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Yanks come up with a few rules tweaks in intrasquad game

Andy Pettitte was part of an unusual intrasquad

Andy Pettitte was part of an unusual intrasquad game at Steinbrenner Field on Monday. (Feb. 28, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

TAMPA, Fla. - You knew yesterday's Yankees intrasquad game was going to be a quirky affair when Andy Pettitte walked off the mound after getting the first - and only - out of the top of the fourth inning.

1-2-3 innings are common. But a 1-and-done inning? The Yankees wanted Pettitte to simulate game conditions, and to Pettitte, eight pitches apparently were enough to simulate a top of the fourth.

Out came Joba Chamberlain to begin the bottom of the fourth. A two-out bottom of the fourth. Then he was done, and out came Pettitte for the fifth.

The Yankees, in an effort to get work for six different pitchers after a rainout Sunday, played fast and loose with the usual rules of baseball at empty Steinbrenner Field Monday morning.

Chamberlain, Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, Chan Ho Park and David Robertson all threw to pre-set pitch counts against a rotating group of batters. Low minor-leaguers manned the defensive positions for the entire 2-hour, 15-minute affair.

Manager Joe Girardi watched the game from a chair next to the Yankees' dugout, as did CC Sabathia. General manager Brian Cashman caught part of it from the stands behind home plate. Then Girardi drove to nearby Clearwater to watch A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes throw in a real fake game against the Phillies.

In all, eight of the 12 pitchers the Yankees likely will have on their Opening Day roster pitched yesterday. The team is off today.

"I've never had a day like that," Girardi said. "Maybe in a real game you've thrown eight pitchers. We were able to accomplish the things we wanted."

The intrasquad game featured multiple at-bats for veterans Randy Winn and Marcus Thames as well as a half-dozen minor-leaguers, including Long Island product Reid Gorecki.

Gorecki, who was sent to the minor-league camp Sunday, went 6-for-10 with a walk.

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