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Pettitte to start for Yanks Sunday

NEW YORK — LHP Andy Pettitte will be back on the mound in the Bronx on Sunday, and the Yankees are hoping he can again be a reliable presence in their rotation.

Pettitte is set to start against the Mariners in his first major-league outing since he retired after the 2010 postseason.

"I think it will be a great day at the Stadium," manager Joe Girardi said.

Pettitte, who turns 40 next month, returned to the team in spring training and has made four minor-league starts. Even though he was shaky over five innings in a Triple-A start Sunday, GM Brian Cashman said the time is right.

"I think everybody's in agreement that he's not going to really benefit from any more time down there," Cashman said.

PITCHER APPEALS: RH reliever Guillermo Mota appealed his 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test. Mota's agent, Adam Katz, blamed the positive test on a trace amount of a banned substance in children's cough medicine. Mota must begin serving the suspension while appealing.

DUO EXTENDED: The Brewers extended the contracts of general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke. Melvin's new deal runs through the 2015 season. Roenicke's will go through 2014 with a club option for 2015.

INFIELDER RETIRES: Casey Blake, 38, announced his retirement after a 13-year career. Blake hit .264 with .336 on-base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage in 1,265 career games.

GM FINED: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was fined an undisclosed amount for critical comments he made of Phillies LHP Cole Hamels after he intentionally hit rookie OF Bryce Harper with a pitch. In other Nationals news, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, out since April 21 with a right shoulder injury, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. RF Jayson Werth went on the DL with a broken left wrist. And the team signed LH reliever Michael Gonzalez to a minor-league deal.

CLEMENS SAGA: Kirk Radomski, the former Mets batboy who provided drugs to dozens of major-leaguers, described a shipment of human growth hormone he sent to Roger Clemens' house about a decade ago during Clemens' perjury trial. Radomski showed the jury an old, torn shipping label he found under his TV in his bedroom in June 2008.

INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, who had surgery on his lower back March 1, jogged around the field and said he hopes to rejoin the team in June. The three-time All-Star is on the disabled list for the seventh time in four years.

MARINERS: RHP Blake Beavan could miss his next start though he felt better a day after taking a line drive off his right arm.

METS: C Josh Thole went on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. C Rob Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

PHILLIES: 1B Ryan Howard, out all season with a torn Achilles' tendon, took batting practice Monday for the first time since February. There is still no timetable for him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

RED SOX: RHP Josh Beckett, who skipped a start because of a sore lat muscle, was cleared to rejoin the rotation Thursday against the Indians.

ROCKIES: RHP Alex White and LHP Christian Friedrich were recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to join the rotation.

ROYALS: RHP Vin Mazzaro was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to provide support for an exhausted bullpen.

TIGERS: C Alex Avila is expected to miss at least two games with left knee soreness.

Pettitte to start for Yanks Sunday 05/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 11:16pm]

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