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Craig Biggio


Biggio became the 34th player in major league history to record 2,900 career hits in the Houston Astros' 9-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday. The Astros second baseman went 1-for-5 Saturday.


After playing 2,564 regular-season games in a Houston uniform, Biggio finally will appear in a World Series, as the Astros eliminated the Cardinals with a 5-1 victory in Thursday's NLCS Game 6. Only two players in history, Rafael Palmeiro (2,831) and Andre Dawson (2,627), have played in more games without making a World Series appearance, but Biggio can be removed from that so-called leader board now.


Biggio was given Sunday off after taking a Jeff Cirillo line drive off his left wrist in Houston's win over Milwaukee on Saturday. The Astros' second baseman isn't expected to miss much time, and he may be in the lineup Monday, when the Astros host Florida in the first of four games.


Biggio's two-out, three-run home run in the ninth inning lifted the Astros to an 8-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, keeping the Astros one game ahead of the Florida Marlins in the race for the National League wild card.


Biggio was still a bit sore after having two teeth pulled earlier in the day, so he decided to sit out of Thursday night's meeting with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his absence, Chris Burke handled the second-base duties for the Astros. Barring any setbacks, Biggio is slated to return on Friday.


Biggio and Lance Berkman became the first players in Houston Astros history to homer back-to-back twice in the same game, accomplishing the feat in Monday's 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran second baseman now has 15 home runs this season and 15 multihomer games in his major league career.


Biggio collected a pair of hits in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Dodgers, giving him 2730 for his career, tied with Barry Bonds for 49th on the all-time hit list.


Biggio took a Byung-Hyun Kim pitch off his right elbow in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies, marking the 268th time in his career he's been nailed by a pitch. The Astros' second baseman now holds the modern-era (post-1900) record, passing Don Baylor.


Biggio was back in the Houston Astros' lineup for Monday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, dropping his season batting average to .291 -- the lowest it has been in nearly a month. The veteran second baseman injured his hip in Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and was limited to pinch-hitting duties over the weekend.


Biggio sat out yesterday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a hip injury, and is out of the lineup today. He is hitting .297 with eight homers, 23 RBI and 29 runs in 46 games this year.


In Thursday's meeting with the San Francisco Giants, Biggio led off the bottom of the first inning by taking a Brad Hennessey pitch to deep to left-center, notching the 44th leadoff homer of his major league career. Only Ricky Henderson (80) and Brady Anderson (44) have more all-time. Biggio added another solo shot in the fifth inning and now has 14 multihomer games in his career.

Biggio has been hitting in the No. 2 hole most of the season, but manager Phil Garner bumped him up to the top spot earlier this week. If he continues to produce, that's where he'll stay. For the year, Biggio is batting .307 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI and four stolen bases.


After recording just one hit in his previous 22 at-bats, Biggio has been locked in over his past two games, going 5-for-10 with a double, triple, home run, four RBI and a steal. The stolen base was the 400th in the veteran's major league career.

Biggio saw his batting average dip to a season-low .265 following an 0-for-5 performance on Saturday. For the year, he is hitting .290 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 14 runs scored and four stolen bases in 24 games.


With a solo homer in the first inning of Wednesday's victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, Biggio notched the 1,000th RBI of his major league career. The Astros' veteran second baseman, who drove in another run later in the contest, joins Jeff Bagwell as the only two players in franchise history to reach the 1,000-RBI plateau.

Biggio has been able to hold off rookie Chris Burke to retain the starting job at second this season. In 14 games, he is batting .352 with two home runs, seven RBI and three stolen bases.


Biggio tested out his right arm at batting practice on Thursday and declared himself ready for that night's meeting with the New York Mets. The second baseman, who took a Braden Looper pitch off his forearm the previous night, proceded to go 2-for-4 in Thursday's loss and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Biggo continues to be hot at the plate. In eight games this season, he is batting .406 with five doubles, one home run, four RBI and two stolen bases. His solid play is keeping prospect Chris Burke on the bench for the time being.


Biggio was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the New York Mets shortly after taking a Braden Looper pitch off his right forearm in the ninth inning. The Astros' second baseman/outfielder was taken in for precautionary X-rays, but all tests were negative. He has been listed as day-to-day.

Biggio's injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for long. If he gets a day or two off, Chris Burke will fill the void in the lineup for Houston. Biggio has hit safely in seven consecutive games and is batting .393 with one home run, four RBI and two stolen bases so far this season.