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Yankees pay tribute to Pettitte on Wednesday

Yankees pay tribute to Pettitte on Wednesday

Yankees pay tribute to Pettitte on Wednesday play video for Yankees pay tribute to Pettitte on Wednesday

NEW YORK -- On Sunday, Mariano Rivera had his day at Yankee Stadium. On Wednesday, the team's other beloved future retiree got his chance to enjoy the spotlight.

The Yankees honored Andy Pettitte before the game against the Rays. The veteran hurler, who announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of the season, made his final Yankee Stadium start on Sunday.

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The video board in center field played a tribute to Pettitte's storied 18-year career, and longtime teammates Rivera and Derek Jeter presented him with a framed base from Sunday's game, autographed by all of his teammates.

Pettitte will make the final start of his career on Friday in Houston against the Astros, the only other team for which he has played. The left-hander is 10-11 with a 3.88 ERA this season, and he will retire as the Yankees' all-time leader in strikeouts.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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