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Pettitte passes Koufax for latest milestone

Pettitte passes Koufax for latest milestone

Pettitte passes Koufax for latest milestone

ARLINGTON -- Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte tied and surpassed Sandy Koufax on baseball's all-time strikeouts list on Wednesday, tying former Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown for 39th place.

Pettitte equaled Koufax's lifetime mark of 2,396 strikeouts with a swinging punchout of the Rangers' Mitch Moreland in the second inning, then passed Koufax by freezing Geovany Soto looking.

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Of course, Koufax compiled his lifetime total in a much shorter career than Pettitte's. It took Koufax just 2,324 1/3 innings to reach his mark, pitching for the Dodgers from 1955-66; Pettitte entered play on Wednesday with 3,235 1/3 career innings.

Once Pettitte moves past Brown, Dennis Eckersley holds 38th place on the all-time strikeouts list with 2,401.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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