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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-24

Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-24
--RHP Chris Sampson is pitching with a partial tear of his hip's labrum, but there isn't much concern. "He can't hurt it any worse," manager Cecil Cooper said. "This is something he's going to have pretty much all year."

--LHP Wandy Rodriguez gave up only one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings Thursday, but that run was enough for the Dodgers to avoid a three-game sweep in the finale.

"I thought Wandy pitched well," manager Cecil Cooper said. "We just didn't really swing it very well tonight. Give the other guy some credit. We didn't hit very many balls hard, not many chances.

"But great pitching from us, I thought, from Wandy. I thought he pitched well. We just needed to figure out how to score some runs for him when he pitches those kinds of games."

--Before RHP Roy Oswalt was taken deep three times in the sixth inning Wednesday, an Astros pitcher hadn't allowed three home runs in an inning since Jason Hirsh allowed three Aug. 12, 2006, in the fourth inning against the Padres. The Dodgers had not hit three home runs in an inning since they had three in the seventh on May 15, 2008, against the Brewers.

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.

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