7/14/2008 05:37:00 PM

Pettitte Issues Challenge To Yankee Offense

Posted by Mark McCray |

Mark Feinsand/NY Daily News:

The New York Yankees bats made little noise Sunday. Andy Pettitte, however, certainly pumped up the volume afterward. With the Yankees seemingly already in All-Star break mode during Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Pettitte called out his team, and issued a challenge for the second half.

"If we want to make the playoffs, we have to be better," said Pettitte, who took the loss Sunday. "We stink right now for the most part. As a team, we've kind of stunk it up here lately, so we need to play better."

"We've got to find a way to put it all together for an extended period of time with our pitching and our hitting combined," Pettitte said. "It seems like right now, we're feast or famine."

It's going to be a tough task if the hitters continue their Jekyll-and-Hyde act. After scoring seven runs in four games from June 28-July 1, the Yankees erupted for 18 runs against Texas on July 2. They followed that up by scoring 20 runs in their next nine games before putting up nine on Saturday against the Jays.

"I think our offense is better than the way we've displayed," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said.

"We have 67 games to get it right."

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