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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Phil Jackson criticizes Knicks on Twitter after latest loss

02.23.15 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Suns, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Raptors at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Louisville at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at Norfolk State, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Beanpot championship. Boston University vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Knicks fans who were hoping team president Phil Jackson would rescue the franchise got another dose of reality (and humility) Sunday, as former Knicks J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert helped the Cavaliers roll to a 101-83 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Jackson, whose team is a league-worst 10-45 as it prepares for a Wednesday night game against the Celtics in Boston, tweeted his disapproval.

Wrote Jackson: Each NBA game is an opportunity for players to show their “best” nature and please the basketball gods…and those who know “it” takes. Today’s game vs Cavs gave bb gods heartburn an those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.

The Knicks now are 0-15 when playing without Carmelo Anthony, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last week.

Sunday’s game was never in doubt, as the red-hot Cavaliers led 62-38 at the half en route to their 16th win in 18 games. New York has lost seven straight and doesn’t have much reason for hope.

“It’s the same thing occurring over and over. It’s nothing new,” Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “We need a better start to games, point blank.”

— North Korea has never been known as a haven for tourists, but one of the few events that has appealed to foreigners is the Pyongyang marathon in April. However, authorities are banning foreign runners this year due to concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus.

The country tightened its restrictions in October, suggesting Ebola is a biological weapon created by the U.S. military. Any foreigners allowed in the country have been subjected to a 21-day quarantine.

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Thinking Out Loud: Providence makes statement with rout of DePaul

02.20.15 at 2:56 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Joey Meyer.

— Providence’s win at DePaul on Wednesday wasn’t a sizzler, but it was the kind of win that a contending team — a championship-contending team — needs late in the year against a team in the lower half of the league. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Oliver Purnell didn’t at least try a little zone against the Friars, but maybe if it’s not as good as DePaul’s man-to-man, then it makes sense.

— On the other hand, Providence’s zone was as good as it’s been in a while, and the Blue Demons had a very tough time hitting and getting into the gaps. The Friars did a superb job of cutting down and restricting the passing lanes, and extending to their shooters. Defense like that, provided there’s attention to detail when teams attack the baseline, will win a couple of tough ones down the stretch.

— LaDontae Henton is almost there. He’s 54 points and seven rebounds away from matching Ryan Gomes as the only two players in Friars history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. That’s extraordinary, especially when you consider some of the talent that has come through PC over the past 88 years. This week he was a national nominee for the new “Julius Erving Award,” which will be given to the nation’s top small forward.

— Speaking of the award, college basketball this season follows in the uber-popular college football postseason awards show’s footsteps (on ESPN2 April 10) by introducing awards for best point guard (Bob Cousy Award), best shooting guard (Jerry West Award), best small forward (Julius Erving Award), best power forward (Karl Malone Award) and center (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award). URI’s E.C. Matthews made the list for the Jerry West Award, but for the life of me, I’ve been searching for Kris Dunn’s name on the Cousy list and can’t find it.

— Not for nuthin’, but Matthews is on that list, too. So is UConn’s Ryan Boatright, BC’s Olivier Hanlan, Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono. All worthy in their own right, but no Dunn. Kinda makes this award a joke, really, because someone is clearly asleep at the wheel. Dunn might be the best guard in the country, period. And he’s a candidate for Big East Player of the Year, but not the Cousy Award. Who looks dumb here?

— Great national PR this week for both PC and URI basketball, as Dunn was the feature subject for a Sports Illustrated piece (on SI.com) and Dan Hurley received a great write-up in USA Today. Getcha popcorn ready, ‘cuz the show really hasn’t started yet. Just sayin’.

— Seven straight losses to the Minutemen? Rhody’s win over UMass on Wednesday night was a huge step in the right direction for the Rams, who now certainly must feel like the Atlantic-10 is there for the taking. But the wins must keep coming, especially on the road. Winning at Dayton is a must for the Rams to have a shot at an NCAA at-large spot, if they don’t win the tournament title.

