Andy Pettitte allows four runs in return to major leagues

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Andy Pettitte took the mound Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since October 18, 2010.

What followed was a good but not great reunion.

After opening with 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Mariners, Pettitte surrendered a walk to Jesus Montero with two outs in the fourth inning and Justin Smoak followed with a blast to left field.

The typically-light-hitting M’s would score two more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of a Casper Wells home run and wound up tallying a total of seven hits and three walks in Pettitte’s 6 1/3 innings of work.

Pettitte did some nice things and got a couple of booming ovations from the Bronx crowd, but he was probably hoping for better in his first start back. He wound up throwing 94 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes.

The 39-year-old southpaw will get another chance to impress on Friday evening against the Reds.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves