Punchless On The Field, Astros Play Out The String

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HOUSTON (AP) - Perhaps the defining moment of the Houston Astros season so far is the ugly confrontation between pitcher Shawn
Chacon and general manager Ed Wade.
That incident happened in the clubhouse before a game on June
25th -- and Chacon is no longer with Houston.
What the Astros have done on the field has been mostly
forgettable.
Houston hit the All-Star break at 44-51, dead-last in the NL
Central and 8½ games out of the wild-card spot.
Wade, hired in September 2007, made a flurry of offseason moves
to kick-start the franchise just two seasons removed from its first
World Series appearance.
A few changes have paid off, but most have fizzled and despite
strong offensive starts from Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee.
The Astros are on pace for their second straight losing record
after just one in the previous 12 seasons.
Manager Cecil Cooper says the Astros have got to come out of the
chute pretty aggressively and play good baseball.



 
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