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Andy Pettitte tosses five shutout innings in return from broken ankle

Sep 19, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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Making his first start since suffering a broken ankle on June 27, Andy Pettitte returned to the Yankees’ rotation this afternoon with five shutout innings against the Blue Jays.

Pettitte cruised through Toronto’s lineup, allowing just four singles and two walks while needing 75 pitches to record 15 outs. He struck out three.

And with the Yankees up 3-0 manager Joe Girardi decided to have Pettitte exit on a high note, turning to the bullpen to begin the sixth inning. Toronto’s offense is pretty weak at this point–Jeff Mathis batted fifth and the highest slugging percentage in the lineup was .416 by Colby Rasmus–but it was definitely a very encouraging return for Pettitte.

  1. willclarkgameface - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    My crystal ball is telling me that WWF Bud is going to let the Orioles win the East and have the Yankees in the first-ever AL “play-in” game. By doing so, Bud will let the Yankees win that game and see to it that they at least get to the ALCS.

    • bozosforall - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      I do believe that you do have a crystal ball..and that you once had two, but the first woman that you tried to make a move on in high school kicked you in the crotch and broke it.

  2. randygnyc - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    There was no question in my mind that pettitte would perform well. Why? Because he declared himself ready. Big game pitcher who’s been there and done that.

  3. number42is1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    i NEVER thought i would be saying this but man oh man they need to stop Robertson from coming into close games

    • doctorfootball - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      He’s shaky. No question. I’m actually more worried about Chamberlain than I am Robertson. Chamberlain is the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde player. He’ll shut a team out 1,2,3 in one inning, then surrender 3 runs the next time out.

      • number42is1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        oh Joba was never a question.. he should be on strict mop up duty until further notice… but when Mo went down in May Robertson was the man to go to no question… he has fallen far since then.

      • djpostl - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Chamberlain has been the most consistent guy since Sep 2d if you look at the game logs. Until today he hadn’t given up an earned run since Sep 6th & the inherited runners he allowed in the other day were first in 10+ days. (and the days have featured many appearances)

        Robertson has been much less consistent. (doesn’t include the 2 ERs he got tagged with today)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Just throwing it out there

      • number42is1 - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        DJ – 17 days is a pretty small sample size.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Best that he gets this out of his system now as opposed to the playoffs. He has always put a ton of guys on. Now it seems that is haunting him a bit. Hopefully he’ll be fine.

        Joba has looked awfully good lately too. Remember he is coming back from 2 surgeries, so he needs innings more than anything. Hopefully he gets enough to shake off the rust between now and October.

    • djpostl - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      I just question the pitch calling. He threw 3 or 4 curves out of 25 pitches to a team that is kind of known as a fastball hitting team. When he used it, at-bats went well for him…just didn’t use it neither enough.

      Martin, Rothschild, the team in general needs to do a better job of coming up with attack plans for these hitters.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        It’s entirely anecdotal, but he seems to be throwing his curve a lot less than normal, and his cutter a lot more. I really wonder if he’s still injured.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Hurray for old guys today!

  5. skipperxc - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Jeff Mathis hit fifth? That Jeff Mathis? Holy smokes, what is this world coming to?

  6. uyf1950 - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Andy pitched very well for his 1st game back off the DL. He got into a couple of jams in a couple of the innings but was able to work out of them every time. That’s what you expect and that’s what you get from the seasoned professional Andy Pettitte is.

  7. ericellers - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Bullpen in general is need of something other then that defeatist attitude it plays with? I think perhaps they maybe partaking in some chicken n beer wiliest no one is a look’n?

  8. ericellers - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Oh, but Andy looked… Well, like Andy I guess? Winning while stranding runners. Good job buuurrdy!

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