Another washout for Pettitte

Need rain? Just send Andy Pettitte to the mound. His soggy spring continued Sunday, as the Yankees tried to tip-toe around the weather forecast but were sent running for cover anyway.

The idea was that Pettitte would pitch after a long rain delay, which is why Damaso Marte started instead of him. But Joe Girardi never thought the game would go three innings without being interrupted, so when Mariano Rivera pitched his inning and Boone Logan got through the third, there was nowhere left to go but to Pettitte.

Pettitte threw 13 pitches in the top of the fourth and buried 87 more into Jorge Posada’s glove in an underground cage, pitching side-by-side with the Tigers’ Max Scherzer, who was also stalled in his start for the same reason. Pettitte has just one Grapefruit League start this spring after Mother Nature interfered on March 12 (Nationals) and March 21 (Tigers).

“It doesn’t matter, to tell you the truth,” Pettitte said. “I will be ready, and there’s no excuses. I’m ready. I feel like if they needed me to go right now and pitch against Boston, I’ll go pitch and battle my tail off.”

So there you go. If you were here today, you might have gotten a little wet, but you saw 3 1/2 innings of free baseball: The Yankees putting up a six-run inning against young Jon Kibler, Johnny Damon tipping his cap, Abraham Nunez and Robinson Cano doing a little Keystone Cops routine on the basepaths, and seeing a fourth inning that looked a whole lot like the climactic scenes of ‘The Fan.’

Here’s the press release from the Yankees:

TODAY’S YANKEES GAME VS. DETROIT AT STEINBRENNER FIELD CANCELED DUE TO RAIN

Today’s game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field has been canceled due to rain.  The game will not be rescheduled, but tickets can be refunded.

Please note that: Refunds will be issued in the same method of payment used at the time of purchase, and refunds will not be accepted after 12/31/10.

All refund information is available at www.steinbrennerfield.com.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE (EDT)
MON - MAR - 29 - at Orioles - 7:05 PM - MASN(Orioles feed)
TUE - MAR - 30 - at Braves - 1:05 PM - CSS(Braves feed)
ss - ss - ss - vs Blue Jays - 7:05 PM - YES
WED - MAR - 31 - vs Twins - 1:05 PM - YES/ESPN
THU - APR - 1 - at Blue Jays - 1:05 PM - -
FRI - APR - 2 - vs Orioles - 1:05 PM - YES/ESPN
SAT - APR - 3 - vs NYFutureStars - 1:05 PM - -
SUN - APR - 4 - at Red Sox  - 8:05 PM - YES, ESPN2

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