Andy Pettitte doesn’t hide his emotions, and his past two starts left him openly venting about a “nonexistent” cutter and problems with “everything” it takes to be a pitcher. He should be looking for more positive words tonight. Pettitte returned to form in a 3-2 win against the Royals. He lasted seven innings, struck out seven and allowed just five hits. One Royals run scored on a home run. The other scored without the Royals hitting the ball out of the infield. One night after scoring 11 runs, the Yankees backed Pettitte with a more modest output. Chris Nelson doubled and scored on an error in the third inning, and after the Royals pulled back in front, Vernon Wells gave the Yankees a lasting lead with a two-run homer in the fifth. Dave Robertson (three strikeouts in the eighth) and Mariano Rivera (his 14th save) closed out the Yankees fourth straight win.
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