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08/05/09 5:30 PM ET

Norris set for home debut with Astros

Houston (53-55) vs. Milwaukee (54-54), 7:05 p.m. CT

HOUSTON -- Bud Norris will make his first appearance at Minute Maid Park on Friday when he starts the Astros' series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Norris, who threw seven scoreless innings in his first Major League start Sunday in St. Louis, will make his third career appearance for the Astros, but first at home. He's pitched 10 innings since getting called up July 29 and has allowed one run.

"Obviously, I'm excited to go out there in front of the home crowd," Norris said. "That's something you always want to do, but I'm going to go about it the same way. My mom and dad will again be here, which is nice. I'm going to go out and attack hitters like I always have been doing."

Norris stifled a Cardinals lineup that included Albert Pujols and red-hot Matt Holliday, allowing two hits while striking out five batters. He knows a Brewers lineup that includes Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder will be equally as challenging.

"You obviously can't say there's an easy lineup in the big leagues," he said. "Those lineups are really good. You have to go out there and pitch and make your pitches and give yourself the best opportunity."

Norris, 24, has been in the Majors for about a week, and things are slowly settling down for him. He planned to drive to Round Rock, Texas, home of the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, following Wednesday's game to collect some belongings and is still looking for a place to live in Houston.

"Everything has been great," he said.

Pitching matchup
HOU: RHP Bud Norris (1-0, 0.90)
Norris held the Cardinals to two singles over seven scoreless innings in his first Major League start Sunday in St. Louis. That was the second Major Leauge outing for Norris, who pitched three innings and held the Cubs to one run in his debut July 29 at Wrigley Field. He became the first pitcher to hold an opponent hitless into the sixth inning of his first Major League start since Seattle's Brandon Morrow against the Yankees last year.

MIL: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 5.98 ERA)
With a pair of off-days sandwiched around their series in Houston, the Brewers needed only one of Carlos Villanueva or Mike Burns to start, and Villanueva got the call because he owns a 3.56 ERA in 14 appearances (two starts) against the Astros. It will be Villanueva's third start since a move from the bullpen, and he should be able to reach the neighborhood of 100 pitches after throwing 67 on July 28 against the Nationals and 79 on Sunday against the Padres.

Second baseman Kaz Matsui has 400 career stolen bases between the Majors and Japan. ... Third baseman Aaron Boone will begin his Minor League rehab assignment Monday in Double-A Corpus Christi. He will move to Triple-A Round Rock in the third week of August. Boone hasn't played this year after having heart surgery in March. ... Eleven of Jason Michaels' 18 hits this year have been for extra bases after a two-run double in the second inning Wednesday.

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Up next
• Saturday: Astros (Mike Hampton, 7-8, 5.14) vs. Brewers (Manny Parra, 6-8, 6.33), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Astros (Wandy Rodriguez, 10-6, 2.63) vs. Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 10-8, 3.59), 1:05 p.m. CT
• Monday: Astros (Brian Moehler, 7-7, 5.23) at Marlins (TBD), 6:10 p.m. CT

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.