Tigers 10, Yankees 6

Andy Pettitte feels like he’s getting a boost from a full spring


The 40-year-old left-hander stuck out five over 6 1-3 innings in

his longest outing of the year as the New York Yankees lost to the

Detroit Tigers 10-6 Saturday.

Pettitte allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk in his

second spring training outing against a big league opponent. He has

one exhibition start left.

”I feel really good,” Pettitte said. ”I got some balls up,

but I got it right where it needed to be when I needed it. Getting

into the seventh inning was great.”

Pettitte retired before the 2011 season, then changed his mind

last year and reported to Yankees midway through camp.

”It’s my first normal spring training in three years,”

Pettitte said. ”It feels so normal. It feels like I was never

gone, like I never retired.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t have a problem with

Pettitte starting the seventh.

”Andy was great and I though he threw really well,” Girardi

said. ”I’ m encouraged. He gets one more start and we’ll tone it

down a bit to be ready for the season. You saw how well he pitched

last year, so we know what we are getting from him.”

Pettitte said he isn’t concerned with the Yankees’ numerous


”I expect to win,” Pettitte said. ”Even if we have to make

some changes, I expect to win the division.”

Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs and eight hits in six

innings in his first start against major league batters since the

World Baseball Championship.

Bruce Rondon, expected to replace Jose Valverde as Detroit’s

closer, allowing a two-run homer in the eighth to Ben Francisco,

who also hit a solo drive in the fourth against Sanchez.

”Rondon has been inconsistent,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland

said. ”He’s had some good outings and some not so good outings. I

don’t have any idea. There’s still a week to go.”

Eduardo Nunez also homered for New York, and Juan Rivera had

three hits.

Cody Eppley allowed five runs and five hits retiring a batter

and saw his ERA climb to 14.29.

Miguel Cabrera homered over the large screen in center field and

Jhonny Peralta and Kevin Russo also homered for the Tigers. Torii

Hunter and Alex Avila had three apiece.

NOTES SS Derek Jeter took four at-bats as a designated hitter

for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ Triple-A

affiliate in Tampa. He grounded out all four times, but Girardi

said he has heard encouraging reports … Chien-Ming Wang was

signed to a minor league deal and will report to the Yankees minor

league complex in Tampa. He went 55-26 with the Yankees in five

seasons and won 19 games twice. … GM Dave Dombrowski announced

that IF Jeff Kobernus, a pickup from Washington in the winter

meeting draft, was returned to the Nationals. Kobernus, who was

trying to adjust to playing some outfield, batted .220 for the

Tigers this spring training. ”We tried to make a trade and

couldn’t get it, done so we sent him back,” Dombrowski said.