Former Astros with birthdays today:
C Jerry Grote (68)
Grote plays for the Colt 45's in 1963 and 1964 and went on to have a long career with the Mets, Dodgers and Royals. In 1421 games over 16 seasons, Grote had a .252 lifetime batting average and a career .991 fielding percentage.
LHP Darren Oliver (41)
Oliver pitched in 9 games for Houston in 2004, going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. The well-travelled Oliver has played for Texas, St. Louis, Boston, Colorado, Florida, the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to this post-season, he has played in 10 post-season series in 6 different seasons with the Rangers, Mets and Angels, going 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA. So far this post-season, he has given up 2 hits and 1 run over 1-1/3 inning for the Rangers. He has a lifetime ERA of 4.60.