Astros: In its opening nine-game homestand, Houston didn't...


April 12, 1996

Astros: In its opening nine-game homestand, Houston didn't come close to meeting its expectations for attendance. Owner Drayton McLane's goal is to average 30,000 and draw at least 2.5 million fans this season -- otherwise, he says he may move the team. The Astros are averaging 20,027.

Braves: Greg Maddux hadn't lost on the road in the regular season since a 7-2 setback to Montreal on June 27, 1994. He then went 18-0 in his next 20 road starts with a 0.99 ERA.

Cardinals: Ozzie Smith was placed on the 15-day DL, three days after the 41-year-old shortstop aggravated a hamstring injury in his first start of the season. The team recalled IF Aaron Holbert, a former No. 1 draft pick who had been switched from shortstop to second base in spring training to make room for Smith and newly acquired Royce Clayton.

Padres: Their 7-2 start is the best since the pennant-winning 1984 team opened 8-1, the best start in club history.

Phillies: Darren Daulton, whose knee problems threaten to end his career, will start a rehab program Tuesday at the team's spring training base in Clearwater, Fla.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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