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Andy Pettitte roughed up in Triple-A

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte made his first Triple-A start Sunday afternoon for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and it was not what one would call successful.

In five innings, Pettitte allowed eight hits, five runs (three earned) and two walks while striking out five. He threw 92 pitches, 59 of which were strikes (MiLB.com Gameday). One of the walks came with the bases loaded.

Pettitte, 39, was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.27 WHIP for the Yankees in 2010, but he retired following the season and then remained retired throughout the 2011 season. He's now struggled in one Double-A start and one Triple-A start during his comeback campaign.

The good news for the Yankees is that Phil Hughes looked good Sunday against the Royals. He threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out seven and walking just one. The bad news is Freddy Garcia is in the rotation until Pettitte shows he's ready to take over.

Prior to Hughes' start Sunday, the Yankees starting rotation was 10-12 with a 5.60 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

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