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* On Tuesday, Chris Volstad will try to snap a 22-start winless streak, dating to July 17, 2011. He’s 0-13 with a 5.44 ERA in that span. The odds are in his favor. Volstad is 3-0 in five starts against the Astros.
* Alfonso Soriano is two RBIs shy of 1,000 in his career. He looks to become the sixth player in Major League history to total 1,000 RBIs, 400 doubles, 350 home runs and 250 stolen bases. The others include Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield.
Soriano has 10 RBIs in his last nine games and has stolen a base in three of his last seven games. His 25 doubles are two shy of the 27 he collected all of last year. He has 21 home runs, giving him 11 consecutive 20 home run seasons.
* Rookie Anthony Rizzo posted his second four-hit game of the season on Monday, going 4-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Rizzo, who also had four hits July 6 against the Mets, is one of just four NL rookies with a pair of four-hit games this year. The others include the Padres’ Yonder Alonso, the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter and the Nationals’ Steve Lombardozzi.
– Carrie Muskat