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MLB roundup: Pettitte announces retirement

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The New York Yankees announced Friday that left-hander Andy Pettitte is retiring at the end of the season.

Pettitte retired in 2011 but came back a year later. He is 15-14 with a 3.60 ERA in the past two seasons.

Pettitte, 41, makes his next start on Sunday, and that will be his final start at Yankee Stadium. The team is also honoring Mariano Rivera, who is retiring.

Pettitte is 10-10 with a 3.93 ERA this year.

"I really knew coming in that I was almost a hundred percent (done) coming into the season that this was going to be it," Pettitte said at a press conference Friday afternoon. "When I decided to come back, last year was supposed to be for one year. That was the whole plan all along and obviously breaking my leg put a little wrinkle in that, so just coming into the season I knew that this was probably going to be it. There was nothing that went on during the season that was changing my mind."

---Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his jaw when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 21.

Heyward was in the leadoff spot and playing center field against the Chicago Cubs.

Heyward is batting .253 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 95 games this year.

---United States Senator John McCain, a former Presidential candidate, ripped the Los Angeles Dodgers for jumping in the pool at the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark on Thursday to celebrate the victory that clinched the National League West title.

McCain Tweeted: "No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats! The #Dodgers are idiots"

--The New York Mets activated third baseman David Wright from the disabled list after he missed six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Wright, who last played on August 2, was listed in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Philadelphia.

---Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg passed his throwing test and will start Saturday, manager Davey Johnson said, according to HardballTalk.com.

Strasburg hasn't pitched since Sept. 8 because of forearm tightness.

--Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo will require surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, and he is finished for the season.

Castillo's recovery is expected to take 4-6 weeks, according to MLB.com. He hit .271 with eight homers this season.
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