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Astros roster by the numbers

Here’s a different breakdown of the Astros’ roster:

By the numbers:

13 — Pitchers

2 — Catchers

6 — Infielders

4 — Outfielders

27.3 — Average age of the roster

28 — Average age of the pitching rotation

5 — Players 30 or older (Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Carlos Lee and Chris Snyder)

21 — Age of youngest player (Jose Altuve)

35 — Age of oldest players (Carlos Lee)

1 — Players remaining for 2005 World Series team (Wandy Rodriguez)

Where the players are from:

18 — United States (Brian Bogusevic, David Carpenter, Jason Castro, Matt Downs, J.A. Happ, Lucas Harrell, Chris Johnson, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Lyon, J.D. Martinez, Brett Myers, Bud Norris, Fernando Rodriguez, Jordan Schafer, Chris Snyder, Kyle Weiland, Wesley Wright, Travis Buck)

3 — Dominican Republic (Fernando Abad, Rhiner Cruz, Wandy Rodriguez)

2 — Venezuela (Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez)

1 — Nicaragua (Wilton Lopez)

1 — Panama (Carlos Lee)

How they were acquired:

9 — Free agents (Fernando Abad, Jose Altuve, Carlos Lee, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Fernando Rodriguez, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Snyder, Travis Buck).

5 — Draft (Brian Bogusevic, Jason Castro, Chris Johnson, J.D. Martinez, Bud Norris).

5 — Trade (David Carpenter, J.A. Happ, Jed Lowrie, Jordan Schafer, Kyle Weiland).

3 — Rule 5 (Wesley Wright, Rhiner Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez)

3 — Waivers (Matt Downs, Lucas Harrell, Wilton Lopez)

Game 29: Lyles struggles, homers fly

In their final game of the year at Osceola County Stadium, the Astros lost to the Yankees, 11-9, when the game was called with two outs in the top of the ninth inning with rain falling (boxscore). Houston will take a 14-15 record into its Grapefruit League finale on Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.

Astros owner Jim Crane toured the Mets’ spring facility before flying to Kissimmee on Saturday for the Astros game. Here’s what he had to say about possibly moving the team out of Kissimmee when the lease expires in 2016.

For an update on the health of Jed Lowrie, click here.

Here’s the breakdown:

What went right: There were plenty of things to like offensively, with the Astros belting four home runs. Sure, the wind was blowing out, but several Astros players put good swings on some balls. The Astros hit four home runs — Justin Ruggiano (2-for-4, four RBIs) had a three-run homer and Brian Bogusevic (2-for-4), Carlos Lee and Chris Johnson (3-for-4) had solo shots to pace the Astros’ 14-hit attack.

Bogusevic homered off a left-hander, which pleased manager Brad Mills, and Johnson went the other way.

Elsewhere at the plate, Travis Buck went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Jose Altuve, Chris Snyder, Landon Powell and Marwin Gonzalez each had a hit.

Only two Astros pitchers didn’t give up a run, and neither pitched a full inning. David Carpenter got the final out in the fifth to escape a mess, and Fernando Rodriguez got two outs in the ninth before the game was called.

What went wrong: The Yankees, taking advantage of a stiff wind (like the Astros did, too), slugged five homers. Starter Jordan Lyles’ final start of the spring wasn’t a good one. He allowed 11 hits and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings to raise his spring ERA to 8.41.

“Nothing went as planned,” Lyles said. “I didn’t throw it to my target, and when it was over the plate they hit it really hard. It wasn’t my day. I’ve got to do a better job of eliminating the big innings when I don’t have my control and my stuff.”

The Astros now have a difficult decision to make on Lyles, who made 15 starts last year at 20 years old but was out-pitched this spring by Kyle Weiland and Lucas Harrell.

“We’re discussing everything,” Mills said. “We’re going through all kinds of things right now with our starters and the games we have left [in exhibition season]. We want to look at everything and go from there.”

Brandon Lyon pitched for the second day in a row and gave up two homers in one inning. The Astros didn’t commit any errors, but they weren’t crisp on defense early in the game and allowed the Yankees to keep some innings going.

J.D. Martinez went 0-for-4 and was the only starter sans a hit.

What they said: “I know I’ve had a bad outing here or there. Hopefully, those couple of outings won’t hold me back or hinder me. They might feel like other guys have pitched better in Spring Training, which they might have. There’s no excuses. I should have pitched better if that’s the case.” — Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles on his chances of making the Opening Day roster.

What’s next: The Astros close out the Grapefruit League portion of their spring schedule when they face the Detroit Tigers at 12:05 p.m. CT in Lakeland, Fla. Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros’ Opening Day starter, will make his final start of the spring before facing the Rockies on April 6 in Houston.

