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Houston reliever Matt Albers took a sharp grounder hit by Freeman in the fourth inning the off the end of his glove and tumbled to the ground. He was a bit shaken up after the single, and remained sitting on his backside near the mound while his defense ended the inning by throwing Cunningham out at home.

“Luckily for us, he was fine and everything’s OK,” Porter said.

AMADOR ARRIVES: Houston’s Japhet Amador, a non-roster invitee who is expected to compete for a first base job, arrived in camp on Friday after reporting late to be in Mexico with his pregnant wife who was ill. The 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound slugger hit .368 with 36 homers and 121 RBIs in the Mexican League last season.

“We’ll see what type of condition he’s in,” Porter said. “We’ll get him some live BP and get him moving on the field and we’ll just play it by ear. Just see how he’s reacting to the workload.”