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Pudge To Set Catching Record In Texas

Ivan Rodriguez will set the record for the most games caught in baseball history this week.

He'll do so for the Astros, who are playing the Rangers in Texas as part of interleague play. Rodriguez began his career for the Rangers.

"I just remember Pudge throwing guys out and being the best catcher in the league," Houston outfielder Hunter Pence said. "Now that we're teammates, I have so much respect for his accomplishments and what he's been able to do for so long and at such a high level."

Pudge is batting just .246 with five homers and 26 RBIs, but his defense remains above-average.

"I love everything about this game from A to Z," Pudge said. "It doesn't matter whether this is my first year or my 18th year, I treat every game like it's my first. Every game. Every day."

Rodriguez is currently tied with Bob Boone (2,225 games) for second place on the all-time list. Carlton Fisk is first on the list with 2,226 games caught.

Via Dallas Morning News


Astros Don't Want To Trade Oswalt, Berkman

Astros owner Drayton McLane told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that he doesn't want to trade Roy Oswalt or Lance Berkman.

The Astros have a high payroll and are in last place, which could lead one of the star players to request a change of scenary.

McLane added that he would try to talk either out of such a request, and that his preference is for the pair to retire as members of the team.

Via Houston Chronicle


A Homer Record Yankee Stadium Can't Claim

In the 25th game of Yankee Stadium history, Jorge Posada hit the home run number 91, which actually didn't set a record.

The record for most homers in the first 25 games at a major league ballpark is 95 at Houston's Enron Field in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Via ESPN


Is Now The Time For Astros To Trade Tejada?

If the Astros plan to eventually trade Miguel Tejada, now might be a good time for them to shop the shortstop.

Tejada leads the National League with a .362 average and 20 doubles. He's also on pace for 19 home runs and 109 RBI.

He is considered a good teammate and a hard worker. His .384 OBP and .914 OPS are both significantly above his career averages.

Via Houston Chronicle


Chicago's Williams Crushes Oswalt Rumor

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said on Monday that he is in no way pursuing Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt.

There were reports on Sunday that Oswalt would use the no-trade clause in his contract to block a deal to the White Sox.

"You want me to respond to something we haven't made an overture towards?" said Williams told the media. "[Oswalt] probably hasn't been asked the question, and someone has written or talked about it as though it were something that was imminent or a reality. And it's not."

Via MLB.com


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