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Andy Pettitte pitching a terrific game


         At the moment, this goes under the category, "In other news...."

          Andy Pettitte is pitching a heck of a ballgame, just what you'd expect from the guy who has lifted the Yankees many, many times--especially after losses--in the past 14 years. Pettitte has retired seven Rangers in a row and has made only one costly pitch through five innings: Josh Hamilton's home run in the first inning.

           His problem is that he is going up against Cliff Lee, whose only costly pitch so far has been the one that broke Jorge Posada's bat and produced a bloop single with two outs in the fifth.

         Pettitte and Cliff Lee are different guys, with different careers and backgrounds. But they do have some things in common. There's the obvious: they're good lefthanded starters with strong postseason resumes.

           More imporant, the two have the same kind of perspective. Lee's wife made a comment to the Dallas Morning News that said his perspective is so good. He knows a ballgame is a ballgame, not life and death. The couple has a nine-year-old son who has overcome leukemia.

           Pettitte, according to teammate Joba Chamberlain, has his priorities in line: family, faith, relationships and then baseball.

            That allows both of them to go all out on the mound without feeling extraordinary pressure.


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