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Yankees call up Andy Pettitte for first start since 2010

May 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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It’s Mother’s Day, sure.

But it’s also Andy Pettitte Day.

As expected, the Bombers have promoted the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will start him on Sunday afternoon in their series-finale with the Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

Cody Eppley was optioned to the minor leagues on Sunday morning to open a 25-man roster spot for Pettitte and David Phelps has been demoted back to his long-relief role to create the necessary opening in the starting rotation.

Pettitte, 39, hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2010 season.

He agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees in mid-March after spending a year in retirement and registered a 3.71 ERA in four rehab starts before getting clearance late last week to return to the Yanks.

Pettitte is expected to throw around 100 pitches Sunday against the light-hitting Seattle lineup.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    What do you mean by “Mother’s Day”? I thought that it was “Old Timers Day”.

    • Utley's Hair - May 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Hey! Who said I had a mother?

      • proudlycanadian - May 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Mine died in 1996.

  2. Utley's Hair - May 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out in HBT land.

  3. buffalomafia - May 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    He is pitching against crappy Seattle? How would Andy do against Texas or Detroit?

    • bigharold - May 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Which is like the reason why the Yankees decided against him making one more AAA start, .. hitting wise the M’s are AAAA.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T and the MGs bassist), RIP.

    • proudlycanadian - May 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Agreed. If you look at some of the old Sam and Dave or Otis Redding videos, Duck Dunn is the blond haired guitarist.

  5. randygnyc - May 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Andy, getting his feet wet with the anemic mariner squad. Get er done.

  6. beastmode5150 - May 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Hey buffalo mania, you mean the tigers that the mariners swept in Detroit and are 4-2 against this year?

  7. proudlycanadian - May 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Pettitte was pitching well until the 4th inning when he gave up a HR to Smoak after a Montero single. With the hit, Smoak moved his average up to the Mendoza line. Millwood is pitching for Seattle and is in trouble as I type this.

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