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Andy Pettitte to pitch in Tampa on Monday

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte delivers in

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte delivers in the first inning of a Double-A baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Erie Seawolves in Trenton, N.J. (April 25, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Andy Pettitte, scheduled to pitch Monday for Double-A Trenton in Portland, Maine, instead will head south and start for Class A Tampa, Brian Cashman said. Temperatures in Portland are forecast to drop into the low 40s Monday night, and the Yankees are wary of sending the 39-year-old into that kind of cold.

Meanwhile, Girardi said the Roger Clemens perjury trial -- in which Pettitte is expected to be a witness -- won't impact when the Yankees decide to insert Pettitte in the rotation. And he doesn't expect it to be a distraction.

"Andy's pretty good at blocking things out,'' Girardi said. "It might keep him from being with us as much as he should be, but I think he'll be able to block it out.''

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