Bits: Pettitte, Ichiro have 'vintage' days 

September, 20, 2012

New York Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte made a triumphant return to the mound Wednesday with five scoreless innings, allowing four singles and striking out five. Pettitte hadn't pitched since June after suffering a broken ankle on a line drive. His ERA after 10 starts is 2.97, with a strikeout per inning, and he comes recommended for his next outing against the Twins.

• That other New York team received an excellent performance from its younger starter: New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey allowed one hit and one run over seven terrific innings. Harvey, 17 years Pettitte's junior, will be shut down for the rest of 2012. He finishes with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts and figures to be very much in demand next season, perhaps a top-30 starting pitcher.