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Houston Astros Inside Pitch 2008-07-29


Houston Astros Inside Pitch 2008-07-29
Miguel Tejada isn't sure if the rumors are true that the Boston Red Sox have contacted the Astros about him, but the All-Star shortstop wouldn't be anxious about playing at Fenway Park.

"I wouldn't be intimidated to go play in Boston," he told the Houston Chronicle. "But I'm not thinking about that right now."

Since 1956, Tejada is 24th in multi-RBI games against the Yankees with 25. His manager, Cecil Cooper, is 13th on that list. Among active players, only Manny Ramirez, who has 43 multi-RBI games, and Frank Thomas, who has 27, have more multi-RBI games against the Yankees.

"I like the rivalry," he said of the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. "I like to play with other teams and those types of things. That's why I like to win. I like to be in competition. I think that the more pressure there is, the better ballplayer I am."

Heading into Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, the talks will heat up. The Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had all planned to watch the Astros' game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Tejada vows not to put too much pressure on himself heading into the deadline.

"To me the only thing that's important is to play," Tejada told the Chronicle. "That's the only thing that preoccupies me. Wherever I go to play, I know what I can do. I came here to play, to win. I'm just thinking of taking this team to a new level. I'm heating up, and I think if I heat up, this team can have a chance. Right now I'm not thinking about going anywhere.

"But you know this is a business. Right now I'm not thinking that they might trade me."

ASTROS 5, REDS 4. Geoff Blum's two-run home run countered Adam Dunn's grand slam on a Monday night the Astros' bullpen delivered four scoreless innings. A three-run rally in the first inning set the tone for the offense.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 29, 2008

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