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• Luhnow says DeFrancesco carries the appearance of a matinee idol.

"The new guy is awesome, look at him," Luhnow said. "He looks like a movie star."

• Bud Norris, who will start for Houston on Wednesday, has had the Cardinals' number. He is 7-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 career starts against St. Louis, his top ERA against any opponent. Norris has been struggling lately and has lost his last nine decisions. The Astros are 9-13 in his 22 starts.

• Reliever Wilton Lopez has allowed just one run in his last 11 outings with two wins and a save. The right-hander has an 0.82 ERA with 11 strikeouts and one walk in that span.

• Luhnow says DeFrancesco carries the appearance of a matinee idol.

"The new guy is awesome, look at him," Luhnow said. "He looks like a movie star."

• Bud Norris, who will start for Houston on Wednesday, has had the Cardinals' number. He is 7-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 career starts against St. Louis, his top ERA against any opponent. Norris has been struggling lately and has lost his last nine decisions. The Astros are 9-13 in his 22 starts.

• Reliever Wilton Lopez has allowed just one run in his last 11 outings with two wins and a save. The right-hander has an 0.82 ERA with 11 strikeouts and one walk in that span.