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"It's not baseball season until you foul one off your foot or get hit by a pitch," said Lowrie, who expects to play again by Friday.
NOTES: Immediately after the game, the Astros acquired left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Humberto Quintero . . . Johnson, who lost his regular third-base job last season, is back in the competition with Jimmy Paredes. "I want to see these guys continue to keep that focus and concentration all the way through, and we've got 16 games left," manager Brad Mills said. "We don't need to sit here and announce anything yet." If Johnson starts the opener at third base, he will be the only Astros starter who started at the same position on opening day last year . . . Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer's left hand remains sore after he injured on a diving catch Sunday. Schafter won't play until the weekend at the earliest . . . The Cardinals announced after the game that pitchers Chuckie Fick, Sam Freeman and Adam Ottavino had been optioned to Triple-A Memphis, and pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and R.J. Swindle, infielder Ryan Jackson and catcher Steven Hill have been reassigned.
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