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Posted: Monday October 8, 2012 12:54AM ; Updated: Monday October 8, 2012 12:54AM

Yankees' Pettitte back to the mound in playoffs

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Andy Pettitte will make his 43rd postseason start on Monday against the Orioles.
Andy Pettitte will make his 43rd postseason start on Monday against the Orioles.
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Andy Pettitte was in his second season in the majors when the New York Yankees last faced the Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs, so forgive the left-hander if his memory of the 1996 AL championship series is a little fuzzy.

"I remember it was a good series. I believe I had the opportunity to pitch," Pettitte said Sunday, hours before the Yankees were to open their AL division series against Baltimore. "It helped us get to the World Series, that's something I remember."

Other than that, not much.

"It was a long time ago," he said. "I'm trying real hard right now but it's as good as I can get. I may be wrong, but I believe I was able to pitch here in Baltimore."

Not only did Pettitte pitch, but he won the clincher. He also started Game 1, although fan Jeffrey Maier's performance was arguably more memorable.

Pettitte is scheduled to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Monday. He will take 42 games of postseason experience to the mound, along with a 19-10 record and a 3.83 ERA.

It's been a crazy year for Pettitte, who came out of retirement to pitch in May and then missed three months with a broken lower left leg. Now here he is, pitching in the playoffs again.

"A lot of ups and downs. A rollercoaster for sure," he said. "When I came back this is what I was hoping to get the opportunity to do. All in all, it's been a good year so far."

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PROBABLY PITCHING: When the Oakland-Detroit series shifts from the Motor City to the Bay Area for Game 3 on Tuesday night, the A's are hopeful left-hander Brett Anderson will be ready to make his first start since getting hurt Sept. 19 against the Tigers.

After missing the last couple weeks of the regular season with a strained right oblique, the A's put Anderson on their postseason roster. He was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in a season limited to six starts by elbow surgery and the side strain.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Anderson feels good, but he wants to wait until Monday to announce whether he'll start the next night.

"Whether we win, lose or draw (Game 2) we'd like to pitch him sooner than later," Melvin said before the A's lost 5-4 to the Tigers and trail 2-0. "Probably not going to draw, though, right?"

The Tigers will send right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the mound in Game 3. Sanchez has been largely lackluster with the Tigers since they acquired him and second baseman Omar Infante from Miami in July for highly touted Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers.

Sanchez was 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA, including a loss in which he gave up five earned runs to Oakland on Sept. 20, but he has given up a total of one run in his last two starts.

"The stuff that he's been throwing out there the last couple of outings, definitely the guy I thought we got," Detroit catcher Gerald Laird said.

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