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Andy Pettitte Gets First Win for Yankees Since Ending Retirement

May 18, 2012

Andy Pettitte recorded his first Major League Baseball win since coming out of retirement as the New York Yankees topped the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in interleague play.

Pettitte, 39, last won a game on July 8, 2010, in a 3-1 Yankees victory against the Seattle Mariners. After recovering from a groin injury, he posted a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series on Oct. 7 that year before retiring.

Pettitte, 39, ended his one-season retirement in March and rejoined the Yankees May 13 in New York, taking a 6-2 loss against the Mariners after working his way back into shape in the minor leagues.

Pettitte (1-1) went eight innings tonight at Yankee Stadium, allowing four hits, while walking one and striking out nine for a 2.51 earned run average. He threw 115 pitches, including 78 strikes.

Alex Rodriguez drove in Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning while Robinson Cano added a solo home run and Raul Ibanez contributed a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

Bronson Arroyo (2-2) gave up four runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Pettitte went 11-3 with a 3.28 earned run average in 21 starts during his last season for the Yankees in 2010, when he was limited by a groin injury in the second half.

The left-hander retired before the 2011 season, saying he didn’t have the hunger to play even though his pitching arm felt fine. He didn’t rule out a return at the time and on March 16 this year signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Yankees.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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