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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Huff should help Houston in a hurry

Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for the Houston Astros recently. They’ve lost four of their last five games, including three straight before the All-Star break to the National League Central Division-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

The Astros should be applauded, however, for today’s trade in which they acquired outfielder Aubrey Huff and $1.625 million in cash from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for two minor leaguers .

The 29-year-old Huff, who’s averaged 26 homers and 91 RBI in five years with the Devil Rays, brings sorely needed pop to the middle of the Astros’ anemic lineup. Only two of the Major League’s 30 teams have a lower batting average than the Astros’ .256. And they’re No.23 in runs scored (408).

Huff, who bats left-handed, brings a hot bat to the Astros. He batted .359 with three homers and 13 RBI last month. In 63 games this season he’s batting .283 with eight homers and 28 RBI.
Said Astros general manager Tim Purpura: “He’s a run producer, he’s a power guy, he’s a very proficient hitter.”

He also plays third base.

That’s right, Morgan.


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