started with him "not being right" in the head.  

“That’s what started it all, I never questioned Jorgie,” Burnett said. “Never would, never did. I questioned myself and everyone thought I questioned Jorgie but he’s caught in this league a long time and I can do nothing but learn from him and that started today.”

Joe Girardi has already said that Posada will catch Burnett this year and Posada has said this spring he's looking forward to it. Burnett said he was as well.

“I’m real excited,” Burnett said. “I hope he catches every bullpen and every game this spring for me because me coming in here, it [2009] being my first year and all and feeling like I caused that controversy, I don’t want to deal with that anymore.”

*** Burnett said one of his primary goals for this year is to cut down on his walks. He issued a staff-high 97 last year. Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte were next with 76.

“I would like to not walk as many people, go a little deeper in the games and be a little more efficient like Big Man is,” Burnett said, gesturing toward CC Sabathia’s locker. “He’s real efficient with his pitches. He’s 12-15 an inning as opposed to 20-25 an inning, and it helps. Being more efficient in strike 1 and just not give away free bags, let them earn their bases.”

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