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Colorado at Houston

Venue: Minute Maid Park

Jamie Moyer will take the mound for the Colorado Rockies in Houston on Saturday night.

It only may seem that he's been around longer than the dirt on that mound.

At the ripe age of 49, Moyer will become the oldest pitcher to appear in a major league game in nearly 40 years, and could become the oldest ever to earn a win when the Rockies continue their season-opening series with the Astros.

Moyer last pitched in the majors in 2010, when he went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts for Philadelphia but had his season cut short to undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. Instead of retiring, the left-hander signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on Jan. 18 - exactly two months after his 49th birthday. Improbably, he posted a 2.77 ERA this spring and beat out 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso for a rotation spot.

"I was excited. I'm happy. I'm honored," Moyer said. "But in the end, like (manager) Jim (Tracy) said, 'You earned it.' That was my goal coming here."

Moyer's goal Saturday is to become the oldest pitcher in major league history to win a game. Jack Quinn was also 49 when he earned his last victory Sept. 13, 1932, but he was younger than Moyer is now. When he throws his first pitch, Moyer will become the oldest pitcher to appear in a game since July 10, 1972, when Hoyt Wilhelm made his final appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers 16 days before turning 50.

"It's an opportunity, and I think it's a great opportunity to try to take it and run with it," Moyer said. "I've looked at my whole career as an opportunity, especially as I've gotten older."

The active leader in victories (267), innings (4,020) and starts (628), Moyer is 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 15 career appearances versus the Astros.

"I think he can still be very, very effective," Tracy said. "He has incredible know-how. He's an incredible pitch maker. When he's right, he can carve a strike zone up."

He'll face a team that opened the season with an average age of 27.82, second-youngest in the majors. Seven current Astros were not yet born when Moyer made his major league debut June 16, 1986. The oldest Houston player, first baseman Carlos Lee, was four days shy of his 10th birthday.

Lee is 7 for 33 (.212) in his career against Moyer, but two of those hits were home runs.

Lee and Brian Bogusevic both homered Friday for Houston, but the Astros committed four errors and fell 5-3 to drop their season opener for a sixth consecutive year.

"We had some mental mistakes that I'm probably more concerned about than anything else," manager Brad Mills said. "Those things, we're going to address ... they did a great job of that in spring training, but we're going to work on those and move on."

Perhaps it's only fitting that Moyer will be opposed Saturday by a player who maintains rookie status. Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell has made 17 appearances - five starts - over the last two seasons, but has only 42 major league innings under his belt.

The right-hander, acquired off waivers from the Chicago White Sox last July before becoming a September call-up, went 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in six appearances for Houston including two starts.

One of those starts was in a 19-3 home loss to the Rockies on Sept. 25, when Harrell yielded five runs - three earned - and seven hits in three innings.

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Probable Starters

Jamie Moyer, LHP
2012 stats
0.0 Innings Pitched 0.0
0-0 Wins-Losses 0-0
--- Earned Run Average ---
0 Walks 0
0 Strikeouts 0
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
81.2 Innings Pitched 3.0
5-4 Wins-Losses 0-1
3.97 Earned Run Average 9.00

Lucas Harrell, RHP
weather image  Partly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Colorado5th NL West5583.399224-6 W 1
Houston4th AL West5979.428255-5 W 2
vs Lucas Harrell
vs Brett Myers
vs Jamie Moyer
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Game Odds
Colorado -110 Houston 100
B. AndersonBack
J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
M. CuddyerHamstring
C. GonzalezKnee
T. KahnleShoulder
B. LoganElbow
W. RosarioWrist
T. TulowitzkiThigh
M. AlbersShoulder
J. CisneroElbow
J. CrainBiceps, calf
D. DownsOblique
M. GonzalezHamstring
A. PresleyOblique
G. SpringerKnee, quadriceps
J. ZeidFoot
Series Game Log
Apr 4HOULAA 11-1Richards Harrell 
Apr 5HOULAA 5-1Skaggs Keuchel 
Apr 6HOUHOU 7-4Feldman Weaver 
Apr 7HOULAA 9-1Wilson Cosart 
May 19LAAHOU 5-2Keuchel Richards 
May 20LAALAA 9-3Skaggs Feldman 
May 21LAALAA 2-1Weaver McHugh 
Jun 3HOUHOU 7-2McHugh Wilson 
Jun 4HOULAA 4-0Richards Cosart 
Jun 5HOUHOU 8-5Peacock Skaggs 
Jul 3LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Oberholtzer 
Jul 4LAALAA 7-6Smith Sipp 
Jul 5LAALAA 11-5Roth Bass 
Jul 6LAALAA 6-1Richards McHugh 
Sep 2HOU 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 3HOU 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 13LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 14LAA 3:35 PM EDT