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Pettitte powers up for home stretch

Bombers lefty begins new spring training in heat of September pennant race

Updated: September 20, 2012, 2:55 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It is probably fitting that Andy Pettitte returned in such a strange setting. When he took the mound for his highly anticipated return at Yankee Stadium after nearly three months, a rainout had zapped the electricity.

With the postponement Tuesday night, the seats were mostly empty Wednesday afternoon when Pettitte fired his first big league pitch since June 27, an 88 mph strike.

"You could hear people talking," Pettitte said with his Texas drawl after the Yankees' 4-2 ...

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