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There are two ways to look at the return of Andy Pettitte to the Yankees pitching rotation come Sunday. At the very best, the 40-year-old work-horse of a starter, who holds one of the best winning percentages in Yankees history, will re-invigorate a limping line-up. He’ll sure up a rotation that past CC Sabathia is full of question marks, and give the skipper, Joe Girardi, a starting pitcher he knows he can pencil in every sixth day without trepidation.
At the worst, Andy Pettitte will struggle. But no matter what, Pettitte will give that Yankee locker-room a much needed boost to moral with some key losses coming early in the season.
With key acquisition Michael Pineda sidelined with an injury for the year, and the recent devastating loss of the Hall-of-Famer Mariano Rivera to a torn knee ligament the addition of Pettitte, however suspect, is welcome.
There is only so far the flaming hot bat of Derek Jeter can hope to carry the Bombers, and perhaps only so much liquid left in this fountain of youth. (Jeter is currently second in the league with a batting average of .376.)
As the debut of the once retired Pettitte draws closer one thing that is not going to weigh on the post-season vet is pressure. With the nasty trial of Roger Clemons in his rearview mirror Pettitte is free to focus on baseball. And with a resume that includes 38 post-season starts, 13 years of experience, and five World Championship rings Pettitte does not have anything to prove.
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