Astros-Phillies World Series Game 1: Snoop Dogg checks in

The Astros begin their fourth World Series in six seasons with Game 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies scheduled to begin at 7:03 pm today at Minute Maid Park.

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New year, new Framber

5:07 p.m.: A year ago, Framber Valdez was rocked in two World Series starts. But it’s a more consistent and more mature Astros lefthander who’ll take the mound for Game 2 against the Phillies. — Greg Rajan

Not THAT Robby Thompson

4:55 p.m.: On Thursday, Astros manager Dusty Baker joked that the real Robby Thompson was the 11-year big league second baseman who played for Baker in San Francisco, not Phillies manager Rob Thomson. The Phillies manager said he hears that all the time and gets “hundreds of Robby’s baseball cards” mailed to him for autographs every year. He says he kindly returns the cards if the fan includes a self-addressed envelope. If not? “They go in the garbage. Sorry.” —Matt Young

No Snoop Dogg for Thomson

4:34 p.m.: About 30 minutes after Astros manager Dusty Baker said he heard from Snoop Dogg wishing him good luck in the series, a reporter asked Phillies manager Rob Thomson if maybe he got a similar call. “I didn’t,” Thomson said before the question was even finished. “I heard from Dave Keon. If you don’t know who Dave Keon is, he’s a famous Toronto Maple Leaf.” Thomson grew up in Ontario and it sounded like the call from the Hockey Hall of Famer was just as thrilling as one from one of the biggest rappers in the world. —Matt Young

One for the old guys

4:22 p.m.: There’s been an uptick recently in older managers in baseball, including the Texas Rangers hiring Bruce Bochy last week. This World Series pits 73-year-old Dusty Baker against 59-year-old Rob Thomson. Both Baker and Thomson suggested that teams are seeing a balance between analytics and old-school baseball. “I don’t know, maybe people realize it takes years to hone your craft,” Baker said. “Also, the need to intertwine modern baseball and older baseball and the fact these guys are human beings, not just numbers. I’m glad I’ve had some relative success. I’m glad Bucky (66-year-old Buck Showalter ) and (6y-year-old Brian) Snitker) and these guys have had relative success where you’re more trusted at this point in our lives.” —Matt Young

Message from Snoop Dogg

4 p.m.: Dusty Baker said he received congratulations and well-wishes this week from “some homeboys and some homegirls.” Among them? Rapper Snoop Dogg. —Chandler Rome

Pettis back

3:55 p.m.: Gary Pettis has been cleared by team doctors and will coach third base in Game 1 of the World Series, manager Dusty Baker said. Pettis missed the entire ALCS with an illness. — Chandler Rome

How big is Game 1?

3:43 p.m.: Astros outfielder Chas McCormick said a win in tonight’s Game 1 would be “ginormous” for Houston. Historically, teams that win the opening game of the World Series have gone on to claim a championship 64 percent of the time. But the Astros have never won Game 1 of the World Series (0-4). — Danielle Lerner

All about Wawa

3:28 p.m.: Astros center fielder Chas McCormick is playing against his favorite team from childhood since he grew up in West Chester, Pa., about 35 miles outside Philadelphia. Although Buc-ees is a staple here in Texas, McCormick said before Friday’s Game 1, he still loves Wawa, the convenience store that dominates Pennsylvania. “Huge Wawa fan,” said McCormick before adding his go-to orders. “Meatball sub and I’m a big buffalo cheesesteak guy. —Matt Young

Don’t forget the taste

3:15 p.m.: By now, you’ve probably seen Jeremy Peña make the heart shape with his hands to celebrate big hits. During an on-field interview after a playoff game, he said the gesture is for his mother, but he has since clarified that, saying, “The heart thing is for my mother, just showing appreciation for everything she’s done for me. And, not just for my mother, but my father as well. They’ve sacrificed so much for me, so it’s something I do for them.” The 25-year-old Peña was raised in the Dominican Republic by his mother Carmen Cecilia and father Gerónimo, who played seven seasons in the big leagues as an infielder for St. Louis and Cleveland. The family moved to Providence, RI, when he was nine years old. —Matt Young

Astros lineup

3:02 p.m: Trey Mancini gets the start at designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against Aaron Nola. —Chandler Rome

1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Jeremy Peña, SS
3. Yordan Alvarez, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Kyle Tucker, RF
6. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
7. Trey Mancini, DH
8. Chas McCormick, CF
9. Martín Maldonado, C
Justin Verlander RHP

Phillies lineup

2:55 p.m.: Phillies lineup against Justin Verlander:

1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. JT Realmuto, C
4. Bryce Harper, DH
5. Nick Castellanos, RF
6. Alec Bohm, 3B
7. Bryson Stott, SS
8. Jean Segura, 2B
9. Brandon Marsh, CF
Aaron Nola, RHP

It’s raining, it’s pouring

2:52 p.m.: The weather report from Minute Maid Park: Rain. Lots of rain.

It’s pouring in downtown Houston four hours before the first pitch of Game 1. Thankfully, the Astros’ ballpark has a roof and the rain shouldn’t be an issue Friday night. Unless you’re trying to walk to the stadium, drive in traffic or navigate the streets.

If you’re lucky to have a ticket, arriving a little earlier than normal might be helpful. I also need new shoes. —Brian T. Smith

Alex Bregman to face college roommate

2:44 p.m.: This will probably be talked about a lot tonight, but Alex Bregman was college roommates with Phillies’ Game 1 starter Aaron Nola when they played together at LSU. Nola is a year older and Bregman recalls Nola introducing him to how good pitching is at the college level the first time he faced him in practice. As far as how they got along? Great, except, “I was the messy one,” Bregman admits. —Matt Young

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