NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte had no interest in a farewell tour or some big pronouncement regarding his (second) retirement.
"Because I've done this before," said a sheepish Pettitte, who briefly stepped away from baseball two years ago. "I feel awkward doing this right now, to tell you the truth."
The Yankees left-hander wanted to thank fans, which he wished he had done the first time.
So after discussing it with several close friends, including closer Mariano Rivera over lunch, Pettitte, 41, announced his decision Friday.
"I'm ready to be home again," he said. "But the biggest thing is, I'm just done. I've exhausted myself, mentally and physically.''
He and his wife, Laura, have four children.
He will be honored, along with the retiring Rivera, on Sunday, when he makes his final start at Yankee Stadium.
Pettitte said his regret is using the banned human growth hormone years ago, saying he did it to recover faster from an injury.
"I've never tried to cheat this game," he said.
The three-time All-Star holds MLB records for postseason wins (19) and starts (44). He is the Yankees' career strikeout leader and trails only Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231) for Yankees victories (218-126 in 15 Yankees seasons). In 18 big-league seasons, he is the majors' active leader in victories (255), innings (3,300) and strikeouts (2,437).
His favorite Yankees memory is winning the first of five World Series titles in 1996.
Blue Jays: CF Colby Rasmus was hit in the face with a ball while jogging out to the field in the middle of the first inning and left the game. The ball came from the direction of RF Anthony Gose.
Braves: OF Jason Heyward was activated from the disabled list and wore a special face mask to protect his right jaw, broken by a pitch Aug. 21. As planned, he played five innings, going 0-for-2 against the over the Cubs.
Cubs: RHP Kevin Gregg criticized the team, mistakenly thinking he permanently lost his closer's role to Pedro Strop: "With what I've done this year and the things I've accomplished … A little professional courtesy would've been nice." Gregg then was summoned to meet with team president Theo Epstein and apologized. Epstein said disciplinary action was possible. What kind of discipline? "I told him that I'd sleep on it and let him know if he was released in the morning," Epstein said.
Mets: 3B David Wright was activated from the DL and homered in his first at-bat since he strained his right hamstring Aug. 2 to take over second place for franchise HRs (221), breaking a tie with Mike Piazza. Darryl Strawberry has 252.
White sox: RHP Dylan Axelrod started when Andre Rienzo was scratched because of a blister on his right (throwing) hand.