» December 10, 1996: The Tigers make their biggest trade since 1957, sending four players to Houston in exchange for five Astros. Detroit C Brad Ausmus, P Jose Lima, lefties C.J. Nitkowski and Trever Miller, and IF Daryle Ward go to the National League for starters Brian Hunter and Orlando Miller, Doug Brocail and Todd Jones, and a player to come later. Brocail, also involved in the 1994 12-player swap between San Diego and Houston, will be Detroit's Opening Day pitcher in April.
» September 11, 1999:
The Astros defeat the Cubs, 5-3, as Jose Lima becomes the 1st 20-game winner in the National League.
» April 27, 2000: The Cubs defeat the Astros, 12-3, as they hit four home runs in the 1st inning of their game at Houston's Enron Field. Jose Lima serves up all four dingers to tie the major-league record for an inning.
» July 9, 2000: Houston's Jose Lima ends his 13-game losing streak and the Astros beat the Royals, 9-6.
» September 22, 2000:
The Reds defeat the Astros, 12-5, in a contest which sees nine home runs hit6 by Cincinnati and three by Houston. Houston's homers give the team 240, for a new NL mark for a single season. Cincinnati's Juan Castro, Michael Tucker, and Sean Casey all homer off Jose Lima in the 2nd inning, giving Lima a new NL record of 47 home runs allowed on the year.
» June 14, 2001: Matt Morris strikes out 11 in the Cardinals 32 win over the Dodgers, and Mark McGwire clubs a solo homer off Jose Lima to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time homer list. McGwire's homer is his 563rd, putting him 6th on the home run list.
» June 23, 2001:
The Astros acquire P Dave Mlicki from the Tigers for P Jose Lima and cash.
» April 21, 2002:
The White Sox score eight runs in the 1st inning off Jose Lima and hold on to beat the Tigers by a score of 118. Pinch-hitter Ray Durham strokes a 2run single in the 8th to snap an 88 tie.