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Houston Astros (10-10) at New York Mets (9-12), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Wade Miller (0-1, 4.15)
New York - Pedro Astacio (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Pedro Astacio makes his long-awaited 2003 debut, as the
Mets play the rubber contest of a three-game series tonight against the
Houston Astros at Shea Stadium.
Astacio returns to the Mets at a critical time, considering the team put
40-year-old righthander David Cone and outfielder Jeromy Burnitz on the 15-day
disabled list yesterday. The Mets made the move to activate Astacio after last
night's 4-2 victory, New York's fourth in its last six games.
Astacio was placed on the disabled list towards the end of spring training
with right shoulder tendinitis. He made four rehabilitation starts with
Single-A St. Lucie, where he pitched 17 1/3 innings and allowed 15 hits and
six runs while preparing himself for the majors.
The 33-year-old Astacio was 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 31 starts for New York
last season. He is 8-6 over 21 games, including 18 starts, against the Astros
in his career. That includes four complete games.
The Astros, who have lost three of their last four contests, will try to
rebound as they send Wade Miller to the mound tonight. The 26-year-old
righthander, who will make his fifth start of 2003, is still trying for his
first victory of the season. In his last outing, Saturday against Milwaukee,
Miller threw seven shutout innings, but Houston lost the game 3-2 in 14
Miller is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in two career starts against the Mets, both in
Last night, Raul Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a home run in his season debut,
leading the Mets to the victory. Gonzalez, who was recalled earlier in the day
from Triple-A Norfolk, homered in his first major league at-bat this season.
Al Leiter (3-0) gave up just two runs and seven hits in six innings for the
win. Armando Benitez came on in the ninth to close out the game for his sixth
Jeff Bagwell knocked in both runs for Houston, which lost for the eighth time
in 11 games. Roy Oswalt (2-2) got the loss despite giving up only three runs
in six innings of work. He struck out five, but also walked four
Bagwell is four hits shy of 2,000 for his career. He is also 16-for-53
lifetime against Astacio with seven homers and 15 RBI.
Houston has won five of the last seven meetings.
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