Bud Norris' next start against major league hitters will be Houston's season opener against Texas.
The Astros right-hander threw six scoreless innings Friday in 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. It came nine days before Norris is scheduled to open the season against the Rangers, one fewer day than the ideal number that would allow for two five-day breaks.
''He will throw again on the 26th (Tuesday) in a minor-league game,'' Houston manager Bo Porter said. ''It will be a shorter outing than he had today, which will have him ready to come back on regular rest on the 31st for opening day.''
Norris has had a good spring, and his latest outing might have been his best. He scattered three hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings.
''I'm really confident with (catcher Jason) Castro back there. We're really getting on the same page, day in and day out,'' Norris said. ''The strength's coming, the pitch count's getting there so I'm definitely winding do...