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Mills explains lineup shuffle

With first baseman Brett Wallace still nursing a sore hip from his Friday collision with Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, Astros manager Brad Mills stirred up his lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers. Carlos Lee, who has hit fourth for much of the season and has struggled his year, was moved down to fifth and played first base.

Jason Bourgeois batted second and played left field, and Angel Sanchez was back in the lineup, making his first start at second base and batting third. Hunter Pence was moved into the fourth spot in the lineup. Clint Barmes, who batted second in his season debut on Friday, hit eighth.

“The whole thought is Bill Hall’s got the day [off] and we’re trying to get Sanchez back in there. He’s swinging the bat really well for us, and this way we get some speed and some guys that are getting on base in front of Hunter and Carlos,” Mills said. “It is new, but I don’t know how we’re going to use this going forward.”

Mills stressed this lineup was just for Saturday.

Here’s the lineup:

CF Michael Bourn

LF Jason Bourgeois

2B Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

1B Carlos Lee

3B Chris Johnson

C J.R. Towles

SS Clint Barmes

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Barmes returns to Astros lineup

Clint Barmes makes his Astros debut tonight when the Astros open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park. Barmes, acquired in a trade from the Colorado Rockies in November, broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch in a March 25 game Spring Training game against the Yankees — five weeks ago tonight.

In case you missed it, the Astros activated Barmes following Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals and designated infielder Joe Inglett for assignment.

Barmes, as expected, is starting at shortstop and hitting second, which means Angel Sanchez isn’t starting. Sanchez started the first 25 games of the season at shortstop and has batted .300 with with 15 RBIs, which is tied for second on the team. Sanchez’s 30 hits are third on the team behind Brett Wallace and Hunter Pence, both of whom have 31 hits.

What Barmes brings to the club offensively remains to be seen, but his presence should be a huge boost for the defense. Barmes is a career .254 hitter with with 61 homers and 285 RBIs and is two years removed from hitting 23 homers and driving in 76 runs with the Rockies.

The Astros, who are trying to snap a two-game losing streak, will send ace Brett Myers (1-0, 3.31 ERA) to the mound for his sixth start of the year. Myers is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 16 career starts at Minute Maid Park with the Astros. The game is a rematch of Saturday’s game in Milwaukee, with Shaun Marcum starting for the Brewers.

Here is the Astros lineup:

CF Michael Bourn

SS Clint Barmes

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

2B Bill Hall

3B Chris Johnson

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

Astros-Brewers lineups for Sunday

Happy Easter from Milwaukee, where the Astros will try to win their second consecutive road series in today’s finale against the Brewers. In case you missed it, the Astros outlasted the Brewers 9-6 in 10 innings Saturday in a wildly entertaining game.

Sunday’s game features a pair of lefties, with former Astro Randy Wolf (2-2, 3.18 ERA) starting for the Brewers against Wandy Rodriguez (1-2, 5.48 ERA). Rodriguez is coming off a strong outing in New York, where he won his first game of the season by allowing three hits and one run in seven innings. He went 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three starts against the Brewers last year and is 7-6 with a 3.94 ERA against them lifetime.

Wolf beat Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay in his last start, throwing six scoreless innings. He’s 6-5 wiht a 3.44 ERA in 16 career starts against the Astros.

With Wolf on the mound, manager Brad Mills has gone to his all-right-handed lineup:

ASTROS

CF Jason Bourgeois

SS Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

1B Carlos Lee

2B Bill Hall

LF Jason Michaels

3B Chris Johnson

C J.R. Towles

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

RF Brandon Boggs

C Wil Nieves

LHP Randy Wolf

Astros’ lineup Saturday vs. Brewers

The Astros will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Brewers at 6:10 p.m. today at Miller Park, where things have warmed up considerably from Friday’s chilly conditions and the roof is open.

The Astros will send Brett Myers (1-0, 2.39 ERA) to the mound against Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum (2-1, 1.90). The Astros are 2-2 in games started by Myers, with both losses coming on blown saves by the bullpen. He’s won seven of his last eight decisions and has pitched at least six innings in 36 of his 37 starts in an Astros uniform.

The only Astros players to have ever faced Marcum are Bill Hall (5-for-7, three homers, five RBIs) and Joe Inglett (0-for-2, walk, strikeout).

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn — His three hits on Friday gave him a seven-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .444 (12-for-27)

SS Angel Sanchez — Has started the club’s first 20 games at shortstop, hitting safely in 13 of those.

RF Hunter Pence — Had two outfield assists on Friday and leads the Major Leagues with 44 outfield assists since 2008.

LF Carlos Lee — Hitting .188 (3-for-16) on current road trip.

1B Brett Wallace — Has three multi-hit games in his last six games.

2B Bill Hall — Hitting .203 (13-or-64) during road trip.

3B Chris Johnson — Hitting .261 (6-for-23) with thre RBIs in last six games.

C Humberto Quintero — Tied his career high in hits fir ht sixth time Friday by going 3-for-3 to snap an 0-for-10 skid.

RHP Brett Myers — Is 5-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 12 career games against the Brewers, including eight starts. He was 1-2 with a 5.04 ERA against Milwaukee last year.

