HOUSTON -- Washington manager Manny Acta spent his entire six-year Minor League playing career as an infielder in the Astros organization and also started his coaching career with them.

Returning to Houston for this week's three-game series meant something special to Acta.

"It's always going to be a special for me," he said. "I spent 16 years of my career [with this organization]. This is where I started as a player, started as a coach."

Acta last coached for the organization in 2000.

"It's been seven years now," he said. "A lot of the players who played for me have moved on. A lot of the people in the front office have also moved on. There are a few left. It's starting to cut the cord a little bit. It's been so long."

Acta joined the Montreal Expos as a coach in 2002, then spent the 2005 and '06 seasons with the Mets. He succeeded Frank Robinson as manager of the Nationals in 2007.