Results for tag: Andy Pettitte
Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 30, 2013 at 02:23:01 PM

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte was so disappointed in the way he contributed to the New York Yankees' unsightly 9-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday that he said he felt "sick to my stomach." Catcher Austin Romine spoke in a whisper and a half about needing to have better communication with Pettitte so that the pitcher could establish a rhythm. The clubhouse emptied in a few minutes on a forgettable night for the Yankees.

But, hidden beneath the debris of the worst loss of the season, there was one Yankee that didn't consider it a forgettable night. For Vidal Nuno, the ugly defeat was a memorable night because he made his Major League debut and pitched three scoreless innings. Nuno was surely the only Yankee that saved a baseball from the game.

"Never thought I would be here," said Nuno.


Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 20, 2013 at 06:52:30 AM

TAMPA - One year ago, Andy Pettitte came to Spring Training as a guest instructor. As Pettitte stood near the first base dugout at Steinbrenner Field and discussed his new role, he looked as athletic as ever. Pettitte looked like someone who could still pitch. Soon, very soon, we all learned that he could.

That gig as an instructor didn't last too long for Pettitte. He came out of retirement about three weeks later to pitch for the Yankees and he is back again in 2013. When Pettitte pitched in 2012, which was only for 75 1/3 innings because of a broken fibula, he was very good. This season, Pettitte expects to be just as reliable.

For Pettitte, being a 40-year old pitcher trumps being a 30-year old pitcher since he suggested that he is a better pitcher than he was a decade ago. Pettitte,

Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Oct 1, 2012 at 12:49:41 PM

The Yankees are in the playoffs, but with three days to go, the Yankees could still land anywhere from No. 1-seeded AL East Champion to No. 5 seed headed West to Oakland for a virtual play-in game. They could begin postseason play on Saturday or be eliminated by then, or even have Saturday be their first day off in almost three weeks.

The Yankees are still alive for the No. 1 seed, and hold the tiebreaker with Texas (by virtue of winning the season series 4-3) for that honor; however, they would lose the tiebreaker with Baltimore (for the right to host a one-game playoff for the AL East crown) and Oakland (for the right to host the Wild Card Game) if they finish as the No. 2 or 4/5 seed.

Amazing how clinching a playoff berth was the “easy” part so far, no? It would take up

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 25, 2012 at 12:35:50 PM

When Andy Pettitte was six years old, he cried after a flag football game because he couldn’t understand why his teammates were so casual. Pettitte wanted to win. They wanted to play. The boy that wept in the backseat of his father’s white Plymouth developed into the determined pitcher who always wants to win, too.

As Pettitte tossed six scoreless innings in a much-needed 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, the image of him as a feisty six-year old flashed into my head. Pettitte has always been a tenacious competitor, a pitcher who scolds himself on the mound after poor results and a pitcher who has fashioned a superb career out of dodging dangerous situations.

The familiar sight of Pettitte allowing baserunners and stranding those baserunners played out

Posted by: Lou DiPietro on Sep 19, 2012 at 11:51:13 AM

Redemption, thy name is Pettitte.

As you’re likely aware, today is the one-year anniversary of Mariano Rivera recording career save No. 602. On Sept. 19, 2011 – a game I was lucky enough to be at as a ticketholder – the Yankees beat the Twins 6-4 to give Mo the record; two days later, they swept a doubleheader against the Rays to clinch the AL East, and Mo only recorded one more save that September.

Flash forward 366 days, and while Mo won’t be on the mound, his fellow hurler from the Core Four will, and he is tasked with a massive undertaking.

It has been exactly 12 weeks since Andy Pettitte walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium with a fractured ankle, courtesy of a Casey Kotchman line drive in the top of the fifth inning of the Bombers’ 5-4 win over Cleveland.

Posted by: FinkThinks on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:46:55 PM

By Zachary Finkelstein

“Showing up is half the battle,” is an adage that has rung true for the Yankees since July 18, when they owned a 10-game lead in the American League East.

The Bombers had been without Andy Pettitte for a few starts at that point, but their division advantage had nonetheless reached its apex. Since then, however, New York’s AL franchise has gone 18-22, the latest loss coming from a 6-1 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers’ bats were quieted by Miguel Gonzalez, a 28-year-old rookie who retired 14 of the first 15 Yankees faced en route to a scoreless seven-inning gem.

Gonzalez, who scattered four hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in the Bronx, is emblematic of the enigma that has blessed Baltimore’s

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:55:32 AM

The images of Andy Pettitte Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium were blissful. He stood near the batter’s box and smacked grounders to his sons. When Pettitte came out of retirement, this was one of the fringe benefits he knew he would have again. He looked content.

The images of Pettitte on Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium were disturbing. There was a liner that caromed off his left leg. Then Pettitte fell to the ground. He crawled for the ball and stopped. He tried to remain in the game, but he lasted one more pitch. He looked morose.

It was a sobering day for the Yankees. Before the 5-4 win over the Indians, manager Joe Girardi revealed that CC Sabathia had a strained groin and would go on the disabled list. The Sabathia news was the equivalent of a punch to the stomach since

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:45:06 AM

The news of Andy Pettitte’s return to the Yankees came in a blur in March, which was followed by an assortment of questions. Why was he coming back? Who would he replace in the already packed rotation? When would he be ready to pitch? How good could he be?

After the hype around the Yankees subsided, it was replaced by hope. The Yankees hoped that Pettitte would prove that he could be an effective starter again. There were dozens of questions about Pettitte’s return after not pitching in 2011, but only one really mattered: Could Pettitte pitch as well as he did in 2010?

So far, Pettitte has answered that vital question in a resounding fashion. He has actually been better than he was in his last full Major League season. Pettitte looked and performed like a confident pitcher

Posted by: FinkThinks on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:22:22 PM

Andy Pettitte will have countless games to reminisce about when he finally hangs up his cleats for good.

His final 2010 start against the Rays will surely not be one of them, however.

The forgettable game, played on a hot July day in the Bronx, was nothing but a bad bounce during the Yankees’ 2010 campaign.

Pettitte entered that afternoon with a sparkling 11-2 record and a 2.70 ERA, on track for a career year during his age-38 campaign. Two and one-thirds innings and one pulled groin later, however, the southpaw was forced to the sideline for more than two months.

Pettitte would eventually return to the hill for five starts -- three during the regular season and two in October -- before going home for a while.  He claimed retirement but really took a 406-day vacation.

Posted by: Lou DiPietro on May 24, 2012 at 04:25:37 PM

The Yankees have played 44 games through Wednesday night, roughly 27 percent of their 2012 schedule. And, for all the coverage their struggles, both offensively and on the mound, have garnered this year, the Bombers sit at 23-21, just a half-game behind the cutoff for a postseason berth.

But on this day off, let’s forget about that for a moment and accentuate the positive.

Taking a page from the annual MLB Awards, here are the five men that would win (at least in this blogger’s mind) the Yankees’ “First Quarter Awards” in a handful of categories.

MVP: Derek Jeter. Sure, Curtis Granderson leads the team in homers, and Raul Ibanez has been a revelation in the middle of the lineup. But The Captain has made it happen all year, and has carried over his stellar