Marlins RHP A.J. Burnett apologized yesterday for the comments that led to his banishment, and with free agency looming, his agent conceded the episode could be costly.

Manager Jack McKeon told Burnett 30 minutes before Monday's game to leave. Burnett, 28, will continue to be paid but won't be with the Marlins the final week of the season.

The move came after Burnett (12-12, 3.44 ERA) lost his sixth decision in a row Sunday, then said the Marlins play scared because McKeon and his staff are too negative.

"I have always been a very passionate player and person," Burnett said in a statement yesterday released by agent Darek Braunecker. "I often wear my emotions on my sleeve, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. I hope that my teammates always respect that of me, as I trust they know my commitment to winning.

"For those I've offended, I offer my most sincere apologies."

Burnett's contract expires this week, and GM Larry Beinfest said the Marlins won't attempt to re-sign him.

* STREAKING: Jimmy Rollins set a Phillies record by extending his hitting streak to 32 games with a single against the Mets in the seventh inning last night.

Rollins had been tied with Ed Delahanty, who hit in 31 games in a row in 1899. His streak is the longest in the majors since the Marlins' Luis Castillo hit in 35 straight in 2002.

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"I often wear my emotions on my sleeve, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse," the Marlins' A.J. Burnett said.