Pettitte was at Yankees camp last week as a guest spring training instructor.
“He’s been working hard, and we’ve been talking about it, really, since I retired,” Pettitte said. “I think last year he started seeing a lot of success and started to make that adjustment into the kind of pitcher that he’s going to need to be moving forward. When you have the stuff that he had and was a power pitcher like he was, throwing in the mid- to upper 90s, it was a big adjustment for him to almost learn how to pitch again.”
Sabathia and Pettitte talk throughout the year.
“Obviously, my style of pitching now is close to what his was at the end of his career, so we have a lot to talk about,” Sabathia said. “I can call him any time of the night, and he’ll answer and talk me through my problems, so it’s a lot a fun to be able to have that relationship.”
Despite the victory, Mexico was the team eliminated. Venezuela will play Italy in a one-game tiebreaker Monday night, with the winner advancing to the second round.
Venezuela rallied for an 11-10 victory over Italy in 10 innings on Saturday.
Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0. Mexico was eliminated on a tiebreaker — runs allowed per inning played.
At first, however, Venezuela players thought they were the team that had been knocked out.