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HOU@TB: Buchanan makes his first Major League start

Jake Buchanan will take the mound against the Blue Jays on Thursday at Minute Maid Park as the Astros attempt to build off their series victory over the American League-leading A's earlier this week.

The 24-year-old is starting in place of Jarred Cosart, who was traded to the Marlins in a six-player deal on Thursday. It will be the right-hander's second career big league start.

Blue Jays righty Drew Hutchison, meanwhile, will carry solid road results into his first career start against the Astros.

Hutchison's home-road splits have been stark so far through 21 starts. He's struggled at home (2-5, 7.71 ERA) in eight outings, but away from Rogers Centre, he is 5-4 with a 2.95 ERA.

The 23-year-old is 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA in his last 10 starts, but he is coming off a win against the Yankees on Saturday, during which he allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings. He entered the game 1-5 with a 6.97 ERA over his previous six starts, but he figured things out in the Bronx and helped the Blue Jays snap a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.

Hutchison is trying to put his recent struggles behind him.

"Things that have happened previously, there's nothing you can do about them once they happen," Hutchison said. "It's a fresh game, go out there and do everything you can do to give your team a chance to win."

Astros: Feldman knows Deadline drama all too well
Elder statesman Scott Feldman, who was traded about a month before the non-waiver Trade Deadline last year, understands it can be nerve-racking for some of his teammates whose names have come up in trade rumors. But, he pointed out, hearing that teams may want you is not such a bad thing.

"Honestly, it's a good thing if your team has a bad record and your name's out there. It means you're pitching well and a good team wants you. It's weird getting traded in the middle of the season." Feldman said. "You've got your stuff set up for the year and you have to move that, show up at a new place."

Any time a player changes teams, Feldman acknowledged, it's difficult.

"For me, I was with the Rangers my whole career," he said. "Then I was a free agent and signed with the Cubs. To me, that was more weird than getting traded. It was the first time being in a different organization. I was so used to one thing for 10 years."

Blue Jays: Lawrie could see rehab action this weekend

Brett Lawrie is feeling better, and manager John Gibbons is cautiously optimistic that his third baseman will begin playing rehab games this weekend.

"Lawrie felt really good," Gibbons said. "He could maybe start rehabbing this week, or something. Maybe … he's starting to feel pretty good. The other two, the trainers haven't said anything on that."

Lawrie took batting practice, fielded ground balls and threw across the diamond Wednesday. He last played on June 22 and has been on the disabled list since breaking his right index finger that day.

Gibbons speculated last week that Lawrie would likely return after Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quad) and Adam Lind (fractured right foot). But Encarnacion suffered a setback Friday and Lind is still feeling some discomfort while running.

Worth noting
• Chris Carter, who has helped pace the Astros' offense through July, was a late scratch Wednesday with a stomach bug. The club is hopeful he'll be able to resume play Thursday.

• Jose Altuve is on a historic hitting pace for Houston, and if he keeps this up, he will shatter Craig Biggio's record of 210 hits, set in 1998. No other Astros player has recorded 200 or more hits in a single season.

 No Astros player has ever won a batting title, but Altuve is maintaining a pace there, too. Entering Wednesday's action, he was leading the AL with a .343 average, ahead of Robinson Cano (.327) and Victor Martinez (.325). Altuve has hit safely in 12 straight games and has 151 hits on the year. Comments