05/29/07 12:50 AM ET
Pettitte has history as slide stopper
New York (21-28) at Toronto (23-27), Tuesday, 7:07 p.m. ET
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Andy Pettitte looks to snap the Yankees' four-game slide as he takes the mound at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday, making the start in the second game of a three-game series against the Blue Jays.
The Yankees brought Pettitte back from Houston to pitch in big games, and while a late-May evening with a 13 1/2-game deficit on the division isn't what they had in mind, it'll do for now.
"It's all about making something happen," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We have to continue to try to make something happen and make something positive happen. Hopefully, Andy is that guy that can get it going for us."
Pettitte has always been reliable in these situations: in games immediately following a Yankees loss, Pettitte has a career record of 65-29 (.691), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Blue Jays counter with right-hander Shaun Marcum.Pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (3-3, 2.66 ERA)
Pettitte has not walked any of the 67 batters he has faced leading off an inning this season, second best in the Majors this year behind Seattle's Jarrod Washburn. Pettitte is 10-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 15 career games (14 starts) at Toronto. TOR: RHP Shaun Marcum (2-2, 4.33 ERA)
Marcum has been sharp since joining Toronto's rotation. In three starts, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA while strking out 15 and walking six over 10 innings. On Thursday, Marcum earned a no-decision after giving up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks over seven innings against Baltimore. Player to watch
Frank Thomas is batting .359 (14-for-39) with three home runs and 12 RBIs in his career against Pettitte. Tickets
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Wednesday: Yankees (Tyler Clippard, 1-1, 3.60) at Toronto (Jesse Litsch, 1-1, 4.24), 7:07 p.m. ET
Friday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 3-4, 4.13) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 5-5, 3.36), 7:05 p.m. ET
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.