BALTIMORE -- Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night amid speculation he could be traded before the non-waiver deadline. "They scratched me for a lot of reasons," Norris said. "Its a little unfortunate. I wanted to go out there and pitch, but I understand theres a lot of stuff swirling around me." Lucas Harrell replaced Norris as Houstons starting pitcher against the Baltimore Orioles. "Its one of those things, from an organizational standpoint, you have a guy that has attracted a lot of interest from other ballclubs, and you look at the trading deadline looming," manager Bo Porter said. "It just made more sense to not risk injury at this juncture of the conversation, because the conversations have gotten a little deeper." With the deadline of Wednesday at 4 p.m. drawing closer, it was possible Norris had pitched his last game for Houston. "I dont know. I dont want to put any numbers on it," Norris said. "Everybodys speculating, and where I could go, stuff like that. But its really out of my hands. Its for the GMs and the front offices to decide. I just want to play baseball, for wherever I am. And right now Im still an Astro, and thats where my focus is." And if he isnt dealt? "If he doesnt get traded, yes, hes available to pitch (Wednesday) because the trading deadline would have passed by 7 oclock tomorrow night," Porter said. Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts with Houston. His six wins are tops on the club and his $3 million salary is the highest on the rebuilding Astros, a major league-worst 35-69 at the start of the day. "I guess I was a little surprised by it, but I understand the reason behind it," Norris said. "Ive been talking to my agent about it, and he understands why as well. So you have to go with it. Theres nothing I can do. I cant complain about it." Norris, who started opening day for the Astros, is one of the teams biggest stars. 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I am really proud of our guys, really happy for them.The Saints are also coming off of a 7-9 record last season. They showed potential to improve, but ultimately lost for much the same reason as last year -- their defense couldnt make what Drew Brees and Co. produced hold up.Theres a point where you have to dig down and get off the field, coach Sean Payton said of his defense, noting the unit did not have any sacks or turnovers. We werent able to do so. From then on, youre just hanging in there, and we didnt make enough plays.Other key developments from the Raiders-Saints season opener:BALANCED ATTACK: As much as the Raiders might lean on Carr and his top receivers -- Crabtree and Amari Cooper -- to produce, their running game made the difference in New Orleans. 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