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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Preamble: For 17 years, the Core Four presided over Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte won five World Series and seven American League pennants before Pettitte hung up his spikes in 2010, creating the somewhat less euphonious Key Three. Then Posada retired at the end of last season taking the Yankees down to the...True Two ?. And when Rivera injured his knee in that freak fly-shagging accident earlier this year, it was like an Agatha Christie novel in the Bronxthen there was one.
But today Andy Pettitte returns to the Yankees, unretiring in the off-season and working his way back into the starting rotation. Does he have enough left in the tank now that he's weeks away from turning 40? Given Pettitte's incredible work ethic and high standards, you have to think he wouldn't come back unless he could deliver. And given the Yankees' pitching woes this season, he can only help.
He also couldn't ask for a better pitching matchup todaythe Mariners' Kevin Millwood is 0-4 this season with an ERA approaching 6.
First pitch is a few minutes away in the Bronx, which means there's still time to call your mom on Mother's Day. (She worries.)
1. Dustin Ackley 2B2. Casper Wells LF3. Ichiro Suzuki RF4. Jesus Montero C5. Justin Smoak 1B6. Alex Liddi 3B7. Mike Carp DH8. Michael Saunders CF9. Brendan Ryan SS
Kevin Millwood, RHP
NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Derek Jeter SS2. Curtis Granderson CF3. Alex Rodriguez 3B4. Robinson Cano 2B5. Mark Teixeira 1B6. Nick Swisher RF7. Raul Ibanez LF8. Eric Chavez DH9. Russell Martin C
Andy Pettitte LHP
Think Extra Pink: In honor of Mother's Day today seriously, have you called your mom yet? the bats in all MLB games today will be pink, with part of the proceeds from their sale going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Three weeks ago, I happened to be in Louisvilleone of the great sports cities in Americawhere I attended opening night at Churchill Downs, went to the Muhammad Ali Museum, and visited the Louisville Slugger factory. And as I learned on my tour, the lumber will be an even more intense pink than in previous years. For those of you keeping score at home, I would say more of a fuchsia as opposed to a Pepto-Bismol pink.
Top first: Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the first time since October 2010 and Dustin Ackley takes him deeeeeeep...Nick Swisher on the warning track in right...and he makes the catch. Welcome back to the Bronx, Mr. Pettitte.
Top first: Casper Wells draws a walk and that brings Ichiro Suzuki to the plate. Ichiro has owned Pettitte throughout his career.
Top first: Ichiro …