Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 2/22/13
Andy Pettitte threw batting practice this morning before Mariano Rivera came to the mound and  — like he has so many times before — watched the closer breeze through batters in an important situation. Unlike much of his career, Rivera wasn't sewing up a win for the Yankees, but baby-stepping his way back from knee surgery last season. In front of GM Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, Rivera threw his first batting practice of spring training and, according to Rivera, everything went as planned. "It was the first batting practice I threw this year and I am really happy with the results," Rivera said following a 25-pitch batting practice session at George M. Steinbrenner Field Friday morning. "And it will get better." While no date has been set when the 43-year-old will pitch in a game, all signs tell the Yankees everything is going according to schedule. "I felt real good. The big thing wil...
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