(Eds: With AP Photos.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Houston manager Brad Mills wasn't being facetious when he talked about his team's major league worst 9-32 road record the first half of the season.
''That became a big roadblock,'' he said.
The Astros limp into the second half of the season in the now-familiar position of holding baseball's worst record. Mills' biggest task is to help his young team find a way to win on the road, though they will have to do it without the leadership of veteran Carlos Lee, who was traded to Miami last week.
Houston's chance to improve begins immediately after the break with a 10-game West Coast swing to face the Giants, Padres and Diamondbacks.
The difference in the Astros at home, where they are 24-21, and on the road is so stark that it sometimes doesn't even seem like the same team.
Consider these numbers: The Astros have hit a league-low 27 homers away from Houston, but are 11th with 49 long balls at home. Their 149 runs on t...