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Game No. 1: Houston Astros vs. San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants
@ Houston Astros

Monday, Apr 5, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

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Opening Day is here. You've been patiently waiting for it. Now, let's discuss what's going on. First, thanks to a new addition to Baseball Reference, we can see the history of OD starters by franchise. You may have known that Roy Oswalt has started more ODs for the Astros than any other pitcher, but did you know that this will be Geoff Blum's third OD start? Or that it will be the first Astros start for three guys (Towles, Manzella, Feliz), which is the highest number for the Astros since 2002 when Wade Miller, Greg Zaun, Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett and Daryl Ward got the nods?

I could go on and on, but we do have a game to play. Here are the lineups:


San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros

04/05/10 6:05 PM CDT

San Francisco Giants Houston Astros
Aaron Rowand - CF Michael Bourn - CF
Edgar Renteria - SS Kazuo Matsui - 2B
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Hunter Pence - RF
Aubrey Huff - 1B Carlos Lee - LF
Mark DeRosa - LF Geoff Blum - 1B
Bengie Molina - C Pedro Feliz - 3B
John Bowker - RF J.R. Towles - C
Juan Uribe - 2B Tommy Manzella - SS
Tim Lincecum - P Roy Oswalt - P

If you want to find out more about the enemy, here's a link to McCovey Chronicles and what they're saying about the game. Neither of these two teams are known as offensive powerhouses, so what's the over/under on runs scored in this series? I'm saying 20.

Houston Astros Roster

pitchers # Pos.
Tim Byrdak 48 P
Jeff Fulchino 47 P
Samuel Gervacio 63 P
Matt Lindstrom 22 P
Brandon Lyon 37 P
Brian Moehler 38 P
Brett Myers 39 P
Bud Norris 20 P
Roy Oswalt 44 P
Felipe Paulino 52 P
Wandy Rodriguez 51 P
Chris Sampson 43 P
catchers # Pos.
Humberto Quintero 55 C
J.R. Towles 46 C
infielders # Pos.
Geoff Blum 27 3B
Pedro Feliz 77 3B
Chris Johnson 23 3B
Jeff Keppinger 28 2B
Tommy Manzella 12 SS
Kazuo Matsui 3 2B
outfielders # Pos.
Michael Bourn 21 CF
Carlos Lee 45 LF
Jason Michaels 4 RF
Hunter Pence 9 RF


Houston Astros Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Yorman Bazardo shoulder 03/26/2010
Lance Berkman knee 03/26/2010
Alberto Arias shoulder 03/26/2010