• Houston center fielder Justin Maxwell was slotted in the leadoff spot for Sunday's game at Wrigley Field. Astros manager Bo Porter said regular leadoff man Brandon Barnes is receiving a routine day off. If both Maxwell and Barnes were in the lineup together, Maxwell would be slotted further down in an RBI slot and Barnes would be leading off.
"It's more of a lineup positioning thing and not wanting to move too many of the other parts," Porter said. "It's something we felt was good with the way [Maxwell] has been swinging the bat and allows us to keep the rest of the lineup construction the way it's been."
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.