HOUSTON — New Houston manager Bo Porter inherits a team that has been baseball's worst for the past two seasons.

But he remembers the excitement in the city just a few years ago when Houston went to its only World Series, and is determined to get the Astros back into contention as soon as possible. Turning around a team that lost 100 games in each of the last two seasons won't be easy, but he's confident it can be done.

As former third base coach for the Nationals, he was part of such a turnaround when Washington went from losing 93 games in 2010, to finishing this regular season with a major league-best 98 wins.

Porter was hired last month, but joined the team this week after finishing up Washington's season.