5.17.2012

Mariners dispatch Yankees to spoil Andy Pettitte's return

New York - Andy Pettitte repeatedly shook his head, smiled and glanced at the interview table in the room while he tried his "aw shucks" way - to find something that makes her return to the big leagues feel weird.

Pettitte will be back on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, begin delegated to worship while pitching the seventh inning despite giving a pair of two-run homers in the 6-2 loss to New York for the Seattle Mariners.

As if he never left.

"I can not believe how comfortable it is to me," Pettitte said. "I do not know how to explain it."

Almost lost amid the excitement over the big league appearances Pettitte's first since retiring after the 2010 season are invited Kevin Millwood performance for Seattle - aided by three double plays. 37 years old Millwood (1-4) gave three hits in seven innings and earned 2000 th career strikeout as Seattle avoided a three game sweep.

Pettitte Yankees try to avoid their old friends from the allocation of losses in a rally in the eighth against Seattle four relievers. Robinson Cano walked with two outs Charlie Furbush bases loaded to make it 4-2. Mark Teixeira, though, the strike to end the inning.

The lovefest for Pettitte (0-1) begins when the lefty appeared in a number of players in a video welcoming fans at Yankee Stadium after batting practice. The cheers grew as he walked out of the bullpen warmups and the fans rose to a standing ovation when the five-time World Series champion teammates followed to the field for the first inning.

"I think it was so horrible I was so excited I know we lost today and that is what many people will focus on the -. I really care about it, "said Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher. "We have our son back."

The four core members even got special treatment from being bleach. They solve their protocol after the apple and starts the song to Pettitte that most of the 41 631 who attended to join in on. These creatures usually do not include pitcher start when calling a player's name in the first round.

Yankee Stadium got a terrible calm, though, when Casper Wells homered in the sixth to give Seattle a 4-1 lead in the first season, opposite-field drive of the net on the right-field pole. Justin Smoak homered for Seattle's first hit with two outs in the fourth.

Pettitte will return more important to the Yankees because their rotation is struggling, with Freddy Garcia relegated to the bullpen. But through the first five-game homestand, the starter is 4-0 with a 1.31 team ERA, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought their performance would take some pressure of Pettitte.

39-year broad chest seemed calm as usual in the first major league start in 573 days, since Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against Texas On October 18, 2010. He Sat last season before deciding in mid-March to make a comeback.

In his hat pulled low, and peered over his glove held in front of his nose, as if No. 46 had never left New York.

"To me it looks like he does not answer the Beat," Girardi said.

After the leadoff batter of the Swisher caught Dustin Ackley flies to right to jump the wall, Pettitte walked Wells. Then he Ichiro Suzuki to ground into a double play. Pettitte walked with two outs Alex Liddi second but Mike Carp grounded to end the inning.

Not allowed to hit two outs in the fourth, Pettitte walked the former Yankees expect him to sniper and Smoak lines from Homer to the left. Typical Pettitte showed little emotion on the mound.

Wells homered after a leadoff single in the sixth Ackley. Mariners then loaded the base with one to three straight singles but Girardi stuck with Pettitte, and redness for the first reason. Teixeira stepped on the base and threw home, and catcher Russell Martin is characterized by sliding sniper.

The gunman, wearing pink shoes for Mother's Day, limped off the field.

Pettitte back for one batter out of the seventh and induced 12 groundball her. He left a strong praise in the following 4-1 and waved to fans as he entered the dugout.

"There is no question in my mind how it will all play for me," Pettitte said. "It's not about a beginning. I'll measure it was successful or not returned at the end of October. "

Millwood nearly answered the 2011 season as well, but not by choice. He spent most of the small to the Yankees and Red Sox before joining the Colorado Rockies rotation in August. He signed with Seattle on this offseason.

"I think he's tremendous today," said Mariners manager Eric wedge. "He is a very good job on his secondary stuff."

Millwood has a little trouble with his best start this season. With runners on first and second in the third, he's Derek Jeter to ground the first of two double plays.

Jeter also hit into inning ending double play after Martin Millwood walked to force in a run in the fifth. The Alex Rodriguez grounded a sharp 6-4-3 double play after a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson, one of four layers with at Millwood.

"We've had some big double plays," Millwood said.

Millwood fanned Granderson leading from the fourth to 2,000 th strikeout of his career.

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