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Pettitte returns to mound at Yankee Stadium

Apr 4, 2007 - 1:39 PM Tampa Bay (0-1) at NY Yankees (1-0), 1:05 pm EDT

BRONX, New York (Ticker) - Back in pinstripes, Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the New York Yankees on Wednesday when they face the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the middle game of a three-game series.

Pettitte was a part of four World Series winning teams for the Yankees from 1995-2003. He spent the previous three seasons with Houston before returning to the Bronx by signing a one-year, $16 million contract.

A fan favorite, Pettitte owns a career mark of 149-78 with a 3.94 ERA as a Yankee. The lefthander also is 13-8 for the club in the postseason.

Pettitte's return as a Yankee could not come against a better team since he is 11-1 lifetime against the Devil Rays in 16 starts.

Pettitte was 14-13 with an 4.20 ERA in 36 appearances with the Astros last season.

Jae Seo gets the start for Tampa Bay. The Korean righthander struggled last season, posting a combined record of 3-12 with a 5.33 ERA in 26 appearances for Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.

In five career starts against the Yankees, Seo is 1-3 with a 7.82 ERA.

Jason Giambi drove in three runs and the much-maligned Alex Rodriguez hit his 465th career homer to lift the Yankees to aa 9-5 victory over the Devil Rays in Monday's season opener. With his next homer, Rodriguez will pass former Yankees outfielder Dave Winfield for 28th place on baseball's all-time list.

On Monday, the Devil Rays failed to protect a 5-3 lead. Last season, they set an American League record by losing 60 times after holding a lead.

Elijah Dukes belted a home run and B.J. Upton had two hits in the opener for Tampa Bay.

The Yankees lead the all-time series, 102-47.