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Pettitte Shows Well Against His Ex

Monday, March 28, 2005; Page D07

Andy Pettitte felt comfortable on and off the mound in his latest start.

Pettitte allowed two runs over four innings against his former team, but the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees, 7-4, yesterday in Tampa.

Astros' Andy Pettitte winds up against his old team, the Yankees, allowing two runs and three hits in 4 innings. (Kathy Willens -- AP)

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"It was definitely strange," Pettitte said. "It was a good day to come and see some of the guys. It was a great experience being here for nine years."

After spending the first nine years of his career (1995-2003) with the Yankees, Pettitte signed with the Astros as a free agent. He went 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA in an injury-plagued first season in Houston, making just 15 starts. Pettitte had season-ending left elbow surgery in August.

Pettitte gave up three hits, struck out one and walked one during his 60-pitch, 34-strike outing.

"Obviously, I'm happy with the results," he said.

Pettitte has given up four runs -- three earned -- over seven innings in two exhibition starts. He also threw two scoreless innings in a "B" game, and expects to be ready for his first scheduled regular season start April 6 against St. Louis.

"I feel good about where I am," Pettitte said. "I'm still a work in progress. I feel good, but I'm not where I want to be."

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