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Andy Pettitte gets standing ovation, pitches scoreless inning

Apr 4, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte took the mound for an inning against the Mets in his spring debut Wednesday and retired three of the four hitters he faced, allowing just a single in the process.

“It felt good to be able to get out there and get the inning in, especially in a big league game” he said. “It definitely felt a little weird, there’s no doubt about it. Once I got out there, it was just like you never left. It was fun.”

Pettitte received a standing ovation while coming out to pitch the sixth inning. Prospect Cory Vaughn led off the frame with a hit, but Pettitte was able to work around it.

“Obviously, anytime you get fans to cheer for you, that’s a good thing,” he said. “It’s all coming back. I feel like the stuff is there. I just have to build stamina.”

Pettitte, attempting a comeback after a brief one-year retirement,  is expected to spend the next month working his way through the Yankees’ minor league system. If all goes well, he could join the rotation at the beginning of May.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Two hours and no comment? Let’s hear it for Mr. Fiddley-Fart! No one is safe leading off first base again.

  2. retief1954 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    NYY. Yawn. Nothing to see here, nothing important here. Just more NYY breathless hype.

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      yes, Andy Pettite pitching is just more breathless hype

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Good to see. Pettitte is a helluva competitor and seems like a class guy.

    Looking forward to the Red Sox facing him at some point this season.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    It was like finding your missing child again after a successful milk container campaign. You know in your heart they’re never coming back, but there he is. Good stuff.

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