Astros Vs. Giants: Astros Search For Baserunners Against Barry Zito, Giants

Houston's bats have a tough assignment on Wednesday night against Matt Cain.

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Houston Astros Vs. San Francisco Giants: Thursday Lineups

Well, things can't really go much worse for the Houston Astros on Thursday. After dropping the first game of the series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, the Astros were dominated by Matt Cain on Wednesday night, as Cain pitched one of the most perfect games in baseball history, pitching a perfect game while striking out 14 Astros.

On Thursday, Houston will try to rebound and avoid the sweep. Both Brad Mills and Bruce Bochy have announced the starting lineups for Thursday's matinee, and they are as follows:

Houston Astros

2B Jose Altuve
RF Brian Bixler
SS Jed Lowrie
LF J.D. Martinez
CF Justin Maxwell
3B Chris Johnson
1B Matt Downs
C Jason Castro
SP Wandy Rodriguez

San Francisco Giants

RF Gregor Blanco
2B Ryan Theriot
LF Melky Cabrera
CF Angel Pagan
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Hector Sanchez
1B Brandon Belt
SS Joaquin Arias
SP Barry Zito

At least Zito isn't quite the pitcher that Madison Bumgarner or Cain is, but he's still enjoying a successful year for the Giants.

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Astros Vs. Giants: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros are looking to avoid being swept in San Francisco in a matinee series finale on Thursday. In the wake of Matt Cain's perfect game on Wednesday an Madison Bumgarner's 12-strikeout performance Tuesday, Barry Zito will take the hill against Wandy Rodriguez.

The Astros are looking for any kind of spark out of their bats, after being held to just three runs on seven hits in two games, and striking out 26 times.

After Wednesday's game, the Astros have now dropped 15 series in the 2012 season.

Date / Time: Thursday, June 14, 2:45 p.m. CT

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: Wandy Rodriguez (5-4) vs. Barry Zito (5-3)

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Astros Vs. Giants: Matt Cain's Perfect Game Shuts Down Houston

For the first time in franchise history, Houston sent exactly 27 batters up, and all 27 went down. San Francisco Giants' pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game on Wednesday night, the first such feat at the expense of the Astros. Cain's perfect game was only the 22nd in MLB history, and only the fifth no-hitter thrown against Houston:

  • The last time Houston was no-hit: 2008: against the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano in 2008, a game played in Milwaukee's Miller Park due to Hurricane Ike.
  • The closest an Astros player came to getting on base? Cain went to a 3-2 pitch count four times.
  • One minor bit of controversy is the would-be double Jordan Schafer thought he hit in the top of the fourth inning. The grounder dropped along the first base line and was called foul, despite protests from Schafer and manager Brad Mills.

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Bud Norris Injury Update: Astros' Pitcher Frustrated By Another Health Setback

Houston Astros' starting pitcher Bud Norris left Wednesday night's game against the Giants with a knee sprain, and the club still has yet to update the severity of the injury. Norris was pulled in the fourth inning and was clearly irritated by yet another health issue, via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:

"I'm pretty frustrated about it," Norris said. "I'm trying to go out there and help these guys as much as I can because I'm a competitor and want to compete, but I'm frustrated and it's pretty sore now and I have to come back tomorrow and see how it feels.

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"Ever since Colorado, I've been going out there and trying to get better and the hip flexor is feeling a lot better," he said. "But I definitely tweaked the knee tonight and we've got to see how it feels tomorrow."

Norris has had an up-and-down 2012 season, pitching brilliantly at times in the month of May before losing it a bit as the calendar turned to June.

Tuesday's injury occurred while he was chasing a pop fly in foul territory and he immediately pulled up lame. He threw some warm-up pitches under the watchful eye of the trainer but could not stay in the game. Heading into the second game of the series against San Francisco, the Astros were still unsure of the seriousness of the injury and how long Norris could potentially be out.

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Houston Astros Vs. San Francisco Giants: Wednesday Lineups

After losing both the game and Bud Norris on Tuesday night, the Houston Astros will look to take the second game of a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Norris sprained his left knee in the fourth inning on Tuesday and was removed after just three and a third innings of work to his record.

Both Brad Mills and Bruce Bochy have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday night's game, and they are as follows:

Houston Astros

CF Jordan Schafer
2B Jose Altuve
SS Jed Lowrie
LF J.D. Martinez
1B Brett Wallace
3B Chris Johnson
RF Brian Bogusevic
C Jason Castro
SP J.A. Happ

San Francisco Giants

RF Gregor Blanco
2B Ryan Theriot
LF Melky Cabrera
C Buster Posey
CF Angel Pagan
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Brandon Belt
SS Joaquin Arias
SP Matt Cain

If Houston is going to bounce back with a win, they'll have to do so against one of the best pitchers in baseball in Matt Cain.

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Bud Norris Injury Update: Knee Sprain Severity Still Unknown

Houston Astros fans weren't too pleased last night when Bud Norris was forced to leave Tuesday night's start after just three and a third innings of work. Norris left the game after spraining his left knee, and it's still unknown how severe the injury is. Norris is expected to be re-evaluated at some point on Wednesday.

Norris' 2012 campaign has been nothing shy of inconsistent. At times, Norris flashes brilliance, as shown in his June 6 start against the Cardinals, when Norris struck out 12 in six innings without walking a batter. The start prior to that, though, Norris was rocked to the tune of nine runs in one and two thirds innings.

Regardless, Norris has respectable numbers that should be better than they are -- his 4.81 ERA is a bit on the ugly side, but Norris boasts a 3.93 FIP and 3.68 xFIP. Astros fans and fantasy owners alike should expect better results from Norris going forward -- assuming his left knee isn't injured too badly.

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Astros Vs. Giants: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

Astros starter J.A. Happ will try and avoid suffering his fourth consecutive start on Wednesday night against the Giants in San Francisco. The Houston lefty hasn't put up terrible numbers in his three game losing streak - giving up nine runs in 18 innings of work, and four of those came in a single start against St. Louis - but the run support has been nonexistent, as Houston has scored four total runs in Happ's last three starts.

Matt Cain is looking to win his seventh consecutive start for San Francisco, but has a 4.69 lifetime ERA against Houston, and hasn't beaten the Astros in a start since 2008.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 13, 9:15 p.m. CT

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010

Probable Starters: J.A. Happ (4-6) vs. Matt Cain (7-2)

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Astros Vs. Giants, Game 1 Final Score: San Francisco Wins 6-3

The Houston Astros dropped their series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, but might also lost a key member of their pitching rotation in the process. Starting pitcher Bud Norris only lasted 3 and 1/3 innings, leaving with a left knee sprain that he appeared to suffer while fielding a ground out to first base. (quote courtesy of MLB.com)

"I'm pretty frustrated about it," Norris said. "I'm trying to go out there and help these guys as much as I can because I'm a competitor and want to compete, but I'm frustrated and it's pretty sore now and I have to come back tomorrow and see how it feels."

The Giants' Madison Bumgarner (8-4) struck out 12 Astros batters and didn't issue a walk a in 7 2/3 innings. The Astros would tack on two runs late, with RBI doubles by Brian Bixler and Jason Castro in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively.

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

The Houston Astros take their road trip to San Francisco Tuesday night.

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