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Pettitte could make first spring start Wednesday

TAMPA, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte threw a simulated game Friday morning against three hitters, including Derek Jeter, and said afterward that he's ready to make his Spring Training debut.

Pettitte tossed three simulated innings and said he felt good, though he noted that his fastball command wasn't as sharp as it was in his previous simulated game on Sunday.

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"But everything else was good," Pettitte said. "Hoping to be able to get into a game now. I feel really good. Hopefully we'll get into a game the next time. Everything's feeling good."

The 40-year-old left-hander admitted it also felt just a little unusual to pitch to Jeter, who went 1-for-5 with a walk in the simulated game.

"Not that big of a deal," Pettitte said. "It was a lot stranger when I was pitching for the Astros and came over here and pitched against him."

If Pettitte remains on a normal schedule with four days of rest between outings, he would be in line to start Wednesday against the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.Matthew Leach is a writer for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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