Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 11 hours ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.

Manager A.J. Hinch will keep Valbuena on the bench with lefty Drew Pomeranz slated to start for the Athletics, as Marwin Gonzalez draws in at third base. Over 325 career plate appearances against lefties, Valbuena owns a lowly .227/.312/.350 line and has struck out 23.7 percent of the time.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 6 days ago

Valbuena went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI in Monday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.

After an 0-for-10 start to his season, Valbuena is 10-for-31 (.323) with five home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 7 days ago

Valbuena went 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBI, a stolen base and his third home run of the season in his return to the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

Valbuena, who did not play Saturday against a left-handed starter, hit out of the two-hole for the Astros on Sunday and delivered with a two-run homer in the third inning off Garrett Richards. Through 10 games, he's hit between second and sixth in the batting order with a .211/.286/.474 slash line.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 week ago

Valbuena is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Valbuena is 2-for-2 against Saturday's starter C.J. Wilson, but manager A.J. Hinch will play the matchups rather than look at the small sample and slot Jonathan Villar in as his third baseman. Through nine games this season, Valbuena is batting .200 (7-for-35), but he does have a pair of homers already.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the A's.

After going hitless in his first three games as a member of the Astros, Valbuena now holds a four-game hitting streak to raise his average to .214 on the season.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena hit his first home run of the season on Sunday against the Rangers.

Valbuena's home run in the second inning off Colby Lewis traveled 353 feet to right field and was his only hit of the game in six at-bats. The 29-year-old third baseman moved down from third in the Astros' lineup to the cleanup spot with Chris Carter getting a day off. Valbuena has just three hits in his first 21 at-bats this season with six strikeouts against only one walk.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 weeks ago

Valbuena is not in the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

Valbuena, who hit .217 against left-handers last season, will sit with Derek Holland on the hill for the Rangers. Jonathan Villar will start at third base and bat sixth in his stead.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 3 weeks ago

Valbuena will bat third for the Astros on Opening Day against the Indians.

Valbuena will be rewarded for his hot spring, during which he hit .380 with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in 17 Grapefruit League games. He figures to open 2015 as the Astros' everyday third baseman, even against left-handers.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 1 month ago

Valbuena is batting .429 (15-for-35) with five doubles and two home runs through 13 spring training games.

Matt Dominguez got the start at third base Wednesday and went 1-for-5, lowering his spring average to .250. None of Dominguez's nine hits this spring have gone for extra bases. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com earlier this month that Valbuena is "going to play a lot" this season, suggesting Valbuena will be the primary option at third to start the year, though Hinch stopped short of naming him the full-time starter. The 29-year-old Valbuena could still find himself on the bench against lefties.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B HOU 2 months ago

Valbuena went 2-for-2 with a solo home run Thursday in the Astros' 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.

Valbuena, who was acquired by the Astros via trade in January, homered in the fourth inning off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. He'll compete with Matt Dominguez this spring for the Astros' starting third base spot.