- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Mike Hampton pitched five scoreless innings but the Houston Astros, still struggling at the plate, lost to the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday.

Hampton hasn’t allowed a run in nine innings over his past two starts. That’s good news for a team looking for him to be a consistent starter after the lefty was limited to 13 games over the last three seasons because of injuries.

Hampton allowed four hits, struck out two and has a 3.38 ERA this spring.

The Astros are 1-15-3 in Grapefruit League play and haven’t scored more than two runs in a game since March 10.

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