Astros lineup 9/7 at Cubs, pregame notes and batting practice photos.

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Pregame notes:

The Astros have won 11 of their last 15 games and 16 of their last 24.

Tonight’s starter, Nelson Figueroa, has posted a 1.96 ERA over four starts with the Astros, who are 3-1 in those games.

The Astros are 29-40 on the road this year, but they’ve won eight of their last 12 road games.

The Astros rank fifth in the National League in batting average in the second half with a .264 average. Prior to the All-Star break, the Astros were 15th with a .238 average.

Chris Johnson has hit three home runs in the six career games he’s played at Wrigley. He’s hitting .375 at the Friendly Confines.

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Images from batting practice:

Bagwell, Bourn 

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Bourn signs autographs for kids behind the cage.

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Carlos Lee

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Brett Wallace

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Jason Michaels

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1 Comment

Okay, Carlos, we can see your man-boobs despite a fairly big, thick shirt. It’s time for a diet. Seriously.

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