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Bogar to interview with Astros on Wednesday

Boston Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview with the Astros on Wednesday at a location yet to be determined, a source told The Red Sox are in the middle of a series against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

Bogar will be the fifth known candidate to interview for the Astros’ full-time managerial position. Former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco have also interviewed.

Bogar interviewed with the the Astros prior to the 2010 season. The club wound up hiring Brad Mills, who was the Red Sox bench coach.

Bogar has been on the Red Sox staff since the 2009 season and is a former manager in the Astros’ Minor League system. He began his managerial career in 2004 with the rookie-league Greeneville Astros and went 41-26 and won the league title. Bogar managed in Class A Lexington the next year and was named South Atlantic Manager of the Year.

The Indians hired Bogar in 2006, and he led their Double-A Akron affiliate to the Eastern League title and was named the league’s Manager of the Year.

Astros sign Lowrie for $1.15 million

The Astros on Wednesday agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.15 million contract with shortstop Jed Lowrie that includes bonuses and incentives. The Astros were able to avoid the arbitration process with all their eligible players and have everyone under contract for 2012.

Lowrie, acquired along with pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for Mark Melancon in December, hit .252 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 88 games for Boston last year. He played all four infield positions, starting 46 games at shortstop and 29 at third base.

Lowrie, who had asked for $1.5 million and was offered $900,000 by the Astros, will make his first public appearance with the Astros on Thursday in northwest Houston as part of the team’s winter CAREavan.

“Jed is looking forward to attending the Astros caravan [Thursday], especially having resolved his contractual status and avoiding an arbitration hearing,” said agent Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball. “In the end, concessions were made by both parties that allowed a deal to be reached amicably. Jed is in the best shape of his life, ready for Spring Training and excited about suiting up for the Astros, and his relationship with the organization is off to a good start.”

Lowrie has played in parts of four Major League seasons with the Red Sox (2008-11), appearing primarily as a shortstop, which included 130 starts at the position. He is a career .252 hitter with 19 home runs and 117 RBIs. He was drafted by Boston in the first round in 2005.

“The biggest issue with Jed is the amount of time he’s on the field as opposed to the training room and the DL, but there’s nothing about his skill set that would suggest he can’t play an everyday role if he’s healthy,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “That’s one of the reasons we traded for him and that’s our expectation and hope.”

He will take over at shortstop for Clint Barmes, who wasn’t re-signed by the team after one year in a Houston uniform.

Bourn tired of “Let’s go Red Sox!” chants

Astros center fielder Michael Bourn – and probably the rest of his teammates – doesn’t like seeing Minute Maid Park full of so many Red Sox fans. There was a large and vocal Red Sox contingent during this weekend’s series against Boston.

“Their fan base is huge,” Bourn said. “When we are playing the Red Sox, you hear ‘Let’s go Red Sox!’ loud. I’m like, ‘We’re in our home stands.’ I want to hear, ‘Let’s go Astros!’ I don’t want to hear a visiting team overtaking our team. We have to get our fans to come out and the only way we can do that is by winning.”


Astros’ lineup Sunday vs. Red Sox

Here’s the Astros’ lineup for Sunday’s game against Boston:

CF Michael Bourn

SS Clint Barmes

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

2B Matt Downs

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

C Carlos Coporan

RHP Jordan Lyles

Astros’ lineup Saturday vs. Red Sox

Here’s the Astros’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox:

CF Michael Bourn

2B Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

1B Carlos Lee

LF Jason Michaels

3B Chris Johnson

SS Clint Barmes

C J.R. Towles

LHP J.A. Happ

Astros-Red Sox postgame notes

Here are some postgame notes from the Astros’ 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, who scored six runs in the seventh inning Friday night:

