CLEVELAND -- A. J. Burnett has been talking a pretty good game ever since he joined the Pirates. Evidently, he can still pitch one, too.The veteran right-hander, who has received so much credit for preaching and leading the club into a new mindset, put his mound where his mouth is on Saturday, pitching an end to the Bucs' four-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Indians before 30,408 at Progressive Field. "It's fun to take the mound for a bunch of guys like this," Burnett said. "They come out and play hard every day." It was a lot more fun on Saturday, when the Pirates hit as well as played hard. They started their four-homer game against Ubaldo Jimenez and enjoyed an add-on afternoon against the Indians bullpen. "We made Jimenez work a little bit," said Clint Hurdle, Jimenez's original manager with the Rockies in 2007. "Then we were able to pile on late, to make it more comfortable for everybody."
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