— But with VCU’s wounded list such as it is, the A-10 tourney crown is achievable even if the regular season falls a little short. If I’m a Rams fan, I’m grabbing tickets for the Barclays Center next month.

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Heat F Chris Bosh tested for blood clot in lung

02.20.15 at 1:55 pm ET
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Chris Bosh

Heat forward Chris Bosh has been admitted to a Miami-area hospital, where doctors are concerned that he might have developed a blood clot on his lung. If a clot is found, Bosh’s season could be over so that the condition can be treated effectively.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has warned against early speculation about his star forward’s diagnosis.

“Frankly, there’s not a full diagnosis right now,” Spoelstra said. “So for everybody to speculate, right now at this stage it’s very premature.”

Added Spoelstra: “Everybody’s jumping the gun right now. I know there’s a lot out there.”

Bosh has been suffering from discomfort in his back and side over the last few days.

“I have no way of knowing what he’s going through or what he’s feeling,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “I just knew that he wasn’t feeling his best.”

Bosh has received public support from around the league, including from former teammate LeBron James.

“Basketball is a small thing when it comes to health and people’s family,” James said on Friday. “He’s so connected to me that I feel it, for sure. So every minute I’m checking to see if he’s OK.”

The Heat will play the Knicks on Friday night.

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ‘still uneasy’ about potential return to Minnesota

02.20.15 at 1:53 pm ET
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On Thursday Adrian Peterson told ESPN that he is “still uneasy” about rejoining the Vikings next season, questioning the support he had from the organization after it worked with the NFL to put him on the commissioner’s exempt list in September.

Peterson played just one game in 2014 because he was indicted for reckless injury to a child on Sept. 12. He will not be able to be reinstated into the league until April 15 unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of a suit against the league brought forth by the NFL Players Association in hopes of Peterson’s immediate reinstatement.

The running back “has been complying with the NFL’s requirements for reinstatement” and has to meet those for his probation in Texas and child protective services order in Minnesota as well. Even if Peterson does not return to the Vikings, he still plans on playing somewhere next season.

“It shows you can have all the loyalty toward someone and toward an organization, a fan base, but when things really shift and it’s you or the empire, they’re going to put you out on a leash,” he said. “I said, ‘Of course [I would love to come back to the Vikings].’ I said it. But my emotions, as far as those things I feel, those are for players like [linebacker] Chad Greenway, those guys that play the game just like me, that have the same passion I have, the same goal I have, to win a championship. That’s where it comes from. It don’t come from the organization. I’m not in a good place when it comes to that.”

Team president Mark Wilf, chief operating officer Kevin Warren, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer all recently said they want Peterson to return in 2015, and the Vikings seem to be preparing for it. Peterson knows, though, that he wouldn’t be forced into staying with the Vikings if he doesn’t want to, and Zimmer pointed out that “the relationship needs to be a two-way street.”

“I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back,” Peterson said. “But then again, I know the ones who don’t. It’s a difficult transition, and it’s not just about me. I have a wife who was able to sit back and see how people in Minnesota said this and said that, how media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren’t even relevant. That wasn’t people in Texas — it was people in Minnesota that dug in and brought things out. That impacted me, but most importantly, it impacted the people around me — my family, my kids. This came from the state I love so much, that I wish to bring a championship to? This is how they treat me when I’m down and out? You kick me? My wife [and I], we’ve had several conversations about me returning to Minnesota, what the best options are. If I left it up to her, I’d be somewhere else today, and that’s with her weighing everything. It’s a lot for me to weigh; she understands that. But there are some things that I’m still uneasy about.”

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy resting comfortably after undergoing heart procedure

02.20.15 at 9:50 am ET
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Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was admitted to Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center on Thursday after experiencing heart discomfort and had surgery to insert two stents, the team said in a statement. Stents are “a common procedure to increase blood flow through arteries to the heart,” wrote Henry Schulman in the San Francisco Chronicle.

As a part of pre-spring training procedure, Bochy had a physical on Wednesday and seemed relaxed on Thursday before he reported feeling ill.

