Pettite Saves Yankees Again

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Andy Pettite (pictured) might as well grow a beard, throw on some white robes and place a halo around his head because the crafty southpaw is officially the New York Yankees’ savior. The 12-year veteran lefthander allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings, propelling the Pinstripers to [an 8-2 win] over the Anaheim Angels and earning his fifth consecutive victory.

The Yankees had lost two straight to the Angels and fallen six games behind Boston in the AL East and two-and-a-half games behind Seattle in the Wild Card race, but the Bombers [picked up one game] on both teams yesterday. Robinson Cano and Bobby Abreu carried the offense, with Cano collecting three hits and two RBIs for New York and Abreu launching his 15th home run of the season.

The win was Joe Torre’s 1,150th, pushing him past Casey Stengel into sole possession of second place on New York’s all-time win list behind Joe McCarthy (1,460). The victory also improved Andy’s Pettite’s record to 68-33 immediately following a New York loss, reaffirming his greatness as a streak-stopper and savior. Unfortunately, the comparison to Mr. Christ doesn’t bode well for Pettite, because if I remember correctly, the savior dies at the end of that story…

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