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W 11-10
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L 1-5
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W 14-2
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Reeling Astros hope to win rubber game with Pirates

In the aftermath of getting shelled for a second consecutive start, Astros left-hander Framber Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, putting an already taxed Houston staff on alert.

The Astros turned to a pair of position players -- first baseman Tyler White and catcher Max Stassi -- to mop up their 14-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, not only setting up a rubber match of this three-game interleague series Thursday but readying for a difficult stretch with either a shortened bullpen or the addition of another minor leaguer to the staff.

"I pitched two position players, so that tells you where our bullpen is and where this game was," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We will have to take a look at all our options and see how we navigate. We got four more games in a row, the two games at Coors Field (July 2-3) that are looming, which are always difficult. We will look at our options and see what's best to get us through these games."

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Leaders
AVG: J. Bell.310
HR: J. Bell21
RBI: J. Bell68
SB: S. Marte11
W: J. Lyles5
ERA: J. Musgrove4.57
Saves: F. Vázquez19
K: C. Archer74
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 4337.538-
Milwaukee 4238.5251
St. Louis 4039.5062.5
Pittsburgh 3741.4745
Cincinnati 3642.4626
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .264 (6)
Runs: 361 (19)
Hits: 725 (8)
Home Runs: 79 (27)
Stolen Bases: 30 (20)
OBP: .322 (18)
SLG: .421 (20)
Total Bases: 1156 (17)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 5.05 (28)
Runs Allowed: 425 (28)
Saves: 21 (13)
Strikeouts: 689 (16)
OpBA: .263 (21)
OBP: .340 (25)
SLG: .454 (22)
Run Support: 4.66 (18)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
6/26 D. Agrazal Called Up from Minors
6/26 J. Martin Sent to Minors
6/23 J. Lyles Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation
6/22 J. Martin Called Up from Minors
6/22 G. Polanco Placed on 10-Day IL (Left shoulder inflammation)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
6/19 G. Polanco Left shoulder inflammation (on 10-day IL)
6/9 J. Lyles Left hamstring tightness (on 10-day IL)
6/8 R. Davis Blister, right middle finger (on 10-day IL)
5/26 F. Cervelli Concussion (on 10-day IL)
5/25 C. Stratton Right side discomfort (10-day IL)
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