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Happ, Astros try to continue winning ways against Giants

J.A. Happ, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday to take Jordan Lyles’ spot in the rotation as the Astros try to limit Lyles’ innings, will make his first start in the Majors since Aug. 5 when he faces the Giants tonight at 9:15 p.m. CT.

Happ (4-14, 6.26 ERA) went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in a three-game stint with the RedHawks, holding opponents to a .177 batting average. He also threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball his last time out.

Happ will try to carry that momentum into Friday’s start.

“I was definitely trying to build off each outing. The last one was the best, as far as getting deeper into the game and getting a pitch count that’s manageable and getting early outs,” Happ said. “That was my main focus, making sure one of the first two pitches was a strike and trying to get early outs.”

More than anything, Happ said his time in the Minors allowed him to clear his mind in the wake of his struggles with the Astros.

“I think the fact there was way too much negativity going on through my head definitely didn’t help,” he said. “I’m getting past that, getting over that and trying to be positive.”

Here is the Astros’ starting lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

RF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

3B Matt Downs

2B Jose Altuve

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

LHP J.A. Happ

 

Astros face Reds, try for third win a row

The Astros will try to do something tonight they haven’t all season: win three games in a row. That’s if the weather holds up.

Left-hander J.A. Happ (1-4, 6.35 ERA) will start tonight for the Astros against Reds pitcher Mike Leake (3-0, 4.40 ERA).

Carlos Lee, who spent last night in Houston hospital after colliding with teammate Angel Sanchez on Sunday, is out of the lineup, as expected. And Brett Wallace is in the clean-up spot.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

LF Jason Bourgeois

RF Hunter Pence

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

2B Bill Hall

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

LHP J.A. Happ

REDS

CF Drew Stubbs

SS Edgar Renteria

1B Joey Votto

2B Brandon Phillips

LF Jonny Gomes

RF Chris Heisey

C Ramon Hernandez

3B Paul Janish

RHP Mike Leake

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