• RHP Bud Norris went 6.0 innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks and did not factor into the decision…he struck out 10 hitters, marking his 4th career double-digit strikeout game and his 2nd this season (also, 5/1/11 vs. MIL-11K).
• CF Michael Bourn singled and scored in each of the 1st 2 innings, both times being driven in by RF Hunter Pence…Pence has now driven in Bourn 25 times this season, which is more more times than any other player has driven in a teammate in 2011.
• By collecting his 1st inning single, Bourn extended his hitting streak to 10 games, his 2nd 10+ gamer this season…during the streak, Bourn is hitting .357 (15×42) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 steals and 3 RBI.
• Pence entered tonight’s game ranked T-7th in RBI in the National League and extended his season total 55 with 2 more RBI tonight…he is on pace for 107 RBI this season.
• LF Carlos Lee went 2×5 with an RBI tonight and has now recorded an RBI in 6 straight games…the last time Lee went at least 6 straight games with an RBI was from 5/6-11/2008 (also 6 games)…Lee’s run in 2008 also marks the last time an Astro had an RBI in 6 straight.
• SS Clint Barmes picked up another 2 hits tonight, both doubles, and now has hits in 5 straight games, hitting at a .526 (10×19) clip in that time frame…in those last 5 games, Barmes has 6 doubles.
• The Red Sox came back from a 4-run deficit to win behind a 6-run 7th inning…entering tonight, the club already led the American League in batting average in the 7th inning or later and increased that mark up to .276 (258×936) by going 6×15 in those frames tonight…the Sox have now scored 74 runs in the 7th inning this season (no other MLB club has more than 47).
• With the win, the Sox improved to 8-8 this season in Interleague games…the club has gone 17-8 overall in their last 25 games and have outscored their opponents 155-93 over that span.
• SS Marco Scutaro led off tonight’s game with his 2nd homer this season…it marked his 5th career leadoff home run and his 1st since 4/30/09 at KC…it was also the 3rd leadoff homer by a Red Sock this season, both of them previously hit by Jacoby Ellsbury, most recently accomplished on 6/17 vs. MIL…tonight marked Scutaro’s 1st time to bat leadoff this season.
• 2B Dustin Pedroia went 1×3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI including the game-tying 2-run single in the 6th inning…including tonight, Pedroia has reached base safely in 15 straight games (since 6/15), hitting .333 (19×57) with a .451 OBP.
• 1B Adrian Gonzalez accounted for the go-ahead runs with a 2-run double in the 7th frame…with 2 RBI tonight, Gonzalez increased his Major League leading RBI total to 73.
• C Humberto Quintero began his rehab assignment for Triple A Oklahoma City tonight in their game at Memphis…Quintero caught 5.0 innings and went 1×3 with a double and a run scored…he scored from 2nd base on the play and had no complaints about his injured right ankle.
• Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from tonight’s lineup due to illness, marking his 1st missed game of the season.

Details on Red Sox exhibition cancellation

With the start of Major League Baseball’s 2011 regular season on March 31, the second exhibition game between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox that had been scheduled for that date at Minute Maid Park can no longer be played due to MLB rules.

The Astros March 30 exhibition game vs. the Red Sox will be played as scheduled at Minute Maid Park at 7:05 p.m. CT.  Fans will also have the opportunity to see the Astros face the Red Sox when they return to Minute Maid Park for a three-game series July 1-3.  The Astros will open the 2011 championship season on Friday, April 1 in Philadelphia at 12:05 p.m. CT, and will host the Florida Marlins in their Home Opener at Minute Maid Park on Friday, April 8 at 6:05 p.m. CT.

Astros full saason ticket holders will have their accounts credited for the value of the March 31 game, which can be used for future purchases. A letter and refund form has been mailed to account holders to provide that option as well, and an online refund request is available at

All 27-game mini plan Hhlders that had the March 31 game in their plan will be provided with an equal amount of tickets for the Astros vs. Rockies game on Sept. 22.

Fans with any questions regarding the game cancellation ticket replacement options may contact the Astros Ticket Office at 1-800-ASTROS2.


Francona heaps praise on Mills

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, a close friend of Astros manager Brad Mills, called his former bench coach on Tuesday night to congratulate him for beating the Nationals, only to find out a late meltdown by the bullpen cost the Astros the game.

“When we lose, and it’s not possible, I want everyone to lose,” Francona said. “I want everyone to play extra innings and lose. The exception, I wanted Houston to win [Tuesday] night. I gave Millsie a nice of congratulations and then found out when I called him, they gave up eight late and so I even screwed that up.”

Mills spent six years as bench coach under Francona in Boston before being hired to manage the Astros last offseason. He was also on Francona’s staff in Philadephia before general manager Ed Wade let both of them go. Wade has said repeatedly getting rid of Francona in Philadelphia was his biggest professional mistake.

Francona isn’t surprised Mills has done so well in his first year as Astros manager. The Astros have one of the best records in baseball since the All-Star break, despite losing Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman. Mills has guided his young team through an 0-8 start that ballooned into a 41-59 into a team is making a run for second place in the NL Central.

“No, I’m not amazed,” Francona said. “Not ‘I told you so’ but all of his qualities are coming out. He started out slow, they’re getting beat up, he just kept fighting. He helped create a culture and they’re five games under .500 and they could’ve quit. All of sudden, there’s reason for optimism, guys are enjoying coming to the ballpark in September and they’re not even .500. That’s Millsie.”

Francona continued: “They lost the first eight games of the year. Some veterans weren’t happy. He did a great job. I think he’s kind of included player development and it’s his personality, he’s finally a got a chance to do it. Good for him. I don’t think that’s a surprise at all.”

Francona will bring the Red Sox to town twice next year. Once in the regular season and for two exhibition games at Minute Maid Park prior to the start of the regular season.