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Pettitte's return pushed back a day

Yanks-Jays rained out, lefty to start Game 1 of Wednesday doubleheader
09/18/2012 5:14 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Yankees fans will have to wait another 18 hours or so for Andy Pettitte’s return to the mound.

The Yankees’ scheduled game with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night has been postponed due to pending rain in New York City, and will be made up as the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. YES will televise the first game at 1:05 p.m., with My9 televising the nightcap at 7:05 p.m.

Manager Joe Girardi held a short press conference Tuesday afternoon following the postponement announcement, and said that he will simply shift his rotation back a day, with Pettitte set to start the opener of the doubleheader. David Phelps will then be the starter in Game 2, with Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Phil Hughes, pushed back to Thursday’s series finale.

“I gave Andy the choice of which game he wanted throw, and that was pretty much the process,” Girardi said in reference to the rotation shakeup. “He said he wanted to throw the first game.”

Girardi also said that Pettitte will remain on the same pitch count of 70-75, and that his decision to push Hughes back and use Phelps Wednesday night instead was made based on a combination of past and future considerations.”

“(Phelps) has pitched very well as a starter for us, and by doing it tomorrow, we get him back in the bullpen sooner,” Girardi said.

As for Pettitte, the rainout and subsequent pushback means that he is likely to only make three more starts instead of the four he had been lined up for – a status to which Girardi quipped, “Yeah, probably, but what are you going to do?”

Toronto manager John Farrell has also announced his revised rotation for the series, and instead of facing LHP Ricky Romero as scheduled on Tuesday, Pettitte will now face RHP Henderson Alvarez in Game 1; Romero will instead take the hill against Phelps in the nightcap, and RHP Aaron Laffey goes against Hughes on Thursday.

Girardi also was asked during his press conference if (and where) Derek Jeter, who is nursing a bone bruise in his ankle, would play both games on Wednesday, but the skipper was less committal about that.

“That’s a wait and see; my guess is he’ll tell me he feels great and wants to play both, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said, and when asked whether Jeter would’ve been the DH or at shortstop on Tuesday, he added that, “I hadn’t even made a lineup for tonight yet, so I don’t know.”

Per the Yankees, Wednesday’s doubleheader will be a separate-admission one, and fans holding tickets for Tuesday night’s game can use them for Wednesday afternoon’s game. If they are unable to attend, fans can also exchange their Tuesday night tickets for any regular-season game in 2012 (pending availability) or 2013.

As for where you can watch the games on television, YES will have full coverage of Game 1, with a pre-game at 12:30, the game at 1:05, and a full post-game show following the conclusion. YES will then also have a pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. prior to Game 2 (which will be on My9 at 7:05 p.m.), and will broadcast the Extra Innings post-game show following the conclusion of that contest.

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