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Astros wrap up Interleague play

The Astros wrap Interleague Play on Sunday night by sending Roy Oswalt to the mound against the Texas Rangers. The Astros are 3-11 in Interleague play, having gone 1-2 against Tampa Bay, 0-3 at the Yankees, 1-2 at Kansas City and 1-4 against the Rangers heading into Sunday’s series finale at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Astros are 12-12 this month: 10-3 against National League teams and 2-9 against the American League.

Oswalt (5-9, 3.08 ERA) is two wins shy of tying Joe Niekro’s club record of 144 wins. He’s 4-1 in five road starts this year with a 1.50 ERA and has tossed at least seven innings and allowed no more than two runs in each of his five starts away from home.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

LF Jason Bourgeois

1B Lance Berkman

DH Carlos Lee

RF Jason Michaels

2B Geoff Blum

3B Chris Johnson

C Jason Castro

SS Oswaldo Navarro

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RHP Roy Oswalt (5-9, 3.08 ERA)

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RANGERS

SS Elvis Andrus

3B Michael Young

2B Ian Kinsler

DH Vladimir Guerrero

LF Josh Hamilton

RF Nelson Cruz

1B Justin Smoak

C Matt Treanor

CF Julio Borbon

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RHP Tommy Hunter (3-0, 2.31 ERA)

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Lone Star Series begins

The 10th annual Lone Star Series begins Friday at Minute Maid Park when the Astros and Rangers battle. Texas holds a 28-26 edge all-time against the Astros, having won the season series the last three years (2007-09) with a 12-6 advantage in those games. The Astros are 13-14 all-time against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

Here are Friday’s starting lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

3B Geoff Blum

C Humberto Quintero

SS Tommy Manzella

P Wandy Rodriguez

RANGERS

SS Elvis Andrus

3B Michael Young

2B Ian Kinsler

RF Vladimir Guerrero

LF Josh Hamilton

1B Justin Smoak

C Matt Treanor

CF Julio Borbon

P Scott Feldman

Make-or-break start for Backe?

With Mike Hampton going on the disabled list with a strained groin, Brandon Backe will make his first start of the season in Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. Simply put, this could be Backe’s final chance to show the Astros he can be a capable Major League pitcher.

Backe struggled last year, going 9-14 with a 6.05 ERA in 31 starts in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He led the league in earned runs (112) and home runs (36), but signed a $1.55 million contract and was competing for a spot in the rotation before missing two months when he injured a ribcage muscle in early March.

As a reliever, Backe hasn’t distinguished himself so far this season in four appearances. He’s pitched nine innings and allowed 17 hits and 12 runs while striking out 10 batters. He’s 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA in six career games (three starts) against the Rangers.

Hampton can come off the disabled list on June 29, but don’t be surprised to see the Astros reach down to Triple-A Round Rock at some point soon and summon Bud Norris. He’s 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 starts, allowing 62 hits and striking out 72 batters in 73 innings.

 

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