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 After completing 125 games using the same five starting pitchers Kenley Jansen Jersey , the Astros will on Saturday showcase a second rookie making his first career start since Aug. 26.Right-hander Josh James, the Astros’ sixth-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, will make his big-league debut against the Angels at Minute Maid Park. James has split time between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno this season, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.23 ERA.What earned James, a 34th-round pick by the Astros in 2014, this opportunity is his eye-popping strikeout totals. James has recorded 171 strikeouts over 114 1/3 innings this season, including 133 over 92 2/3 innings with Fresno. He averaged 15.8 strikeouts per nine innings with the Hooks prior to his promotion to the Grizzlies http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-corey-seager-jersey , where he’s fanned 12.9 batters per nine.Article continues below ...James’ fastball previously sat between 92-94 mph. He’s now up to 95-97 mph and occasionally reaches triple digits on the radar gun. He joins left-hander Framber Valdez as ascending prospects to make their debuts for the Astros (82-53) over the past two weeks.“I’m excited to meet him,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’ve never met him. I’ve never seen him in person but our people to a man will tell you his stuff is real, it’s high-end stuff. He’s performed his way to this opportunity.“He’s punching out everybody in the minors. His stuff is creeping up to where now he’s in the mid- to upper-90s. Brian McCann actually caught him on his rehab stint so there’s going to be some familiarity when B-Mac catches him, and he’s just performed his way to the big leagues. The next test for him is going to be at this level. He’s conquered everything else and he’s the best available and has outperformed a lot of pitchers along the way to the top of the list.”Right-hander Felix Pena (1-4, 4.52 ERA) will start for the Angels (66-69), who are seeking to clinch a series victory. He was charged with the loss last Sunday against the Astros in Anaheim after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. That start was the first of his career against Houston. He has worked six innings in three consecutive starts.With rookie right-hander Shohei Ohtani set to make his first start in nearly three months on Sunday and veteran right-hander Matt Shoemaker poised for reinstatement from the disabled list this weekend, the Angels plan to utilize a six-man rotation for the foreseeable future.Ohtani last pitched on June 6 before suffering a right UCL sprain. Shoemaker has been on the disabled list since April 3 with a right forearm strain. While both are ready to return Enrique Hernandez Jersey , they will be limited by pitch counts, which means all hands will be on deck in the Angels bullpen.“With Shohei in, we’re going to be looking at six guys in our rotation but that doesn’t mean all of them are going to get an extra day,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll give a guy an extra day when we feel they need it or when we can do it.“Those two guys are probably going to be short starts so we’re going to need a bunch of guys.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers announced they had claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Sunday.The 27-year-old Lyles is 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 24 appearances, including eight starts, this season.“He’s always had a really good arm. He’s proven he has some versatility being able to throw out of the ‘pen, and he’s made some starts this year http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-manny-machado-jersey ,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “We think he adds to overall level of depth in our pitching staff right now.”Lyles, a former first-round pick of the Houston Astros, signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Padres to start the season. He has a $3.5 million team option left on his contract for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.“In August trade waivers, whenever you make a claim on the player you have to do so assuming you’re going to get the player Logan Forsythe Jersey ,” Stearns said. “It didn’t shock me that we were awarded the claim.”Milwaukee is extremely thin in its starting rotation with Brent Suter (left elbow) out for the season and Zach Davies (right shoulder) struggling to return from injury. Additionally, right-hander Jimmy Nelson has yet to return from a right shoulder injury that required surgery late last year.San Diego manager Andy Green said Lyles had been working on changing his approach.“In Jordan’s case, he made some real fundamental changes this year with our pitching coaches and pitched himself in a situation where he’s wanted at this time of year,” Green said.Stearns confirmed that Milwaukee’s scouting department had taken notice of changes that Lyles had made – especially with the use of his secondary pitches. Milwaukee plans to add Lyles to the 25-man roster later this week.“We’re excited to get him here, and we’re excited to get him going,” Stearns said. “We think he’s going to be a valuable member of this team going forward.”__AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen contributed to this report from Chicago.

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