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.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.