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Houston Astros (10-11) at Montreal Expos (13-9), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Jeriome Robertson (1-2, 6.53)
Montreal - Zach Day (1-1, 2.59)
(Sports Network) - Zach Day hopes to continue Montreal's strong pitching
tonight, as the Expos open a three-game series against the Houston Astros at
Montreal, which is on a 16-game homestand, will finish out the set this
weekend. The Expos went 6-4 in their other home ballpark, Hiram Bithorn
Stadium in San Juan earlier this month and then took two of three games
earlier this week from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Both Expo wins came via shutout, including Thursday night as Vladimir
Guerrero's homer provided Montreal with a 1-0 triumph. Javier Vazquez pitched
seven shutout innings for the Expos, who lead the league with five team
shutouts. The victory was Montreal's fourth in its last six games.
Tony Armas Jr. was supposed to start tonight for the Expos, but he was placed
on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained right rotator cuff.
Montreal recalled 23-year-old righthander Claudio Vargas from Triple-A
Edmonton and he will make his major league debut by starting Saturday's game.
Day was then summoned to pitch tonight, moving up a day in the rotation. The
24-year-old righthander will make his fifth appearance of the season. He has
no decisions in his last two outings, against Cincinnati on Saturday and
versus the New York Mets on April 13. This will be Day's second career outing
against Houston, as he threw a frame of relief in his other appearance.
The Astros will try to avoid their third straight loss tonight as they dropped
the final two contests of a three-game set at Shea Stadium. Houston fell 7-4
last night. Craig Biggio scored twice for the Astros, who have dropped four of
their last five overall. Lance Berkman and Jeff Kent each homered in the loss
for Houston, which dropped below .500 (10-11) for the first time this season.
Houston will hand the ball to Jeriome Robertson for tonight's start. The 26-
year-old lefthander is 0-1 over his last two outings, including a no decision
against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Robertson, the Pacific Coast League
Pitcher of the Year in 2002, will make his first career appearance against
This is the first meeting between the clubs in 2003. The teams split six games
last season with Houston winning the final two, both at Olympic Stadium.
Houston has won 10 of the last 13 versus the Expos.
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