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|Martinez Gets Another Shot Against Rival Yankees; Pettite Goes for 18th Postseason Victory
|NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Pettitte has won a record 17 postseason games since reaching the majors in 1995, with three victories coming this year.
Pettitte will try to clinch the New York Yankees' 27th World Series title Wednesday night in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies in the Bronx.
The 37-year old lefty is being asked to pitch on three days' rest for the sixth time in his postseason career, and the first since Oct. 19, 2003. Pettitte is 3-1 with one no-decision and a 2.80 in those outings. But he was reached for four runs in six innings on five days' rest in the Yankees' 8-5 win over the Phils in Game 3.
The Phillies will counter with Pedro Martinez as they look to even the series at three games apiece. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 6-3 with a 3.22 earned run average lifetime in the postseason. However, Martinez is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in four postseason appearances in the Bronx. That includes a loss in Game 2 of the series last Thursday.
The Phillies stayed alive with Monday's 8-6 victory in which Chase Utley tied Reggie Jackson's record for home runs in one World Series. Utley has five homers, eight RBIs and a .333 average.
Alex Rodriguez drove in three runs for the Yankees Monday, giving him 18 for the postseason. He needs two more to break the postseason record.
Rain is not in the forecast, but temperatures are expected to be in the 40s at gametime.
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