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Pettitte pulls plug on season

Pettitte pulls plug on season

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New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is done for the season because of a sore left shoulder.

“It’s giving me a little trouble,” Pettitte said. “I’ve thrown enough innings. There’s not any sense in going out and continuing to kill myself now, to push myself through anything.”

Pettitte, a former pitcher for the Greensboro Hornets, had an MRI exam on his shoulder earlier this month, revealing no major damage. He won his last start on Sunday night, beating Baltimore in the final game at Yankee Stadium.

The 36-year-old Pettitte went 14-14 in 33 starts and threw 204 innings. His 4.54 ERA was his highest since 1999, when it was 4.70.

“We just felt that Andy has got enough innings,” manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday. “He was scheduled to start on Saturday if the game meant something. We’re going to shut him down and Sidney (Ponson) will make that start.”

New York was eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday night when Boston beat Cleveland 5-4.

Pettitte, who has 215 career wins, is eligible for free agency after the season. He said he’ll go home before making a decision about 2009, but would like to return to New York and open the new Yankee Stadium.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, another former member of the Greensboro Hornets, missed his second straight start Wednesday. Jeter, who was hit on the left hand Saturday, came on as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, and was not expected to participate in batting practice, Girardi said.

CUBS: Mitch Atkins, a Northeast Guilford alumnus, was named the Chicago Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the year.

Atkins combined to go 17-7 with a 4.00 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 28 starts between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He gave up 50 walks while limiting opponents to a .246 batting average. Atkins allowed three or fewer earned runs in 22 of his 28 starts.

Atkins led all Cubs minor leaguers in wins and strikeouts and was named a Southern League midseason All-Star.

Atkins was selected by Chicago in the seventh round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and is in his fifth professional season.

BONDS TRIAL: Federal prosecutors say they will prove personal trainer Greg Anderson supplied Barry Bonds with the steroids that led to positive test in November 2000, the offseason before the slugger hit a major league record 73 home runs.

In a court filing in San Francisco, prosecutors say they have two documents showing Bonds tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2000 and that Anderson supplied the drugs.

Bonds has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice.


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