Moore enjoying chance to play every day

Moore enjoying chance to play every day

HOUSTON -- Scott Moore was in the lineup for the sixth consecutive game for the Astros, starting at third base on Saturday and batting third. Moore had started the two previous games in right field and has a hit in all eight games he's played with Houston, including homers on Friday and Saturday.

"It's nice to be part of the team, and it's even better to walk into the clubhouse every day and see your name in the lineup," said Moore, a former first-round Draft pick of the Tigers, who has played for the Cubs and Orioles. He was called up on June 26.

Moore has also played left field and second base and, along with Brian Bixler and Matt Downs, gives Astros manager Brad Mills the kind of versatility he needs off the bench, considering he's carrying only four backup position players in favor of eight relievers.

"We've been going with a four-man bench for the better part of the first half and when you have those guys that can play different positions it really helps the ballclub," Mills said. "They're fun to the club, they're fun guys and team players and can do a really good job."

Moore, 28, in part signed with the Astros because he knew there would be some opportunities with such a young club.

"I don't know that it's in your mind that people are going to struggle or anything, but I can contribute and help a team, and that was my thought when I signed here," Moore said.