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Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte announces he’ll retire at end of season

09.20.13 at 12:36 pm ET
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Pitcher Andy Pettitte will retire at the conclusion of the season, he announced Friday.

Pettitte’s last start at Yankee Stadium will be Sunday, which also is the day the team will honor retiring closer Mariano Rivera. The left-hander’s final appearance will come in a series against the Astros in Houston, near where he grew up in Deer Park, Texas.

“I’m announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now — while I’m still wearing this uniform — how grateful I am for their support throughout my career,” he said in a statement. “I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special.

“I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game.

“One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”

Pettitte, 41, initially retired after the 2010 season. Following a year away from the game, he returned in 2012 and has gone 15-14 with a 3.60 ERA since then. He’s 10-10 with a 3.93 ERA this year for the struggling Yankees. In his career, he’s 255-152 with a 3.86 ERA.

MLB’s all-time postseason wins leader (19-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 44 appearances), Pettitte won five World Series in New York. He is the team’s career strikeout leader with 2,437 in 3,300 innings.

Aside from a three-year stint with the Astros from 2004-06, Pettitte has spent all of his 18 major league seasons with the Yankees. He is a three-time All-Star and was the 2001 ALCS MVP.

Pettitte’s career was not without controversy, as he admitted receiving injections of HGH after being named in the 2007 Mitchell Report.

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