Astros lineup, plus photos from batting practice at Wrigley Field.



Pregame notes:

Since June 24, Wandy Rodriguez is 8-2 over 13 starts with a 1.65 ERA, the second-lowest among NL starting pitchers during that span.

Carlos Lee has 34 RBIs in 35 games since July 28, the most in the big leagues over that span.

Houston has won eight of its last 11 games on the road.

Lee’s 94 career RBIs vs. the Cubs is the second-most by an active player, trailing only Albert Pujols’ 119.

The Astros are 36-24 in the NL Central.

Chris Johnson is fourth among all MLB rookies with a .321 batting average.


Images from batting practice:   

Bagwell, Quirk, Quintero.


Brian Bogusevic prepares to make his first big league start (playing left field) while Coach Bagwell watches from behind the cage.


Gathering on the field to stretch…Castro (left), Bourn, Bourgeois. And more.


Castro takes some swings in the cage.


Quirk throws BP to Jason Michaels.


Lee, Blum, Pence.


Pence, Johnson.


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