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Schafer returns to the Astros lineup

The Astros try to snap their eight-game losing streak tonight at Minute Maid Park against the Brewers.

ASTROS

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

RF Scott Moore

LF J.D. Martinez

SS Jed Lowrie

1B Chris Johnson

C Jason Castro

3B Matt Dominguez

LHP J.A. Happ

Astros’ lineup Thursday vs. Brewers

Here is the Astros’ lineup for Thursdy’s game against Brewers:

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

SS Jed Lowrie

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Chris Johnson

C Chris Snyder

P J.A. Happ

Astros lineup Wednesday vs. Brewers

Lineups for Wednesday’s game between Astros and Brewers (12:10 p.m. CT start):

ASTROS

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

SS Jed Lowrie

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Chris Johnson

C Chris Snyder

P J.A. Happ

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

3B Aramis Ramirez

RF Corey Hart

SS Alex Gonzalez

C Jonathan Lucroy

1B Travis Ishikawa

P Shaun Marcum

Norris takes up for his teammates

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was hit in the back by Bud Norris on his first pitch of Tuesday’s game in apparent retaliation for the Brewers’ Mat Gamel flattening Astros catcher Jason Castro at home plate on Monday. Norris said the pitch simply got away from him, but hinted it wasn’t on accident

“It kind of got away from me,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and stand up for my team. I think the umpires handled it professionally, our team handled it professionally and Rickie handled it professionally as well. Nothing personal against him. It is what it is.”

Castro and Gamel were was out of the starting lineup Tuesday, but Astros manager Brad Mills said Castro wasn’t scheduled to play anyway and, other than a sore neck, Castro was feeling fine.

Mills said Gamel would have had a good shot at being safe had he slid and said he didn’t have to bowl over Castro, who was knocked back and hit the back of his head off the ground and held onto the ball for a double play to end the sixth inning. He stayed in the game.

“My first thought was he must have the plate blocked and then I found out he didn’t have the plate blocked and I said, ‘C’mon, man,’” Mills said. “It was a situation he was trying to knock the ball loose, but I thought Jason did a great job.”

Veteran catcher Chris Snyder said it’s important for catchers to expose the plate to the runner to avoid violent collisions that occurred Monday.

“At this level, more times than no you see guys that know what they’re doing and the catcher is going to give them the plate,” Snyder said. “You see what’s happened over the year with guys getting concussions on both sides of it and what happened to [San Francisco’s Buster] Posey last year. It’s a reaction.”

Snyder said collisions are a lot more common in the Minor Leagues, where young players are for the first time able to collide with the catcher in an effort to knock the ball loose.

“I got lit up quite a bit in the Minor Leagues because there you have kids just out of high school and college and there have been rules against it and they’re just excited to be able to finally do it and they don’t know how to do it,” he said.

When asked specifically about Gamel’s leveling of Castro, Snyder thought it was unnecessary.

“I didn’t like it,” he said. “He had the plate. It’s a 6-2 ballgame. I didn’t like it.”

Astros try to snap 9-game losing streak to Brewers

The Astros will try to snap a nine-game losing streak at the hands of the Brewers when the teams meet in the first of a three-game series tonight at Miller Park. This is Houston’s first game of the season against a division foe.

Before we get to the lineup, here are some pre-series notes:

  • Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell will be making just his ninth career start tonight. In his previous eight starts Harrell has struggled in the first inning, but has calmed down thereafter. He has a career ERA of 11.25 in first innings and 2.23 in the second inning and beyond.
  • The Brewers’ nine-game winning streak over the Astros is tied for the second-longest active winning streak over an opponent in the Majors. The Tigers have beaten the Indians 10 games in a row, which is the longest current streak in Majors.
  • The Astros have used the home run to score less than 25 percent of their runs this year, which is the fourth-lowest total in the Majors. Only the Phillies (16.3), Cubs (16.9) and Mariners (21.7) have used the home run for a fewer percentage than their runs than the Astros.
  • Astros CF Jordan Schafer has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest current streak in the Majors. Only Lance Berkman (31), Carlos Santana (21) and Torii Hunter (19) have longer streaks, dating to last season.
  • Ryan Braun has dominated the Astros in his career, hitting .345 (98-for-284) against Houston. The only player who has worn out a club more with a minimum of 300 plate appearances is Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, who’s hitting .346 against the Indians and .348 against the Royals.
  • Nine of Brewers outfielder’s Corey Hart’s 13 hits this season have been for extra bases, the highest percentage in the Majors.
  • Zack Greinke’s team has posted a win in each of his last 19 starts at home (which includes 17 home starts with the Brewers). That is the second-longest streak since 1921

