Andy Pettitte struggles again, Yankees lose to A's

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Andy Pettitte’s signature cutter cut out on him last Monday night, just up and left Yankee Stadium during the top of the first inning with no explanation.

“I will be completely shocked if it’s not there today,” manager Joe Girardi said Sunday before sending Pettitte out against the A’s. “That would floor me. I think at some point during this week he found it.”

Nope, still missing.

Actually, he was missing command of all his pitches. It took 100 of them just for him to get through five, and he dropped the Yankees in a three-run hole. They caught up, but Oakland ended up taking the rubber game 5-4 on Josh Donaldson’s tie-breaking solo shot in the eighth, leaving the Yankees with a 7-3 homestand and an 18-12 bottom line.

“It’s a struggle,” said Pettitte, who began with four quality starts. “The issue is everything. … My release point is floating around a little bit. It’s been a long, long time since I haven’t had a feeling for my pitches.”

After being charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 41/3 against Houston last Monday, the 40-year-old lefty gave up four runs, three of them earned, plus four hits — including two homers, one a two-run shot by Yoenis Cespedes — and four walks, and he hit a batter.

Oh, and about that cutter: “My cutter is nonexistent right now,” Pettitte said.Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Yankee game this season without one of their players getting injured. Eduardo Nunez left after four with tightness in his left rib cage. An MRI came back negative. The shortstop is day-to-day.Donaldson rocketed his homer to the second deck in left off Boone Logan. In the ninth, Brett Gardner singled with two outs against Grant Balfour and moved up on a 0-1 wild pitch with Robinson Cano at the plate.Manager Bob Melvin ordered an intentional walk even though Vernon Wells stood on a deck with a 6-for-12, two-homer track record against his closer.

“But in this ballpark, with the way that Cano is swinging, it was a better option for me,” Melvin said.Indeed it was. Wells went down swinging.

The Yankees were down 4-1 heading to the home sixth against Dan Straily. But the righty departed with two on and one out. Lefty Jerry Blevins gave up an RBI double to Ichiro Suzuki and a tying two-run single to Lyle Overbay.

Preston Claiborne, making his big-league debut, kept it at 4-4 for the Yankees with a 1-2-3 seventh that followed a 1-2-3 sixth.

“This was a big game, the biggest one so far of my life,” the 25-year-old righty said. “I knew that when I took the mound, it was just playing baseball again.”The site, now part of the National Park Service, was nearly torn down for a parking lot in the 1960s when the old Wilcox mansion languished after its previous restaurateur owner closed down. Its place on Delaware Avenue, a few doors away from the private women's “20th Century Club,” was a prime high-society location.

Soon the women from “prominent” families decided the site was the right place for clothes too old to wear and too fabulous to throw out. Hain remembers a Mrs. Notman and a Mrs. Heydt, who were among the first to drop things off – by the hundreds.

They were followed by Kate Butler, the late publisher of The Buffalo Evening News who married into this newspaper's founding family. Her old negligee, circa 1920, is one of the best things Hanavan has worn for one of the annual fashion shows devoted to undergarments. She tries to imagine the life that included a need for a cream-colored dressing gown with applique flowers, mink trim and drapery weights hidden in the back so it hung straight.

“It's things like that you're never going to see,” Hanavan said. “It's the upper echelon who had the money to spend in this way.”

So many dresses, undergarments, shoes, handbags, gloves and stockings piled in since those early donations that the CRC headquarters in the former maids' quarters is nearly out of space.

Clothes fill what once were small bedrooms along a hallway at the top of stairs that now lead to museum exhibits and rooms styled with Victorian furniture and curtains like the Wilcoxes would have had.

Bustles, hoops, crinolines and corsets were pressed together and balanced on hangers in one closet. Hats were piled on an open shelf, one ringed with pale pink ostrich feathers all in a line like blades of grass.

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