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Houston Astros honor retiring Andy Pettitte

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HOUSTON (AP)

The Astros honored retiring Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte in the middle of the fifth inning of Friday night's series opener against New York.

Pettitte received a standing ovation at Minute Maid Park, where he pitched from 2004-06 and helped lead Houston to its only World Series appearance in 2005. Astros president Reid Ryan presented him with the framed No. 21 jersey he wore when he played in Houston.

Players from both teams came out of the dugout to applaud him as he waved and tipped his cap to the crowd.

Pettitte, who grew up in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, retired in February 2011 and returned in May 2012.

The 41-year-old Pettitte is 10-11 with a 3.88 ERA this season and is set to start Saturday.

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