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Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris looks over to smile at St. Louis Cardinals base runner Adam Wainwright at first base in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 2, 2009. Norris, who was making his first major league start, had a no-hitter going until the Wainwright single. Houston won the game 2-0. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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David Stefan "Bud" Norris (March 2, 1985 in Greenbrae, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.

From Cal Poly, Norris was selected by the Houston Astros in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2006 amateur entry draft. In 2009, Norris received an invitation to the Astros' spring training camp. Baseball America ranked him as the number two prospect in the Astros' system. In August 2009, he was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year after leading the league with a 2.63 Earned Run Average.

In July 2009, Norris was called up to pitch for the Astros following an injury to starting pitcher Roy Oswalt. He made his Major League debut on July 29. In his first Major League start, he pitched 7 shut-out innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 2, 2009 to earn his first career victory. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. In his rookie season overall, Norris went 6-3 in ten starts for a 4.53 Earned Run Average. He was shut down near the end of the season to prevent potential injury. He had shaky start in 2010, having a 5.97 ERA and a 2-6 record up to the allstar break 2010; After the allstar break he was 'lights out,' performing at 7-4. He finished the year at 9-10 with a 4.92 ERA. He is currently at 16-14 with a 4.82 ERA for his Major League career.In 2011, Bud Norris is 4-5 with a 3.26 ERA.

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