|2013 Regular Season|
Pettitte, who will turn 41 next month, missed a start in April because of lower back problems.
Pettitte pitched seven stellar innings and Kansas City hasn't beaten him in 14 starts dating to Sept. 4, 2000.
After a solid first three starts this season, Pettitte continues to struggle, going 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in his last three outings.
The 40-year old struck out 10, giving him 15 career double-digit strikeout games, and walked one.
Scratched from his previous scheduled start because of back spasms, Pettitte (3-0) was pitching for the first time since April 9 at Cleveland. He showed few signs of rust, however, striking out four in a row at one stretch in his 7 1-3 innings.
The Yankees had the 40-year-old in line to start Sunday but he experienced back spasms Thursday night, initially leading the team to push his outing back to Tuesday or Wednesday. Pettitte will now throw a bullpen session Tuesday to prepare for his start against the Blue Jays. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Ivan Nova will start Tuesday, followed by CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes, who was ineffective in his last start.
The Yankees say Phil Hughes will start Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles and Hiroki Kuroda will move back a day to get the ball in Pettitte's place Sunday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Pettitte should be ready Tuesday or Wednesday.
Pettitte allowed eight hits and struck out three for his first win of the season.
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