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Astros' prospect Velasquez untouchable in AFL action

Astros' prospect Velasquez untouchable in AFL action

MLB.com Updated Oct 21 (yesterday)
Vincent Velasquez, ranked Houston's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by MLB.com in Tuesday's lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River reli…
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  • Brent Strom setting the standards for Astros pitchers at all le…

    Brent Strom setting the standards for Astros pitchers at all levels

    chron.com 13 hours ago
    Brent Strom is more than just a pitching coach for the Astros. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle ) Only two days after his 66th birthday, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom was back in Houston last week. He spent two days in meetings with the Astros’ fr…
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  • Trey Hillman gives Royals GM Dayton Moore credit for KC’s succe…

    Trey Hillman gives Royals GM Dayton Moore credit for KC’s success

    chron.com Oct 21 (yesterday)
    If Trey Hillman had it his way, he’d be watching a World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Royals — the teams that most recently let him go. Hillman, hired to be A.J. Hinch’s bench coach with the Astros, made the drive from his …
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  • Astros have 90 days to find spring training site in West Palm B…

    Astros have 90 days to find spring training site in West Palm Beach area

    chron.com Oct 21 (yesterday)
    The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams. The Palm Beach County Commissioners…
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  • Rich Dauer, Dave Hudgens join Astros staff

    Rich Dauer, Dave Hudgens join Astros staff

    chron.com Oct 17 (5 days ago)
    By JOSE DE JESUS ORTIZ and EVAN DRELLICH The Astros added two more veteran coaches to their staff on Friday – first base coach Rich Dauer and hitting coach Dave Hudgens – to add experience for new manager A.J. Hinch. With only the possible addition of a…
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  • Astros adding Gary Pettis to coaching staff

    Astros adding Gary Pettis to coaching staff

    chron.com Oct 16 (7 days ago)
    Gary Pettis coached third for the Rangers last season but will work for the Astros in 2015. (Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle) Gary Pettis is joining the Astros coach staff, a person with knowledge of the hiring said Thursday. Pettis, 56, had been with …
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  • Trey Hillman to be named Astros bench coach

    Trey Hillman to be named Astros bench coach

    chron.com Oct 14
    The construction of the Astros coaching staff is on its way. Former major league manager Trey Hillman is close to being announced as the team’s bench coach under new manager A.J. Hinch, according to a person familiar with the hiring. Most recently, Hill…
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  • Houston’s Andrew Friedman hired to lead Dodgers

    Houston’s Andrew Friedman hired to lead Dodgers

    chron.com Oct 14
    The Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman, a Houston native, as their president of baseball operations. Friedman, whom the Astros once tried to hire, has been the Tampa Bay Rays executive VP of baseball ops for nine years after being hired at age 28. Friedman w…
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  • Time to pay up for Houston furniture store owner who lost $4 mi…

    Time to pay up for Houston furniture store owner who lost $4 million betting against Astros

    chron.com Oct 10
    If you are one of 500 people who participated in Gallery Furniture's "leap of faith" Houston Astros promotion this past season, that store's owner will be issuing you your promised refund on Sunday night. Nearly $4 million will be refunded to …
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  • Cubs hire John Mallee as batting coach

    Cubs hire John Mallee as batting coach

    chron.com Oct 9
    John Mallee, who helped coach Jose Altuve to the batting title last season, is leaving the Astros. Mallee has been hired by the Chicago Cubs to be the team’s batting coach. He replaces Bill Mueller, who resigned earlier this week. Mallee spent two seaso…
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  • Astros decline option on Matt Albers; Jesus Guzman, Rudy Owens …

    Astros decline option on Matt Albers; Jesus Guzman, Rudy Owens off 40-man roster

    chron.com Oct 9
    Matt Albers was in his second tour with the Astros. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle) As expected, the Astros declined a $3 million club option on righthanded reliever Matt Albers, who spent most of the 2014 season on the disabled list with right shou…
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  • Astros' Appel sharp in Fall League debut

    Astros' Appel sharp in Fall League debut

    MLB.com Oct 9
    Right-hander Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, tossed three scoreless innings Wednesday for Salt River, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk. Brandon Drury and Peter O'Brien, the D-backs' Nos. 6 and 7 prosp…
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  • Dave Trembley hired to run Braves minor league system

    Dave Trembley hired to run Braves minor league system

    chron.com Oct 7
    Former Astros bench coach Dave Trembley has landed on his feet with the Atlanta Braves, the same organization that scooped up ex-Astros manager Bo Porter. Going through a period of front office change, the Braves have hired Trembley as their director of…
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  • Astros’ Class AAA pitching coach Steve Webber moves on

