Harrison gets start at second vs. Astros

Harrison gets start at second vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Josh Harrison's reveille call -- his knockout slide of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina on Aug. 28 -- has gone unanswered. The versatile infielder, however, remains manager Clint Hurdle's go-to guy when he feels his scuffling lineup needs a jolt.

Harrison thus was back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale here, at second base. It was Harrison's first start in 11 days, and only his fifth in September.

"As we look at the numbers and try to find ways to push forward, we're looking for a spark," Hurdle said. "Josh has been able to provide that from time to time."

Regular second baseman Neil Walker remains on an every-other-day playing schedule as he deals with the residual effects of lower-back tightness, but September call-up Brock Holt has emerged as the semi-regular at the position.

The Bucs have shuffled reserves quite liberally all season, but Harrison is the one guy who has been on the roster the entire time. He has appeared in 94 games, including 47 starts at five different positions. Sunday's was his 11th start at second.