New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte pitches an inning against the New York Mets

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte entered his first Major League game today since October 18, 2010.

The left-hander took the mound, against the New York Mets, to a standing ovation in the sixth inning, and faced three batters.

Pettitte started off by facing Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn, who ended up hitting a single to right field after battling a full count.

After the hit, Pettitte forced Scott Hairston to pop out for the first out. The second out came when Vaughn was caught stealing second, and inning was completed after a ground out by Mike Nickeas.

Pettitte’s fastball reached 86 miles per hour, while his curveball made it to the mid-70s.

“I talked to (pitching coach) Larry Rothschild last night and I realized I would feel good enough to pitch,” Pettitte said yesterday about today’s start. “I bounced back real good and I feel good for an inning tomorrow.”

Pettitte, 39, retiried last year, but on March 16, he found himself signing a minor league contract with the Yanks.

“For me, it’s a no-brainer — I’m not scared,” Pettitte said this March about his comeback. “I don’t think I’m going to fail, but I’m not scared to come back. I’m not worried about that. I’m going to trust that I know in my heart I’m doing the right thing. And I’m hoping and praying that it’s going to be great.”

Pettitte is expected to officially join the Yankees in the Major Leagues in early May.

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