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Chicago at Houston

    White Sox 5, Astros 5

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    HOUSTON (AP) - Philip Humber and J.A. Happ each had a strong start and a shaky finish Wednesday. Both starting pitchers are looking forward to the regular season, too.

    J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and Brian Bogusevic added a solo shot for the Houston Astros, who played the Chicago White Sox to a 5-5 tie on Wednesday in the final exhibition game for both teams.

    Humber pitched four scoreless innings before Jose Altuve's run-scoring double and Martinez's drive put Houston up 3-2 in the fifth. Humber allowed three runs and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings.

    "Especially early on, I felt like I had my good stuff going and everything was working," he said. "Toward the end, I felt like I was getting a little jumpy and I started rushing my delivery. But overall, I was very pleased with how this spring went."

    Happ gave up two runs and four hits while walking two in five innings for Houston.

    Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza hit back-to-back doubles to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

    "Things were moving and breaking and responding well, and that was a good feeling," Happ said. "It's a good sign, and it feels good to throw strikes and feel good with the pitches."

    Chicago's Jared Mitchell hit a tying solo homer off Kyle Weiland in the seventh inning. Weiland, who earned a spot in Houston's rotation this spring, allowed a spring-high seven hits with three runs in two innings.

    Both teams are off Thursday before opening the season Friday. Houston hosts the Colorado Rockies and the White Sox face the Rangers in Arlington.

    Alexei Ramirez had an RBI triple and Kosuke Fukudome singled in run to help the White Sox take a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning.

    Houston catcher Jason Castro, who returned this spring after missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, had two hits. He is happy with his offensive work this spring, but was more excited about the progress he's made behind the plate.

    "We have a few new guys and I've been working on building those relationships with them," he said of the new pitchers. "That was a big thing for me this spring was getting to know them and getting to know their strengths. I think we've learned each other quickly this spring and it'll only get better as the season gets going."

    Bogusevic's homer came in the sixth, and Chris Johnson doubled and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.

    Houston center fielder Jordan Schafer started for the second straight day after missing more than two weeks with a sprained left hand. Schafer, Houston's leadoff hitter who hit .379 this spring, was replaced by a pinch hitter in the eighth and looks to be on track to start on Friday.

    NOTES: The Astros finalized their 25-man roster when RHP Henry Sosa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City and they purchased the contract of OF Travis Buck. ... The Astros are still hopeful that SS Jed Lowrie will be able to start on Friday. He has been out since March 28 with a strained right thumb, but manager Brad Mills said he has been feeling much better the last couple of days.

     
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    Chicago White Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alejandro De Aza, CF3021000 .297
        Jared Mitchell, PR-RF2111012 .367
    Brent Lillibridge, LF4000123 .308
    Adam Dunn, 1B2000012 .263
        Andrew Wilkins, 1B3110000 .364
    Paul Konerko, DH2000002 .386
       a- Dayan Viciedo, PH-DH3010001 .206
    Brent Morel, 3B2000002 .288
        Erik Morrison, 3B3010001 .222
    Alexei Ramirez, SS3011000 .234
        Eduardo Escobar, PR-SS1100002 .357
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF-CF3121100 .232
    Tyler Flowers, C3010012 .268
        Hector Gimenez, C0000100 .538
    Gordon Beckham, 2B3111012 .275
        Ray Olmedo, 2B1010000 .414
    Totals38512536  
    a-grounded out for Konerko in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Alejandro De Aza 2 (2, Happ, Happ), Andrew Wilkins (2, Weiland), Gordon Beckham (7, Happ), Ray Olmedo (4, Oberholtzer)
    3B - Alexei Ramirez (1, Weiland)
    HR - Jared Mitchell (2, Weiland)
    RBI - Alejandro De Aza (11), Jared Mitchell (3), Alexei Ramirez (7), Kosuke Fukudome (6), Gordon Beckham (9)
    2-OUT RBI - Alejandro De Aza (5), Alexei Ramirez (2), Kosuke Fukudome (3), Gordon Beckham (4)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Wilkins
    E - Alexei Ramirez (5, Misplayed grounder)
    Chicago White Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Philip Humber 5533251 3.18
    Eric Stults (BS,1) 4522071 3.63
    WP - Eric Stults (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 71-46, Eric Stults 70-49
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 5-5, Eric Stults 2-2
    Batters Faced - Philip Humber 22, Eric Stults 16
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordan Schafer, CF3010022 .379
       a- Chris Snyder, PH1000010 .250
    Jose Altuve, 2B3111102 .281
        Brian Bixler, RF1000010 .242
    J.D. Martinez, LF3112013 .226
        Justin Ruggiano, LF1000010 .205
    Carlos Lee, 1B3000011 .294
        Jonathan Singleton, 1B1010000 .500
    Brian Bogusevic, RF4111012 .259
        Matt Downs, 2B0000000 .156
    Chris Johnson, 3B2110100 .355
        Brett Wallace, 3B1000010 .255
    Travis Buck, DH4000012 .280
    Jason Castro, C3120011 .364
        Landon Powell, C1000010 .211
    Marwin Gonzalez, SS4020001 .208
    Totals355104212  
    a-struck out for Schafer in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Jose Altuve (3, Humber), Chris Johnson (7, Stults)
    HR - J.D. Martinez (2, Humber), Brian Bogusevic (3, Stults)
    SH - Jordan Schafer (2)
    RBI - Jose Altuve (3), J.D. Martinez 2 (14), Brian Bogusevic (7)
    2-OUT RBI - Jose Altuve (2), J.D. Martinez 2 (10)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Gonzalez-Altuve-Lee
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    J.A. Happ 5422230 5.79
    Kyle Weiland (BS,1) 2733011 3.75
    Brett Oberholtzer 2100120 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 69-46, Kyle Weiland 43-29, Brett Oberholtzer 27-17
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 3-8, Kyle Weiland 3-2, Brett Oberholtzer 2-2
    Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 20, Kyle Weiland 13, Brett Oberholtzer 8
    Game Information
    Attendance - 12617
    Game Time - 2:35
    Temperature - 73
    Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Clint Fagan