--OF Jason Bourgeois described Friday in Toronto as his "best day yet" as he rehabs from an oblique strain. He has felt better running, but the team is still being cautious about having him swing a bat. He has brought up the possibility of needing a rehab assignment when he's healthy again.
--1B Brett Wallace had one of the more unusual homecomings in the free agency era of numerous homecomings. He played for four months in the Blue Jays organization but never actually played in Toronto, where he was the center of attention for Blue Jays reporters Friday. "I know a lot of (the Toronto personnel) just from spring training," said Wallace, who appeared as a defensive replacement Friday. "Really, the whole organization and a lot of the guys are pretty cool."
--3B Chris Johnson hit the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Friday's win over the Blue Jays. "I was just trying to get something up and get something in the gap for (the runner) to score," Johnson said. "It was one of those swings where you hit it and immediately know, 'I got it.' It's a pretty good feeling."
--RHP Aneury Rodriguez held AL batting and home run leader Jose Bautista to 0-for-3 after spending much of the afternoon watching video of the Jays star. "He's looking for a fastball," Rodriguez said after the game. "I'm going to show him the fastball up or outside and then go with the breaking ball and the changeup." That's precisely what he did, getting the first out on two fastballs and the next two on a combination of five breaking balls and two changeups.
--SS Clint Barmes started one eye-catching double play in the fourth inning and turned another in the ninth as the Houston defense showed a major improvement after a poor stretch for much of the month. "You talk about defensive plays, that's been eluding us," manager Brad Mills said. "Barmie made a couple of great defensive plays at short."
BY THE NUMBERS
28 -- Consecutive at-bats without a hit for J.R. Towles, who went 0-for-4. He was beaten by a half-step at most on a potential infield hit in his fourth at-bat Friday.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You kind of hope that they give up an unearned run and we still win the game." -- Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, returning to face his former pupils in Toronto. Arnsberg left the Blue Jays for the Astros amid some staffing uncertainty following the 2009 season.
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