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With one out in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, many among the Yankee Stadium crowd of 41,631 rose to their feet. On a day Andy Pettitte received a heartfelt ovation for just about everything he did -- warm up, take the field, throw his first pitch -- it was time for one more. The applause crackled even before manager Joe Girardi reached the mound. By the time Girardi beckoned reliever Cory Wade, it had thickened to a roar. The fans wanted to tell Pettitte how glad they were to have him back, how reassuring it was to see No. 46 on the mound and those steely eyes peering over the glove. Just before Pettitte descended into the dugout, he waved briefly as if to say thanks. When players are booed, friends soften it by saying fans react to results, not people. This was the opposite. Here, in this tough-to-please town, Yankees fans cheered for the man, not the performance. Pettitte, who turns 40 next month, didn't pitch poorly in his first major league start since the 2010 America...
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