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• A.J. Burnett, who signed with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, has a 3.73 career ERA, despite only a 49-50 (.495) record. He has the lowest career ERA among the 44 pitchers who were active this past season and have made at least 100 starts and have a losing career record.
Looking at it another way: There are seven active pitchers (minimum: 100 starts) who have career winning percentages above .600 and ERA's higher than Burnett's 3.73: Andy Pettitte (3.78 ERA), Mark Mulder (3.87), Freddy Garcia (3.93), Bartolo Colon (3.94), David Wells (4.06), C.C. Sabathia (4.10) and Russ Ortiz (4.23).
• Grady Little now gets a "second chance" as a major-league manager, after leading the Red Sox to a 93-69 record in 2002 and a 95-67 record in 2003 in his only two years as a big-league skipper. Little is one of 23 managers in major-league history to begin their careers with 90-plus wins in consecutive years. He's the only one of those 23 who did not return to manage in the majors in either of the two ensuing seasons.
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