Astros turn to Fiers as Rangers honor Pudge

Both clubs to wear 1999 uniforms as part of celebration

Astros turn to Fiers as Rangers honor Pudge

Houston's most durable pitcher will face off against a Rangers starter coming off the disabled list on Saturday night, when Mike Fiers and Tyson Ross meet for the second matchup of a three-game series in the Silver Boot rivalry at Globe Life Park.

Ross (2-2, 7.52 ERA) is expected to be activated off of the 10-day disabled list, where he's been since July 24 with a blister on his right index finger. The right-hander pitched in a pair of rehab starts with Double-A Frisco, where he went 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA.

"It was productive. I was able to pitch in a couple of games in Double-A and get a good feel for some stuff. I'm looking forward to getting back out there. ... Feeling good, we've got a good training staff here, and I'm ready to go."

Ross has faced the Astros once, as a member of the Padres in 2015, when he took a loss after giving up four runs in five innings.

Fiers (7-6, 4.06) leads the Astros in starts with 22 and innings pitched with 124, and he's tied for the club lead in quality starts with nine.

In one start against the Rangers this year, on May 2, Fiers gave up five runs on seven hits, but he struck out nine batters and didn't factor into the decision in an 8-7 Houston win.

Things to know about this game

•: The Rangers and Astros will wear 1999 uniforms for this game -- a season in which each team claimed a division championship -- as part of the weekend honoring Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, recently inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

•: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has three hits off of Fiers in 11 at-bats, but two are home runs.

•: The Rangers are retiring Rodriguez's No. 7 jersey before the game in a special ceremony. Scattered single tickets and obstructed view seats remained Friday, and the Rangers expect to put standing room tickets on sale Saturday morning. 

Sam Butler is a reporter for based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.