As Fox Sports Houston begins its next-to-last year as the Astros' TV partner, it will reduce its cable broadcast schedule to 130 games, with 24 games, most of them afternoon starts, on KTXH (Ch. 20).

FSH aired 152 games last year, with seven on Channel 20. This year, 15 of the 24 games on Channel 20 are day starts. Three Sunday night games and two Saturday games are not on the schedule because they are within the ESPN and Fox exclusivity windows. Three other games — Sept. 6 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 11 at Washington and Sept. 18 at the Cubs — are not scheduled to air.

For the first time, all games on FSH and Channel 20 will air in HDTV.

Bill Brown will return for his 25th season with the Astros, joined by analyst Jim Deshaies and reporters Greg Lucas, Bart Enis and Patti Smith and pregame and postgame host Kevin Eschenfelder.

Strikes to Myers' liking

Brett Myers saw his spring ERA rise to an even 9.00 in the Astros' 8-7 victory over the Washington Nationals as he gave up five earned runs on eight hits in five innings.

The numbers he most concerned himself with were the 83 pitches and 61 strikes, a rather stout strike percentage of 73.

"That's what I was working on: throwing strikes," Myers said. "Pitch selection wasn't the greatest, but I wanted to work on my cutter and fastball today, and I feel like I did that.

"I'm not too concerned about it because it was definitely a lot better than it was the last time. It was a lot more strikes and a lot more first-pitch strikes."

Myers likely will have two more spring training starts and with today's day off would find himself on a track for what is likely to be an opening-day start April 1 in Philadelphia.