Altuve rebounds, leaves fielding woes 'in the past'

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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A’s home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.

SAN DIEGO — Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been missing from the pregame and postgame Zoom interviews for days. But he showed up Wednesday after he was able to shake himself free from the fielding nightmare that gripped him the previous two days.

“It’s not easy,” Altuve said when asked about the past few days. “It’s not easy to do things against your team. You’re always trying to help your team. For me, to just not contribute, to not play good and help my team to win, it feels bad.”

Altuve did a 180 for the Astros on Wednesday, starting things off when he socked a first-inning solo home run and added an RBI double in the third, seemingly gaining confidence with each swing.

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