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He’s back: Andy Pettitte to start for Yankees on Sunday

May 8, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte hasn’t exactly been blowing away minor-league hitters, but the 39-year-old left-hander said over the weekend he was ready to return to the big leagues, and apparently the Yankees agree.

General manager Brian Cashman just announced that Pettitte will be called up to start Sunday against the Mariners, which will be his first major league action since the 2010 playoffs.

Seattle ranks 12th or worse among AL teams in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS, so it’s a nice welcome back matchup for Pettitte.

In four starts in the minors, he threw 17 innings with a 3.71 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio while opponents hit .284. And in his final tune-up, Pettitte allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings at Triple-A. None of which will stop the Yankee Stadium crowd from going nuts when he takes the mound Sunday afternoon.

His last start versus the Mariners? July 8, 2010. Pettitte threw eight innings of one-run ball with Jorge Posada as his catcher and Mariano Rivera closed out the victory.

  1. number42is1 - May 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Sunday = Phelps which makes the most sense ASSUMING Hughes pitches well next time out.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    This should be interesting.

  3. wetmorepsu12 - May 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    at this point, i cant see pettitte being anything more than a back-end starter who’ll go 5 or 6, giving up 3 or 4 each time out. although the yanks should be overjoyed with someone who can eat innings right now out of that 5 spot.

  4. mariner425 - May 8, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I think he may pitch pretty well, but imagine the yankee fans if he gets shelled by the Mariners. The MARINERS?!

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