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Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte will wear a major league uniform for a final time Sunday, at least as players. It's unknown if Alex Rodriguez will be doing the same.

Before heading into an uncertain offseason, the New York Yankees will try to complete a three-game sweep over the Houston Astros.

Rivera has decided not to pitch in this series, leaving his iconic farewell at Yankee Stadium on Thursday as his final game.

"I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I had in my tank, and it's empty," said Rivera, who exits with a major league-record 652 saves. "I have nothing left. I gave everything that I had."

Pettitte had his own storybook ending Saturday in Houston, the only other place he pitched in his 18-season career. The left-hander tossed a five-hitter in a 2-1 victory, the 256th of his career and his first complete game since 2006.

"It couldn't end any better," Pettitte said. "It's been terrible because I know it's over. It's a shame you get old."

While the two longtime Yankees will retire, it's unknown if the 38-year-old Rodriguez will get to go out on his own terms. The fifth-leading home run hitter in MLB history (654) is set to focus on his appeal of a 211-game drug suspension.

"This has been a burden, a big burden. Let's get it on," Rodriguez told the team's website. "It starts on Monday. Better to face it head on."

With no playoff appearance this year, New York (84-77) will have an extended offseason for the first time since 2008, and only the second time since 1994. David Huff (3-1, 6.06 ERA) will try to take them into the long winter with a victory in his first matchup against Houston (51-110).

The left-hander, who has made 12 relief appearances this season, was tagged for a career high-tying nine runs over 3 1-3 innings in his only 2013 start, a 13-9 loss to Boston on Sept. 7.

He'll face a team that's the first in the majors to lose 110 or more games since Arizona went 51-111 in 2004. Detroit was the last AL team to do so, going 43-119 in 2003.

"It's pretty tough, especially with the kind of skid we're on right now," catcher Matt Pagnozzi said.

The Astros, losers in a franchise-record 14 straight, will send out Erik Bedard (4-12, 4.81) for the finale of another miserable season. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA since rejoining the rotation Sept. 16, and was charged with six runs over five innings in a 9-2 loss in Cleveland last Sunday.

Bedard is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in his last three starts against the Yankees and did not get a decision in his only matchup this season. He allowed four runs over four innings in a 5-4 defeat May 1.

New York will seek to improve to 6-0 all-time in Houston and 13-2 in the overall series. The Astros will try to avoid matching the third-most losses in a three-year stretch in major league history.

The Philadelphia Athletics dropped 324 from 1915-17, while the New York Mets lost 340 from 1962-64, and 332 from 1963-65.

Tagged: Yankees, Astros, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez

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