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Andy Pettitte closer to return

Updated: September 9, 2012, 5:36 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- Andy Pettitte moved closer to returning to the New York Yankees' rotation after throwing a successful simulated game Saturday.

The Yankees also activated Ivan Nova from the disabled list and relegated the right-hander to the bullpen.

Pettitte threw 45 pitches in three simulated innings and is scheduled to see doctors Monday to evaluate his fibula, which he broke in late June. If he is cleared to run, Pettitte thinks he may be able to speed up his return to the majors.

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