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Yanks end turbulent season; Astros lose 15th straight

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HOUSTON -- Derek Jeter isn't sure who will be around him when the New York Yankees start 2014.

The Houston Astros will be trying to snap a 15-game losing streak when they open the season.

New York went into an offseason of uncertainty Sunday with a 5-1 victory over the Astros, whose skid was the longest at the end of the season in more than a century. Mark Reynolds, one of the many players signed this year to fill holes created by injuries, hit a tiebreaking homer in a four-run 14th inning.

"There a lot of ifs and questions and who's coming back and who's not coming back," Jeter said. "I have no idea. It would be unfair for me to even speculate."

Mariano Rivera didn't pitch in the final game of a career that started in 1995, and Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were among the players unsure whether they had played their final games for the Yankees, who finished tied for third in the AL East at 85-77, 12 games behind division-winning Boston.

Bothered by sore legs, Alex Rodriguez didn't get into the finale. The appeal of his 211-game drug suspension starts Monday.

New York finished with its fewest wins in a non-strike season since 1992 and failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. Manager Joe Girardi's contract is expiring, and he hasn't said whether he wants to come back for a seventh season.

"I see it as a year where there are probably more areas to address than there have been in a long time," Girardi said. "So there's a lot to be done in the offseason."

Same for the Astros.

Houston (51-111) set a team record for defeats and had the most in the majors since Arizona lost the same amount in 2004. The Astros finished with the lengthiest season-ending losing streak since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders dropped their last 16, according to STATS.

The Astros' 324 losses over three years matched the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics for third most in major league history behind the 1962-64 New York Mets (340) and the 1963-65 Mets (332), according to STATS.

Houston had two hits after the first inning and struck out 19 times. The Astros' season total of 1,535 set a major league, six more than the previous mark by Arizona in 2010, and Chris Carter finished with 212 after whiffing three times; only Reynolds (223 in 2009) and Adam Dunn (222 last year) have struck out more.

"It's just a big learning experience for everybody," Carter said. "It's tough and tough for everybody around and it's frustrating, but whatever it takes for us to get better and be competitive in the future, whatever it takes."

Crippled by injuries to Jeter, their captain, along with Rodriguez, Granderson and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees never once put their envisioned starting lineup on the field in the same game. Teixeira was limited to 15 games, Jeter to 17 games, A-Rod to 44 and Granderson to 61.

After the Yankees were eliminated from postseason on Wednesday, their final games turned into a tribute for Rivera, the 43-year-old career saves leader, and Andy Pettitte, the 41-year-old left-hander from suburban Deer Park.

Rivera decided he wanted Thursday night's emotional Yankee Stadium finale to be his final game. He finished with 652 regular-season saves and apologized for not pitching in Houston this weekend.

"I've been ready for this moment," Rivera said. "I've been happy with it, and move on."

Pettitte went out with a five-hitter on Saturday, his first complete game in seven years,

Granderson, who missed much of the season with a broken forearm and then a broken pinkie, hit a tying single in the eighth inning. Like Cano, he is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

Cano didn't play Sunday, and the All-Star second baseman finished with a .314 average, 27 homers and 107 RBIs. With reports he is seeking a 10-year deal worth $305 million or more, the Yankees may not re-sign their most productive hitter -- especially if they want to get under next year's luxury tax threshold of $189 million.

As for the final game, Matt Daley (1-0) got the win. David Robertson, one of the possible replacements at closer for Rivera, pitched a perfect 14th.

Reynolds led off the 14th with a homer off Lucas Harrell (6-17), Eduardo Nunez added a two-run double and J.R. Murphy a run-scoring single, giving New York a final three-game sweep in a season notable for failure and farewells.

"There were memorable festivities, you know what I'm saying?" Jeter said. "Andy and Mo, goes without saying how special that was. But on the field, it wasn't memorable."

