Ex-Astro Hunter Pence shows he’s a good sportchron.com Updated 35 minutes agoAfter breaking his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch Thursday, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, a former Astros all-star, is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The man who hit Pence, Cubs minor leaguer Corey Black, expressed remorse for his waywa…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros scout turned away from Venezuelachron.com 3 hours agoJUPITER, Fla. — The Astros will have to wait to watch the next Jose Altuve. A new requirement in Venezuela that every American visitor be granted a visa before entry to the baseball-rich country has already affected the Astros, the organization that was…Upvote Share Tweet
Clock practice a part of spring, instant replay is notchron.com 4 hours agoJUPITER, Fla. — In 2014, the first year managers were able to ask for umpire reviews, the system was used in a handful of spring training games. Everyone, including ex-manager Bo Porter, was able to see how it worked in the dugout at game speed. For new…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows consistency is key to momentumchron.com 4 hours agoJUPITER, Fla. — A.J. Hinch sees a double standard of spring training wins and losses. “It’s always better to win,” said Hinch, who entered Friday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals 1-0 in Grapefruit League play. “I think you always say you love winn…Upvote Share Tweet
HistorySource: Game Over for the Astrodome, ‘Stadium of the Future’nytimes.com 6 hours agoThe stadium was a gargantuan advertisement for the possibilities suggested by American technology, and yet was rendered a relic within decades.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros A to Z: Luke Gregersonchron.com 8 hours agoEach day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Luke Gregerson. LUKE GREGERSONPosition: PitcherBats/throws: Left/rightHeight/weight: 6-3, 200Opening day age: 30Hometown: …Upvote Share Tweetchron.com 23 hours agoKISSIMMEE, Fla. — The first Grapefruit League outing of Mark Appel’s career included three doubles, one run and a pair of strikeouts over two innings Thursday in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Phillies. The Astros righty pitched the third and fourth innin…Upvote Share TweetCliff Lee pitched two scoreless innings in his first game action since July, though the Phillies' comeback effort wasn't enough in a 6-3 loss to the Astros.Upvote Share Tweet
'Normal' is watchword in Lee's first game backMLB.com 24 hours agoThe most important result for veteran Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee after his start in Thursday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium wasn't even a number at all. It was this: "It feels normal," the 36-year-old said.Upvote Share TweetCliff Lee faced major league hitters for the first time since July 31, when his season ended with an elbow injury.Upvote Share TweetRoberto Hernandez throws his first pitches in Astros uniform (video) pic.twitter.com/9kyzmBsL0F — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 5, 2015 KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Righty Roberto Hernandez took a physical and then threw his first bullpen in an Astros unifor…Upvote Share Tweet
Hank Conger delayed by wrist sorenessKISSIMMEE, Fla. — New Astros catcher Hank Conger, who is slated to share the load of the catching duties this season behind primary backstop Jason Castro, has been coping with left wrist soreness lately, manager A.J. Hinch said. But the situation appear…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros A to Z: Marwin GonzalezEach day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Marwin Gonzalez. MARWIN GONZALEZPosition: InfielderBats/throws: Both/rightHeight/weight: 6-1, 202Opening day age: 26Hometo…Upvote Share Tweetchron.com Mar 4 (yesterday)KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Astros scaled back practice some Wednesday morning ahead of their first Grapefruit League game of the season Thursday. Lefty Cliff Lee is slated to start for the Phillies in a 12:05 p.m. CT start at the home of the Astros, Osceola …Upvote Share TweetFormer Astros slugger Lance Berkman, who won the National Player of the Year Award at Rice University in Houston, was named to the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros A to Z: Evan Gattischron.com Mar 4 (2 days ago)Each day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Evan Gattis. EVAN GATTISPosition: Catcher/infielder/outfielderBats/throws: Right/rightHeight/weight: 6-4, 260Opening day a…Upvote Share Tweet
The Sports Update: Drellich on Astros’ bullpen optionsAstros beat writer Evan Drellich discusses manager A.J. Hinch’s bullpen plans from spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros pitchers aim to be quicker to plate to cut down on stealsKISSIMMEE, Fla. — Holding runners has been emphasized to Astros pitchers this spring training, because even if defensive shifts and the low strike have sapped offense league-wide, foot speed still doesn’t slump. The 109 bases stolen against Astros pitch…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros target 7-man bullpen, leaving two spots openKISSIMMEE, Fla. — The target for Astros manager A.J. Hinch is a 12-man pitching staff — five starters and a seven-man bullpen — which leaves two spots open this spring training: likely, a second lefthander behind Tony Sipp, and a long reliever or swing …Upvote Share Tweet
Astros A to Z: Josh FieldsEach day the Astros are in Florida for spring training, we will profile a different member of the 40-man roster. Today, we look at Josh Fields. JOSH FIELDSPosition: PitcherBats/throws: Right/rightHeight/weight: 6-0, 193Opening day age: 29Hometown: Hull,…Upvote Share Tweet
Keuchel's Confidence Gets Boost In Spring TrainingMar 1Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel discusses his new approach to spring training, now that he doesn't have to battle for a starting spot in the rotation, and his relationship with new manager A.J. Hinch.
Springer Getting Ready For 2015Feb 28Astros right fielder George Springer discusses what he learned from his 2014 season and talks about getting ready for the 2015 season.
Pat Neshek Joins OlbermannFeb 6Pat Neshek joins Keith Olbermann to discuss signing with the Houston Astros during the offseason and his extensive baseball card collection.
Keith Law's Top MLB ProspectsJan 26Keith Law breaks down the three best prospects from his list of the top 100 major league prospects.
How Marcus Mariota Will Adapt to the NFLMar 4Read Peter King’s profile on Marcus Mariota: He was nearly perfect in a Heisman-winning campaign last season. Nonetheless, no prospect is under more scrutiny right now than the Oregon quarterback Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The M…
ESPN NowMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed-asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks,...
Sources: Lionsgate chairman bids for HawksMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks, according to league sources.
The Truth About Marcus MariotaMar 4INDIANAPOLIS — With all due respect to pockmarked Jameis Winston, off-field landmine Dorial Green-Beckham and small-school (Hobart!) marvel Ali Marpet, Marcus Mariota has more coaches and scouts staying up nights watching video than anyone in the 2015 d…