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Porter not panicking over offensive struggles

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ARLINGTON - The Astros have struggled on offense this year, hitting .189 as a team entering Sunday, but have benefited from the long ball. They have 15 home runs, which ranks second in the Major Leagues, with five of those coming in one game.

Still, manager Bo Porter would like to see his club not be as reliant on home runs as the season continues to unfold.

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ARLINGTON - The Astros have struggled on offense this year, hitting .189 as a team entering Sunday, but have benefited from the long ball. They have 15 home runs, which ranks second in the Major Leagues, with five of those coming in one game.

Still, manager Bo Porter would like to see his club not be as reliant on home runs as the season continues to unfold.

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"Home runs are always good but you would rather see four or five singles and a couple doubles in a row," he said. "I think overall the guys are getting in a groove. I think they're starting to not miss their pitch. I think early on we were selective to the point where we were getting good pitches and fouling them off or swinging and missing. I think guys are really getting a good pitch now and they're starting to put their A swing on it."

Only four of the Astros' 13 position player were hitting better than .200 entering play Sunday, but Porter isn't ready to explore options at Triple-A.

"We're going to concern ourselves with the guys that we have here," he said. "I've always said that I'm not going to discuss players that are not here because if they're not here they can't help us win. The guys that are here, we're going to run them out there and they're going to have to get it done.

"And I believe in the guys in this clubhouse. Again I think it starts with getting on the fastball. You get on the fastball you have a chance to hit here. If you don't get on the fastball, it's going to be tough."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

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