Pujols arrives in Miami to meet with Marlins
Minor injuries continue to affect Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who was unavailable to close out Wednesday's win over the A's due to a sore back.
The Yankees will try to make up some ground in the standings this weekend when they host the struggling White Sox in the Bronx for a three-game set. Rookie Shane Greene and left-hander John Danks will start Friday's series opener.
Residing five games back in the American League Wild Card race, the Yankees are facing a sweep at the hands of the Astros in Thursday's matinee finale in the Bronx. New York will start Brandon McCarthy against Houston's Dallas Keuchel.
There had been successful pitchers from Texas from baseball's earliest days, but right-hander Nolan Ryan from tiny Alvin became the archetype. Talented. Strong but silent. Rawhide tough. All traits backed up by 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts, seven no-hitters and induction into the Hall of Fame in 1999.