Jake Peavy pitched five scoreless innings, Mark Loretta had a three-run double and the San Diego Padres spoiled Garner's debut with a 5-1 win over host Houston on Friday night.
Barry Bonds and Scott Rolen present an intriguing MVP debate. Plus, notes on Jimy Williams and more.
The struggling Astros fired manager Jimy Williams on Wednesday, replacing him with Phil Garner.
Phil Garner's lunch-pail work ethic should blend well with the veteran-dominated Astros.
Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Gerry Hunsicker will hold a front-office meeting Wednesday to discuss the status of manager Jimy Williams and his coaching staff, ESPN's Peter Gammons reports.
Jimy Williams appears headed for the unemployment line with the Astros underachieving in the NL Central.
Speculation about Williams' job security intensified Monday, a day after the Astros lost their sixth game in eight days to finish the first half of the season in fifth place in the NL Central.
The top 10 biggest holes to fill among contending teams include getting some insurance for Houston's Brad Lidge.
Carlos Beltran had played just two games during his rookie season when then-Boston manager Jimy Williams was asked about the young outfielder his team was facing.
Houston's high expectations have Jimy Williams sweating, but he's not the only skipper in trouble.
Jeff Kent drove in three runs to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Friday night.
Houston 5, Milwaukee 4
Ken Griffey Jr.'s slump-breaking double keyed a five-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Reds rallied to beat the Astros 7-4 on Friday.
Houston manager Jimy Williams was suspended for one game and fined Friday after a tirade against umpires during a game in Atlanta last weekend.
"Our opening day pitcher is Roy Oswalt," Astros manager Jimy Williams announced Sunday before pitchers and catchers began their first drills of the spring.
Tim Redding was picked Thursday to become Houston's No. 5 starter, joining a stellar rotation that includes Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller.