Monday, September 20, 2010

Pettitte's return lifts Yankees despite loss

Despite losing a tough game with Mariano Rivera on the mound, the New York Yankees had a good day yesterday because Andy Pettitte returned to action and pitched like Andy Pettitte.

The veteran lefty picked up right where he left off back in July when a groin pull forced him off the mound for two months. He kept the Baltimore Orioles in check, pitching six great innings with the only run against him scoring on a bunt play that the Yankees were perfectly willing to give up rather than risk Pettitte reinjuring his groin fielding the baseball.

If you don't think the Yankee organization and his teammates breathed a collective sigh of relief after Pettitte's outing, you haven't been paying enough attention. The Yankees know that their repeat hopes hinge on Pettitte's return to form. Pettitte is the anchor of their starting staff, the bridge between CC Sabathia and everyone else in the rotation. And his postseason resume speaks for itself.

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