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Seth Wenig, Associated Press
New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte acknowledges the applauding crowd as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte made his much-anticipated return to the Yankees on Sunday, getting lavished with adoration while pitching into the seventh inning despite giving up a pair of two-run homers in New York's 6-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Nearly lost amid the excitement over Pettitte's first major league appearance since retiring after the 2010 season was party crasher Kevin Millwood's performance for Seattle — helped by three double plays. The 37-year-old Millwood (1-4) gave up three hits in seven innings and got his 2,000th career strikeout as Seattle avoided a three-game sweep.