September 2013

Astros-Mariners lineups

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Safeco Field (9:10 p.m.)

Seattle Mariners (65-79)

 

Houston Astros (48-96)

No.

Player

Pos.

 

No.

Player

Pos.

5

Brad Miller (L)

SS

 

6

Jonathan Villar (S)

SS

36

Abraham Almonte (S)

CF

 

27

Jose Altuve

2B

15

Kyle Seager (L)

3B

 

8

Trevor Crowe (S)

LF

8

Kendrys Morales (S)

DH

 

4

Brandon Laird

1B

28

Raul Ibañez (L)

LF

 

30

Matt Dominguez

3B

21

Franklin Gutierrez

RF

 

23

Chris Carter

DH

17

Justin Smoak (S)

1B

 

28

L.J. Hoes

RF

3

Mike Zunino

C

 

39

Cody Clark

C

20

Nick Franklin (S)

2B

 

2

Brandon Barnes

CF

Starting Pitcher

 

Starting Pitcher

23

Joe Saunders

LHP

 

18

Jordan Lyles

RHP

Astros 2014 schedule

Astros 2014 schedule (home games in bold):

Tuesday, April 1 – vs. Yankees

Wednesday, April 2 – vs. Yankees

Thursday, April 3 – vs. Yankees

Friday, April 4 – vs. Angels

Saturday, April 5 – vs. Angels

Saturday, April 6 – vs. Angels

Sunday, April 7 – vs. Angels

Tuesday, April 8 – at Blue Jays

Wednesday, April 9 – at Blue Jays

Thursday, April 10 – at Blue Jays

Friday, April 11 – at Rangers

Saturday, April 12 – at Rangers

Sunday, April 13 – at Rangers

Tuesday, April 15 – vs. Royals

Wednesday, April 16 – vs. Royals

Thursday, April 17 – vs. Royals

Friday, April 18 – at Athletics

Saturday, April 19 – at Athletics

Sunday, April 20 – at Athletics

Monday, April 21 – at Mariners

Tuesday, April 22 – at Mariners

Wednesday, April 23 – at Mariners

Thursday, April 24 – vs. Athletics

Friday, April 25 – vs. Athletics

Saturday, April 26 – vs. Athletics

Sunday, April 27 – vs. Athletics

Tuesday, April 29 – vs. Nationals

Wednesday, April 30 – vs. Nationals

Friday, May 2 – vs. Mariners

Saturday, May 3 – vs. Mariners

Sunday, May 4 – vs. Mariners

Monday, May 5 – at Tigers

Tuesday, May 6 – at Tigers

Wednesday, May 7 – at Tigers

Thursday, May 8 – at Tigers

Friday, May 9 – at Orioles

Saturday, May 10 – at Orioles

Sunday, May 11 – at Orioles

Monday, May 12 – vs. Rangers

Tuesday, May 13 – vs. Rangers

Wednesday, May 14 – vs. Rangers

Friday, May 16 – vs. White Sox

Saturday, May 17 – vs. White Sox

Sunday, May 18 – vs. White Sox

Monday, May 19 – at Angels

Tuesday, May 20 – at Angels

Wednesday, May 21 – at Angels

Thursday, May 22 – at Mariners

Friday, May 23 – at Mariners

Saturday, May 24 – at Mariners

Sunday, May 25 – at Mariners

Monday, May 26 – at Royals

Tuesday, May 27 – at Royals

Wednesday, May 28 – at Royals

Thursday, May 29 – vs. Orioles

Friday, May 30 – vs. Orioles

Saturday, May 31 – vs. Orioles

Sunday, June 1 – vs. Orioles

Tuesday, June 3 – vs. Angels

Wednesday, June 4 – vs. Angels

Thursday, June 5 – vs. Angels

Friday, June 6 – at Twins

Saturday, June 7 – at Twins

Sunday, June 8 – at Twins

Monday, June 9 – at D-backs

Tuesday, June 10 – at D-backs

Wednesday, June 11 – vs. D-backs

Thursday, June 12 – vs. D-backs

Friday, June 13 – vs. Rays

Saturday, June 14 – vs. Rays

Sunday, June 15 – vs. Rays

Tuesday, June 17 – at Nationals

Wednesday, June 18 – at Nationals

Thursday, June 19 – at Rays

