Minute Maid Park is home to a spacious center field, but that didn’t stop manager Ron Washington from putting rookie Michael Choice there and giving Leonys Martin a day off his feet as the designated hitter.
Choice is making his third start in center this season.
Washington thought about giving Mitch Moreland a second straight day in the field, but opted not to with the Astros starting a left-hander. But Rougned Odor will be in tonight’s lineup for his first start against a lefty.
Odor is coming off a big night with his first RBI hit and first home run. And, of course, catching a ball in his jersey.
Here are the lineups:
Texas -- 1. Shin-Soo Choo, lf; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 4. Prince Fielder, 1b; 5. Alex Rios, rf; 6. Michael Choice, cf; 7. Leonys Martin, dh; 8. Robinson Chirinos, c; 9. Rougned Odor, 2b.
LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 2.87 ERA)
Houston -- 1. Jose Altuve, 2b; 2. George Springer, rf; 3. Dexter Fowler, cf; 4. Matt Dominguez, 3b; 5. Jesus Guzman, 1b; 6. Chris Carter, dh; 7. L.J. Hoes, lf; 8. Carlos Corporan, c; 9. Jonathan Villar, ss.
LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-2, 3.68 ERA)