Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Astros 2

September, 27, 2013
9/27/13
11:24
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HOUSTON -- The Yankees beat the Astros behind the pitching of Adam Warren and the hitting of David Adams.

WHAT IT MEANS: Not much. Both teams are out of the playoff hunt.

NO MO: Mariano Rivera took the night off -- his decision. Joe Girardi says that he will let Rivera decide when and where he pitches.

D-ROB: David Robertson entered to boos because the fans wanted to see Rivera. He picked up his third save of the season.

NO A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez is here in Houston, but Girardi decided to give him another night off.

WARREN COMMISSIONED: Warren is a guy who could fight for the fifth starter spot in 2014. On Friday, he added a little to his case. Granted, it was against the Astros, but Warren pitched very well. In five scoreless innings, he allowed just two hits, while striking out four and walking one.

Warren finished the season with 3.39 ERA, which is pretty good.

LAST CALL FOR JOBA: In what might have been his final appearance as a Yankee, Joba Chamberlain entered in the bottom of the seventh. Trying to protect a three-run lead, with men on first and second and two out, Chamberlain gave up a rope of a two-run double to Brett Wallace. Next, Chamberlain gave up a single and a walk to load the bases before mercifully leaving the bases loaded when Matt Dominguez flew out to center.

From his rocket ascension in 2007 to the midges to the Rules to starting to relieving and all places, this could be it for Chamberlain as a Yankee. From what was anticipated to where it ended, it has been a very sad decline.

GETTING ON THE BOARD: The Yankees scored three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Mark Reynolds and a two-run double by Adams.

WHO NEEDS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: The Astros announced a crowd of 29,486, which is not bad considering Friday nights here are spent under the lights watching high schoolers play football.

HONORING ANDY: What is a Yankee game without some sort of celebration? In the middle of the fifth, the Astros honored Andy Pettitte, giving him a framed No. 21 jersey, which he wore during their 2005 World Series run. You can read more about Pettitte's return and his final start here.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.277 10 55 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 55
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .788
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135