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06/20/07 3:15 AM ET

Pettitte set to take on Francis

New York (35-33) at Colorado (36-34), 9:05 p.m. ET

Andy Pettitte will seek a belated birthday present against the Rockies on Wednesday, when the left-hander aims for his first victory as a 35-year-old.

Pettitte celebrated his birthday on June 15 and now looks for his fifth victory of the season at 9:05 p.m. ET at Coors Field.

Pettite has walked one hitter in each of his last seven starts, a new best for the left-hander. He went six straight starts in 2001, '02 and '03.

Pettitte owns a lifetime 2-0 record and a 2.29 ERA against Colorado. It will be Pettitte's 15th start of the season and 17th game overall, as he worked in relief twice in April.

Jeff Francis will counter for the Rockies. The left-hander is 6-5 with a 3.61 ERA this season.

Pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (4-4, 2.93 ERA)
Pettitte didn't give the Diamondbacks much to hit in his last start, on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander surrendered just four hits and one run in eight innings, striking out four and walking one. Pettitte retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced in the 101-pitch performance.

COL: LHP Jeff Francis (6-5, 3.61 ERA)
Francis struck out six Red Sox in five shutout innings in his last start against Boston, but he had to work his way out of several jams and threw 103 pitches. He gave up six hits and walked three.

Player to watch
No current Rockies batter has fared well against Pettitte. In three at-bats, however, Brad Hawpe has one single off the left-hander.

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Up next
• Thursday: Yankees (Roger Clemens, 1-1, 3.65) at Rockies (Rodrigo Lopez, 3-0, 2.90), 3:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (Kei Igawa, 2-1, 7.63) at Giants (Matt Cain, 2-7, 3.15), 10:15 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 7-4, 3.33) at Giants (Matt Morris, 7-4, 3.21), 3:55 p.m. ET

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