Friday, June 20 – at Rays

Saturday, June 21 – at Rays

Sunday, June 22 – at Rays

Tuesday, June 24 – vs. Braves

Wednesday, June 25 – vs. Braves

Thursday, June 26 – vs. Braves

Friday, June 27 – vs. Tigers

Saturday, June 28 – vs. Tigers

Sunday, June 29 – vs. Tigers

Monday, June 30 – vs. Mariners

Tuesday, July 1 – vs. Mariners

Wednesday, July 2 – vs. Mariners

Thursday, July 3 – at Angels

Friday, July 4 – at Angels

Saturday, July 5 – at Angels

Sunday, July 6 – at Angels

Monday, July 7 – at Rangers

Tuesday, July 8 – at Rangers

Wednesday, July 9 – at Rangers

Friday, July 11 – vs. Red Sox

Saturday, July 12 – vs. Red Sox

Sunday, July 13 – vs. Red Sox

ALL-STAR BREAK

Friday, July 18 – at White Sox

Saturday, July 19 – at White Sox

Sunday, July 20 – at White Sox

Tuesday, July 22 – at Athletics

Wednesday, July 23 – at Athletics

Thursday, July 24 – at Athletics

Friday, July 25 – vs. Marlins

Saturday, July 26 – vs. Marlins

Sunday, July 27 – vs. Marlins

Monday, July 28 – vs. Athletics

Tuesday, July 29 – vs. Athletics

Wednesday, July 30 – vs. Athletics

Thursday, July 31 – vs. Blue Jays

Friday, Aug. 1 – vs. Blue Jays

Saturday, Aug. 2 – vs. Blue Jays

Sunday, Aug. 3 – vs. Blue Jays

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – at Phillies

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – at Phillies

Thursday, Aug. 7 – at Phillies

Friday, Aug. 8 – vs. Rangers

Saturday, Aug. 9 – vs. Rangers

Sunday, Aug. 10 – vs. Rangers

Monday, Aug. 11 – vs. Twins

Tuesday, Aug. 12 – vs. Twins

Wednesday, Aug. 13 – vs. Twins

Thursday, Aug. 14 – at Red Sox

Friday, Aug. 15 – at Red Sox

Saturday, Aug. 16 – at Red Sox

Sunday, Aug. 17 – at Red Sox

Tuesday, Aug. 19 – at Yankees

Wednesday, Aug. 20 – at Yankees

Thursday, Aug. 21 – at Yankees

Friday, Aug. 22 – at Indians

Saturday, Aug. 23 – at Indians

Sunday, Aug. 24 – at Indians

Monday, Aug. 25 – vs. Athletics

Tuesday, Aug. 26 – vs. Athletics

Wednesday, Aug. 27 – vs. Athletics

Thursday, Aug. 28 – vs. Rangers

Friday, Aug. 29 – vs. Rangers

Saturday, Aug. 30 – vs. Rangers

Sunday, Aug. 31 – vs. Rangers

Tuesday, Sept. 2 – vs. Angels

Wednesday, Sept. 3 – vs. Angels

Friday, Sept. 5 – at Athletics

Saturday, Sept. 6 – at Athletics

Sunday, Sept. 7 – at Athletics

Monday, Sept. 8 – at Mariners

Tuesday, Sept. 9 – at Mariners

Wednesday, Sept. 10 – at Mariners

Friday, Sept. 12 – at Angels

Saturday, Sept. 13 – at Angels

Sunday, Sept. 14 – at Angels

Monday, Sept. 15 – vs. Indians

Tuesday, Sept. 16 – vs. Indians

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – vs. Indians

Thursday, Sept. 18 – vs. Indians

Friday, Sept. 19 – vs. Mariners

Saturday, Sept. 20 – vs. Mariners

Sunday, Sept. 21 – vs. Mariners

Monday, Sept. 22 – at Rangers

Tuesday, Sept. 23 – at Rangers

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – at Rangers

Friday, Sept. 26 – at Mets

Saturday, Sept. 27 – at Mets

Sunday, Sept. 28 – at Mets

 

 

Astros-Mariners lineup

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
September 9, 2013 – Safeco Field (9:10 p.m.)

Seattle Mariners (65-78)

 

Houston Astros (47-96)

No.

Player Pos.  

No.

Player Pos.

