Astros try to finish off good road trip Sunday

No matter what happens in Sunday’s finale against the Mets, the Astros have had a very good road trip. They entered Sunday’s game at Citi Field with a 6-3 record on the trip, ensuring them their first winning road trip of the season

Bud Norris (6-7, 5.03 ERA) starts for the Astros on Sunday against knuckle baller R.A. Dickey (8-5, 2.64 ERA), who threw so well against the Astros a couple of weeks ago.

Shortstop Tommy Manzella, who had a career-high three hits Saturday, is hitting second in the lineup. Carlos Lee is starting at first base for the second game in a row, as manager Brad Mills has Jason Michaels in the spacious left field at Citi Field. And Geoff Blum returns to the starting lineup, starting at second base.

Here are the lineups:


CF Michael Bourn — Has a seven-game hitting streak (.400)

SS Tommy Manzella — Hitting .273 in August

RF Hunter Pence — Has 30 RBIs since the All-Star break

1B Carlos Lee — Leads the Majors in RBIs since July 28 (28)

2B Geoff Blum — Hitting .296 on the road this year

LF Jason Michaels — Hitting .310 with five homers, 18 RBIs in last 42 games with an AB

3B Chris Johnson — Second in the NL in batting (.362) since All-Star break

C Jason Castro — Has thrown out 10 of 36 runners trying to steal

RHP Bud Norris — Is 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in his last six starts, with the Astros going 6-0


RF Angel Pagan

2B Luis Castillo

CF Carlos Beltran

LF Chris Carter

3B David Wright

1B Ike Davis

C Josh Thole

SS Luis Hernandez

RHP R.A. Dickey

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