Barring an unlikely run to the postseason, Pettitte takes the mound for the final time at home Sunday when the Yankees look to complete a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants .
They may have to do that, with six teams battling for the two AL wild-card spots.
The Yankees are at least giving themselves a chance as they seek their fourth win in five contests by giving the ball to Pettitte (10-10, 3.93 ERA). The left-hander announced his decision to retire at the end of the season at a news conference Friday.
He retired after the 2010 season but sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees.
"Part of me coming back was to try to do this run again with the group of guys that we had here, and it's starting to get toward the end of that," Pettitte said. "We had a great run here, and my time here is done."
Closer Mariano Rivera is also retiring at the end of the season, possibly signaling the end of an era in the Bronx. He'll be honored before the game.
"It's like brothers," Rivera told the team's official website of him and Pettitte leaving at the same time. "We came up with this organization at the same time. We've been through good times and bad times, but at the same time, we have enjoyed what we do. Now we're going out together, too."
The 41-year-old Pettitte holds MLB playoff records with 19 wins and 44 starts, though it would take quite a final run by the Yankees for him to get an opportunity to add to those marks.
Pettitte has helped New York to seven AL pennants and five World Series championships during 15 seasons in pinstripes. Following Sunday, he's scheduled to make his final regular-season start in his hometown of Houston."It's cool that it's going to work out that way," said Pettitte, 3-1 with 2.01 ERA over his last seven starts.
The three-time All-Star suffered his first defeat since Aug. 5 his last time out, giving up one run over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-0 loss at Toronto on Tuesday.
Pettitte, 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his last six home starts, faces the Giants (71-84) for the first time since 2005 when he was with the Astros. He has a 2-1 record and 1.91 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings in his past four interleague home starts.
He'll face a San Francisco team that has totaled three runs and six extra-base hits in its last three games.
The Giants hope to avoid their ninth loss in 10 interleague road games behind Yusmeiro Petit (4-0, 3.08), who has helped them to wins in five straight starts since his promotion from the minors Aug. 23.
However, since throwing a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory over Arizona on Sept. 6, Petit hasn't been as sharp in two outings. He's allowed five walks and seven runs over 11 2-3 innings of those games.
Soriano is 5 for 8 with a home run and three doubles against Petit.
Robinson Cano has batted .444 with 20 RBIs in his last 20 games at home.
|San Francisco Giants|
|August 23, 2013||Matt Cain||15-Day DL||Right forearm contusion|
|August 23, 2013||Matt Cain||15-Day DL||Right forearm contusion|
|August 22, 2013||Andres Torres||60-Day DL||Surgery, left Achilles - out for season|
|August 20, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Sore back|
|August 17, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Carpal tunnel syndrome|
|August 15, 2013||Sandy Rosario||Day-to-Day||Bruised sternum|
|New York Yankees|
|September 14, 2013||Alfonso Soriano||Day-to-Day||Sprained right thumb|
|September 12, 2013||Brett Gardner||Day-to-Day||Left game - Oblique|
|September 08, 2013||Derek Jeter||60-Day DL||Left ankle soreness|
|September 08, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - left foot contusion|
|September 07, 2013||Vidal Nuno||60-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|September 07, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Left ankle|
NEW YORK (AP) -- The day started in storybook fashion. A moving tribute to Mariano Rivera was followed by Andy Pettitte taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his final regular-season start at Yankee Stadium.
The way it ended might have finished the Yankees' playoff hopes.
After honoring the career saves leader and celebrating Pettitte, New York saw its AL wild-card hopes dim Sunday with a crushing 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants .
Pettitte was sure the Yankees would rally.
"It always seems to happen. I really thought it was going to happen today," Pettitte said. "So it's hard to believe that we're sitting here, that we lost another game. This was a big loss, there's no doubt about that."
In danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees dropped four back of Cleveland for the second AL wild card with six games left. New York hosts wild-card leading Tampa Bay for three games, then closes at Houston.
The Yankees held a 50-minute pregame ceremony and retired the No. 42 of Rivera, who announced during spring training that this will be his final season. Rivera was last player to wear Jackie Robinson 's number, which was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman broke baseball's color barrier. For a little over a week, Rivera becomes the first active player to be given a place in Monument Park.
"I appreciate this day, what the organization did, the fans that were here supporting me," Rivera said. "That was good, but at the end it wasn't that great because we lost the game."
Pettitte said Friday he also is leaving, and he started off perfect until giving up a walk with two outs in the fifth.
But Ehire Adrianza tied the score in the sixth with his first career home run. Leaving to standing ovations and a curtain call after Pedro Sandoval's leadoff double in the eighth, Pettitte (10-11) watched Tony Abreu hit a go-ahead double off David Robertson .
"Pablo told me it was a no-hitter, he told me to get a hit," Adrianza said. "It was a special day for me in my life, for Mariano and Pettitte."
The 41-year-old Pettitte will make his final start against his hometown Astros with a chance to finish with a losing record for the first time in his 19-year career.
On a sun-splashed afternoon and before a sellout crowd of 49,197, the Yankees honored Rivera by bringing back several of the players who helped them win five World Series titles from 1996-09 - including Jorge Posada , Bernie Williams , David Cone , Paul O'Neill and Tino Martinez .
Pettitte initially retired after the 2010 season, sat out one year and then returned.
"I'll miss (them) a lot. They're brothers to me," Jeter said. "We've been through a lot, quite a bit together."
For much of the afternoon, Pettitte appeared on track for a vintage performance. The 41-year-old left-hander, a 255-game winner, was backed by Mark Reynolds ' third-inning homer and didn't allow a baserunner until Sandoval's fifth-inning walk.
When Sandoval doubled to left in the eighth for the Giants' second hit, Pettitte slammed his glove into his thigh in frustration when he saw manager Joe Girardi bounce out of the dugout.
He left to a sustained ovation, waving his cap to all parts of the stadium, and came out for another wave after a boisterous chant of "An-dy Pett-itte!" Jeter, the injured captain, was there to embrace him in the dugout.
"It was great. It was amazing," Pettitte said. "You obviously start hugging the guys. You know Jete standing there makes it difficult. ... Then of course my head is right there just going, `I just lost this game for us if we are unable to get this guy."'
While Rivera has saved 72 of Pettitte's wins, the most for any tandem in major league history, Girardi called on the 13-time All-Star after Abreu's double.
Adrianza broke a bat striking out, and Angel Pagan hit a sinking liner to center field that Curtis Granderson snared with a tumbling catch.
Alex Rodriguez led off the bottom half with a single, and Robinson Cano doubled for his third hit. Alfonso Soriano hit a sharp grounder to third base, and Nick Noonan threw home to nail pinch-runner Zoilo Almonte . Eduardo Nunez then singled to left field, but Bronx-raised Juan Perez threw Cano out trying to score.
"We're still alive, but this one really hurt," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's tough."
Javier Lopez (4-2) relieved Yusmeiro Petit with two on and one out in the seventh and struck out two. Petit gave up six hits.
Sergio Romo pitched a hitless ninth for his 36th save in 41 chances. In a sign of how banged up the Yankees are, they sent 22-year-old rookie J.R. Murphy to the plate, and Romo struck him out to end the game.
"These guys had a chance to see the best," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The kids really handled themselves well. I couldn't be prouder."
NOTES: Girardi said Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) will start Tuesday's series opener against Tampa Bay. ... The Giants went through fielding practice before the game. Bochy said he's determined to have the Giants play out the season at the highest level possible. "It's about pride," he said. ... San Francisco split six games in New York, taking two of three against the Mets.