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Wolf doesn't hold grudge against Astros

Wolf doesn't hold grudge against Astros

HOUSTON -- For Dodgers left-hander Randy Wolf, there are no hard feelings.

What's done is done. Or in this case, what was undone is done.

Wolf, who will face the Astros in Wednesday night's second game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, had a three-year, $28.5 million deal pulled off the table in November by the Astros, who cited the cratering economy as the impetus for the move.

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But Wolf is happy to have landed on his feet despite getting significantly less money than what the Astros were offering. Wolf understands the market forces that influenced the Astros' decision-making when it came to him.

Nothing personal. Business is business, even if it meant hitting the road after going 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts with the Astros.

"I really don't look at it as being shortchanged," said Wolf of signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Dodgers. "I look at it as the reality of what was going on. From my perspective, there really wasn't anything I could do about it. I just have to try and make the most out of this year and not look back. There's really nothing I can do. [The Astros] have to make their decisions in a business sense of what they feel is right for them. With what happened, if that's what's right for them, then I can't fault them for that."

Especially considering that there wasn't exactly a bonanza out there to be found for every free agent on the market.

"I think everybody was pretty surprised," said Wolf of the sour offseason market. "There were a few guys who, if you weren't on the Yankees' wish list, did OK. But for the most part, it was a big change.

"But again, it was a different economic situation this offseason -- not even just the baseball market, but the business market as well. There was almost a fear of what was going to happen."

Wolf's goal after leaving the Astros wasn't to find a big-money deal, but rather to find a good fit on a good team.

The 10-year veteran seems to have found that in Los Angeles.

"I didn't know Randy at all," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "But when we were talking about possibly signing him, [pitching coach] Rick Honeycutt really gave him high marks. He's pitched really well.

"He's been the experienced guy. He's brought a sense of humor, he's good in the clubhouse and he has fun."

Which is what Wolf figures Wednesday's contest against his former teammates will be -- fun.

"I made a lot of friends over there," he said. "It'll be fun to go out there and pitch against my old teammates. It was only for two months, but it was a fun two months."

Not as much fun as Wolf is now having with the Dodgers.

"It seems like we've found a way to win every game, pretty much, whether we've been pitching well or really swinging the bats," he said. "It's been fun to watch."

Pitching matchup
LAD: LHP Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.93 ERA)
Wolf showed his resiliency on the mound as he bounced back from a rough first inning against the Rockies on Friday. He allowed three runs in the first, including a two-run home run, but then pitched five scoreless innings. In all, Wolf tossed six innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out a season-high nine batters. He is 4-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 11 starts against Houston in his career.

HOU: RHP Roy Oswalt (0-2, 4.26 ERA)
In his last outing, Oswalt threw 108 pitches over six innings but didn't allow any runs against a Reds team that he has dominated throughout his career. Oswalt took a no-decision when Jose Valverde blew a save opportunity in the ninth. Oswalt faced the Dodgers once last year, earning the win after allowing one run over six innings. In his career, the right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA against L.A., spanning eight starts.

Tidbits
Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a triple in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The hitting streak for Kemp, who added a single in the sixth inning, is the longest in the Major Leagues this season. ... After a near-superhuman effort his last time out (a career-high 13 strikeouts and only one hit in seven innings vs. San Francisco), Clayton Kershaw was decidedly human on Tuesday. The Dallas native lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six earned runs.

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Up next
• Thursday: Dodgers (Chad Billingsley, 3-0, 2.84) at Astros (Wandy Rodriguez, 1-1, 1.89), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Friday: Dodgers (Eric Stults, 2-0, 2.61) at Rockies (Aaron Cook, 0-1, 10.22), 6:10 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Dodgers (James McDonald, 0-1, 5.87) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 1-2, 6.00), 5:10 p.m. PT

Michael Murphy is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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