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Monday, April 29th (All times eastern)

Houston Astros (7-18) at New York Yankees (15-9), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.08) New York - Andy Pettitte (3-1, 2.22)

(Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte tries to pitch the New York Yankees to a fifth straight win on Monday when they open a three-game series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

Pettitte, who pitched three seasons for the Astros, was denied his first-ever 4-0 start on Wednesday, as the Yankees offense failed him in a 3-0 loss. Pettitte, though, gave up all three runs (2 earned) and seven hits and struck out 10 in six innings, dropping him to 3-1 to go along with a 2.22 ERA.

"I had two strikeouts and a chance to get out of it, and I didn't do it," said Pettitte referring to his two-run fifth inning. "That was obviously really the game right there."

Pettitte beat the Astros the only other time he faced them.

New York enters this tilt following a four-game weekend sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. On Sunday, Lyle Overbay belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win. Brennan Boesch also homered for New York, which came from behind to win each game of the series.

"We had four hits and two went for homers," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The rally made a winner of Boone Logan (1-1), who worked a scoreless seventh in relief of Phil Hughes. The Yankee starter went the first six innings and surrendered just two runs on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.

Houston, on the other hand, was swept over the weekend, losing all four games in its series with the Boston Red Sox, culminating with a 6-1 loss in Sunday's finale.

The Astros have now lost nine straight on the road.

Bud Norris (3-3) recorded the loss for Houston on Sunday after surrendering five runs -- three earned -- on nine hits in six innings of work. Ronny Cedeno finished 2-for-4 for the Astros, who have lost seven of nine overall and are an AL-worst 7-18.

"I know we're struggling right now, but we have to make some adjustments," Houston outfielder Fernando Martinez admitted. "We'll be fine."

Hoping to reverse their fortunes on Monday, the Astros will hand the ball to righty Lucas Harrell, who has won his last two starts. After beating Cleveland on April 19, Harrell was even better on Wednesday against Seattle, as he held the Mariners to a run and six hits in seven innings to even his record at 2-2, while lowering his ERA to 4.08.

"I'd gotten away from being aggressive; I need to attack more," said Harrell, who allowed the lone run against him on a double play. "Strike one was huge today. My goal was to attack and get strike one."

Houston has beaten the Yankees just one time in nine meetings, including a 1-5 mark in the Bronx. Houston's only win over the Yankees was a six-pitcher no- hitter at the old Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2003.

04/29 10:34:36 ET

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NOR 3
DUR 5
 
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PIT 0
CAR 10
 
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7:35pm Tonight
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CIN 7
CHC 2
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DET 3
NYY 2
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SFG 4
COL 1
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BAL 5
TAM 4
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NYM 1
ATL 6
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CWS 2
CLE 3
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KAN 5
MIN 11
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HOU 4
TEX 2
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ANA 4
OAK 3
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TOR
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TEX
 
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STL
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SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
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LAMON 17
WAKE 10
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MISS 35
BSU 13
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TULA 31
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WASU 38
RUTG 41
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ARST 45
WEBER 14
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VANDY 7
TEMPL 37
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JAC 14
ATL 24
 
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BUF 0
DET 23
 
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CIN 35
IND 7
 
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GBP 34
KAN 14
 
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PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
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MIA 14
STL 13
 
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PIT 0
CAR 10
 
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NYG 16
NEP 13
 
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TAM 10
WAS 24
 
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NOS 13
BAL 22
 
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CLE 33
CHI 13
 
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DAL 3
DEN 27
 
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TEN 3
MIN 19
 
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HOU 13
SFX 40
 
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SDC 12
ARI 9
 
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OAK 41
SEA 31
 
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NOR 3
DUR 5
 
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