Andy Pettitte makes spring training debut, afterward says he 'was good and tired'

Derek Jeter talks to Andy Pettitte during a Derek Jeter talks to Andy Pettitte during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa, Fla. (March 13, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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TAMPA, Fla. -- After a recent simulated game, Andy Pettitte said he couldn't be happier with his spring.

"Everything's right there," the 40-year-old lefthander said.

In Pettitte's spring training debut Wednesday night, it wasn't quite that good but the pitcher still, for the most part, was pleased.

"It was really good to get out there," said Pettitte, who allowed a run, four hits and three walks over three innings. "It was good to get out there and see somebody in a different uniform. As far as stuff-wise, I didn't feel great. I felt like my command was nowhere near where I wanted it. But it was good, gives you something to work on for the next time out."

Pettitte walked the first two batters of the fourth and was replaced by Cody Eppley.

"Got through it," said Pettitte, who threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes. "Was good and tired. The last inning that I went out there I was pretty cooked but we wanted to get to 60 pitches and we did that. So it was good."

 

Another zero for Mo

In his first spring outing Saturday, Mariano Rivera threw 15 pitches and retired the Braves in order. Wednesday night, he needed nine pitches, getting three ground outs in the fifth. Rivera was most pleased with the third out of the inning, a Domonic Brown chopper to Juan Rivera at first that required the closer to cover first, a test he wanted to give his surgically repaired right knee.

"Going to first base, that's what I want," he said. "Felt good. Felt normal. That's what I want it to be."

 

Rapada improving

Clay Rapada, out the last week with bursitis in his shoulder, said the plan is for him to play catch Saturday. "Each day it's gotten better," said Rapada, who posted a 2.82 ERA in 70 appearances last season. "It was something bothering me on a daily basis. We just wanted to calm it down."

 

Extra bases

The Yankees have interest in outfielder Brennan Boesch, released yesterday by the Tigers . . . Ben Francisco, signed Monday after being released by the Indians, started in right and hit a two-run double in the first off Cliff Lee . . . The Yankees optioned RHP Adam Warren, INF Corban Joseph and OF Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton.

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