Astros Vs. Cardinals: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros high fives Carlos Lee #45 after defeating the New York Mets on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 8-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Astros will host red-hot division leader St. Louis, looking to defend their World Championship with a commanding NL Central lead.

The Houston Astros will host the St. Louis Cardinals for a series that will mark 27 consecutive division games for the visiting Cardinals, who have used that scheduling quirk to take a commanding lead in the NL Central. Lucas Harrell gets the nod for Houston to open to the series against hot veteran Kyle Lohse.

Center fielder Jordan Schafer's on-base streak is still intact - he took a walk in the first inning on Wednesday to bring the total to 24 games - but he left the game early with back pain.

Date / Time: Friday, May 4th, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Lucas Harrell (1-2) vs. Kyle Lohse (4-0)

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. St. Louis Cardinals news and info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.

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