• The Astros and Rangers exhibition series has naturally sparked a lot of Texas chatter, and where there's Texas chatter, there's usually a Lance Berkman mention. Speaking of the Big Puma, he sits atop the Astros all-time leaderboard in games played by a Texas native with 1,592. But did you know that catcher/first baseman Cliff Johnson, who played for Houston from 1972-77, has more games played (376) for the Astros franchise than any other player born in San Antonio?
• For the first game of the exhibition series with the Rangers at the Alamodome, the Astros carried 30 position players on the roster. On Saturday, they had only 21 players total -- position players and pitchers -- for the series conclusion. The rest of the roster traveled to Houston to prepare for the first game of a two-game set with El Aguila de Veracruz of the Mexican League.
• The Astros sent left-hander Eric Berger to the Oakland A's for a player to be named later, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Saturday. Berger wasn't a factor in Houston's long-term plans after spending the spring in Minor League camp. He started three games for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks last season but was mostly a long reliever, going 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 44 appearances. Berger also struck out 55 batters and walked 32 in just over 70 innings pitched. The southpaw didn't even spend a year in the organization after arriving from the Indians' system in a trade for catcher Chris Wallace last April.
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