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Pettitte Pitches Inning In Yankees’ Win

(Credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andy Pettitte threw a scoreless inning in his first game since ending a one-year retirement and the New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Wednesday.

Many of the announced crowd of 10,813 at Steinbrenner Field gave Pettitte a standing ovation when took the mound to start the sixth. The left-hander allowed one baserunner, coming on Cory Vaughn’s single to right.

Pettitte agreed to a minor league contract on March 16, and could be ready to join the Yankees in May.

Ike Davis hit his fourth homer for the Mets, a three-run shot off Freddy Garcia in the third. Dillon Gee gave up one run and four hits over five innings.

Backup catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, then was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a surprise move after the game.

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