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Inclement weather hinders Astros

Inclement weather hinders Astros

PHILADELPHIA -- The Astros were forced to take pregame batting practice inside for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday after inclement weather kept the tarp on the infield. The tarp was on the field for batting practice in the final two games of the Marlins' series and in Monday's series opener in Philadelphia.

Manager Brad Mills would like his young infielders to take as many ground balls as possible on the field, especially considering many of his players hadn't played at Citizens Bank Park before this series.

"I'm really disappointed we're not on the field today for batting practice and ground balls," Mills said. "There are a few things we're going to work on defensively. We wanted to get Carlos [Lee] some ground balls out there since he's playing first, but we can't do that."

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Mills was also hoping to get a better look at veteran infielder Geoff Blum, who has been bothered by a sore neck. Blum is available to pinch-hit, but Mills wanted to see how he fared fielding grounders in batting practice before making a decision on whether he's ready to play defense.

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