“Following his physical [Wednesday], the Giants medical staff was monitoring Bruce Bochy’s heart after he experienced some discomfort,” the statement read.

Bochy was examined by San Francisco’s head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and team physician Dr. Robert Murray.

The statement also said he is resting comfortably and will be released on Friday, but that, per a club spokesman, he is “not expected to be in uniform for Friday’s workout.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Chargers, Raiders announce plan to share stadium in LA

02.20.15 at 8:26 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hartford at Albany, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iona at Marist, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Denver at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since 1994, but the area soon could be home to two clubs.

The Chargers and the Raiders announced a plan Thursday night in which they would share a stadium if they are unable to strike deals with their current homes.

The teams proposed a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Carson already hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason,” the teams said in a join statement. “If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

There have been two other Los Angeles-area stadium plans proposed. One is for downtown, and the other is in Inglewood, at the site of the former Hollywood Park horse track, on land owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The Chargers and Raiders both are in year-to-year leases and have struggles to get enough support for new stadiums. They said they will work in good faith through 2015 and adhere to league guidelines.

Representatives from San Diego and Oakland said they will continue to work on plans to keep their teams. Adam Day, head of the advisory group appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, said Thursday’s news came as a “complete surprise.”

“While it’s disappointing to hear the Chargers are moving forward with plans in Los Angeles, we remain committed to finding a solution in San Diego,” Day said.

The Chargers played their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960. The Raiders played in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1982-94 before returning to Oakland. The Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946 until departing for St. Louis in 1994.

— Browns general manager Ray Farmer, speaking at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, took responsibility for texting coach Mike Pettine during a game this season in violation of league rules.

“It’s not an excuse, but sometimes your emotions get the best of you,” Farmer told reporters. “This was solely me. This was a decision that I made, and I’m owning that mistake.”

Farmer also claimed it was his decision to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round of last year’s draft. Manziel struggled with maturity issues and entered a treatment program at the end of the season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Timberwolves reportedly make push for Kevin Garnett

02.19.15 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Dayton, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Tulane, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Francis (Pa.) at Central Conn., 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at BYU, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Garnett might be going back to where it all began.

According to reports out of Minneapolis, the Timberwolves have had talks with the Nets about acquiring the player who spent his first 12 NBA seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to the Celtics in 2007.

Flip Saunders, who returned to the Timberwolves to serve as president of basketball operations last year, coached Garnett for much of the forward’s time in Minnesota and apparently is interested in having Garnett end his career with his original club — and provide guidance to the team’s young players, including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 19-year-old dunk champion Zach LaVine.

Garnett, traded from Boston to Brooklyn in 2013, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $12 million this season, seeing reduced minutes on an underachieving Nets team that is 21-29. If he agrees to change teams, Garnett would go to the team with the worst record (11-42) in the Western Conference.

The Timberwolves reportedly would give up 26-year-old forward Thaddeus Young to acquire Garnett, who would have to waive his full no-trade clause by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Garnett has said previously that he is not looking to leave Brooklyn, mainly because he does not want to disrupt his family in the middle of the season.

“I haven’t thought too much of my own personal [situation],” Garnett said recently. “When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it. A lot of things with [my] family situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”

— The Vikings reiterated that they are ready to welcome back Adrian Peterson once his NFL suspension is lifted.

General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine that the team expects Peterson to return to Minnesota when his NFL suspension is lifted, and, “I think our whole organization is on that same page.”

“He admitted a mistake,” Spielman said. “I’m sure he’s doing everything he can to not only make himself better as a football player but also a better person off the field.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch gets 4-year prison sentence, blames addiction

02.18.15 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Florida State, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: East Carolina at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Schalke, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Anthony Bosch

Anthony Bosch

— Hours before Alex Rodriguez made a public apology (via a handwritten letter) for his transgressions, the former owner of the Florida clinic where A-Rod procured his performance-enhancing drugs was sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Anthony Bosch was hoping for a lighter sentence after cooperating with federal investigators, but U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles was not sympathetic, giving Bosch only three months less than the maximum sentence allowed in federal guidelines.

