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  W: M. Fiers (8-8)   L: E. Jackson (4-3)
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Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 23,434

Astros, Natioanls keep eye on rehabbing players

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Washington Nationals at Houston Astros

  1. The Nationals beat the Padres, 4-1, at Petco Park on Sunday, taking three of four over the weekend in San Diego, and improving to 9-4 in their last 13 games. Washington has allowed one run or fewer 10 times since the 2017 All-Star break -- tied with Cleveland for most in MLB.
  2. The Astros dropped a 3-2 home decision to the A's on Sunday, scoring three or fewer runs for a season-high fourth straight game overall. Houston is 76-48 on the season -- tied for its best record through 124 games in any season all-time (also 1998).
  3. These clubs are meeting for the first time since 2014 tonight. Dating to August 6, 2012, the Nats have won eight straight games in this matchup, outscoring the Astros by a combined 40-22 in those contests.
  4. Tanner Roark allowed three runs (all earned) in 7.0 IP at home last Wednesday against the Angels, taking the loss, and falling to 3-6 with a 5.55 ERA in his last 11 starts overall. Roark, who won his only career outing vs. the Astros in 2014, is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three road starts since the 2017 All-Star break.
  5. Charlie Morton went 6.1 innings and allowed just one run last Wednesday against Arizona, earning the victory, and garnering his career-high tying 10th win of the season (also had 10 wins in 2011). Morton is just 2-4 with a 6.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Nationals.
  6. Including two four-hit performances, Jose Altuve is batting .464 against National League opponents in 2017 -- best of any player in baseball during interleague play this season (minimum 50 AB). Altuve is 7-for-14 during his current three-game hitting streak against the Nationals.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2017 thru 8/24/2017

HOUSTON -- As the Houston Astros continued their offensive struggles on Tuesday night, one foundation piece of their lineup took a significant step toward a much-awaited return.

All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa participated in batting practice for the first time since landing on the 10-day disabled list on July 18.

The Tuesday fill-in at shortstop, Marwin Gonzalez, struck out in all three at-bats as the Astros lost 4-3 to the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series. The teams meet again Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, Correa took ground balls earlier on Tuesday, then hit in the underground cage before joining his teammates on the field.

The initial prognosis for his return was six- to eight-week absence. He has been out five weeks.

"I'm very happy with the way things are going," Correa said. "Hopefully I can be back in there soon."

Correa had a slash line of .320/.400/.566 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs before his injury. The Astros (76-49) are now 14-18 without Correa, who hopes to be sent out on a rehab assignment soon with the plan of recording 20 to 30 at-bats during a week-long stint.

For a club wobbling toward September, the sight of Correa on the field was a boost.

"We're weeks ahead of schedule and feeling really good," Correa said. "The doctor was impressed when he saw me on Saturday. I'm really excited with everything, and hopefully I can do my rehab assignment soon."

Right-hander Mike Fiers (7-8, 4.32 ERA) will attempt to square the series for the Astros. Fiers in 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA over four career games (including two starts) against the Nationals.

Right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-2, 3.43 ERA) will start for the Nationals. It will be his first appearance against the Astros since Aug. 6, 2012, a 5-4 Washington victory. Jackson is 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA over seven career appearances (six starts) vs. Houston.

Like the Astros with Correa, the Nationals are on rehab watch, with left fielder Jayson Werth (left foot fracture) and shortstop Trea Turner (left wrist fracture) beginning stints with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. Both had been working out at the team's spring training facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla., before beginning their rehab assignments.

Through two games for Syracuse, Werth is 2-for-6 and Turner is 0-for-6.

Werth posted a .262/.367/.446 line with eight homers and 18 RBIs over 196 plate appearances before landing on the disabled list on June 5. Turner was batting .279/.324/.422 with seven homers and 32 RBIs before joining Werth on the DL on June 30.

Unlike the Astros, the Nationals (75-48) have continued to roll without several starters, moving to a season-high 27 games over .500 with their win on Tuesday night.

"I hope when they come back that we don't have to rush them," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "I hope there's time for them to get sharp and to be the same Jayson and Turner when they left. And if they are, then that's like getting fresh bodies, fresh bodies that aren't banged up."

Updated August 23, 2017

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