Worth noting

Jose Altuve and George Springer will sign free autographs from 11 a.m. to noon CT on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Gulfgate RAM (7250 Gulf Frwy, Houston, 77017).

• The Astros entered play Wednesday with 43 wins. Comparatively speaking, they had 36 wins after the same number of games (107) in 2013. Last year, they won their 43rd game on Aug. 24.

• The Astros will open a four-game set on Thursday with the Blue Jays, who, as of Wednesday morning, were leading the AL with 130 home runs. The Astros were third with 116.

• The Astros will host dollar hot dog night as the series with the Blue Jays gets underway. "Steamin' weenies" are a dollar every Thursday home game in 2014.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.