10/18/2003 6:05 PM ET
Moose, Rocket will start in Florida
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte will have another postseason Game 2 to add to his resume, as the Yankees will start the left-hander on three days' rest for Sunday's World Series game against the Marlins at Yankee Stadium.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
Pettitte, who has started Game 2 of the AL Division Series in each of his nine seasons in the Majors, has started Game 2 in both rounds of the playoffs this season, defeating the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS and the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS.
Mike Mussina, who started Game 4 against Boston and threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7, will start Game 3 when the series shifts to Florida on Tuesday. Roger Clemens will start Game 4, making the final start of his career.
Pettitte has pitched Game 2 of the World Series once, starting against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-0 loss in 2001. This season, Pettitte was 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA at Yankee Stadium, going 21-8 with a 4.02
"Mel and I came up with this yesterday, then we sat on it all night, figuring out how we wanted to go," manager Joe Torre said. "Andy has pitched well at home, so we stayed with him here. Plus, Moose threw those 37 pitches on Thursday."
Pettitte is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA this season, getting a no-decision in his last start. The left-hander gave up four runs in five innings of Wednesday's Game 6, as the Yankees missed an opportunity to close out the Red Sox before Game 7. Pettitte gave up eight hits and two walks in the outing, throwing 92 pitches.
"He threw a lot of pitches in a short period of time, so he didn't really get taxed," Torre said. "When Mel and I told Moose and Andy what we were contemplating, we asked them if they had any problems and they said whatever we wanted to do."
Mussina, who had trouble pitching Game 1 of the ALCS on a week's rest, will start on Tuesday -- eight days after his last start. But Torre believes that the three-inning stint on Thursday will negate any effects of a long delay between starts.
"He pitched three innings and threw the day before that. He'll probably play a little catch today or tomorrow," Torre said. "We consulted both of them, and they understand where we are. We really didn't care about this on Thursday. We weren't worried about who was going to pitch on Saturday or Sunday, so we're all making due."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.