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September 10, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups: Astros vs. Mariners

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Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Dustin Ackley is still day to day and he hopes that with Wednesday off and the Thursday off day, that he can play Friday night in the big series against the Athletics.

Commissioner Bud Selig is here and meets with media in a few minutes. So it will have to be brief update for now.

Dustin Ackley is uniform and playing catch, not sure if he’s going to take BP

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Talked with a scout, who worked a couple of Tropeano’s starts with OKC. He said Tropeano doesn’t have overwhelming stuff or velocity, curveball is just so-so, the changeup is an outstanding pitch with plenty of downward movement. He said he’s extremely competitive knows how to pitch. Tropeano won’t be afraid to throw the ball over the plate  and will  pound the zone. He projects as maybe a No. 5 starter.

“He really competes,” the scout said. “Did you see his numbers in the PCL? To put those up you have to almost be Houdini.”

One thing that he was interested to see is if Tropeano will struggle with his change up because of the adrenaline of his first MLB start. But the Astros picked a good park to make his debut. And he will benefit tonight with the coolers temps and win blowing in from left field.

 

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From earlier

 

Dustin Ackley is out for a fourth straight game with ankle issues. James Jones get the start in left field today.

Astros’ starter Nick Tropeano will be making his big league debut. Tweeted this earlier this morning – Mike Curto has some info on his blog about Tropeano, who pitched against the Rainiers on June 22. He gave up three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work (box score).

Here’s Tropeano’s minor league splits, which are reversed like Curto wrote.

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Official game notes 

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