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Pettitte's career a fairy tale. Almost.

Yankees lefty's 26th complete game the perfect ending to a near perfect career

Updated: September 29, 2013, 12:17 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

HOUSTON -- Andy Pettitte once messed up in a big way, and maybe in the end that will be a good thing. Maybe thousands upon thousands of young players and fans saw how much Pettitte's mistake compromised a career that could have been as pure as Mariano Rivera's, and learned from that.

Maybe the next Andy Pettitte won't take human growth hormone because he saw what happened after the first one did.

In so many ways, long before he retired for good Saturday night on a complete ...

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