Roundup: Pettitte sharp in first outing since 2010
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Andy Pettitte is one step closer to pitching in the majors again.
"It felt good to be able to get out there and get the inning in, especially in a big league game" Pettitte said. "It definitely felt a little weird, there's no doubt about it. Once I got out there, it was just like you never left. It was fun."
Many of the announced crowd of 10,813 at Steinbrenner Field gave Pettitte a standing ovation when he took the mound to start the sixth. The left-hander allowed one baserunner, coming on Cory Vaughn's leadoff single to right.
"Obviously, anytime you get fans to cheer for you, that's a good thing," Pettitte said. "It's all coming back. I feel like the stuff is there. I just have to build stamina."
Pettitte agreed to a minor league contract on March 16 and could be ready to join the Yankees in May.
"It was good to see him get on the hill," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I thought he was all right. I hope that everything goes according to plan, and look at five or six starts to build him up."
Pettitte last played in 2010, when he went 11-3 and was an All-Star. He is 240-138 for his career with the Yankees and Houston.
If his comeback is successful and he's added to the major league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract. He threw nine of 13 pitches for strikes.
"It's nice to hit a ball like that, but it doesn't count," Davis said.
The Mets completed a whirlwind end to spring training. The team traveled across Florida on Tuesday night to play the Yankees and then were scheduled to fly to New York after the game for Thursday's regular-season opener against Atlanta.
"I'm ready for this thing to start," Davis said.
Due to their exhibition schedule, the Mets did not get a chance for an off-day workout at 4-year-old Citi Field, where the team erected a new fence in front of the old wall. The height needed for a home run was lowered to 8 feet from as much as 16 and cutting the distance from home plate by up to 12 feet.
"Of course, you would always like a practice day right before the game, but this year we weren't able to do it," Davis said. "So, we'll just go out there and make do with what we've got and then go win the ballgame."
Backup catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, then was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a surprise postgame move.
Cervelli's demotion came after the Yankees acquired catcher Chris Stewart from San Francisco for pitcher George Kontos. General manager Brian Cashman said Stewart will be the backup, while Cervelli provides organizational depth with minor league catcher Austin Romine sidelined indefinitely because of a back injury.
"What can I say?" Cervelli said. "It's not my decision. I'm disappointed with this. If they want me to prove that I can catch in the big leagues, I'll go there and I'll prove it. Just got to keep moving forward, that's it."
Garcia allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.
Ryan Langerhans and Jorge Cantu also homered at Dodger Stadium, helping the Angels take the rubber game of a three-game set that included a 12-3 rout on Monday night at Anaheim. The freeway foes will play six interleague games this season against the Dodgers, including a three-game set that starts June 11 at Chavez Ravine.
Pujols hit a drive in the first inning estimated at 441 feet. It was his final swing of spring training, and he finished exhibition play with seven homers, 20 RBIs and a .383 average.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Milwaukee slugger Corey Hart homered in his second game back from knee surgery.
Arizona shortstop Willie Bloomquist homered, doubled and singled to drive in three runs and stole two bases in the Cactus League finale for both teams, held at Chase Field.
Hart had arthroscopic right knee surgery on March 6, and made his spring debut Tuesday night.
Joe Saunders allowed three runs and five hits in five innings for Arizona. He struck out five and walked one.
Brewers starter Shaun Marcum gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Josh Donaldson hit two homers and drove in five runs off Yusmeiro Petit, and Oakland avoided a Bay Bridge Series sweep.
After a so-so start to spring training, Donaldson smacked a two-run shot to left in the second to put Oakland ahead 2-1. He followed with a three-run homer to deep left-center in the third for his only long balls this spring.
Donaldson became the starting third baseman when Scott Sizemore tore a ligament in his left knee during Oakland's first full-squad workout this spring. Donaldson finished 4 for 5 in the finale, pushing his batting average up to .270.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Hector Noesi allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings and Seattle won its final Cactus League game.
Noesi, who made two late-season starts as a rookie a year ago with the New York Yankees, solidified his spot as the No. 3 starter with his longest outing of the spring.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin gave up only a first-inning single to Ichiro Suzuki until Seattle bunched seven hits and a walk for five runs in the fourth. John Jaso, who finished with three hits, had a two-run double and Chone Figgins a run-scoring triple in the inning.
Willin Rosario had a pair of doubles for Colorado. Chris Nelson's single in fifth cut the lead to 5-1.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Duffy struck out seven in three perfect innings, helping the Royals to the victory.
The 23-year-old left-hander is one of Kansas City's top prospects. Terry Evans and Mario Sisson hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning for the Royals.
Veteran right-hander Matt Palmer was called in from Triple-A Tucson to start for the Padres and worked four strong innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run.
HOUSTON (AP) -- J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and Brian Bogusevic added a solo shot for Houston.
Chicago starter Philip Humber pitched four scoreless innings before Jose Altuve's run-scoring double and Martinez's drive put Houston up 3-2 in the fifth. Humber allowed three runs and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings.
Astros starter J.A. Happ gave up two runs and four hits while walking two in five innings.
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