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Pettitte valiant, but comes up short

"Stupid" pitch dogs Yankees lefty in gutty effort versus NL champ Phillies

Updated: June 18, 2010, 3:16 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte had pitched so well this season -- 8-1 with a 2.46 ERA coming into Thursday night's game -- that he was probably due for a loss. And he got one in the Yankees' 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Phillies.

But he definitely should not take the blame for it.

The veteran left-hander, who turned 38 on Tuesday, gave the Yankees seven gutty innings. He relinquished three runs on six hits, sure. But only two of those runs were earned -- and remember, that's ...

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