What more could the Yankees have asked for than this: Andy Pettitte coming off the DL as Andy Pettitte.

Even at his youthful best, Pettitte was never dominant. His genius was as an escape artist, embracing danger and having the weapons — mental and physical — to pull himself up from the cliff's edge.

Pettitte never overwhelmed, always giving up a fair amount of hits. But he limited extra-base hits and walks. Kept running games in check with a devilishly deceptive pickoff move. So opponents, in general, were going to have to beat him one single at a time, when his best tool was a knack for executing in a crisis.