BREWERS

2B Craig Counsell

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Mark Kotsay

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

C Jonathan Lucroy

RHP Shaun Marcum

Hall returns to lineup against Brewers

The Astros (7-12) open a stretch of 18 consecutive games against National League Central opponents when they face the Brewers tonight at Miller Park. It’s raining and 39 degrees in Milwaukee today, but the roof will be closed so thankfully there will be no delays.

The Astros went 45-33 against the NL Central last year, winning the season series from every team in the division except the Reds (5-10). They were 8-7 against the Brewers, including 3-6 at Miller Park.

Nelson Figueroa (0-2) will be trying to win his first game, facing right-hander Yovani Gallardo (1-1), who’s 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in nine career starts against Houston. He has won each of his last four starts against the Astros, posting a 3.91 ERA.

Bill Hall, who was drafted by the Brewers and played for them from 2002-09, returns to Miller Park and will be in the starting lineup. Hall was out of lineup Thursday after spraining his ankle in New York.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn — Hitting .345 with seven walks in his last 15 games.

SS Angel Sanchez — Has started every game at shortstop this year.

RF Hunter Pence — Leads the club in homers and RBIs.

LF Carlos Lee — Has gone 0-for-9 since snapping a season-long six-game hit streak.

1B Brett Wallace — Hit .417 in the three-game series against Mets.

3B Chris Johnson — Hitting .300 with three RBIs in last five games.

2B Bill Hall — Makes his first start since Wednesday, when he injured ankle.

C Humberto Quintero — Is in an 0-for-10 slump.

RHP Nelson Figueroa — Is 3-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 career games against Brewers (four starts).

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Mark Kotsay

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

C Jonathan Lucroy

RHP Yovani Gallardo

Lineup juggled for finale against Brewers

The Astros will try to win their first road series since sweeping the Cardinals on May 11-13 when they take on the Brewers in today’s series finale. Brett Myers (3-3, 3.25 ERA) tries to keep his good run to start the season going against Dave Bush (1-5, 5.59 ERA).

Carlos Lee and Pedro Feliz are out of the lineup in favor of left-handers Cory Sullivan and Geoff Blum (switch-hitter). Astros manager Brad Mills said Bush has pitched better against right-handers, and Lee has especially struggled against Bush, hitting .200 (4-for-20). Feliz is a .176 hitter (2-for-17) against Bush, while Blum is hitting .357 and Sullivan .333.

If the Astros are going to keep pace with their record at this point in the season during their 2005 World Series run, they will have to lose today to fall to 16-31.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

RF Hunter Pence

1B Lance Berkman

3B Geoff Blum

LF Cory Sullivan

SS Tommy Manzella

C Kevin Cash

RHP Brett Myers

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Corey Hart

C George Kottaras

SS Alcides Escobar

RHP David Bush

Berkman dropped to fifth in order

The Astros will try to break a six-game road losing streak by sending ace Roy Oswalt (2-6, 2.66 ERA) to the mound tonight against the Brewers, who start left-hander Chris Narveson (4-1, 5.17 ERA). Lance Berkman is hitting fifth in the order for the first time since June 27, 2009. He’s hit third 19 times and fourth 12 times this year.

It’s Oswalt’s first start since it became public he wants the Astros try to trade him, but the 32-year-old right-hander said Tuesday it will be business as usual.

Oswalt has produced a quality start in each of his previous nine outings this season, the
most to start a season since Roger Clemens began the 2005 season with nine consecutive. The last Astros pitcher to produce 10 consecutive quality starts to begin a season was Bob Knepper in 1988, and the franchise record is 11 in a row to start the year.

The Astros are hitting .218 on the road this year.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn — Went 0-for-4 on Tuesday to snap eight-game hitting streak

2B Jeff Keppinger — This will be his 28th start at 2B, which sets a career high

RF Hunter Pence — Hitting .317 with 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, last 15 games

LF Carlos Lee — Hitting .159 in last 12 games

1B Lance Berkman — Needs two walks to be 17th switch-hitter to reach 1,000 in career

3B Pedro Feliz — His .171 batting average in May is a career low for the month

C Humberto Quintero — Has hit safely in 12 of last 14 games with a plate appearance

SS Tommy Manzella — Has reached base safely with hit or walk in 10 of last 11 games

P Roy Oswalt — His 15-20 record in May is the only month in which he has losing record

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Corey Hart

C George Kottaras

SS Alcides Escobar

P Chris Narveson

Astros lineup Tuesday vs. Brewers

The Astros are 9-6 against teams in their division this year and begin a six-game stretch against NL Central foes tonight when they battle the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Felipe Paulino (0-6, 5.36 ERA) will pitch against former Astros lefty Randy Wolf (3-4, 5.10). Wolf is the ninth left-handed starter the Astros have faced this year and the second in a row. Houston is 3-5 against lefty starters.

Paulino is riding a six-game losing streak and is the first Astros pitcher to begin 0-6 since Chris Holt in 1999. His run support average of 2.58 is the fourth-lowest in the Majors this year, and he has the lowest run support in the past two seasons at 2.52. That’s more than a half run lower then the next pitcher on that list, Kenshin Kawakami of Atlanta. The Astros have lost eight of his nine starts.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

2B Pedro Feliz

C Humberto Quintero

SS Tommy Manzella

P Felipe Paulino

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Corey Hart

SS Alcides Escobar

C Jonathan Lucroy

P Randy Wolf

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