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Andy Pettitte's texts hint at retirement

Updated: December 29, 2010, 2:33 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been exchanging text messages with Andy Pettitte during the offseason as Pettitte sits at home in Deer Park, Texas, deciding whether to pitch for the Yankees in 2011 or retire.

Teixeira said on Tuesday that, through his communication with Pettitte, he's gotten the sense that the veteran left-hander is "leaning toward retirement." But the Yankees first baseman is holding out hope that Pettitte will return to a Yankees ...

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