Extra bases

Extra bases

• Starlin Castro had two hits Monday, and now has 400 through the first 325 games of his young career. Among all Major League players who started their careers after 1980, Castro is tied for sixth-fastest to reach 400. The players ahead of him are Ichiro Suzuki (268 games), Nomar Garciaparra (302 games), Kirby Puckett (310), Hanley Ramirez (317), Wade Boggs (324) and Alex Rodriguez (325).

• Reliever Blake Parker, still bothered by some tightness in his right hamstring, was not available on Monday. His status is day to day.

• Catcher Welington Castillo, out with a sprained right knee, was able to throw but was not available to pinch-hit, which left the Cubs shorthanded starting the series against the Astros.

• Don't expect to see Dale Sveum on Twitter.

"I wouldn't know what twitting is, I wouldn't know how to even start it, or Facebook, no," the Cubs manager said.

He uses two fingers to type on the computer keyboard but he can send a text message. It's the only way sometimes to communicate.

"That's the only way to do it -- then you don't have to talk on the phone," Sveum said. "When you have kids, you learn how to text, especially a daughter. That's the only chance I have to talk to her."