Andy Pettitte the key to Yankees' season

Bombers unraveled when the lefty went down in July; can he rescue them in October?

Updated: October 4, 2010, 9:56 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- The New York Yankees' pursuit of the American League East championship officially came to an end at 4:46 p.m. on the afternoon of Oct. 3, 2010. But in reality, this result was probably preordained 10 weeks earlier, when Andy Pettitte left the Yankee Stadium mound and didn't return for two months.

In hindsight, it turns out he may have taken the Yankees' hopes of winning the division with him. And now, their best hope of rebounding to make a serious run in the playoffs seems ...

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