Pettitte pitches scoreless inning for Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. – Andy Pettitte dashed out of the Yankees dugout to a standing ovation, then pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday in his first game appearance since the 2010 American League Championship Series.

The 39-year-old left-hander turned in a solid sixth inning of work in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets at George M. Steinbrenner Field, permitting a single and facing the minimum three batters.

Pettitte opened the frame by working to a full count against Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn, who chopped a single into shallow right field.

Scott Hairston popped out to shortstop Eduardo Nunez for the first out of the inning, and catcher Russell Martin – who volunteered to catch Pettitte’s first official bullpen after he signed a Minor League deal on March 16 – gunned down Vaughn stealing for the second out.

Pettitte completed the inning by inducing catcher Mike Nickeas to ground out to second base, receiving another standing ovation as he exited. Pettitte will remain behind in Tampa when the Yankees go north, building to a goal of 100 pitches, and is considered on track to re-join the big league club in early May.

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