There’s a chance the Astros could finish this year with the major league leaders in hits, batting average and home runs. Not bad for a losing team. In yet another example that greatness can come in different sizes, Astros slugger Chris Carter, left, and…Upvote Share Tweet
Although teams cannot comment on waiver activity, the Astros clearly pulled Chad Qualls off revocable waivers, because he was still with the team on Wednesday, as was expected. The Tigers claimed Qualls on Monday, and the Astros had until Wednesday afte…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros ‘highly unlikely’ to be able to sign Brady Aikenchron.com 5 hours agoScoreboard at Minute Maid Park is as close as Brady Aiken will be to Houston for a while. (Karen Warren / Chronicle) The Astros are “highly unlikely” to be able to sign first overall draft pick Brady Aiken after the July 18 deadline, according to a pers…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros host one of the worst first pitches in recent memorychron.com 11 hours agoWhat is it about having to throw out the first pitch of a baseball game that turns people's arms into noodle-like appendages incapable of tossing a ball 60 feet or so? The rush of nerves from being on the spot?Upvote Share Tweet
Fan throws hideous first pitch at Astros gamechron.com 11 hours agoA fan at Minute Maid Park may be responsible for the worst first pitch in history. She laughed off the blunder and walked up to George Springer for an autograph after some ridicule from Orbit.Upvote Share Tweet
Pipeline preview: Pederson looks to remain hotMLB.com 13 hours agoDodgers' No. 3 prospect Joc Pederson leads Triple-A Albuquerque into a matchup against the Astros' No. 3 prospect, Domingo Santana, and Oklahoma City on Wednesday in a game that can been seen on MiLB.TV.Upvote Share Tweet
Astros report: Petit getting nod over Dominguez at 3B in recent gameschron.com Aug 26 (yesterday)For the third time in a 10-game span, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez sat in favor of Gregorio Petit on Tuesday. Through the first 121 Astros games of the season, there were only five games Dominguez didn’t start at third base. In a span of 74 games…Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Appel will play in the Arizona Fall Leaguechron.com Aug 26 (yesterday)Pitcher Mark Appel is the biggest name among a group of Astros prospects heading to the Arizona Fall League where he will play for the Salt River Rafters. Joining him on that club are third baseman Rio Ruiz, infielder Joe Sclafani, third baseman Vince V…Upvote Share TweetThe A's returned to the win column with an 8-2 victory over the Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park behind a stellar Jeff Samardzija, who struck out 10 in eight innings.Upvote Share Tweetchron.com Aug 25 (yesterday)Box score If the Astros have a burning desire to move Scott Feldman, Monday’s outing at Minute Maid Park couldn’t hurt their return. The rotation’s lone veteran went seven fine innings in an 8-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, hurt most by a cold Astros …Upvote Share Tweet
Castro perfects catching craft with variety of methodschron.com Aug 25 (yesterday)Roughly two weeks ago, Astros catcher Jason Castro felt he was finally swinging the bat the way he was when his headiest days of 2013. “I don’t know if I’d call it a breakthrough,” the 27-year-old said. “Almost a rediscovery of kind of a load point that…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros, Nats set to make Spring Training site proposalMLB.com Aug 25 (2 days ago)Representatives from the Astros and the Nationals will present a proposed joint Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council on Sept. 11 and Palm Beach County Commissioners on Sept. 23.Upvote Share Tweet
Bullpen catcher plays catch with fansA non-playing member of a major league baseball team doesn’t usually make fans this happy. Javier Bracamonte, the Astros’ bullpen catcher of 14 years and a member of the organization since 2001, has made a habit of playing catch with young fans down the…Upvote Share Tweet
Luhnow says team won”t have comment on leaks investigationAstros general manager Jeff Luhnow acknowledged Monday that he’d like to get to 70 wins, the mark that would represent a 19-game improvement from last year. Entering Monday, the Astros needed 15 wins in their final 31 games to do so. Luhnow refrained fr…Upvote Share TweetWednesday’s scheduled Astros starter, Brad Peacock, did not throw off a mound on Monday as a pitcher normally would two days before his start, but said he remains on track to make his regularly scheduled outing. Peacock threw from flat ground instead. T…Upvote Share TweetTrevor Bauer took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time since July 18, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Aug 24 (3 days ago)Five months and three cities later, Jerome Williams appears to have finally settled in. The journeyman right-hander proved to be an experiment gone wrong in stints with the Astros and Rangers earlier this year, but he continued to make his case for a sp…Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Altuve ties career mark for hits in a seasonchron.com Aug 24 (3 days ago)CLEVELAND – All-Star Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who leads the majors in hits, tied his career-high for hits in a season with an infield single up the middle in the first inning Sunday afternoon against the Indians. Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez…Upvote Share Tweet
Quartet of Venezuelans make history in Astros-Indians gamechron.com Aug 24 (4 days ago)CLEVELAND – Although the 3-2 loss against the Indians made it difficult for them to savor the moment, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, first baseman Jesus Guzman and third baseman Gregorio Petit made major league history Sat…Upvote Share Tweet
Carter Lifts Astros Past A'sAug 26Chris Carter's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Astros past the A's 4-2.
Samardzija, Athletics Shut Down AstrosAug 25Jeff Samardzija struck out 10 batters and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to lead the Athletics past the Astros 8-2.
Indians Win Rubber MatchAug 24Trevor Bauer pitched six scoreless innings in the Indians' 3-1 win over the Astros.
Singleton, Astros Topple IndiansAug 22Jon Singleton's three-run homer in the ninth was the big blow in the Astros' 5-1 win over the Indians.
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Philadelphia 76ers to trade for, then waive Hasheem ThabeetAug 26The Oklahoma City Thunder have struck a deal to trade reserve center Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia, ESPN.com has learned.
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Sam the Ram? Roster Spot Not Yet Locked UpAug 26Michael Sam has beaten the odds before, and he’ll probably have to do it again to make the Rams’ 53-man roster. Entering the Rams’ final preseason game Thursday night at Miami, the most likely scenario is for Sam, the first openly gay player trying to m…