Andy Pettitte’s return boosts Yankees

Things are starting to come together for the New York Yankees. After a season filled with injuries to several important players, another one came back to lift the Yanks and gave them hope for the stretch run.

Andy Pettitte finally returned today from an ankle injury that had kept him on the shelf since the end of June and delivered. On a 75 pitch count, he did just that, throwing five innings of scoreless, although not exactly dominant, ball, 46 of those 75 for strikes (61.3%).

Pettitte got his fourth win of the year, as the he and the Yankees hung on to knock off the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays 4-2. The Jays were without top sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Pettitte allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out three. He managed to work through some tough jams set up by bloop singles and a couple of errors by Nick Swisher at first base. His best inning was his last, using his last seven pitches in an easy 1-2-3 inning. Andy often touched 90 mph with his cutters and fastballs but got into quite a few 3-2 counts.

The Yankees got to Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the 1st inning, scoring three runs on singles by Ichiro and Nick Swisher, an RBI double by Robinson Cano, a run scoring groundout by the resurgent Alex Rodriguez, and a sacrifice fly by the red hot Curtis Granderson.

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