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Mariners, Millwood spoil Pettitte's return

Kevin Millwood watched from the dugout today when Andy Pettitte came out of retirement to pitch once again for the New York Yankees - this time against the Seattle Mariners.

“It was cool the way he came back after sitting out a year and a half,” Millwood said of the New York lefty. “Obviously, he’s still got a lot left in the tank. I do, too.”

And then he proved it, allowed three hits and a run in seven strong innings as the Mariners beat New York and Pettitte, 6-2.

Justin Smoak and Casper Wells had home runs, shortstop Brendan Ryan started double plays on balls hit by Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and the 37-year-old Millwood stole the game and the limelight from the 39-year-old Pettitte.

Ryan, batting .144, walked in the ninth inning and, during a pitching change, looked up to find fellow shortstop Jeter standing beside him.

When Ryan walked in the ninth inning, the Yankees made a pitching change. Standing at first, he looked up to find Jeter standing beside him.

"He was telling me he batted .190 a couple of years ago in April and was getting advice from scab drivers,” Ryan said. “We had a little chat. It was nothing I haven’t heard, but when it comes from a guy like Derek? That was really something.”

A nice touch to a Mothers Day win in which Wells - in front of his mom - delivered on her request for a home run at Yankee Stadium.