“This defendant was the most culpable in this conspiracy,” Gayles said, adding: “He was the mastermind. He was the one who recruited others to assist him.”

The 51-year-old Bosch, who could see his sentence reduced if he continues to aid prosecutors, said his clinic was a legitimate business that turned bad. He provided steroid injections to everyone from major leaguers down to high school athletes.

An emotional Bosch blames drug addiction for part of his troubles.

“My addiction took the best of me,” Bosch told the judge. “I can’t put into words how sorry I am.”

Rodriguez did not mention Bosch in his apology.

— The Class-A Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rockets, an affiliate of the Royals, offered tickets to Opening Day for just 4 cents, in a promotion that matched the cost of the tickets with the temperature in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

“It’s really cold here, and we want to get the fans thinking about us,” explained team ticket director Stefani Rash, who added that tickets would have been free had the temperature been zero or below rather than the 4 degrees it was.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Yankee critical of team’s decision to retire Andy Pettitte’s number

02.17.15 at 8:34 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Sabres at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Louis at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees confirmed Monday that they will retire three numbers this season and create plaques in Monument Park for Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. Willie Randolph also will get a plaque.

One of those player’s inclusions didn’t sit well with another former Yankee.

Chuck Knoblauch, a second baseman in the late 1990s, took to Twitter to voice his disapproval that Pettitte, who admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, would receive the team’s ultimate honor.

Wrote Knoblauch: Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don’t retire it like his HGH testimony.

Knoblauch was named on the 2007 report by George Mitchell along with Pettitte as having used PEDs, and both players admitted their transgressions before congressional investigators the following year.

Unlike Pettitte, Knoblauch was unable to win back the adulation of Yankees fans, and he has had legal issues, including allegations of domestic violence, since leaving the game. Knoblauch admitted to a Twitter follower that the Twins, his original team, canceled his induction into its Hall of Fame following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Tweeted one follower to Knoblauch: Really the biggest difference between Andy Pettitte and @chuckknoblauch is that Yankees fans still love Andy. Sorry.

Responded Knoblauch: Don’t be.

Pettitte will be honored Aug. 23, one day after Posada’s tribute. Williams will be feted May 24. Randolph will be honored as part of Old Timer’s Day on June 20.

The addition of Pettitte’s No. 46, Posada’s No. 20 and Williams’ No. 51 will bring the number of retired Yankees jerseys to 20. And Derek Jeter, another member of the team that won four World Series in a five-year span from 1996-2000, likely will be next on the list.

Randolph was an infielder on the Yankees’ championship teams in 1977 and ’78 and then coached for 11 years.

— Amar’e Stoudemire, who asked for and received a buyout from the Knicks, reportedly will sign with the Mavericks in an attempt to win a championship.

Stoudemire can’t make any commitments official until he clears waivers Wednesday.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said after being waived Monday. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick, always a Knick.”

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Report: Ex-Yankees P Andy Pettitte to have number retired, receive plaque in Monument Park

02.16.15 at 9:33 am ET
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The Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s No. 46 and put up a plaque for the pitcher in Monument Park before the team’s Aug. 23 game against the Indians, according to a tweet from Pettitte’s son.

Pettitte will become the 18th Yankee to have his number retired by the club and is the second of the Core Four to do so as well, as Mariano Rivera‘s No. 42 was honored in 2013. A source told the New York Daily News that there are plans to retire both Jorge Posada’s and Bernie Williams’ numbers this season, too.

In 15 seasons with New York, Pettitte posted a 219-127 record with a 3.94 ERA. The lefty spent three years in Houston from 2004-06 but then returned to New York. He has also won more postseason games than anyone in playoff history and helped the Yankees to five championships during his tenure.

In 2002 Pettitte used human growth hormone to recover from an elbow injury. He admitted to it in 2007 and was quickly forgiven by his teammates.

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