Injury update: CF Jordan Schafer (left hand) took batting practice Saturday and should get a couple of at-bats Sunday, which would mark his first game action in two weeks. … SS Jed Lowrie (right thumb) is going to be out for a few more days.

Game 25: Harrell shines in making spot start

The Astros rode the strong pitching of Lucas Harrell and got some timely hitting to beat the Miami Marlins, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon (boxscore) at Osceola County Stadium. We’ll get to the breakdown in a minute.

First, the club cut five more players from Major League camp on Wednesday morning, which helped to further clarify the roster composition. The biggest surprise was Brian Bixler, who was having a good spring. The Astros also named Wandy Rodriguez as their Opening Day starter, which came as no surprise.

Remaining players in Astros camp (non-roster players in italics):

Pitchers –Fernando Abad (LHP), David Carpenter, Rhiner Cruz, Sergio Escalona (LHP), J.A. Happ (LHP), Lucas Harrell, Livan Hernandez, Wilton Lopez, Jordan Lyles, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Bud Norris, Fernando Rodriguez, Wandy Rodriguez (LHP), Henry Sosa, Kyle Weiland, Wesley Wright (LHP).

Catchers — Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan, Landon Powell, Chris Snyder.

Infielders — Jose Altuve, Matt Downs, Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Johnson, Carlos Lee, Jed Lowrie, Brett Wallace.

Outfielders — Brian Bogusevic, Travis Buck, J.D. Martinez, Justin Ruggiano, Jordan Schafer, J.B. Shuck.

Here’s the breakdown:

What went right: Lucas Harrell, starting in place of Bud Norris (his start was pushed back two days to give his triceps tightness more time to heal), breezed his way through five innings, allowing three singles (two infield singles) and no earned runs while throwing an efficient 54 pitches. He didn’t walk anyone or strikeout anyone, which kept his pitch count low.

Harrell appears to be competing for a spot as the long man in the bullpen, which is a guy capable of making a spot start here and there. His performance on Wednesday certainly helped that cause along.

Astros closer Brett Myers worked in a save situation for the first time this spring and pitched around a lead-off infield hit, getting a double play to end the game. Myers has allowed one earned run in his last seven outings.

Brian Bogusevic got a start in center field and continued to swing it well, going 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the fourth inning that got the Astros going. Marwin Gonzalez, who entered the game in the fourth after Jed Lowrie left with a sprained thumb, went 2-for-3, and Chris Johnson was 2-for-3 to raise his average to .340.

The Astros drew seven walks, with Carlos Lee walking three times and Jose Altuve walking twice. Matt Downs had a big pinch-hit two-run double in the fifth inning. Lowrie, J.D. Martinez, Travis Buck, Chris Snyder and Harrell also had hits. Harrell also put down a sacrifice bunt.

What went wrong: Lowrie left the game with a sprained right thumb, suffered in the third inning when he was diving back into the base. He underwent X-rays, which were negative.

On the surface, there wasn’t much else to pick at in this one. The Astros did commit an error in the fourth inning when Martinez and Bogusevic collided in the outfield and the ball dropped, an error that led to an unearned run against Harrell.

The only pitchers to give up earned runs were David Carpenter and Wesley Wright, who pitched two innings.

What’s they said: “I talked to [pitching coach Doug] Brocail and he said to go out there today and fill up the zone with the sinker and see what happens. I needed to kind of get extended out. They were hoping to get me a few more innings, so I didn’t want to use up a lot of pitches in the early going. Once I got out there and my sinker was going and I got some ground balls, I kind of got in a comfort zone and got in a groove.” — Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell on his outing Wednesday.

What’s next: Livan Hernandez, who’s a favorite to win a spot in the starting rotation, will start for the Astros when they travel to meet the New York Mets at 5:10 p.m. CT in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Hernandez hasn’t pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 18 and instead pitched in a “B” game last week to get his work in.

Injury update: Shortstop Jed Lowrie suffered a sprained right thumb when he dived into second base on a pickoff attempt in the third inning Wednesday. There’s no word on long he might be out. … Center fielder Jordan Schafer is expected to start swinging a bat Friday in his attempt to return from a nerve injury to his left hand. Schafer saw a hand expert Tuesday in Atlanta and was told there was no significant damage.

Here are the photos:

A ball scoots between Wilton Lopez's leg during rag ball drills.

Manager Brad Mills talks with injured outfielder Jordan Schafer.

Chris Johnson fields a ball at third base during drills.

Astros catchers walk off the field after a drill.

Brett Wallace has played well at third this spring. Here he fires a ball to first during drills.

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