The Yankees open a six-game homestand Tuesday hoping to build on some much-needed momentum.
The Astros will pay a visit to the Bronx facing a Yankees club that has won two straight after a five-game losing streak. In reference to the loses, Derek Jeter said the Yankees -- who are 3 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card chase after Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rays -- have to bring the same mindset to the ballpark every day.
"You can't come into a game thinking that you've lost a few games in a row," Jeter said. "I know you have to write that story, but for us, every day we come here you've got to be optimistic and you've got to take each game as it comes. …When you're scuffling a little bit, that's when you find out a lot about teams."
Chris Capuano will get the start for the home side, making his fifth start for the Yankees since they acquired him in a Trade Deadline deal with Boston.
The New York lefty, who will be taking the hill on his 36th birthday, has pitched at least six innings in all of four of his starts, recording a 3.60 ERA and notching 24 strikeouts in 25 innings. He surrendered four runs on six hits in his latest outing, last Monday against Baltimore.
Lefty Brett Oberholtzer will take the mound for Houston, which is coming off a four-game split against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He's gone seven innings in each of his three latest starts, and has lasted at least six innings in each of his last 11 outings.
The Astros are 7-3 in Oberholtzer's starts since May 24, and he's 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA in that span.
"He's learned how to be a winning pitcher at the Major League level, doing whatever it is he has to do that given day to give his team the best opportunity to win the game," Houston manager Bo Porter said of the second-year Major Leaguer.
Astros: Altuve hits first grand slam
Five-foot-six Jose Altuve launched a pitch from Red Sox righty Joe Kelly over the 37-foot Green Monster in Sunday's 8-1 win for the first grand slam of his career.
It was part of a 4-for-5 day for Altuve, who raised his American League-best batting average to .339. It was the sixth homer for the second baseman, matching his 2013 total and leaving him one shy of his career high, which he hit in '12.
Altuve raised his hit total to 173, which leads the Majors, and he's just just four away from tying last season's total.
McCann makes return from concussion DL
Yankees catcher Brian McCann returned to his post Sunday after he was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
It was his first action since Aug. 8 when he took a foul ball off his mask against the Indians. Manager Joe Girardi was pleased to be able to pencil in the seven-time All-Star back in the lineup.
"It's really good to be able to put him back there because any time someone goes through something like he went through, we're always concerned," Girardi said. "But he feels good and he's back in there."
McCann is hitting .235 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs during his first season with the Yanks.
• Yankees closer David Robertson's next strikeout will be the 500th of his career. The right-hander has 499 punchouts in 375 2/3 innings.
• The Astros' 8-1 win against the Red Sox on Sunday was just the team's second victory in 11 games at Fenway.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.