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Game Thread #23: Bushwhacking

I can't imagine the Astros are all that excited about facing Dave Bush again; sure, they got to him in the 9th inning, but I don't think Ned will make the same mistake twice.  I also don't think Bush will throw eight scorless innings again; I'm a realist, I think he'll throw seven and then the Astros will squeak out one in the eighth.

Now seems as good a time as any to give y'all a sneak preview of the new Minor League Splits: here's Chris Sampson's page, with career minor and major league stats, along with links to 2005 and 2006 splits.  I'm still working out some of the kinks, but wander around and tell me what you think.  You can't find 2005 splits anywhere else, and I think that it's one of the friendlier ways of looking up historical minor league stats.  I've also got them for all active major leaguers: for instance, here's Craig Counsell's page.

Phil Garner is really mixing things up tonight: Mark Loretta is in the lineup at third base (over Morgan Ensberg), and Hunter Pence is making his major league debut, batting sixth and playing center.  For some background review, here's the series preview I wrote yesterday.

Go Brewers!