A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros try for their 12th straight win, which would tie the team record.
Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game Friday night as the Astros won their 11th in a row, beating Washington 6-1.
Houston, which began play in 1962 as a National League expansion team called the Colt .45s, has won 12 straight three times — in 1999, 2004 and 2018.
The Astros won the series opener in manager Dusty Baker’s first game back at Nationals Park since being fired as Washington’s skipper after the 2017 season — that was the year the Nats won their second straight NL East title.
This series marks the first games that count between the franchises — who share a spring training facility — since Washington beat the Astros in the 2019 World Series.
Cristian Javier (2-0, 0.83 ERA) starts for Houston against Erick Fedde (2-2, 3.90).
2B OR NOT 2B
Robinson Canó has found another job in the majors, signing with San Diego less than a week after being released by the Mets.
The Padres plan to use the 39-year-old Canó as a left-handed bat off the bench. Acting manager Ryan Christenson said he could get some occasional starts at second base and designated hitter.
“I’ve got a lot left in the tank,” Canó said. “I know I can still play this game and just go out on top.”
The Mets owe Canó nearly $45 million remaining on his original contract signed with Seattle. He will earn a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum.
Canó hit .195 with one home run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. He sat out last season serving a second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
The eight-time All-Star second baseman had a career…