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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11

Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-11
--Astros manager Cecil Cooper, whose club opened a three-game series against Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, admits that he has given consideration to possibly batting the pitcher eighth. LaRussa's Cardinals bat the pitcher eighth.

--With Mayor Bill White in attendance, Milo Hamilton Way was unveiled at the east corner of Texas and Hamilton Street in honor of the Astros radio broadcaster Wednesday afternoon.

"Holy Toledo," Hamilton said, "what a day. What a day."

--The Astros' Rodriguez battery -- left-hander Wandy and catcher Ivan -- on Tuesday night marked the first time since 1974 that the Astros had a pitcher throw to a catcher of the same last name.

In 1974, the Astros had RHP Jerry Johnson throw to C Cliff Johnson, making their final appearance together on Sept. 22 of that season. Although Rodriguez is a common last name in the majors these days, Ivan Rodriguez had never caught one throughout his lengthy career.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Opening-day starts by RHP Roy Oswalt, an Astros franchise record.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "What I've learned from Miguel (Tejeda), I think many people would like to live it. Miguel had his problems with those accusations, and he stepped up. I think what he has done is incredible. To me that's one of the things that every human being can learn from. You know how to deal with problems but not carry it to the field of play, nor where your friends are. You leave it at your house, drop it there. And if you want to carry it with you, you do. But if you don't want to carry it, you don't." -- Closer Jose Valverde.

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