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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 for Sunday

Here’s the Astros’ lineup for Sunday:

CF Jordan Schafer

3B Jimmy Paredes

LF J.D. Martinez

RF Brian Bogusevic

2B Matt Downs

1B Brett Wallace

SS Clint Barmes

C Carlos Corporan

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Astros’ lineup and preview vs. Giants

This is it. Game 7. Well, it’s about as much drama as the Astros can have these days, entering Sunday’s series finale against the Giants with a chance to win the season series from the defending World Series champions.

The Astros won two out of three in Houston last weekend, and the Giants have won two out of three in this series, including a walk-off win in the 10th on Saturday night.

Sunday will be a dream come true for Astros starter Bud Norris.

Norris, who grew up in the Bay Area, will make his first Major League start in San Francisco against the Giants in Sunday’s series finale. Norris has never faced the Giants in his two years in the Majors.

“I’m excited to play against my childhood team, which should be interesting,” he said. “But like any other day, I’m going to go out there and do my job and go pitch.”

Norris remembers going to games back when the Giants played at Candlestick Park. Norris has been doing his hometown of Greenbrae, Calif., proud this season in an otherwise rough one for the Astros. Norris has a 3.73 ERA, with a 6-8 record.

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

SS Angel Sanchez

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

2B Matt Downs

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Jimmy Paredes

C Carlos Corporan

RHP Bud Norris

Astros’ lineup Sunday vs. Giants

The Astros will try to win their fifth consecutive game, which would be a season high, in an attempt to sweep the defending World Series champion Giants today at Minute Maid Park. Henry Sosa, acquired from the Giants last month in the Jeff Keppinger deal, wills start for the Astros and face left-hander Dan Runzler (1-2, 6.64 ERA).

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

RF Jason Michaels

C Carlos Corporan

RHP Henry Sosa

Astros-Diamondbacks lineups for Sunday

Here are the lineups for Sunday’s series between the Diamondbacks and the Astros:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos lee

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

SS Clint Barmes

C J.R. Towles

LHP J.A. Happ

DIAMONDBACKS

SS Willie Bloomquist

2B Ryan Roberts

RF Justin Upton

CF Chris Young

LF Xavier Nady

1B Juan Mirando

3B Melvin Morda

C Henry Blanco

RHP Josh Collmenter

Astros-Mets preview for Sunday

The Astros will try to win a series against the Mets by sending rookie right-hander Aneury Rodriguez (0-1, 5.50 ERA) to the mound for today’s series finale at Minute Maid Park, where the roof is open and it looks like another spectacular day in Houston.

This will be Rodriguez’s first start against the Mets and only the third in his Major League career. The Astros will face left-hander Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.93 ERA), who held the Astros to one earned run in seven innings for a win on April 21 in New York.

Here is manager Brad Mills’ lineup:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

C J.R. Towles

RF Hunter Pence

1B Carlos Lee

2B Bill Hall

LF Jason Michaels

3B Chris Johnson

SS Clint Barmes

P Aneury Rodriguez

Astros-Brewers lineups for Sunday

Here are the lineups for Sunday’s series finale between the Astros and Brewers:

ASTROS

CF Jason Bourgeois

SS Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

2B Bill Hall

3B Matt Down

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Bud Norris

BREWERS

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

RF Mark Kotsay

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

C Jonthan Lucroy

LHP Chris Narveson

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 Sunday vs. Padres

Here is the Astros lineup for Sunday’s homestand finale against the Padres. The Astros can win three of four from the Padres with a win today.

CF Jason Bourgeois

SS Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

1B Carlos Lee

LF Jason Michaels

3B Chris Johnson

2B Bill Hall

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

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