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• The Astros announced on Wednesday that Thursday's scheduled starter Bud Norris is dealing with flu-like symptoms. If Norris has to be scratched, right-hander Edgar Gonzalez will step in to pitch the series finale. Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40 ERA) is currently slated to start on Friday.

• Chris Carpenter, who will be making his season debut on Friday, will be limited in an undisclosed pitch count. Carpenter threw 95 pitches in his final simulated game. That was the most stringent workload he's handled since 2011.

• Before this three-game series ends on Thursday, the Cardinals will surpass the three-million mark in season attendance. This is the ninth straight year that the Cards will have drawn at least three million fans. St. Louis entered Wednesday averaging 40,358 fans per game.

• The Astros announced on Wednesday that Thursday's scheduled starter Bud Norris is dealing with flu-like symptoms. If Norris has to be scratched, right-hander Edgar Gonzalez will step in to pitch the series finale. Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40 ERA) is currently slated to start on Friday.

• Chris Carpenter, who will be making his season debut on Friday, will be limited in an undisclosed pitch count. Carpenter threw 95 pitches in his final simulated game. That was the most stringent workload he's handled since 2011.

• Before this three-game series ends on Thursday, the Cardinals will surpass the three-million mark in season attendance. This is the ninth straight year that the Cards will have drawn at least three million fans. St. Louis entered Wednesday averaging 40,358 fans per game.