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The Washington Nationals’ manager spent six years as a player in the Astros‘ minor league system and 10 years (1992 to 2001) on the franchise’s player-development staff, including eight seasons as a minor league manager.
“I owe everything to the Houston Astros,” Acta said. “The Houston Astros got me out of my little dinky town. They gave me the opportunity to be a minor league player and a minor league coach. Every single day you learn something about the game. Almost everything I know I learned out of their system.”
Acta managed current Astros Roy Oswalt, Adam Everett, Eric Bruntlett, Wandy Rodriguez and Brad Lidge and last night’s Nationals starter, Tim Redding. Redding made 91 appearances over four seasons with Houston, going 21-28.
Acta’s Nationals defeated Houston in two of three games in a mid-July series at RFK Stadium, marking the first time he faced his old club as a major league manager.
“I appreciate everything they’ve done for me because they are the reason why I’m here,” Acta said.
Jekyll and Hyde
The left-hander enters the game with a home ERA of 1.65 (second lowest in the National League) but gets hammered on the road (7.80). Rodriguez has had 12 starts at home (he’s 6-2) and 12 on the road (1-9).
The Houston starter gave up five hits and four runs (two earned) in five innings in his last start at Los Angeles. In his last game at Minute Maid Park, Rodriguez allowed six hits and one run in seven innings against Milwaukee. He also tossed a complete game shutout against New York in Houston on July 6.
“It’s just like anyone else,” Kearns said. “You just try to get something started early and get on him.”
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