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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-22


Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-22
--RHP Russ Ortiz gave up three runs in the first inning to fall behind 3-0, but he held on and didn't give up another run to earn the victory. Ortiz gave up three runs on three hits and five walks with two strikeouts and a hit batter over five innings before a small crowd of 26,360.

"These guys did a great job fighting back against a very good pitcher," Ortiz said of his teammates. "I knew after the first my job was just to keep us in the game."

--Astros owner Drayton McLane hopes his decision to pick up manager Cecil Cooper's extension for 2010 on April 18 made it clear to his players who is in charge. "We need to focus on winning, and I think everyone needs to know who the manager is today and who the manager is going forward," McLane said. "And we wanted to focus on getting better and winning. ... Ed (Wade), Tal (Smith) and myself, we believe in this team. As they put it together in the offseason and we went to spring training, we felt very confident in our ability to compete, win our division and move forward in the playoffs. We've had a few ups and downs, but that's life. And we wanted to focus on baseball games."

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- LHP Wandy Rodriguez tied his career high with an Astros' season-high 10 strikeouts April 18 against the Cincinnati Reds.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We need to focus on winning and I think everyone needs to know who the manager is today and who the manager is going forward. And we wanted to focus on getting better and winning. ... Ed (Wade), Tal (Smith) and myself, we believe in this team. As they put it together in the offseason and we went to spring training, we felt very confident in our ability to compete, win our division and move forward in the playoffs. We've had a few ups and downs, but that's life. And we wanted to focus on baseball games." -- Astros owner Drayton McLane, after picking up Cecil Cooper's extension.


Author:Fox Sports
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Added: April 22, 2009

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