5

Brad Miller (L) SS

6

Jonathan Villar (S) SS

36

Abraham Almonte (S) RF

27

Jose Altuve 2B

15

Kyle Seager (L) 3B

8

Trevor Crowe (S) CF

8

Kendrys Morales (S) DH

29

Brett Wallace (L) 1B

28

Raul Ibañez (L) LF

30

Matt Dominguez 3B

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B

23

Chris Carter LF

13

Dustin Ackley (L) CF

59

Marc Krauss (L) DH

3

Mike Zunino C

22

Carlos Corporan (S) C

20

Nick Franklin (S) 2B

38

Jimmy Paredes (S) RF

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

27

Taijuan Walker RHP

48

Jarred Cosart RHP

Astros’ Minor League Players of the Month

After becoming the first organization since Pittsburgh in 2003 to have six Minor League teams make the playoffs, the Astros’ player development department also announced August’s Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Month at their eight Minor League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

At Triple-A Oklahoma City, LHP Eric Berger earned Pitcher of the Month honors after going 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA, 22 strikeouts and a .122 opponent’s batting average in 11 games (one start) in August. The 27-year-old lefty was acquired by the Astros from the Indians in exchange for C Chris Wallace on April 14. IF Brandon Laird was named OKC’s Player of the Month after hitting .306 with six doubles, four homers, 24 RBIs and a .366 on-base percentage in 29 August games. Laird’s 33 doubles ranked tied for fourth in the PCL this year.

At Double-A Corpus Christi, RHP Jonas Dufek was named Pitcher of the Month while IF Erik Castro was named the Hooks Player of the Month. Dufek led the Texas League with six wins in the month of August, posting a 6-0 record with a 0.61 ERA, three saves, 14 strikeouts and just one walk in 11 games. A  ninth-round pick, he posted a combined 3.19 ERA this year between Lancaster (36 games) and Corpus Christi (14 games) in his first season in a relief role. Castro hit .340 with eight doubles, four homers, 17 RBIs and a .980 OPS in 27 games in August. He finished third in the Texas League with an .848 OPS.

At Class A Lancaster, Pitcher of the Month was LHP Colton Cain, as the Waxahachie, Texas, native went 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in five August starts. Cain was acquired from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez trade in July of 2012. IF Delino DeShields was named the club’s Player of the Month after hitting .349 with nine doubles, 15 stolen bases and a .907 OPS in 25 games in August. DeShields finished third in the California League in hitting (.313) and runs scored (100), and second in OBP (.405), stolen bases (51) and triples (14).

At Class A Quad Cities, LHP Brian Holmes received Pitcher of the Month honors while IF Rio Ruiz took home Player of the Month honors for the second consecutive month. Holmes went 2-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 23 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts across four starts in August. Ruiz hit .298 with five homers, 19 RBIs and a .558 slugging percentage in 28 games in August. He was one of the Midwest League’s premier hitters over the second half of the season, as he posted a .291 average with 20 doubles, eight homers and an .876 OPS from July through the end of the season.

At short-season Tri-City, RHP Gonzalo Sanudo earned Pitcher of the Month award after not allowing a run in 13 innings in August, striking out 20 with just one walk. Sanudo was acquired by the Astros from the Twins in exchange for OF Mike Kvasnicka on March 25, and walked just four batters while striking out 51 in 38 2/3 combined innings between Corpus Christi, Tri-City and Greeneville this season. IF Conrad Gregor hit .324 with 17 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage in 27 games in August en route to getting named the club’s Player of the Month. Gregor was taken by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Vanderbilt.

At rookie-league Greeneville, RHP Raul Rivera and IF Chase McDonald were named the Pitcher and Player of the Month, respectively. Rivera didn’t allow an earned run and struck out 11 strikeouts and walked one 11 2/3 innings in August, while McDonald hit .265 with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 17 RBIs in 24 games during the month.

At Gulf Coast League Astros, RHP Joe Musgrove was named the Pitcher of the Month after putting up a 1.96 ERA with 17 strikeouts in six outings in August. IF Yonathan Mejia took home Player of the Month honors for the second straight month, as he hit at a .292 clip with 11 doubles and 14 RBIs in 29 August games. Mejia finished fifth in the GCL with a .324 batting average and led the league in doubles (19) and total bases (97).

For the Dominican Summer League Astros, RHP Angel Heredia was named the Pitcher of the Month and OF Brauly Mejia was named the Player of the Month. Heredia saved six games and gave up one earned run in 10 1/3 innings in August (0.87 ERA). He finished tied for third in the DSL with 13 saves. Mejia hit .297 with a .375 OBP in 18 games during the month.

