The Houston Astros chose outfielder Domingo Santana over three other Phillies minor-leaguers to complete the Hunter Pence trade. The other three names on their list: outfielders Jiwan James and Leandro Castro and pitcher Juan Sosa. All three are playing at single-A Clearwater. James, 22, went into Saturday hitting .269 with 24 doubles, six triples, four home runs, and 31 RBIs. Castro, also 22, has been on the disabled list since the middle of June. Sosa, a 21-year-old righthanded reliever, is a combined 4-2 with 11 saves and a 3.96 ERA at Lakewood and Clearwater this season.
Speaking of Santana, he made quite a first impression after moving from the Phillies' South Atlantic League affiliate in Lakewood to Houston's SAL team in Lexington, Ky., last week. In his second game with his new team, Santana lined an RBI single off Stephen Strasburg, who was pitching for Washington's Hagerstown team as part of his rehab that the Nationals hope leads him back to the big leagues in September. After Strasburg was removed from the game in the second inning, Santana delivered a two-run single off reliever Sam Brown. Those runs were also charged to Strasburg, who surrendered five runs on four hits and two walks in 12/3 innings.