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Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

May 13, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010.

What followed was a good but not great reunion.

After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak followed with a blast to left field.

The typically-light-hitting M’s would score two more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of a Casper Wells home run and wound up tallying a total of seven hits and three walks in Pettitte’s 6 1/3 innings of work.

Pettitte did some nice things and got a couple of booming ovations from the Bronx crowd, but he was probably hoping for better in his first start back. He wound up throwing 94 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes.

The 39-year-old southpaw will get another chance to impress on Friday evening against the Reds.

  1. redguy12588 - May 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Oldddd mannnn riveerrrrrr

  2. trevormcnamara - May 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I was there we just needed one more strike on a bad call from the ump and no 2 run 4th inning happens

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      If you have to blame the umps it means you weren’t good enough.

    • redguy12588 - May 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      Those darn umps, always against the Yankees!

  3. aklolzer - May 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    to the mariners. thats like 12 runs given up for any other team.

  4. goskinsvt - May 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Cheaters never prosper.

    • Old Gator - May 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      What world are you living in?

  5. yournuts - May 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Not a bad outing after being away for over a year. I think he will solidify the Yankee rotation after a couple more starts. Welcome back Andy!

  6. beastmode5150 - May 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Kolzer, I think the mariners are like 4th in the AL in hits.

    • goskinsvt - May 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      19th in the majors with 275

    • jwbiii - May 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      They’re 10th in hits, 13th BA, 14th in OBP, 12th in OPS+. . .

      • jwbiii - May 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Right goskinsvt. I meant in the AL.

  7. metalhead65 - May 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    don’t worry yankee fans it will take a couple of starts for the hgh to take full effect.

  8. beastmode5150 - May 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Mariners will be a serious contender by 2015 when their rotation is felix, taijuan walker, James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and. Andrew Carraway. The young hitters are growing, and of some of these pitchers can improve trade value (Vargas, Noesi, beavan) jack z can trade them for more young hitters.

    • djpostl - May 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      As if Felix will want to be anywhere around by 2015. Inside of every star saying “this is where I want to end my career” is one itching to get out after 5 straight season in the neighborhood of 100 losses.

      • Reflex - May 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        As pointed out by others, he’s signed through 2015, so I’d say thats not his choice to make.

      • djpostl - May 14, 2012 at 1:32 AM

        Like we haven’t seen that be meaningless before. If they aren’t winning at a decent clip before they get to that point it is very conceivable that he, like many before him, make it abundantly clear their team should deal him before he just flat out walks.

        Certainly not saying that is the most likely scenario, but unless they make substantial progress it’s definitely on the table I bet.

      • Reflex - May 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        I doubt he would pick his walk year as the year to throw a hissy. That would be counter productive in the extreme for his open market value. Also, they were not a good team when he signed this extension, I really have no idea why their on field performance is assumed to be his metric when it wasn’t the last time.

    • yournuts - May 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Wake me up when 2015 gets here.

  9. beastmode5150 - May 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Dj, you realize he signed a 5 year extension last year right?

  10. trevormcnamara - May 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Let me reiterate, it was a close pitch, but looked like a strike, which would have struck out montero and ended the inning. That was all i was saying

  11. yankeesgameday - May 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    6 and 1/3 of four run ball is EXACTLY what Pettite was supposed to give the team. That srart, after a year of retirement was wonderful. He only gave up 2 homers and had the Yanks scored some runs for him Pettite would have won. All in all it was a very successful day for Pettite.

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