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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  February 4, 2011 04:03 PM

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...That's what Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is after today -- for now. The Pinstripe pitcher announced today at Yankee Stadium that he's not playing this season. More good news in an off-season where everything is coming up roses for the Red Sox.

Take the carmine-hose-tinted glasses off for a second and the ingrained hatred of all things Yankess and acknowledge that Pettitte was a pretty good pitcher over 16 big-league seasons, twice winning 20 games and compiling a 19-10 post-season mark. How much help he had from performance-enhancing drugs is something we'll never know. But at least he owned up to it, unlike another pitcher who once wore Pinstripes.

The 38-year-old Pettitte was pretty effective last year, going 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA and earning an All-Star nod before a groin injury derailed his season. That's why while I believe Pettitte, who said he'd lost the "hunger" to play, doesn't have the appetite to pitch for the Yankees this season I don't think his retirement is final.

I expect the lefty to make one more pitch to play before he turns 40.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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