Eduardo Nunez 3B
J.R. Murphy C
Curtis Granderson CF
Vernon Wells LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Travis Hafner DH
David Adams 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
Zoilo Almonte RF
LHP David Huff (3-1, 6.06)
Huff has never faced any of the Astros
Jonathan Villar SS
Jose Altuve 2B
Matt Dominguez 3B
Chris Carter 1B
J.D. Martinez RF
Brandon Laird DH
Trevor Crowe CF
Carlos Corporan C
Jake Elmore LF
LHP Erik Bedard (4-12, 4.81)
Bedard vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 2:10 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another rainy day, another game with the roof closed. Been like this most of the time here in Houston.
UMPIRES: HP Bill Miller, 1B Gary Cederstrom, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Vic Carapazza
HOW DEEP CAN HUFF GO? The 2013 Yankees pitching staff has seven complete games (Nova-3, Sabathia-2, Kuroda-1 and Pettitte-1), marking the most for the club since having eight in the 2005 season (Johnson-4, Mussina-2, Pavano-1, Small-1).
MORE MO: The YES Network will premiere a special entitled “Mo Says Goodbye to New York” tonight at 7:30 ET.?The two-hour special will consist of the eighth and ninth innings from Mariano Rivera’s final Yankee Stadium appearance on Thursday. In addition, the special will include Rivera’s on-field post-game interview, events immediately following the conclusion of the game and YES’ post-game show that evening which included Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Joe Girardi press conferences, a Derek Jeter interview and more.
ON THIS DATE: On September 29, 1987, Don Mattingly hit his sixth grand slam of the season, setting a Major League record. Travis Hafner tied that record almost 20 years later with six grand slams in 2006.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Pretty solid final pregame ceremony for Rivera. The Astros gave him a legitimately cool painting, and Rivera apologized to the fans and the Astros for not playing this weekend. “I want to leave with the game that I played Thursday at Yankee Stadium,” he said. “I want to keep that memory in my mind.”
UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Huff pitching pretty well. He allowed a run in the first inning, but he’s through the fourth without allowing another.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Couple of strikeouts for Huff and he’s through five innings, still trailing 1-0.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Houston native Brett Marshall in the game for the Yankees. He was badly hoping to pitch this series.