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Joe Girardi believes Andy Pettitte will pitch for Yankees in 2013

Andy Pettitte speaks during a news conference after

Andy Pettitte speaks during a news conference after Game 5 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles. (Oct. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Andy Pettitte hasn't decided whether he will return to the Yankees next season, though former teammate and manager Joe Girardi already senses that the veteran left-hander will be back to reclaim his pinstripes in 2013.

"Will I be surprised if he comes back? No, I won't," Girardi said Wednesday.

He has exchanged text messages with Pettitte in the offseason. But Girardi said he bases his belief in the way Pettitte pitched when healthy during his first season back from a one-year retirement.

"Andy pitched well again," Girardi said. "So, my sense is he's going to be pulled to come back. He'll have to make a decision."

Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. In 75.1 innings, Pettitte allowed 65 hits, walked 21 and struck out 69. He was 0-1 in two postseason starts, allowing five runs in 13.2 innings.

Girardi has also been in contact with Yankees captain Derek Jeter, whose fractured ankle remains in a cast.

Girardi also questioned the accuracy of a published report, which disclosed the manager's request during the playoffs to have the Yankee Stadium public address announcer not say Alex Rodriguez's name when he was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez in Game 3 of the ALDS against Baltimore. Ibanez hit a two-run homer to win the game for the Yankees.

Girardi reportedly wanted to spare the superstar's feelings.

However, Girardi refused to elaborate on the story, which he called "incorrect."

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