Andy Pettitte to start Tuesday for the Yankees

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Andy Pettitte declared himself ready to return to the rotation following a 55-pitch bullpen session yesterday and apparently the Yankees agreed, because he’ll start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in New York.

Pettitte has been out since a line drive fractured his ankle on June 27, but before that he was having a fantastic comeback season with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings despite being 40 years old and sitting out all of 2011.

Pettitte will bump David Phelps from the rotation and yesterday Ivan Nova bumped Freddy Garcia from the rotation, so the Yankees’ stretch-run pitching plans have changed dramatically in the past 24 hours.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.