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Rays make sure to also honor Pettitte

Rays make sure to also honor Pettitte

Rays make sure to also honor Pettitte

TORONTO -- While Thursday night's game in the Bronx clearly belonged to Mariano Rivera, the Rays did not forget another Yankees great in their tributes.

Veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte is also retiring after the season, which prompted a moment of respect from the Rays just before they took the field in the bottom of the ninth.

Already the Rays had twice stood outside their dugout to honor Rivera, so they didn't want to forget Pettitte.

Evan Longoria noted that when the Rays began to take the field the crowd, had just begun chanting "Andy Pettitte!"

"I said, 'Let's wait a second,'" Longoria said. "All of us were in the dugout trying to get Andy to come out on the field. And he did eventually come out on the field.

"Pretty much the whole night was about Mariano Rivera, but it was kind of important for us to let Andy have his moment with the home crowd, as well. I think a lot of people thought it was for Mariano, but that moment right there was to let Andy get out on the field and get acknowledged."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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