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Astros name Bud Norris opening-day starter, demote Jordan Lyles

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Bud Norris
Norris is the Astros' ace, y'all. (USATSI)

Bud Norris will be the Astros' opening-day starter, the team announced Wednesday. In the same press release, the Astros announced some roster moves that included optioning starting pitcher Jordan Lyles to minor-league camp.

Norris, 28, went 7-13 with a 4.65 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings last season. So he's the ace of a staff that includes Lucas Harrell, Phil Humber and Erik Bedard.

Of note here is that Norris will be tasked with throwing out the first pitch of the MLB season. The Astros will open at home against now-division rival Rangers in the lone game on Sunday, March 31.

Lyles was a highly touted prospect before the 2011 season but has struggled at the big-league level. In 2011-12 combined in the majors, Lyles was 7-20 with a 5.20 ERA. He's also having an awful spring, sporting a 17.74 ERA through 11 2/3 innings. Maybe some more minor-league seasoning can salvage him, though, as he's still only 22 years old.

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