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Pettitte Throws in Extended Game

May 31, 2002

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since April 16 with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, reported no problems after throwing three innings in an extended spring training game Friday.

Pettitte _ making his third rehab start _ allowed one run and four hits against Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor leaguers. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 41 of 63 pitches for strikes.

``I got my pitch count up to 60, which is where I wanted to go,″ Pettitte said. ``Go to 80 my next start, and get out of here.″

Pettitte ended his previous start last Sunday for Class-A Tampa one inning early after experiencing elbow fatigue. He hopes to rejoin the Yankees after his next rehab start, which may take place Wednesday.

Pettitte took a hard grounder off his left foot in the second inning. He said after the game that the foot was fine.

Pettitte has experienced elbow problems since his first spring training start March 3. He went 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in three regular season starts, the last on April 15.

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