Around the Majors: Astros advance to the NLCS

1) Yesterday’s score–

Astros 12, Braves 3

2) Today’s schedule–

Redsox (Curt Schilling, 3.26) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4.59) , 8:15

3) Yesterday’s HRs–

Carlos Beltran–2
Jeff Bagwell
Rafael Furcal
Johnny Estrada

4) The Reds removed utilityman Jason Romano from the 40 man roster, he refused the assignment to the minors, became a free agent and then re-signed with the Reds, with a minor league contract.

Romano has -14 RCAA/.487 OPS in 110 career games, including a .235 SLG, .194 OBA, .430 OPS, -3 RCAA in 26 games (first 4 with the Devil Rays) in 2004.

5) The A’s didn’t renew bench coach Chris Speier’s contract.

6) The Cubs fired 3B coach Wendell Kim moved Gary Matthews from hitting to 1B coach and moved Gene Clines from 1B coach to hitting.

7) The Mets are reportedly interested in Tigers bench coach Kirk Gibson as a managerial candidate while they received permission from the Rangers to interview hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

8) The Reds extended manager Dave Miley’s contract through the 2006 season.

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