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Pettitte gets another shot at Rangers

Pettitte gets another shot at Rangers

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The Houston Astros will attempt to win their fifth series in six tries on Sunday in the Lone Star series finale with the Texas Rangers. Regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game, the Rangers have won this year's Silver Boot after taking all three games in Arlington in May.

Left-hander Andy Pettitte will make his 16th career start against Texas in the finale, his first since July 4 of last year. Pettitte has lost three straight to the Rangers, including a defeat last year in his only start against Texas.

Pettitte is 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA over 28 Interleague starts in his career. He's 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA in seven starts at home this season, but has lost three of four at Minute Maid Park since May 12.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Chan Ho Park
• 7-2, 6.05 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. HOU in 2005

HOU: LHP Andy Pettitte
• 4-7, 3.47 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 10.80 ERA vs. TEX in 2004

Player to watch
Against Pettitte, Sandy Alomar Jr. is 4-for-14, Rod Barajas is 0-for-3, Mark DeRosa is 0-for-4, Richard Hidalgo is 2-for-3, Gary Matthews Jr. is 1-for-3, Kevin Mench is 3-for-6, Alfonso Soriano is 1-for-3, Mark Teixeira is 2-for-6 and Michael Young is 3-for-8.

Against Park, Brad Ausmus is 2-for-12, Lance Berkman is 2-for-12, Craig Biggio is 9-for-33, Raul Chavez is 1-for-2, Morgan Ensberg is 0-for-3, Adam Everett is 0-for-2, Mike Lamb is 0-for-3, Jason Lane is 0-for-2, Orlando Palmeiro is 4-for-8 and Jose Vizcaino is 3-for-19.

Quotable
"We came close and I'm glad about that. We still have momentum going, and I feel good about that." -- Phil Garner, after Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers

On the Internet
MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• TEX: FSN
• HOU: FSN

On radio
• TEX: KRLD 1080, KFLC 1270 (Español)
• HOU: KTRH 740, KLAT (Español)

Quick hits
Garner, a Kingwood resident, will catch the ceremonial first pitch from Kingwood High School baseball coach David Denny on Sunday, when the Astros honor the team for winning the 5A state championship. "I like anytime Houston kids do something good and we can recognize them here in the city," Garner said.

On deck
•  Monday: at Colorado, 8:05 p.m. CT
•  Tuesday: at Colorado, 8:05 p.m. CT
•  Wednesday: at Colorado, 2:05 p.m. CT

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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