Astros Vs. White Sox: Houston Wins First Road Series Of Season

The Astros come limping into Interleague play looking for some goodwill from their future neighbors. First up, a trip to the South Side in a 2005 World Series rematch.

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MLB Standings: Astros Are Near The Bottom Of NL Central

The Astros just took two of three from the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox, but in their own NL Central division the Astros are sitting in fifth place and are seven games behind the Reds.

The NL Central division is top heavy with the Pirates coming in at second only 1/2 game back, and then the Cardinals are 2.5 games out of first place.

This past week the Astros turned their game around by going 4-3 which is a vast improvement from their eight-game losing streak which preceded the current week.

The next series for the Astros is another road tilt as they travel West to take on the San Francisco Giants.


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cincinnati 32 26 .551 0 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 32 27 .542 0.5 Won 4
St. Louis 31 30 .508 2.5 Lost 1
Milwaukee 28 32 .466 5 Won 1
Houston 26 34 .433 7 Won 1
Chicago 20 40 .333 13 Won 1

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Astros Vs. White Sox Final Score: Houston Hangs On For 11-9 Win over Chicago

The Houston Astros held off a late White Sox rally and captured their first road series win of the season with an 11-9 victory on Sunday.

Jose Altuve continued his strong season going 2 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Astros. Justin Maxwell also drove in three with two hits including a homer of his own. Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Orlando Hudson all homered for the White Sox.

Lucas Harrell pitched into the eighth inning and picks up the win despite allowing five runs and six hits. Brett Myers came on to record the final two outs of the game and picked up his 15th save of the season. Myers was pressed into duty after Orlando Hudson's three run homer off of Fernando Rodriguez.

Phillip Humbar stretches his winless streak to 14 straight starts and sees his record drop to 2-4 on the season after allowing six runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

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Astros Vs. White Sox: Starting Lineups For Series Finale Announced

Well, it can't get any worse after Saturday's 10-1 thumping, right? The Houston Astros were unable to hit, and their pitchers got shelled. Today is Sunday, a day for reflection. Just something to consider, at least the Astros aren't the Cubs right now, right?

With your spirits uplifted, here are your starting lineups for both teams. One change, as Chris Johnson will start for Houston at third base as Matt Downs manned the hot corner on Saturday.

Houston Astros Starting Lineup

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Brian Bixler (R) LF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
4. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
5. Brett Wallace (L) 1B
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
7. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
8. Justin Maxwell (R) CF
9. Chris Snyder (R) C

Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. Dayan Viciedo (R) LF
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Orlando Hudson (S) 3B

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Astros Vs. White Sox Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back from a 10-1 loss on Saturday and grab a interleague series win in the process against the Chicago White Sox. Houston has lost 11 of 14 games and their inconsistent starting pitching has been much to blame.

Lucas Harrell will take the mound for the Astros having won three of his previous four starts. The right hander has been really good in the wins allowing five earned runs combined but allowed nine in the lone loss. On the season Harrell is 5-4 with a 4.70 ERA.

Chicago will counter with the struggling Phillip Humbar who is winless in his last 13 starts. Humbar is 2-3 with a 5.68 ERA this season.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 10, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. White Sox Final Score: Houston's Bats Go Silent, Fall To Chicago 10-1

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale held the Astros offense in check by pitching eight shutout innings while allowing only four hits and struck out seven batters as the White Sox ultimately won 10-1. For the first four innings this was a pitchers duel as the Astros Jordan Lyles did not give up any runs, but in the fifth inning he fell apart and gave up five runs -- four of them earned -- before being pulled for Xavier Cedeno.

The game really got out of hand in the bottom of the eighth inning when Rhine Cruz came in for relief but only stayed in the game for 2/3 of an inning and due to allowing six hits including a grand slam to Adam Dunn.

The only run for the Astros came in the bottom of the ninth inning when shortstop Jed Lowrie hit a solo home run.

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Outfielder Fernando Martinez Sent To 7-Day DL For Concussion

The injuries keep piling up for the Astros and they are down another outfielder in Fernando Martinez who has been placed on the new seven-day disabled list for suffering a concussion. This is the fourth player this week that the Astros had to place on the disabled list; the other three are Carlos Lee, Marwin Gonzalez and Travis Buck.

Martinez's injury was believed to be suffered when Martinez was in AAA as he dove for a ball.

With the injury the Astros are down to only four outfielders and with a pair of American League teams and the need for a designated hitter the bench will be thin. To combat that the Astros recalled Matt Downs on Friday who can play some outfield if needed as can Brian Bixler.

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Astros Vs. White Sox: Saturday's Starting Lineups Announced

The Houston Astros will try to continue their winning ways versus the Chicago White Sox on Saturday after an 8-3 win on Friday. Jordan Lyles will take the mound for the Astros versus Chris Sale for the White Sox. One change in the lineup for Houston, as Brian Bixler will claim one of the outfield spots defensively and hit second in the lineup.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams.

Houston Astros Starting Lineup

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Brian Bixler (R) LF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
4. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
5. Justin Maxwell (R) CF
6. Brett Wallace (L) 1B
7. Chris Snyder (R) C
8. Matt Downs (R) 3B
9. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF

Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
3. Adam Dunn (L) DH
4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Alex Rios (R) RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
8. Jordan Danks (L) LF
9. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B

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Houston Astros Vs. Chicago White Sox: Preview, TV Schedule And More

Jordan Lyles gets the start for the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon, as the Astros look to take the second game of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Houston won the first game of the 2005 World Series Rematch on Friday night, as Wandy Rodriguez scattered nine hits through five and a third innings en route to picking up the win.

