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Yankees’ Andy Pettitte to retire after season

  • FILE - In this July 30, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    FILE - In this July 30, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

  • FILE - In this July 30, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' starting pitcher Andy Pettitte tips his cap to the crowd after he is relieved in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the World Series in New York. Pettitte is retiring from baseball at the conclusion of the season, the Yankees announced on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will retire after this season.

The team announced Pettitte’s decision in a news release yesterday, hours before opening its final homestand. The 41-year-old left-hander initially retired after the 2010 season, but he sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees.

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

In a nice bit of symmetry, Pettitte is scheduled to make two more starts this season – one at Yankee Stadium and the other in his hometown of Houston.

Pettitte is set to pitch against the San Francisco Giants tomorrow, when the Yankees will honor longtime closer Mariano Rivera. Baseball’s career saves leader also is retiring.

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