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Cardinals Acquire Feliz From Astros

The Cardinals have acquired third baseman Pedro Feliz from the Astros.

St. Louis will send minor league pitcher David Carpenter to Houston for the much-needed help at third base.


Bagwell Immediately Successful As Hitting Coach

Jeff Bagwell became Houston's hitting coach at the All-Star break and the results have been successful.

Only one National League club had scored fewer runs than the Astros before Bagwell was hired. Only three have scored more since.

Offensive production is up from 3.45 runs per game to 5.46.

"There is by far way too much information," Bagwell said. "I try to keep it as simple as possible."

Via Houston Chronicle

Carlos Lee Could Play More First Base

The Astros aren't opposed to giving Carlos Lee more time at first base as the season winds down.

Lee played three innings at first Sunday against the Brewers after playing one inning there last year, which was his first at the position since 1999.

"With the way he played yesterday, we could start him over there," manager Brad Mills said. "I wouldn't be opposed to that."

Via MLB.com

Astros Call Up Pitcher Acquired In Berkman Deal

The Astros have called up right-hander Mark Melancon, who they acquired from the Yankees in the Lance Berkman trade.

Melancon spent most of the year at Triple-A, going 7-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 43 combined games between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Round Rock.

"We're going to have to see," manager Brad Mills said.

"We'll give him some innings here and there to see where he is and how he's going to fit in. To give him an inning in a big part of the ballgame is not fair to him unless we have to. I've seen him throw three or four times against us when he was with the Yankees, and he's got a good arm. It's exciting to have another real, strong arm."

Via MLB.com

Five Teams Pursued Wandy Rodriguez

The Twins, Reds, Mets, Dodgers and Blue Jays tried to acquire pitcher Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros last week.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that Houston simply wouldn't part with the left-hander.

Rodriguez is 9-11 with a 4.49 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 122 1/3 innings.

Via Jayson Stark/ESPN.com

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