Lyles will look to build on his most recent outing, in which Lyles picked up his first win of the season. So far in 2012, Lyles is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and .268 BAA through 29 innings of work.

Houston's bats, who connected for three home runs against the White Sox on Friday, will need to stay hot, as Lyles will be opposed by Chris Sale. Sale has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball this year, with a 7-2 record to go along with a 2.30 ERA, .98 WHIP, and .193 BAA. Sale has struck out 69 batters in 66.2 innings of work, while walking only 18.

Televised coverage of the game can be found on FOX Sports Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT from U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

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Astros Vs. White Sox Final Score: Houston Uses Long Ball To Defeat Chicago 8-3

The Houston Astros had two home runs, a two-run blast by shortstop Jed Lowrie and a three-run home run by left fielder Jeff Maxwell. Those five runs were enough to get the Astros past the Chicago White Sox 8-3. In addition to the offense explosion by the Astros, starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez pitched well enough to earn his fifth win over the year.

Rodriguez lasted 5.1 innings and while he did give up nine hits he only allowed three earned runs, and then the relief pitching came in and pitched shut out baseball the rest of the way. Wilton Lopez, Wesley Wright, Fernando Rodriguez and Brett Myers combined for 3.2 innings of shutout baseball and also allowed only three hits and struck out four batters.

This win for the Astros was just its third in the last 13 games.

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Astros Vs. White Sox: Friday's Lineups Announced

The Astros head to Chicago for a three-game interleague series against the White Sox in a rematch of the 2005 World Series.

Playing in an American League park means the Astros get to use a designated hitter, and starter Wandy Rodriguez can just worry about pitching. J.D. Martinez will be Houston's designated hitter. Martinez has never been a DH in a Major League game before.

Here is Houston's lineup:

Jose Altuve, 2B

Jordan Schaefer, CF

Jed Lowrie, SS

J.D. Martinez, DH

Brett Wallace, 1B

Chris Johnson, 3B

Jason Castro, C

Justin Maxwell, LF

Brian Bogusevic, RG

Here is the lineup for the White Sox:

Alejandro De Aza, CF

Gordon Beckham, 2B

Adam Dunn, DH

Paul Konerko, 1B

Alex Rios, RF

A.J. Pierzynski, C

Dayan Viciedo, LF

Alexei Ramirez, SS

Orlando Hudson, 3B

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Houston Astros: Marwin Gonzalez Placed On DL, Brian Bixler Called Up

Marwin Gonzalez's right heel bruise was worse that initially expected, as the infielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Astros on Friday.

Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals and had X-Rays on Thursday. This season, Gonzalez is hitting .261 with three doubles and one home run.

As a result, utility infielder Brian Bixler has been recalled. Bixler played early in the season when Jed Lowrie was injured, and Gonzalez was on paternity leave. In six games, Bixler went 1-for-7 with a walk. In Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, Bixler has hit .302 with a .374 on-base percentage.

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Astros v White Sox Series Preview: Conquering the South Side

The Houston Astros head to the South side of Chicago today to take on the Chicago White Sox in interleague play. This is a trip that will become ridiculously familiar in coming years, but for now is still a novelty.

After finishing a long and comically bad loss to the Cardinals at Minute Maid Park in which we saw David Carpenter get his first major league hit and Brian Bogusevic get his first relief pitching appearance in the majors, the Astros will be looking to settle into some normalcy and one again find the magic they’ve been chasing on the road.

Friday, June 8, 2012: Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 3.14 ERA) v Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.32 ERA) – Wandy’s had a rough few starts, giving up nine hits and nine runs alone in the Astros game against the Reds last Saturday. He’ll be looking to prove he can bounce back while in Chicago, despite the road woes the team’s been facing. Floyd is in a similar position after allowing four homers in the first four innings of his start last Saturday. Both pitchers will have something to prove which should make for some pretty terrific baseball.

Saturday, June 9, 2012: Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.97 ERA) v Chris Sale (7-2, 2.30) – This will be a straight up experience versus inexperience matchup of the young guns. Sale is coming off his first complete win that led the Sox to a series win over the Mariners. Meanwhile, Lyles broke the losing streak for the Astros last Sunday in his first win of the season against the Reds. This will be a contest against himself for Jordan Lyles to see if the kid can keep his wits about him on the road against another young pitcher who has more time under his belt.

Sunday, June 10, 2012: Lucas Harrell (5-4, 4.70 ERA) v Philip Humber (2-3, 5.68 ERA) – Harrell will be facing the team that drafted him for the first time in his start against the White Sox. The club drafted Harrell in the 4th round of the 2004 draft. The Astros claimed Harrell off waivers last year. In his last start he led the team to win at home against the Cardinals. Humber, on the other hand, struggled in his last start, throwing a whopping 37 pitches in the first inning alone. If Harrell can be consistent, and the offense can give him some run support, he has the chance to prove to the White Sox just what a talent they gave up.

While playing in interleague play, Carlos Lee is usually slotted as the Astros DH, however, with him on the DL with a hamstring injury, Mills has speculated he will use J.D. Martinez as the DH. Meanwhile, Jordan Schafer has returned to the Houston lineup after illness and struggled at the plate last night, but is hopefully feeling better for the road trip.

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

The Astros come limping into Interleague play looking for some goodwill from their future neighbors. First up, a trip to the South Side in a 2005 World Series rematch.

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