Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Astros 1 (14)

September, 29, 2013
HOUSTON -- After a 14-inning marathon, the Yankees finish the season with a 85-77 record, which was good enough for a tie for third with the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the standings.

WHAT IT MEANS: It is the final game of the careers of Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. The Astros held a final ceremony for Rivera featuring none other than Pettitte's old buddy, Roger Clemens, and Joe Torre. As expected, Rivera didn't appear in the game.

WILL JOE GO? Joe Girardi said he is unsure whether he will be back in 2014 to manage the Yankees.

56: The Yankees finished the season using a franchise-record 56 players.

LAST CALL: Besides Rivera and Pettitte, other players who might have played their last game as a Yankee include: Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan.

THE GAME: David Huff started and threw five innings of one-run ball. Huff will be in the mix for a relief job or maybe a fifth-starter spot. In the eighth inning, Eduardo Nunez doubled and was driven home by Granderson.

In top of the ninth, David Adams hit a two-out triple. That inspired a huge "Let's go Yankees!" chant from the fans here. They had come to see Rivera for a final time but were left just hoping for a victory. Brendan Ryan struck out.

In relief, Dellin Betances, who may be in next year's bullpen, threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out four.

In the 14th, Mark Reynolds hit the winning solo homer. Nunez would add a two-run double, and J.R. Murphy would add an RBI double.

ON DECK: We will have all the news from the postgame. Plus, Ian O'Connor's column that includes some interesting comments from Derek Jeter.
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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HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
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