Worth noting

• The Astros will open the gates to Minute Maid Park early on Thursday to accommodate fans who want to watch the World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany on the scoreboard. The gates will open at 10:30 a.m. CT for season-ticket holders and 11 a.m. for the rest of the public, and the game will remain on the board through batting practice until pregame videos have to be shown. The game is scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.