Pregame notes: Andy, Al, CC and Phelpsy

August, 25, 2012
8/25/12
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Andy Pettitte threw two innings of 20 pitches each off flat ground today, but did not really push off, because, Joe Girardi said, he is not supposed to until he sees the Yankees' doctor after the team returns to New York on Monday. Girardi said he still believes Pettitte will pitch in a major-league game or two before the regular season ends; in fact, he said he thought Pettitte would have to appear in at least one game, and preferably more, before the postseason begins.

Alex Rodriguez did some tee-and-toss for the second day in a row, using both hands on the bat, which is considered a sign of progress. He, too, will see the doctor on Monday and another X-ray will be taken of his broken left hand to gauge the healing process.

CC Sabathia reported no problems the morning after his comeback start Friday night. "That's really positive," Girardi said. "You still want him to be able to do his side session tomorrow and come out of that feeling good, but that's really positive."

• It's official: David Phelps will start Monday night at Yankee Stadium in the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146