 

Castro at least a few days away from action

All-Star catcher Jason Castro appears to be at least a few days away from returning to action after having a cyst in his right knee drained Tuesday. Castro left Monday’s game against the Twins with a sprained knee and hasn’t played since.

“It feels a lot better today,” Castro said Wednesday. “Once I start doing stuff…we’ll see how it feels and progress from there. It feels a lot better this morning as far as the soreness has gone down a lot. That was good to see waking up.”

Castro, who missed the entire 2011 season following surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, said he fouled a ball off his knee in the first inning Monday, which aggravated the cyst. When asked if he would be available to return this weekend in Oakland, Castro wasn’t sure.

“It really depends on how it feels once we get back into hitting and running and doing all that kind of stuff,” he said. “Squatting will be the next big test. I’m sure we’ll kind of progress and ease into it as far as not trying to push it too fast. If we don’t wait long enough for the thing to calm down and start doing stuff on it, it could have the chance to act up again. I’m feeling pretty good about it based on how it’s feeling this morning.”

Astros manager Bo Porter said Castro would likely be in the lineup at designated hitter before he gets behind the plate.

“We’re going to be very careful,” he said. “With the number of games we have left, it’s not worth risking this lingering into the offseason and now becoming an issue he has to deal with the whole offseason.”

Castro, a two-time American League Player of the Week, is having a career season, hitting .282 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs. He’s the latest in a string of catching injuries for the Astros.

Villar benched by Porter

Astros manager Bo Porter pulled starting shortstop Jonathan Villar in the third inning of Tuesday’s 9-6 loss to the Twins for what the skipper described as an ill-advised base running gaffe with his team trailing, 4-1.

Villar led off the third with a single to left field, but he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a double. Marwin Gonzalez played the rest of the game at shortstop while Villar watched the final nine innings from the bench.

“I learned this a long time ago from Sandy Alomar,” Porter said. “He told me the scoreboard is the most important object on the baseball field. I explained this to Jonathan after the game.”

What did Porter tell Villar exactly: “’I would never want to take your aggression away from you. It’s part of what makes you a special player, but at the same time you have to be aware of the situation that’s going on and what’s the score.’ We have a starting pitcher out there who has basically labored for three innings, we’re down, 4-1, and get the leadoff man on and that’s not a time to take that kind of a chance.”

Earlier this season, Porter benched outfielder J.D. Martinez for swinging at a pitch in a situation in which the hitters had been instructed not to swing. Porter said Tuesday pulling Villar was a “no-brainer.”

“As the umpire was calling him out at second base, I was telling Gonzo to get ready to go to shortstop,” Porter said. “I believe that Jonathan will receive the message properly because him and I talked about it. I think it will help him moving forward.

“He’s young, he’s aggressive and I told him, ‘Your aggression is what allows you to be an impact player. But at the same time, that scoreboard is the most important object on this field and you have to understand there are times when the scoreboard will dictate to you exactly how aggressive you should be.’”

Grossman suffers oblique injury

Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman had to be pulled from Tuesday’s game in the middle of his at-bat in the 12th inning after suffering a strained right oblique while swinging the bat. It’s unclear the extent of the injury.

“It just bit me on the swing,” said Grossman, who went 2-for-5 and is hitting .322 since he was called up for the second time July 28. “We’ll see how it feels [Wednesday] and go from there.”

Astros manager Bo Porter noticed Grossman grimace on the swing and sent assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones to the plate to check on the rookie. Matt Pagnozzi, acquired by the Astros in a trade late Monday, took Grossman’s place in the box and grounded out to end the game.

Grossman said he had a similar injury a few years ago.

“At this stage of the season, you just don’t want to end up having a guy miss a considerable amount of time,” Porter said. “It was best to get him out at that point and allow the trainers to do everything they can to get him healthy.”

Castro has cyst in knee drained

All-Star catcher Jason Castro has a cyst on his right knee drained on Tuesday and doesn’t expect be sidelined long-term.

Castro, who was taken from the game in the second inning Monday following his second hit, was examined by team doctors on Tuesday and diagnosed with a cyst on the medial side of his knee. After having it drained, Castro said he was already feeling better.

“It was kind of interfering with my hamstring tendon based on where it was located,” he said. “They drained it, and hopefully that should provide some relief. We’ll see. It’s just day-to-day, I guess.”

Castro, who missed the entire 2011 season following surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, said he fouled a ball off his knee in the first inning Monday, which aggravated the cyst.

