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Pettitte hit in leg before starting NLCS opener

Updated: October 12, 2005, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Houston pitcher Andy Pettitte was struck in the leg by a ball during batting practice before his start in Game 1 of the NL championship series.

Andy Pettitte

The Astros said Pettitte would be able to make his start against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the best-of-seven series.

Pettitte was making a leisurely loop around the bases -- a typical routine during batting practice -- when a sharply hit ball struck him, apparently on the inside ...

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