    Astros’ Class AAA pitching coach Steve Webber moves on

    chron.com Oct 7
    Astros Class AAA pitching coach Steve Webber has decided to leave the Astros, perhaps bringing to a close a long career that included two acts: a college championship in 1990 as the head coach of the University of Georgia ahead of nearly two decades in …
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  • Roger Clemens: Time for Astros to start winning

    Roger Clemens: Time for Astros to start winning

    chron.com Oct 6
    Roger Clemens said it’s time for the Astros to start winning. “They’re not kids anymore and the learning process is over, it’s time to win,” the former Astros pitcher said at the team’s charity golf event on Monday. “I was in the World Series at 23, 24 …
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  • Carlos Correa expects to be at full strength ‘in very near futu…

    Carlos Correa expects to be at full strength ‘in very near future’

    chron.com Oct 6
    Carlos Correa said in a statement through his agency today that his rehab from a broken fibula is proceeding as “expected and I look forward to being at full strength in the very near future.” Correa, the Astros’ No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, was injure…
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  • NLDS Game 2: Brandon Belt's homer propels Giants to victory in …

    NLDS Game 2: Brandon Belt's homer propels Giants to victory in longest postseason game in MLB history

    yahoo.com Oct 5
    A game that Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann nearly wrapped up in under 100 pitches somehow turned into the longest postseason game at in MLB history at six hours, 23 minutes. Finally, after 18 grueling innings, which tied Game 5 of the 20…
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  • From Jay Z to Moneyball to Psychology 101: An update of the A.J…

    From Jay Z to Moneyball to Psychology 101: An update of the A.J. Hinch file

    chron.com Oct 4
    A.J. Hinch was back in La Jolla, Calif., this weekend with his family, his first week as Astros manager behind him. He, general manager Jeff Luhnow and others in the organization had long days this week in Houston, working to get Hinch acclimated after …
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  • Rene Cardenas a finalist for Hall of Fame award

    Rene Cardenas a finalist for Hall of Fame award

    chron.com Oct 3
    Astros Spanish language broadcaster Rene Cardenas is one of 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, the Hall of Fame’s award presented annually for excellence in broadcasting. Cardenas was nominated for the Frick Award three times previously, in 1993,…
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  • Writers pick Jose Altuve as Astros MVP

    Writers pick Jose Altuve as Astros MVP

    chron.com Oct 3
    Jose Altuve was named the Astros’ 2014 Most Valuable Player by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which includes members of the Houston Chronicle. This is the second time he’s won the award in his young major league care…
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  • Dexter Fowler to work more with Barry Bonds in offseason

    Dexter Fowler to work more with Barry Bonds in offseason

    chron.com Oct 3
    Barry Bonds, watching Astros’ batting practice in Oakland with special assistant Dan Radison, will work with Dexter Fowler again. (Associated Press) Behind the batting cage during the Astros’ September series in Oakland lurked Barry Bonds, the home run …
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  • Carlos Correa switches agents; surgery for Josh Zeid

    Carlos Correa switches agents; surgery for Josh Zeid

    chron.com Oct 3
    The Astros selected Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle) Carlos Correa and George Springer now share the same representation. Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft who missed most of this season …
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  • Bo Porter to coach third base for Braves

    Bo Porter to coach third base for Braves

    Bo Porter served as Astros manager for 300 games. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle) The Braves hired former Astros manager Bo Porter to coach third base, the team announced today. Porter, who will also be the team’s outfield and base-running coach, will …
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  • Photos: Craig Biggio and Astros host Sunshine Kids party at Min…

    Photos: Craig Biggio and Astros host Sunshine Kids party at Minute Maid Park

    chron.com Oct 1
    Craig and Patty Biggio treated the Sunshine Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families, to a memorable experience on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. The children played on the field and were treated to lunch in t…
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  • Video - Astros Hire A.J. Hinch 00:56

    Astros Hire A.J. Hinch

    Sep 29
    Buster Olney discusses the Astros' hiring of A.J. Hinch as their manager.
  • Video - Rangers Win Fourth Straight 00:22

    Rangers Win Fourth Straight

    Sep 24
    The Rangers defeated the Astros' 5-1 to capture their 11th win in 12 games.
  • Video - Rangers Slip Past Astros 00:39

    Rangers Slip Past Astros

    Sep 22
    Guilder Rodriguez's first career RBI lifted the Rangers past the Astros 4-3.
  • Video - Who Will Win The Batting Titles? 01:18

    Who Will Win The Batting Titles?

    Sep 19
    Baseball Tonight Minute: The Baseball Tonight crew discusses who could win the batting titles in the American and National Leagues.

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