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Cash relishing playing time

Cash relishing playing time

HOUSTON -- Kevin Cash made his 12th start at catcher Thursday and admitted he's appreciative of the playing time he's been getting since he had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on May 5.

"I definitely can't complain about the opportunities I've been given," he said. "Ever since I've been here, I've been catching two, three, four times a week, depending on how the rotation was set up. I think I took about an 0-for-16 start [at the plate] and that's tough to come back from, but with the more at-bats you get the better chance of getting out of that rut."

Cash, a career .186 hitter prior to this year, entered Thursday hitting .161 for the Astros. He was 5-for-19 in his previous six starts, though. He's caught Brian Moehler twice, Brett Myers six times, Felipe Paulino three times and Bud Norris once.

"We're definitely not there yet, but I'm much more comfortable," he said. "Hits cure a lot of things, and when you're getting hits and getting on base, good things can happen. It's been fun catching those guys and that's what keeps you sane and focused at the same time, that you have this other job to do also."

Cash hit his first home run as an Astro in the second inning Thursday against the Nats.

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