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From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Pettitte will be back on the mound in the Bronx on Sunday, and the New York Yankees are hoping he can again be a reliable presence in their rotation.Pettitte is set to start against the Seattle Mariners in his first major league outing since retiring after the 2010 postseason."I think it will be a great day at the Stadium," manager Joe Girardi said.The lefty, who turns 40 next month, returned to the team in spring training and has made four minor league starts. Even though Pettitte was shaky over five innings in a Triple-A start Sunday, general manager Brian Cashman says the time is right."I think everybody's in agreement that he's not going to really benefit from any more time down there," Cashman said.One thing the Yankees management does agree on is the rotation needs help. Expected to be a strong part of the team after the addition of Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda in the offseason, the Yankees' rotation has struggled this to a 5.54 ERA and a .292 opponents' batting average -- only Minnesota and Colorado have worse averages against.Pineda is out for season following shoulder surgery and Freddy Garcia was demoted to the bullpen. Rookie David Phelps is scheduled to make his second start against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, then is a likely candidate to return to the bullpen. But Girardi would not say whose spot Pettitte will take.Pettitte is 240-138 in 13 years with the Yankees and three with Houston. He was a steady force in the Yankees' rotation for five World Series championships and is a fan favorite as one of the Core Four with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.Cashman, though, is trying to be realistic in his expectations for Pettitte, who will be making his first big league start in 573 days, since Game 3 of the AL championship series against Texas on Oct. 18, 2010."There's still the unknown," Cashman said. "There's a gap between what the old Andy Pettitte is and what we're going to get? I just don't know yet. But we're looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix here because depth has been challenged and some of our healthy starters inconsistent. It would be nice to obviously start pulling together a string of consistently strong starts by all of our starters one through five and, hopefully, that could include Andy."Pettitte already has completed his testimony at Roger Clemens' trial in Washington, D.C. so that shouldn't weigh in his mind. He will be facing one of only two AL teams he doesn't have a winning record against: He's 11-11 against Seattle and 8-8 versus Cleveland.His locker -- the same one he occupied in his last season with the Yankees -- is filling with gear that includes 10 pairs of footwear and a full mail basket. Pettitte will be working out in Westchester, where he has a New York home, until he is added to the big league roster Sunday.Tampa Bay rays manager Joe Maddon thinks Pettitte will have an immediate positive influence on the team regardless of his performance in his first few starts."You can't underestimate what he's going to do for the clubhouse being minus the other guy," Maddon said, referring to closer Mariano Rivera, who is likely out for the season with a torn knee ligament.Cashman said there had been a complication with Rivera's medical exams Monday in New York but wouldn't say what it was. Rivera saw team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York Presbyterian Hospital and by Dr. Russell Warren, a knee specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.Rivera's agent, Fernando Cuza, said Dr. David Altchek, who performed surgery on the pitcher's shoulder following the 2008 season, also looked at him."It's something I think Mo will talk to you guys about," Cashman said. "It doesn't affect anything for next year."He did say that the injury sustained while shagging fly balls last week in Kanasas City is fixable."It's all about next year," Cashman said.NOTES:RHP Jose Campos, obtained from Seattle along with Pineda, went on the disabled list of Charleston, S.C., with elbow inflammation. Pineda is sidelined for the season following shoulder surgery. The Yankees sent C Jesus Montero and RHP Hector Noesi to the Mariners in the trade. ... Brett Gardner played in left field for Triple-A Scranton-WilkesBarre in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night as part of his rehabilitation for a strained right elbow. He singled twice in three at-bats.

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The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

"Garish uniforms" was the two-word rationale the Redskins used in their proposal to opt out of wearing the NFL's Color Rush uniforms. Garish is a term that means obtrusively bright and showy, and they may have a valid point. 

The NFL is allowing teams to suggest rule changes for the upcoming 2017 season. A full list of proposals was released on Thursday and this was among three of the Redskins' suggestions.  

It may come as a surprise as the Redskins' only Thursday night game last season was on Thanksgiving, meaning they did not have to participate in the Color Rush game. Fans of the Redskins and other teams may not blame them for this proposal. Take a look at the uniform below. 

As far as the other proposals submitted, they want the touchback spot to be moved back to the 20-yard line when the kickoff goes through the uprights, stating player safety.

They proposed having unlimted replays as long as the team continues to win their challenges, a rule they have submitted in years past.

And finally, they asked that if a player is concussed and has not been cleared by doctors, to place him on the team's exempt list, allowing them to replace him with another player until cleared. 

These proposals will be introduced next week in Arizona at the NFL owners meeting. 

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Redskins agree to terms with former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick

Redskins agree to terms with former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Brian Quick. 

Quick has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Rams franchise, moving with the team from St. Louis to Los Angeles last season. A second-round pick in 2012 out of Appalachian State, Quick's best season came last year when he caught 41 passes for 564 yards and three touchdowns. 

In five seasons, Quick has started 24 games and racked up nearly 1,500 receiving yards on 105 catches and 14 TDs.

The Redskins lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon earlier this offseason to free agency, and those departures leave a big hole in the Washington offense. Jackson and Garçon accounted for more than 40 percent of Kirk Cousins' passing yards in 2016.

Quick's arrival will not offset those losses, but he does continue a trend for Washington this offseason: big receivers. The 'Skins signed Terrelle Pryor earlier in free agency. Pryor goes 6-foot-6. Quick is listed at 6-foot-4. Remember, Josh Doctson should be healthy this fall, and he runs 6-foot-2. 

Of the departed wideouts, Garçon was taller, still just 6-foot. Jackson was generously listed at 5-foot-10.

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