"You try to make adjustments," he said. "We had a meeting and talked about some things that happened in yesterday's game and need to be addressed today. We're going to address them and move on. You can't bring psyche over from consecutive losses into today. Today has to be separate. Is that easy? No. It's a lot easier said than done, but that's the mindset."
Entering Sunday, the Astros were off to a 1-7 start, which was a game better than their 0-8 mark of a year ago in Mills' first season as manager. The Astros' record was the same through eight games as the Red Sox's record, and Mills said he and longtime friend Terry Francona have exchanged a few text messages in recent days.
"They say misery loves company, but at the same time, he's more worried about his ballclub than he is mine, and quite frankly, I'm more worried about this ballclub here," said Mills, who spent six seasons as bench coach under Francona prior to joining the Astros. "We're just worried about what we have to do to play the game the way we need to play to win games."