Notes

Rivera's final game drew a crowd of 40,542 at Minute Maid Park, putting the Astros' final attendance at 1,656,443. That's up slightly from last year's total of 1,607,773, the lowest since Houston moved downtown in 2000. It was the second-biggest crowd of the season for Houston after opening day. ... Erik Bedard allowed three hits in seven shutout innings for Houston and struck out nine. Matt Dominguez had an RBI single in the first.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

E. Nunez
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

E. Bedard
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 9
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eduardo Nunez, 3B7232010 .260
J.R. Murphy, C7011034 .154
Curtis Granderson, CF7021023 .229
Vernon Wells, LF6000014 .233
Mark Reynolds, 1B6111000 .220
   Lyle Overbay, 1B0000000 .240
Travis Hafner, DH4000010 .202
David Adams, 2B6010052 .193
Brendan Ryan, SS6120011 .197
Zoilo Almonte, RF6120022 .236
David Huff, P0000000 .000
   Brett Marshall, P0000000 .000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   Preston Claiborne, P0000000 .000
   David Phelps, P0000000 .000
   Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
Totals555125016  
Batting
2B - Eduardo Nunez 2 (17, Zeid), Curtis Granderson (13, Bedard)
3B - David Adams (1, Fields)
HR - Mark Reynolds (21, Harrell)
RBI - Eduardo Nunez 2 (28), J.R. Murphy (1), Curtis Granderson (15), Mark Reynolds (67)
2-OUT RBI - Eduardo Nunez 2 (8), J.R. Murphy (1), Curtis Granderson (5)
Team LOB - 10
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Huff 5311070 5.50
Brett Marshall 2100130 4.50
Dellin Betances 2.1000040 10.80
Preston Claiborne 0.2000010 4.11
David Phelps 1000120 4.98
Matt Daley (W,1-0) 2000020 0.00
David Robertson 1000000 2.04
Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 71-49, Brett Marshall 31-20, Dellin Betances 40-27, Preston Claiborne 8-6, David Phelps 16-10, Matt Daley 24-19, David Robertson 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 4-4, Brett Marshall 1-2, Preston Claiborne 1-0, David Phelps 1-0, Matt Daley 3-1, David Robertson 2-1
Batters Faced - David Huff 18, Brett Marshall 8, Dellin Betances 7, Preston Claiborne 2, David Phelps 4, Matt Daley 6, David Robertson 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS6110010 .243
Jose Altuve, 2B5000101 .283
Matt Dominguez, 3B6011021 .241
Chris Carter, 1B4000131 .223
J.D. Martinez, RF5010031 .250
Brandon Laird, DH4000022 .169
   a-Brett Wallace, PH-DH1000010 .221
Trevor Crowe, CF5000022 .218
Carlos Corporan, C5010022 .225
Jake Elmore, LF2000011 .242
   b-Marc Krauss, PH-LF3000020 .209
Erik Bedard, P0000000 .000
   Josh Zeid, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000 .000
   Rhiner Cruz, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Lucas Harrell, P0000000 .250
   Jorge De Leon, P0000000 .000
Totals46141219  
a-struck out for Laird in the 12th
b-struck out for Elmore in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Villar (9, Huff)
RBI - Matt Dominguez (77)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jonathan Villar (16, Missed catch of throw)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Bedard 7300090 4.59
Josh Zeid (H,6) 0.2111020 3.90
Kevin Chapman (BS,3) 0100000 1.77
Rhiner Cruz 0.1000000 3.38
Josh Fields 1100010 4.97
Lucas Harrell (L,6-17) 4.2544041 5.86
Jorge De Leon 0.1100000 5.40
WP - Jorge De Leon (2)
HBP - Hafner (by Erik Bedard)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 103-69, Josh Zeid 9-8, Kevin Chapman 2-2, Rhiner Cruz 1-1, Josh Fields 15-10, Lucas Harrell 68-49, Jorge De Leon 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 3-9, Lucas Harrell 7-4, Jorge De Leon 1-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 26, Josh Zeid 3, Kevin Chapman 1, Rhiner Cruz 1, Josh Fields 4, Lucas Harrell 20, Jorge De Leon 2
Game Information
Attendance - 40542
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Victor Carapazza