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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, September 29th (All times Eastern)

New York Yankees (84-77) at Houston Astros (51-110), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - David Huff (3-1, 6.06) Houston - Erik Bedard (4-12, 4.81)

(Sports Network) - The Houston Astros have one more chance to snap their longest losing streak in franchise history this season. They wrap things up on Sunday afternoon with the finale of a three-game set with the New York Yankees.

The Astros have lost 14 in a row and Saturday's 2-1 loss made them only the third team since 1970 to lose 110 games in a single season.

In an emotional game, Andy Pettitte closed out his brilliant career with his first complete game since Aug. 16, 2006, lifting the Yankees to victory. It marked the first time Pettitte went the distance since his final season with the Astros.

The win also lifted Pettitte to 11-11, ensuring that none of his 18 seasons ended with a losing record.

Pettitte, who was raised in nearby Deer Park, TX and spent three of his 18 seasons with the Astros, yielded just five hits and two walks while striking out five to earn the 256th win of his career. The 114-pitch effort came with a throng of family and friends cheering the 41-year-old on at Minute Maid Park.

"It was almost a fairytale," Pettitte said. "I'm thankful and fortunate and blessed. It's another day I'll never forget."

New York gave Pettitte all the support he needed with a two-run sixth inning, with the deciding tally coming on a throwing error by Houston catcher Matt Pagnozzi. Robinson Cano had an RBI single earlier in the frame and finished 2- for-4.

Paul Clemens was saddled with the setback after permitting two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-4 and scored Houston's lone run.

"You don't want to end the season on a losing streak," Houston manager Bo Porter told his club's website. "It's unfortunate we've had this bump in the road late in the year. We had avoided the long (losing) stretch throughout the course of this year. It's almost like it's one play here, one play there that really end up being costly. (Sunday) we're going to come back and fight hard and try to end the season with a win heading to the offseason."

Porter will turn to left-hander Erik Bedard, who is 4-12 with a 4.81 earned run average in 31 games this year, including 25 starts.

Bedard is coming off back-to-back losing starts, giving up 10 runs over nine innings. That includes a 9-2 setback to Cleveland last Sunday as he yielded six runs over five innings while striking out eight.

The 34-year-old is 4-5 with a 4.58 ERA lifetime versus the Yankees, who will give David Huff his second start of the season today.

Huff has made 10 total appearances and is 3-1 with a 5.16 ERA. His first start came on Sept. 7 versus Boston and he took a loss after allowing nine runs over 3 1/3 innings.

The 29-year-old southpaw last pitched on Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays, charged with four runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Huff has never before faced Houston, which New York is 12-2 against all-time. The Yankees took two of three from the visiting Astros from April 29-May 1.

09/29 10:33:12 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR