Houston's 5-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday snapped an eight-game winning streak for the visitors and was the team's second victory in the last seven meetings. The Astros (37-35) saw SS Adam Everett go 3-for-4 with two RBIs to continue his hot hitting in June. Everett is hitting .500 in Houston's last six games (11-for-22) after hitting just .173 in May. "I've just tried to set up and go through the same routine, the way I did in '04," Everett said. "My hands are a little higher and my leg kick is back. I just feel a lot better at the plate and I'm seeing the ball better." Minnesota (35-35) had scored four or more runs in 12 straight games, the team's longest streak since 1995. The total has gone UNDER in six of the last eight games for the Twins and four of six for the Astros.
The Astros will see 43-year-old Clemens make his first start of 2006 following what he believes was a successful stint in the minors. Clemens is coming off a start at Triple-A Round Rock last Friday in which he gave three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out five. "I'm on target," Clemens said after the outing. "My body feels fine. That was the ultimate goal coming out of here, my body feeling healthy." He will be opposed by Minnesota rookie phenom Francisco Liriano (6-1, 2.16 ERA), who has been nothing short of spectacular so far. The Twins have won nine of Liriano's last 10 outings and are 5-1 in his starts. He has allowed a combined two runs and six hits in his last two starts covering 14 innings, walking three and striking out 17. Four of his starts have come away from home, where he is 4-1 in 10 games overall with a 2.70 ERA.