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Astros report: Lyles looks to keep hot stretch going

Astros report: Lyles looks to keep hot stretch going

chron.com Updated Jun 11, 2013
Astros righthander Jordan Lyles, who has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts, will return to the mound Wednesday night against the Mariners. Lyles (3-1, 4.03 ERA) has posted a 2.05 ERA while holding opponents to five ea…
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  • Texans report: Starters take a break while younger players take…

    Texans report: Starters take a break while younger players take reps

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    The first practice of the Texans’ three-day minicamp was less about the starters and more about unproven or unknown entities. Starters will not participate in most of the practices. “They’ve had 10 good practices under their belt,” Texans coach Ga
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  • Ed Reed upbeat about season, although Texans safety unsure when…

    Ed Reed upbeat about season, although Texans safety unsure when he’ll return

    Several minutes after practice ended, safety Ed Reed emerged, riding a cart from Reliant Stadium over a bridge above Kirby Avenue and onto the Texans’ practice field. Reed smiled, joked and spoke like a man unconcerned about the future of his health. ”
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  • Porter bats Altuve third, splitting the lefties; Cedeno starts …

    Porter bats Altuve third, splitting the lefties; Cedeno starts at short

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    Astros manager Bo Porter altered his lineup a bit Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners by dropping catcher Jason Castro into the two spot, hitting Jose Altuve third and Carlos Pena at cleanup. With the righthanded Altuve batting third, Porter spli…
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  • Morales scratched from lineup with back soreness

    Morales scratched from lineup with back soreness

    MLB.com Jun 11, 2013
    First baseman Kendrys Morales was scratched from the Mariners' starting lineup about 90 minutes before Tuesday night's game with the Astros due to lower back soreness.
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  • Ravens cut Leach, who eyes Texans return

    Ravens cut Leach, who eyes Texans return

    The Baltimore Ravens were unable to work out a restructured deal for Vonta Leach and plan to either release or trade the three-time Pro Bowl fullback, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • First pitch: Astros sign more draft picks

    First pitch: Astros sign more draft picks

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    One day after signing seventh-round pick James Ramsay, the Astros signed righthander Kyle Westwood (13th round), lefthander Sebastian Kessay (22nd round) and catcher Brett Booth (34th round). Westwood, 22, was 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA over 15 appearances as …
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  • Photos: Texans begin three-day minicamp

    Photos: Texans begin three-day minicamp

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    See the best images from the Methodist Training Center.
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  • Tim Dobbins disappointed he missed OTAs, but wouldn’t do anythi…

    Tim Dobbins disappointed he missed OTAs, but wouldn’t do anything differently

    Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said during the team’s mandatory minicamp last week and said that he didn’t care if anyone had a problem with his decision to miss OTAs to take care of other responsibilities, which included overseeing work being done o
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  • George Springer: the electric star rebuilding Astros are still …

    George Springer: the electric star rebuilding Astros are still missing

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    SAN ANTONIO — George Springer has put on his jeans and shoes but he’s still shirtless. He checks his phone for text messages, replying to some but mostly thumbing up, down and across the screen. Soon, he’s holding a white cardboard plate filled with
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  • With Molina as backbone, Cardinals off to super start

    With Molina as backbone, Cardinals off to super start

    CNNSI.com Jun 11, 2013
    The loaded Cardinals are off to such a soaring start that they're raising the possibility of reaching heights rarely seen in baseball for over 30 years, writes Tom Verducci.
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  • Yes, you can support a Bum Phillips opera

    Yes, you can support a Bum Phillips opera

    ESPN.com Jun 11, 2013
    I cannot do anything better with this than what Stephanie Stradley did here at her Houston Chronicle Texans blog: Last April, online fan support helped create the Bum Phillips Opera. Now we need to kick the door down with some more money to get it produ…
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  • Rare defensive lapses prove costly

    Rare defensive lapses prove costly

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    SEATTLE — On a list of things to fix, infield defense would fall near the bottom for the rebuilding Astros. Third baseman Matt Dominguez, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez and second baseman Jose Altuve have been well above average with the glove this season. M
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  • Astros ninth-inning rally not enough to get past Mariners

    Astros ninth-inning rally not enough to get past Mariners

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    Box score SEATTLE — With a wicked splitter and nasty movement on all his pitches, Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma doesn’t need much help. He has dominated opponents for more than a month, and Monday night against the Astros was no exception. On a
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  • Travel-weary pitcher Blackley starting to feel at home with Ast…

    Travel-weary pitcher Blackley starting to feel at home with Astros

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    SEATTLE - More than 12 years after the Mariners lured him out of Melbourne, Australia, Astros lefthander Travis Blackley was back at Safeco Field on Monday. He didn’t necessarily expect to end his career here, but he never could have imagined all the
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  • Post-draft thoughts as Astros prepare for next 2013 mile marker

    Post-draft thoughts as Astros prepare for next 2013 mile marker

    chron.com Jun 11, 2013
    A six-game win streak, a four-game losing streak and a few meandering thoughts after another big draft haul.
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  • Video - Ewing To Join Bobcats' Coaching Staff 04:00

    Ewing To Join Bobcats' Coaching Staff

    Jun 11
    Ian Begley discusses Patrick Ewing's move to join the coaching staff of the Charlotte Bobcats.
  • Video - Reed Thinks Brady Kick Caused Hip Injury 00:51

    Reed Thinks Brady Kick Caused Hip Injury

    Jun 11
    Ed Reed believes his hip injury was caused by a kick from Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game.
  • Video - Mariners Blank Astros 00:30

    Mariners Blank Astros

    Jun 11
    Aaron Harang struck out 10 and held the Astros to two hits in the Mariners' 4-0 win.

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    Jun 11
    I always figured, once the inevitability of the demise of Tim Tebow with the Jets played out, there were three teams that made sense for him: New England, New Orleans and Green Bay. And New England, which announced his signing today, was the most sensib…