Astros Notes: Bowa, Martinez, Rays

The Astros got their managerial search underway earlier this week when they interviewed Nationals third base coach Bo Porter.  Yesterday, we learned that Houston also interviewed Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and interim skipper Tony DeFrancesco.  Here's the latest out of Houston..

  • Larry Bowa confirmed to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via Twitter) that he interviewed for the Astros' managerial job on Friday.  It was reported that Bowa met with General Manager Jeff Luhnow, but it was not known if Bowa was there to discuss the position of manager.
  • Martinez said that his interview in Houston went well and he's excited about the opportunity to run his own ship, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  The 47-year-old interviewed previously for openings with the Indians and Blue Jays.  Last offseason he was linked to the White Sox but never interviewed.
  • Rays manager Joe Maddon gave Martinez a strong endorsement for the job while adding that he would be disappointed to lose him, Topkin tweets.

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