Larry Bowa, a longtime Major League player, manager and coach, was at Minute Maid Park on Friday to meet with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. Luhnow, who picked up Bowa at the airport on Friday morning, would not confirm whether Bowa was a candidate for the club's full-time managerial position. As a player, Bowa was a five-time All-Star selection with the Phillies and also played for the Cubs and the Mets. Luhnow later said in a text message to MLB.com: "Larry is here to meet with me on some baseball related matters." DeFrancesco’s upbeat nature got a boost from the Astros’ 6-4 win Thursday night in which they came back from a four-run deficit against Philadelphia. DeFrancesco, who is approaching the end of his first month as the interim replacement for ousted manager Brad Mills, said Friday he spent more than three hours Thursday discussing the job opening with club owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow and president George Postolos.