NEW YORK (AP) -Andy Pettitte received a mostly warm welcome Tuesday night when he was introduced at the New York Yankees' opener after a tumultuous offseason.
New York was scheduled to play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday but the game was postponed by rain. Both clubs were introduced and lined up along the base lines before the 84th and last opening day at Yankee Stadium.
Pettitte got mostly cheers when he came out of the dugout for his introduction but there was a small undercurrent of boos. He didn't seem to notice as he exchanged greetings with his teammates while he moved down the first-base line.
Pettitte is slated to make his first start Saturday after a rocky offseason that included the left-hander admitting to using human growth hormone and accusing buddy Roger Clemens of using HGH.
He also was bothered by back spasms during spring training and opened the year on the disabled list.
Pettitte's turbulent winter started when the Mitchell Report was released in December. Brian McNamee, the former personal trainer to Pettitte and Clemens, said in the report that Pettitte used HGH in 2002 while with the Yankees.
Two days after the report came out, Pettitte issued a statement through his agent confirming McNamee's account and saying that was the only time he used the substance.
Pettitte then was asked to testify before a House committee investigating drug use in sports but was excused after he appeared for a deposition and submitted an affidavit. He told congressional lawyers that Clemens informed him nearly a decade ago he had used HGH and said McNamee let him know in 2003 or 2004 that Clemens had used steroids.
Clemens claims Pettitte ``misremembers.''
Pettitte also admitted his own use of HGH was not limited to 2002, as he previously said, but that he also took injections in 2004 after obtaining the substance from his ailing father.
The 35-year-old lefty, who has 201 regular-season wins and four World Series rings, was granted permission to report late to spring training and held a press conference when he arrived, but then was slowed by back problems. His first regular-season start was pushed back, and he said he was healthy after tossing six scoreless innings in a minor league game in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday.
``I can't foresee any problems at all,'' Pettitte said Monday. ``I mean I feel really good.''

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Phils hope to survive vs. Bumgarner, Giants The Giants have been thoroughly impressive at AT&T Park this season. Tonight’s starter, though, seems capable of flirting with perfection every time he...
Thumbnail Cardinals ask bullpen to wake up vs. M's St. Louis can’t ask for much more from its starting staff. The bullpen, however, suddenly represents a huge area of concern.
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Rangers Pick Can the Boston Red Sox pick up another win over the Texas Rangers when they meet tonight at 9:20PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates aim to shift momentum vs. Dodgers No one outside of the Rust Belt area is quite prepared endorse Clint Hurdle’s club as a legitimate playoff contender all over again. Last night’s turn of...
Thumbnail Mets vs. Braves Pick The Atlanta Braves look to bounce back at home when they host the New York Mets at 7:15PM ET.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages