Last Sunday, Andy Pettitte made an emotional final start at Yankee Stadium. On Saturday, he'll make the final start of his career in the only other stadium he called home.
Pettitte spent three seasons with the Astros from 2004-06 -- he and his family live not too far away from Houston -- so it's fitting the last start of his 18-year career will come at Minute Maid Park.
"I think it'll be enjoyable, for sure," Pettitte said. "I think it's going to be emotional. I'm not real sure what to expect, to tell you the truth. There's no doubt when I get out of the game, it's going to be sad, because I know that's it."
Pettitte will look to reach .500 for the season against the Astros, as he enters the start 10-11 with a 3.88 ERA. He has been stellar over his last nine starts since Aug. 11, going 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA over that stretch.
Astros manager Bo Porter is glad that his team will get a chance to face the Yankees veteran left-hander on Saturday.
"Pettitte, if you give me a vote, he's a Hall of Famer," Porter said. "The career he's put together and the success in which he's had, not only in the regular season and postseason and championships, but he's a Houston guy, so I think it's great for the city and great for him. I'm glad that he gets to make his last scheduled start at home."
Houston will send rookie Paul Clemens to the mound opposite Pettitte. Clemens, who is 16 years younger than Pettitte, has started just four games this year, going 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in those games. For the season, the right-hander is 4-6 with a 5.69 ERA.
"It's a tremendous honor to get to go against Andy Pettitte and face him," Clemens said. "It's a blessing, a privilege. I want to compete with them, give them a good, competitive ballgame, keep it real tight and make them compete until the last pitch is thrown for him and myself. Hopefully, that will be a good one for him to look back on and say he had a good little battle with a young guy."
It will be a home game for the Astros, but with Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees, there should be plenty of New York fans in attendance.
"I know I'm leaving like 50 tickets," Pettitte said. "Obviously, my family's about 30 -- I have a lot in my immediate family. You try to take care of everyone you can, but there's going to be a lot of them here. Some just didn't even bother me for tickets, but our phone's been blowing up over the last week."
Yankees: Adams makes the most of recent opportunity
Entering Friday's game, David Adams had taken just one at-bat since Aug. 17, striking out as a pinch-hitter in the Yankees' Sept. 10 win over Baltimore.
Adams started his first game for the Yankees since Aug. 6 on Friday, and he made the most of his chance to get into the lineup. Starting at second base while Robinson Cano served as the designated hitter, Adams went 1-for-4 with a two-run double against the Astros, providing the big blow in New York's 3-2 victory.
With the Yankees out of the playoff picture and Alex Rodriguez still sidelined with a leg injury, there's a chance Adams could see more playing time against the Astros this weekend.
Astros: Houston drops franchise-record 13th straight game
The Astros have already set a franchise record with 109 losses this season. And after their loss to the Yankees on Friday, they set another franchise record for futility, losing their 13th consecutive game. The Astros haven't won a game since a 9-7 victory over the Angels on Sept. 13. Two of the losses came in extra innings, and one came in a rain-shortened seven-inning game.
The Astros have been outscored 72-21 over that stretch.
• After going 0-for-4 Friday, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is three for his last 23 at the plate.
• Rodriguez sat out his second straight game on Friday.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.