Pettitte confident Sabathia can have successful season

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andy Pettitte is confident former New York Yankees teammate CC Sabathia can be successful this season with a diminished fastball that normally tops out in the upper 80's.

''I am just because I know what he can do,'' Pettitte said. ''I watched him too many times and the command that he has, and stuff like that.''

Pettitte was a guest speaker at a camp for top New York minor leaguers. He was 256-153 in 18 big league seasons, including 219-127 in 15 years with the Yankees.

The 35-year old Sabathia missed the Yankees' loss to Houston in the AL wild-card game last fall when he entered an alcohol rehabilitation program. The left-hander was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee.