HOUSTON Perhaps the move would have gone unnoticedor deemed insignificant had Astros manager Brad Mills not explicitly mentionedpregame Saturday that right fielder Brian Bogusevic was batting second.
Most were focused on the absence of Jordan Schafer from the lineup, a move oflate that subsequently shifts second baseman Jose Altuve up one spot in theorder to lead off. But instead of elevating shortstop Jed Lowrie into the2-hole, Mills opted for something new.
To little surprise the decision paid immediate dividends as Bogusevic, battingin the top half of the lineup for the first time this season, drew the pivotalwalk that ignited a breakout first inning which in turn yielded the Astros' 8-2victory over the Cardinals at Minute Maid Park.
"Flexibility is a good word because that's exactly what we're able to do.Guys can do different things," Mills said. "You saw Bogey (Bogusevic)start that bottom of the first by getting a walk. You say, well, (the Cardinalsstarted) a left-hander (J...