Only CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda are sure to start the season in the rotation. (Ivan Nova has a contract option remaining and could be sent to Scranton.)
So Pettitte, one of the "Core Four" who won five World Series titles, may be seeking a sixth.
Another of the Core Four (or Core Three now that Jorge Posada was sent into retirement) extended one of the most amazing streaks in spring training history.
Mariano Rivera threw his third consecutive scoreless inning Saturday, using just eight pitches to extend his spring training stretch to 24 innings without allowing an earned run.
The last earned run scored against the great closer was on March 15, 2008.
Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez gave up six runs in less than four innings on Saturday in a 9-2 loss to Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz. In 92/3 innings over four spring starts, the righthander has allowed 15 hits and walked a startling nine batters with an unsightly 9.31 ERA.
"Ubaldo had very little command of anything," manager Manny Acta said. "It took him 80-some pitches to get three-plus innings.
"He's just not making pitches."
Cleveland traded four prospects, including former first-round draft picks Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, to Colorado for the former NL all-star at last year's trading deadline.
"As a pitcher, you don't want to let anybody score, but you are trying to work on your pitches," Jimenez said. "I never seem to do well in spring training. Last year, I got hurt. I just want to get out of here healthy this year."
He's not Dunn
White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is hitting .308 with two homers, six RBIs and six walks this spring.
Perhaps most impressively, the one-time strikeout machine has whiffed only once. His eye at the plate seems to have returned after he hit just .159 with 11 homers, 177 strikeouts and 75 walks last season.
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This article contains information from the Associated Press.