The biggest story line revolving around Sunday's season finale between the Yankees and Astros might be who won't be playing, not who will be.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said on Saturday that he will not pitch during the series in Houston, meaning the longtime closer has already thrown the last pitch of his illustrious career. However, the Astros will honor Rivera in a pregame ceremony Sunday.
"I'm done, guys. I'm done. I gave everything that I have," Rivera said. "I think Thursday was the game that I left everything on the field."
The final outing of Rivera's career will be the emotionally charged 1 1/3 innings he threw on Thursday in his final game at Yankee Stadium. Rivera was removed from that game with two outs in the ninth inning by longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte.
"I know it was the perfect moment. It was something I would have never expected," Rivera said. "I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel out of my tank. It is empty. I have nothing left."
Rivera will finish his 19-year career 82-60 with a 2.21 ERA and a Major League-record 652 saves over 1,115 games.
It's probably good news for the Astros that he won't pitch, as they are still looking to break a franchise record 14-game losing streak. After Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees, Houston has lost a franchise-worst 110 games this season.
"When we got to 51 wins, I thought we would end up with a better record than the last two years [106 losses in 2011 and 107 losses last year]," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "That's obviously not going to happen. We lost [starting left fielder Robbie] Grossman, we lost [starting catcher Jason] Castro and we shut down [rookie pitcher Jarred] Cosart and it kind of put ourselves at a bit of a disadvantage. This team is a lot better than the results on the field."
Yankees: Huff looks for better results in second Yankees start
• David Huff has been mostly effective in a long-relief role for the Yankees this season, going 3-0 with a 3.99 ERA over 12 appearances.
But as a starter, he hasn't had that same success. Huff gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Red Sox in his lone start for the Yankees this season.
Huff will try to bounce back from a poor performance in his last appearance on Sept. 22, when he gave up back-to-back home runs to the Rays as he was tagged for four runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Astros: Bedard looks to finish strong in the rotation
• Erik Bedard recently rejoined the Astros' starting rotation -- he's the team's only non-rookie starter right now -- but he hasn't been effective in his return.
The veteran is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA in his last two starts, dropping Houston to 6-19 in his 25 starts this season. In his last outing on Sept. 22, Bedard was lit up for six runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians.
"I'm trying to end up on a good note," Bedard said. "We're going to put it all out there and try to win for the fans."
• Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte threw a complete game to beat the Astros in the final start of his 18-year career on Saturday. He is now the only pitcher in Major League history to pitch 15-plus years and never have a losing season.
• Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez -- who has sat out three straight games with a leg injury -- will not play Sunday against the Astros.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.