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Pettitte happy with 4 innings of work against Phils

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte throws against the Philadelphia

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. (Mar. 17, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

CLEARWATER, Fla. - For Andy Pettitte, it was about getting some work in against hitters other than those wearing Yankees uniforms.

Pettitte, facing opposing batters for the first time since November, declared his first outing of the spring a success.

"Everything was real good, I was real happy," said Pettitte, who allowed two runs and five hits in four innings. "I was happy with my command. Walked one guy but threw a 3-2 curveball, trying to make a pitch right there. Just trying to put myself in a situation where if I need to make that pitch, to start working on stuff. So all in all, it was just good. I felt good with my mechanics."

Pettitte's first start was supposed to occur last Friday in Viera, Fla., against the Nationals, but the game was rained out and he threw a simulated game instead. Pettitte said he didn't feel like he was behind in his mechanics but needed to get used to facing another team's hitters.

"Even though I felt I threw with great intensity in the bullpen session my last so-called outing, you just can't manufacture the Phillies' batters standing in there," Pettitte said. "Especially with that lineup that you got to face over there. Man, they got a real good team, so this was a real good challenge for me mentally and everything. Just to try to make pitches against that lineup."

Marte's back hit by liner

Damaso Marte left the game in the top of the fifth inning after Ryan Howard smacked a line drive off the pitcher's lower back. Before he was struck, Marte allowed hits to the first three batters he faced, including a three-run homer by Jayson Werth. Marte said he felt OK after applying ice.

"He's going to be sore," Joe Girardi said. "I asked him if he had Bud's [Selig] signature on there. He said, 'Just seams.' But he's going to be OK. He's supposed to throw Friday again. We'll have to wait and see."


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