Harrell to start Astros' first Spring Training game

Harrell to start Astros' first Spring Training game
February 18, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Lucas Harrell will start the Astros' first game.

Of Spring Training.

Manager Bo Porter announced that Harrell, who won 11 games last season, will start the Astros' first Spring Training game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Harrell went 11-11 last season with a 3.76 ERA in 32 starts for the Astros in 2012.

Bud Norris will start the second game, and the home opener, the next day on Feb. 24 against the Mets.

Porter said it's likely both guys will throw about two innings each in their first starts.

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, Norris is returning home for a few days following a death in his family. It's yet to be seen if his returning to California will impact his start on Sunday. Norris went 7-13 with a 4.65 ERA in 29 starts last season.

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