“I think that kind of getting it taken care of and getting it drained out and tended to will solve the problem,” he said. “Like I said, it’s a day-to-day kind of thing. As of right now, it’s feeling OK and the more time we get away from it happening [Monday] the better it feels. As the day goes on, it feels better and better.”

Castro, an All-Star this season and two-time American League Player of the Week, is having a career season, hitting .282 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs. He’s the latest in a string of catching injuries for the Astros.

Carlos Corporan suffered a concussion Aug. 19 when he took a foul ball of his facemask, and his replacement, Max, Stassi, was hit in the head by a pitch two days later and hasn’t played since because of a concussion. Corporan could return to the Astros on Monday.

Castro injury not series as Astros bolster depth

Looking to bolster their catching situation following a string of injuries, including a knee injury to starter Jason Castro, the Astros on Tuesday acquired Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations.

Castro, who left Monday’s game with a sprained right knee, underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed a cyst on the medial side of his right knee, which is the same knee on which he underwent surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011. General manager Jeff Luhnow said Castro is day-to-day.

“We’re breathing a sigh of relief on that,” he said. “It’s a lot better than it could have been.”

Pagnozzi was expected to be in uniform for Tuesday night’s game against the Twins after finishing up the season at Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. He has appeared in 33 Major League games in his career with St. Louis (2009-10), Colorado (2011) and Pittsburgh (2011) and is a career .310 (22-for-71) hitter with 13 RBIs.

“I’ve got some history with him from my time in St. Louis and so does [catching instructor Jeff] Murphy,” Luhnow said. “He’s an excellent defensive catcher with time in the big leagues with a couple of different clubs, and it’s good fit for us for our catching depth.”

To make room for Pagnozzi on the 40-man roster, the Astros will transfer Edgar Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list.

Castro, an All-Star this season and two-time American League Player of the Week, is having a career season, hitting .282 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs after going 2-for-2 with two RBIs on Monday. He suffered his injury running the bases in the first inning.

The Astros have two catchers on the seven-day concussion disabled list – Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi. Corporan was injured Aug. 19 when he took a foul ball of his facemask, and Stassi was hit in the head by a pitch two days later and hasn’t played since.

Luhnow said Corporan could see game action later this week.

“Corporan is further along than Stassi, and hopefully we’ll get Corporan into game situations later this week, either it’s with an affiliate or in Houston,” Luhnow said. “We’re feeling optimistic he’ll e back in competition later this week. Stassi has one more hurdle left and until he clears that milestone we’re in a holding pattern.”

Stassi has said in recent days he hasn’t been able to pass his balance tests.

Cody Clark, a 31-year-old who was called up Aug. 23 after 11 years in the Minor Leagues, replaced Castro and went 0-for-3 on Monday, dropping him to 0-for-13 for the season. The Astros didn’t call up a third catcher when rosters expanded. Their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City and Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi are both going to the playoffs.

Astros acquire Pagnozzi to bolster catching depth

Looking to bolster their catching situation following a string of injuries, including a knee injury to starter Jason Castro, the Astros on Tuesday acquired Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations.

Pagnozzi was expected to be in uniform for Tuesday night’s game against the Twins. He has appeared in 33 Major League games in his career with St. Louis (2009-10), Colorado (2011) and Pittsburgh (2011) and is a career .310 (22-for-71) hitter with 13 RBIs.

To make room for Pagnozzi on the 40-man roster, the Astros will transfer Edgar Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list.

Castro was scheduled to be examined by team doctors Tuesday after leaving Monday’s game with a sprained right knee — – the same knee he had surgically repaired in 2011. He suffered the injury running the bases in the first inning, but it’s not believed to be serious.

Castro, an All-Star this season and two-time American League Player of the Week, is having a career season, hitting .282 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs after going 2-for-2 with two RBIs on Monday. Even if Castro only has to miss a few days, the Astros needed some reinforcement at the position.

The Astros have two catchers on the seven-day concussion disabled list – Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi. Corporan was injured Aug. 19 when he took a foul ball of his facemask, and Stassi was hit in the head by a pitch two days later and hasn’t played since.

Cody Clark, a 31-year-old who was called up Aug. 23 after 11 years in the Minor Leagues, replaced Castro and went 0-for-3 on Monday, dropping him to 0-for-13 for the season. The Astros didn’t call up a third catcher when rosters expanded. Their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City and Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi are both going to the playoffs.

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