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

SS Jed Lowrie

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Chris Johnson

C Jason Castro

2B Jose Altuve

RHP Lucas Harrell

Mills getting long in tooth among NL Central managers

Brad Mills and Terry Francona, former college roommates who worked together for years with the Phillies and the Red Sox, could soon be battling each other 18 times a season in the National League Central.

News reports say Francona is set to interview for the Cardinals’ vacant managerial position after he was let go by the Red Sox earlier this year. This comes after Ryne Sandberg was given permission to interview in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have fired Mike Quade and are going to interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who interviewed in Houston before Mills go the job two years ago.

Believe it or not, Mills is now the second-longest current tenured manager in the NL Central behind Dusty Baker. Here’s a breakdown of the managerial status of the teams in the Central:

St. Louis Cardinals — Vacant following the retirement of Tony La Russa.

Chicago Cubs — Vacant following the dismissal of Mike Quade.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Clint Hurdle just completed his first season in Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee Brewers — Ron Roenicke led the Brewers to the division title in his first season in 2011.

Houston Astros — Brad Mills has completed two seasons on the job.

Cincinnati Reds — Dusty Baker took over following the 2007 season and replaced Pete Mackanin, who was hired on an interim basis.

Astros’ lineup for Sunday

Here’s the Astros’ lineup for Sunday:

CF Jordan Schafer

3B Jimmy Paredes

LF J.D. Martinez

RF Brian Bogusevic

2B Matt Downs

1B Brett Wallace

SS Clint Barmes

C Carlos Corporan

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Astros lineup and preview vs. Brewers

The Astros will try for their fifth win in a row tonight against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park. The Astros are 7-1 in their last eight home games and 9-6 in their last 15 games overall.

The key for the Astros has been pitching. Houston’s pitchers have posted a 1.81 ERA in the last seven games, and the starters have a 1.76 ERA in that span. Lucas Harrell, called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start in place of Brett Myers, will try to keep it going tonight. He’s the team’s ninth different starting pitcher this year and fourth rookie starter.

Before we get to the lineup, here are some pregame notes:

  • The Brewers are 9-3 against the Astros this year, outscoring them by an average of 5.6-3.3 per game. Milwaukee has a .307 batting average against the Astros this year and has held Houston to a .216 average. What’s more, Brewers starting pitching has a 2.56 ERA against the Astros, compared to a 5.45 for the Astros against Milwaukee.
  • The Brewers are coming off one of their best road months in history, going 10-3 in August away from home.
  •  The Astros are 7-2 at home since Aug. 8, averaging 5.2 runs per game.
  • Astros LF J.D. Martinez has posted the highest batting average with runners in scoring position in the NL since Aug. 1 at .448.
  • Ryan Braun is a .339 career hitter against the Astros, just ahead of teammate Corey Hart (.337).

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

P Lucas Harrell

Astros lineup Saturday vs. Brewers

Here is the Astros lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Minute Maid Park, where Brett Myers (3-11, 4.65 ERA) faces Chris Narveson (7-6, 4.39 ERA). Myers is trying to snap a personal five-game losing streak.

ASTROS

CF Jason Bourgeois

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Jason Michaels

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

Astros-Brewers lineups for Sunday

Here are the lineups for Sunday’s series finale between the Astros and Brewers:

ASTROS

CF Jason Bourgeois

SS Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

2B Bill Hall

3B Matt Down

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Bud Norris

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Mark Kotsay

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

C Jonthan Lucroy

LHP Chris Narveson

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