04/10/11 7:25 PM ET
Mills discusses baserunning with coaches
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
"You try to make adjustments," he said. "We had a meeting and talked about some things that happened in yesterday's game and need to be addressed today. We're going to address them and move on. You can't bring psyche over from consecutive losses into today. Today has to be separate. Is that easy? No. It's a lot easier said than done, but that's the mindset."
Entering Sunday, the Astros were off to a 1-7 start, which was a game better than their 0-8 mark of a year ago in Mills' first season as manager. The Astros' record was the same through eight games as the Red Sox's record, and Mills said he and longtime friend Terry Francona have exchanged a few text messages in recent days.
"They say misery loves company, but at the same time, he's more worried about his ballclub than he is mine, and quite frankly, I'm more worried about this ballclub here," said Mills, who spent six seasons as bench coach under Francona prior to joining the Astros. "We're just worried about what we have to do to play the game the way we need to play to win games."
Bourn receives Gold Glove Award
HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Michael Bourn was presented with his 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Award on the field prior to Sunday's 7-1 win over the Florida Marlins at Minute Maid Park.
Bourn, who was joined on the field by owner Drayton McLane, general manager Ed Wade, manager Brad Mills and representatives from Rawlings, became the first Astros outfielder to win consecutive Gold Gloves since Cesar Cedeno (1972-76).
"It's always an honor to receive a Gold Glove in any aspect," Bourn said. "I'm thankful for it and glad it was my second one in the last couple of years. I always look at it as an honor and will be fortunate to win any more."
He said his first one went to his parents, and the second one will stay with him.
Bourn received the award on the day the first 10,000 fans at Minute Maid Park received a bobblehead with his likeness posing with a Gold Glove in each hand. Bourn doubled twice on Sunday and ran onto Tal's Hill in center to track down a Donnie Murphy fly ball in the second inning.
Downs gets first start at third base
HOUSTON -- Matt Downs went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his first start of the season Sunday, filling in at third base for Chris Johnson, who was given the day off. Johnson has been struggling at the plate and went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss.
"[The frustration is] starting to mount probably, but he'll make the adjustments and get the day off and be in there [Monday]," manager Brad Mills said.
Downs, who made the Opening Day roster for the first time, struck out in his first three at-bats of the season before hitting a game-winning double in the ninth inning of Thursday's win at the Reds. He was told following Saturday's game that he would be in the lineup.
"It's always good to hear that," Downs said. "I was a little anxious at first. I struck out my first three at-bats and was swinging real hard. I slowed it down the last couple of at-bats and it feels better. Maybe it will carry into today."
Downs was claimed off waivers by the Astros in August and started one game at second, third and short last year. Sunday was only his second career start at third base.
Johnson's sister to throw out first pitch
HOUSTON -- Bridget Johnson, the 11-year-old half-sister of Astros third baseman Chris Johnson, was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday night's game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway Park.
Bridget lost her left leg last August after she was hit by a car while riding a horse alongside a road in Tennessee and underwent more than a dozen surgeries and spent five weeks in the hospital. She's the daughter of Red Sox first-base coach Ron Johnson, who is Chris' father.
"I'm excited and she's excited," Chris Johnson said. "It's good for her to get out there, and people in Boston are pretty good about knowing a lot of things about what happened last year. I'm sure she'll get a pretty decent cheer out there."
The Yankees helped raise money for the family following the accident, a gesture led by hitting coach Kevin Long, who was managed by Ron Johnson in the Minor Leagues. Bridget has made a full recovery and now uses a prosthetic leg.
"She's doing great," Chris said. "She's healing up and she's moving on and making adjustments, and that's all you can do."
Chris said his sister has been playing catch for a couple of days to get ready for the first pitch, and big brother had some advice.
"Just fire it up there," he said. "She's excited. It's awesome."
Right-hander Alberto Arias was scheduled to throw 20-25 pitches to hitters on Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. Arias had surgery a year ago and has been suffering from mild shoulder tendinitis in his shoulder. ... Right-hander Wilton Lopez has been diagnosed with neuritis in his right elbow, which is a nerve irritation. He was examined Friday by team physician Dr. Tom Mehlhoff after coming down with some soreness last week in Cincinnati, but is not limited in any way.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.