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Astros-Mariners lineup

Astros vs. Mariners
Sunday, May 25, 2014 – Safeco Field (3:10 p.m. CT)
Houston Astros (18-32)   Seattle Mariners (24-24)
Player   Player
27 Jose Altuve 2B   99 James Jones (L) CF
4 George Springer RF   7 Stefen Romero DH
21 Dexter Fowler (S) CF   22 Robinson Cano (L) 2B
15 Jason Castro (L) DH   17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
30 Matt Dominguez 3B   15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
18 Marc Krauss (L) 1B   3 Mike Zunino C
8 Alex Presley (L) LF   55 Michael Saunders (L) RF
22 Carlos Corporan (S) C   16 Cole Gillespie LF
9 Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS   5 Brad Miller (L) SS
Starting Pitcher   Starting Pitcher
60 Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.92) LHP   18 Hisashi Iwakuma (3-0, 1.76) RHP

 

Why is Jose Altuve hitting cleanup?

As promised, Astros manager Bo Porter had catcher Jason Castro hitting third and second baseman Jose Altuve hitting fourth Wednesday against the Yankees. It was only the third time in Altuve’s career – the other two came in his rookie season in 2011 – he batted cleanup.

With Dexter Fowler entrenched the leadoff spot and Robbie Grossman batting second, Porter is flip-flopping Castro and Altuve based on matchups – Castro (left-handed bat) hitting third against right-handers, and Altuve (right-handed bat) hitting third against lefties.

“Obviously, Altuve and Castro are arguably our two best hitters, and having Fowler and Grossman at the top, those two guys are switch-hitters who can get on base,” Porter said. “When you hit Castro third and a right-hander is pitching, you’re basically making sure the left-hander gets the extra at-bat given the matchup scenario.

“When it’s a left-hander pitching, you put Altuve in the three-hole to make sure the right-hander gets the extra at-bat given the match-up scenario.”

The rest of the lineup will also depend on matchups for the most part, though third baseman Matt Dominguez has hit seventh and shortstop Jonathan Villar has batted ninth in each of the first two games. Designated hitter Chris Carter hit sixth against lefty CC Sabathia on Tuesday and fifth against a right-hander on Wednesday.

Astros lineup vs. Tigers

Astros lineup Sunday vs. Tigers:

CF Robbie Grossman

LF Fernando Martinez

C Jason Castro

1B Carlos Pena

DH Carlos Corporan

3B Brandon Laird

RF Rick Ankiel

SS Ronny Cedeno

2B Marwin Gonzalez

RHP Philip Humber

Astros lineup Saturday vs. Sox

Astros lineup Saturday vs. Red Sox

2B Jose Altuve

RF Brandon Barnes

1B Brandon Laird

LF Chris Carter

DH Ronny Cedeno

C Carlos Corporan

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Marwin Gonzalez

CF Robbie Grossman

RHP Brad Peacock

Astros battle Indians, Myers at Minute Maid

The Astros will reunite with old friend Brett Myers tonight at Minute Maid Park in the first game of a three-game series against the Indians, who have lost four in a row as they hit Houston. The Astros, who have lost five in a row, are 10-8 all-time against the Indians, including 7-5 in Houston, but this is the first meeting between the teams as American League foes. Lucas Harrell starts for the Astros.

Here are the lineups:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Justin Maxwell

C Jason Castro

DH Chris Carter

1B Carlos Pena

LF J.D. Martinez

RF Rick Ankiel

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Marwin Gonzalez

RHP Lucas Harrell

Astros lineup vs. Rangers

Here is Tuesday’s Astros lineup against the Rangers (you can follow the game here):

2B Jose Altuve

3B Brett Wallace

1B Carlos Pena

LF Chris Carter

RF Rick Ankiel

CF Justin Maxwell

DH Jason Castro

C Carlos Corporan

SS Marwin Gonzalez

RHP Lucas Harrell

Astros lineup Monday vs. Nationals

Astros starting lineup Monday vs. Nationals:

2B Marwin Gonzalez

3B Brett Wallace

1B Carlos Pena

LF Chris Carter

RF Fernando Martinez

CF Justin Maxwell

C Jason Castro

DH Rick Ankiel

SS Ronny Cedeno

RHP Alex White

Astros sign Cedeno, option out J.D. Martinez

The Astros made official what MLB.com first reported Saturday by announcing the signing of veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who will be in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Marlins.

Cedeno, who was released by the Cardinals last week, and Marwin Gonzalez will split time at shortstop to begin the regular season after the club informed Tyler Greene on Saturday he wasn’t going to make the club. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow pursued Cedeno in the offseason, but weren’t aggressive considering they had Jed Lowrie in the fold.

“When he became available, we went back to our original plan,” Luhnow said. “He sees an opportunity here to be, if not an every day, a guy that get a lot of playing time. Ronny has a lot of experience at the big league level. He’s only 30 years old, but he plays winter ball just about every year. I’ve been following his career since he was a prospect with the Cubs.

“He is defensively very, very good and with our young pitching staff, our ground ball staff, we felt we needed a reliable defensive player that could help the pitchers. The last thing we want to do is extend innings by not being able to make plays. Ronny is also a Major League hitter, and I think he’s going to give us an opportunity to produce some runs from that position as well.”

Greene is out of options and Luhnow said the team exploring options with other clubs regarding Greene, who struggled this spring.

“Tyler did a good job for us last year as part of this team,” Luhnow said. “He’s got value. He’s a Major League player and I think it’s more the emergence of Marwin, feeling that after Marwin spent all year with the club last year and the things he’s been able to show us this spring, being a switch-hitter, being very solid defensively, being able to play third base, second base, shortstop. I think all of that led us to feel Marwin beat out Tyler for a position on the team.”

Also, the team optioned outfielder J.D. Martinez, who started in left field last year for the Astros on Opening Day, to Triple-A Oklahoma City and also reassigned catcher Jason Jaramillo to Minor League camp

Cedeno, 30, played for the Mets last year and appeared in 78 games, hitting .259 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 186 plate appearances. He’s a career .247 hitter with 37 homers and 218 RBIs in an eight-year career with the Cubs, Pirates, Mariners and Mets.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Cedeno said. “I can be an everyday player and that’s very important. It’s kind of frustrating because I got released in St. Louis and they pushed me to get here and I have an opportunity, and now I’m going to enjoy it.”

The Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie in February and came to camp with Greene and Gonzalez vying to be his replacement. They’ve both had 42 at-bats in 18 games this spring, and Greene is hitting .167 with no RBIs and Gonzalez is hitting .238 with a homer and two RBIs.

Astros lineup Friday vs. Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals will be at Osceola County Stadium to face the Cardinals at 12:05 p.m. CT today.

Here is the Astros’ starting lineup:

2B Jose Altuve

LF Brandon Barnes

DH Chris Carter

CF Justin Maxwell

1B Brandon Laird

C Jason Castro

RF J.D. Martinez

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Tyler Greene

RHP Bud Norris

Astros lineup vs. Mets

Astros lineup for Wednesday’s game against Mets:

2B Jose Altuve

3B Brett Wallace

DH Chris Carter

1B Carlos Pena

C Jason Castro

CF Rick Ankiel

RF J.D. Martinez

LF Trevor Crow

SS Tyler Greene

RHP Alex White

Here’s video of Jose Altuve and Jason Castro talking about their hot starts at the plate:

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