Despite going 0-for-4 on Tuesday, second baseman Darwin Barney has impressed the organization in the season's early going. In 10 games, the 25-year-old is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with one triple and three RBIs, and his success comes as no surprise to general manager Jim Hendry. "Everybody thought he was a big leaguer," said Hendry of the club's fourth-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. "I remember at the beginning of the Draft, everybody said this guy is a winner." Although James Russell's first Major League start Tuesday didn't go as well as he had hoped, the young pitcher did make history. Russell and fellow Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman are the first sons of big league pitchers to appear in the same rotation at the same time. In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two times previously have a pair of sons of former big league pitchers made a start for the same team in the same season. In 2000, Jamie Navarro (son of Julio) and Jaret Wright (son of Clyde) each started for Cleveland. In 1964, Lew Krausse Jr. and Aurelio Monteagudo (son of Rene) each started for the Kansas City Athletics. Astros: Mills to return Wednesday
Mills will return to the bench Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's game due to a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball, which stemmed from his ejection in Sunday's game against the Marlins. Mills was also fined an undisclosed amount. Unlike Aneury Rodriguez -- who was fined and suspended for three games but is appealing the ruling -- Mills was unable to appeal his verdict. There's no doubt, if he'd been able to, he would have. "I disagree with it whole-heartedly," Mills said. Worth noting
Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome (hamstring strain) missed his second straight game Tuesday. ... The Astros' 16 hits Tuesday tied the season high they set Sunday. The club now has knocked out 10 or more hits in five straight games. ... Astros outfielder Carlos Lee is hitting .379 (22-for-58) with six doubles, five homers and 14 RBIs against Zambrano in his career.