Andy Pettitte back on mound for Yankees Sunday

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Well, the day has arrived.

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will take the mound Sunday afternoon in Baltimore for the first time since July 18, when he suffered a groin strain during a start against the Rays.  He is expected to pitch on normal rest down the stretch and will have a spot in the Yanks’ October rotation unless something goes terribly wrong.

Pettitte, 38, had an 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 18 starts before going down.  He has fanned 90 batters and walked just 38 in 115.2 innings.

If the veteran southpaw continues to cruise like he had been earlier this season, he will finish with a five-year low ERA and a five-year low WHIP.  Pettitte inked a one-year, $11.75 million contract this past winter and has not committed to a plan for 2011.

Cardinals activate Greg Holland from disabled list

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The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that reliever Greg Holland has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Reliever Matt Bowman heads back to the DL with blisters on his right middle finger.

Holland, 32, has been out of action since late May due to a right hip impingement. Holland signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals at the end of March, but it hasn’t been going well. He has given up 15 runs (14 earned) on 20 hits and 15 walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings this season.

Bowman, 27, missed about a month between May 17 and June 14 due to blister issues. He appeared in only three games before heading back. Bowman gave up two runs and recorded two outs in Monday’s 6-5 walk-off loss to the Phillies.