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Astros Notes: Barmes, Crane, Berkman

After spending time on the DL with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes made his Astros debut tonight.  The shortstop went 0-for-4 as Houston dropped a 5-0 result to Milwaukee.  Here are some other items from Minute Maid Park...

  • Drayton McLane and Jim Crane have entered an "exclusive negotiating window" to arrange the club's sale to Crane, according to Houston TV station KILT.  McLane tells MLB.com's Brian McTaggart that Crane is only one of several potential buyers with whom he is negotiating.
  • As much as Astros fans might want to see Lance Berkman back in Houston (or as much as Berkman reportedly would like to finish his career with the team), Chip Bailey of the Houston Chronicle doesn't think Berkman fits in with the Astros' commitment to their youth movement.
  • As reported earlier tonight, the Astros released minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo.
  • Houston fans can get all the latest news on their team by following MLBTR's Astros-centric RSS feed, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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