When Bo Porter was a third-base coach for the Florida Marlins, he spent games taking signals from Fredi Gonzalez, the current Braves manager.
This week's series between the Astros and Braves, which wraps up Thursday, is the first time Porter's team has faced Gonzalez's in a Major League game.
"I'm completely in his head," Porter said. "Whenever you take signs for someone from that long, I'm pretty sure he's sitting over there saying to himself, 'I'm pretty sure Coach may be thinking along with me here.'"
The advantage hasn't necessarily played out too well for Porter and the Astros, who have lost the first two games of the series to the Braves. They were shut out on Wednesday, 4-0.
Porter will go for his first victory over Gonzalez in a regular-season game on Thursday, with Jarred Cosart slated to face Mike Minor. The Braves will vie for the sweep as the Astros aim to end their four-game slide.
"I feel proud of him, not that I had anything to do with his development or his career," Gonzalez said. "But other than feeling a little old because you have a couple former players managing in the big leagues, you feel good about it.
The relationship between Porter and Gonzalez goes beyond their time in Florida. Gonzalez managed Triple-A Richmond in 2002, where Porter's Major League career was coming to an end. Porter said when he was there, Gonzalez told him he wanted Porter on his staff if he ever got to manage a Major League club.
"Hold up," Porter told him. "I haven't finished playing yet. You trying to tell me something?"
Porter said the two managers have a great relationship, as Gonzalez had that influential role in Porter's coaching career. Porter said he told Gonzalez that he hopes the Braves lose their next three games and don't lose again after that.
"He was a great manager, great man," Porter said. "I appreciate everything he's been able to do for me throughout the course of my career.
Braves: Upton brothers go deep
Both B.J. and Justin Upton homered in the Braves' 3-2 win against the Astros in Tuesday night's series opener.
It was the fourth time the brothers have homered in the same game, tying a Major League record. Jeremy and Jason Giambi, along with Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero are the other brothers who have hit home runs four times in the same game.
Justin Upton homered again Wednesday in the Braves' win.
Astros: Bass working his way back
Astros right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass made his first rehab start Wednesday night, throwing one scoreless inning for Class A Quad Cities.
Bass has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a right intercostal strain. He had a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings for the Astros this season.
• The Astros recalled outfielder L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, while optioning outfielder Robbie Grossman back to Triple-A.
• Astros right-handed pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was removed from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City following Tuesday's game.
• Braves left-handed pitcher Alex Wood was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Wednesday in place of Ryan Buchter. Wood threw seven scoreless innings against the Astros.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.