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Astros Looking For Momentum After Rare Series Victory

By ROBERT HENSLEE
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The Astros try to find some momentum as they return home off a rare series victory to open a three game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  They come back to Minute Paid Park after taking two out of three from the Toronto Blue Jays, their first series win since they took two of three from the Brewers April 29-May 1.

Bud Norris (2-3, 3.93 ERA) will try to keep the ball rolling in the right direction as he takes the mound in the series opener, the first game of a six game homestand.  Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.09 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers.

Norris is looking to bounce back from a rough start in St. Louis on May 18, as he gave up all five runs in a 5-1 loss.  Kershaw also struggled in his last outing, giving up four runs in five innings against the Giants.

The Astros, 17-30, no longer have the worst record in baseball.  But they still have the worst record in the National League and are 10.5 games behind the division-leading Reds. 

Los Angeles, 21-27, is sitting in 4th place in the NL West, seven games behind San Francisco.  

The Dodgers have been crippled by injuries this season with Jonathan Broxton, Casey Blake, Juan Uribe, Vicente Padilla and Blake Hawksworth on the disabled list.  In addition, Aaron Miles has missed the last four days with a strained ribcage muscle.  And Andre Ethier and Rod Barajas left Sunday’s game with injuries.

The Astros are getting closer to getting Jason Bourgeois and Jeff Keppinger back on the active roster.  Bourgeois plans to start swinging a bat again today for the first time since he suffered a strained left oblique on May 8.  Keppinger is nearing the end of a minor league rehab stint following foot surgery in January.  He will play the next three days with the Astros AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City and could be activated by the end of the week.

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