All eyes on Sunday at Yankee Stadium will be fixed on two of New York's departing icons. Those same two men -- along with their teammates in pinstripes -- will be doing their best to prolong retirement as long as possible.
With Andy Pettitte taking the hill for his final regular-season start at Yankee Stadium just two days after announcing he'd retire at the end of the season, and Mariano Rivera being honored before the game, the Yankees are still fighting to extend their season by way of a Wild Card berth. The Giants stand in their way in Sunday's series finale.
"It's like brothers," Rivera said of him and Pettitte going out together. "We came up with this organization at the same time. We've been through good times and bad times, but at the same time, we have enjoyed what we do. Now we're going out together, too."
After New York's 6-0 win on Saturday, the Yankees remained three games back of a Wild Card spot.
Pettitte will square off against San Francisco righty Yusmeiro Petit, who is 4-0 since being called up Aug. 23. If Petit can beat the Bronx Bombers, he'll have five victories in just seven games with the Giants. That's half as many wins as he had in 72 prior Major League appearances.
Pettitte has a 3.30 ERA in 12 second-half starts, but he has won just three of those games.
The southpaw owns a 255-152 career record with a 3.86 ERA, and he has spent 15 of his 18 seasons in New York. He is the Yankees' franchise leader in strikeouts and is on pace to finish his career tied with Whitey Ford (438) for the most starts in team history.
"We've had a great run here," Pettitte said. "Part of me coming back was to try to do this run again with the group of guys that we had here, and it's starting to get toward the end of that. We had a great run here, and my time here is done."
Pettitte's no stranger to important ballgames, appearing in eight career World Series, seven with the Yankees.
The defending World Series champion Giants are 5-4 on this current 10-game road trip against the Dodgers (3-1), Mets (2-1) and Yankees (0-2). They've won five of their last eight.
It's the first time the Giants have played the two New York teams in one week.
Yankees: Soriano making history
• Alfonso Soriano hit a solo homer on Saturday, and his one RBI made him the fifth player in baseball history to drive in 50 or more runs for two different teams in one season, joining Matt Holliday ('09 with Oakland and St. Louis), Manny Ramirez ('08 with Boston and the Dodgers), Carlos Beltran ('04 with Kansas City and Houston) and David Justice ('00 with Cleveland and the Yankees).
• The Yankees are nine games over .500, and three games shy of matching their season-high mark of 12 games over .500, which they hit on May 25 (30-18) and May 20 (28-16).
Giants: Pence nearing milestone
• Outfielder Hunter Pence has 26 RBIs this month and needs just eight more in the next seven games to match Jeff Kent for the most RBIs by a Giant in a calendar month.
Kent had 34 RBIs in a month twice -- in June 2000 and August 2000.
• The Giants are just 5-14 in Interleague games this season.
• Fans coming to Sunday's game are encouraged to be in their seats no later than 12:30 p.m. ET for the ceremony to honor Rivera. Gates open at 11 a.m. and Monument Park will be closed.
• During the Yankees' final four home games of the season from Sunday through Thursday, the team will wear "Mariano Rivera Final Season" patches on their uniforms and on their caps.