Burnett Wins 3rd Straight, Bucs Top Nationals, 3-1A.J. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaker home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
New Faces And New Questions For NationalsWill replacing home runs with LaRoche's defense pay off at 1st base? Is Werth, franchise the $126 million man, capable of filling the offensive void left by offseason departures, Willingham and Dunn?

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