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The Astros will be trying to win their third game in a row for the first time all season as they open a three game series in Cincinnati tonight.
Struggling Jay Happ (1-4, 6.35 ERA) starts tonight’s opener whileCincinnatisends right hander Mike Leake (3-0, 4.40 ERA) to the mound.
Carlos Lee has rejoined the Astros but is not in the starting lineup. Lee suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Angel Sanchez on Sunday. He stayed behind in Houston for more medical tests while the team flew toOhioon Sunday night. X-rays and a CT scan were negative.
Jason Bourgeois takes Lee’s place in left field. Brett Wallace, who has a ten game hitting streak, is hitting cleanup tonight. Wallace leads the major leagues with a .451 batting average since April 7th.