Astros Rumors & News

  • Castro's two-run blast, Keuchel's pitching lift Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jason Castro and Dallas Keuchel overcame their recent frustrating performances to lead the Houston Astros to their fourth win in five games on Saturday night. Castro hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning to give the Astros a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles..." May 29

  • Five MLB players who could be traded before the end of June

    Sporting News "Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year, pushed back a day because July 31 falls on a Sunday. The rumors will really begin in earnest as June comes to a close, and the actual trades will start to become a frequent reality in the final week or two of July. Don’t sleep on the..." May 28

  • Astros pitchers make MLB strikeout history vs. Orioles

    The Score "The pitchers of the Houston Astros etched themselves into the record books on Thursday thanks to a whole lot of swings and misses from the Baltimore Orioles. Lance McCullers, Michael Feliz, and Will Harris combined to strikeout 15 Orioles, making the Astros the first team in Major League..." May 27

  • Springer powers Astros to cap sweep of O's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Right fielder George Springer capped his return to the top spot in the batting order with a third career multi-homer game but was overshadowed by three games worth of remarkable Astros pitching. The Houston Astros set a major league record for strikeouts over a three-game series..." May 27

  • Adam Jones: “Let’s get the hell out of Houston”

    Masn "When it was over, the Houston Astros had beaten the Orioles 4-2 tonight and swept them three straight. The Orioles set a major league record with 52 strikeouts in a three-game series, and center fielder Adam Jones put it into a perspective that only he can. All losses hurt, but was Jones..." May 27

  • Valbuena, bullpen lead Astros over Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For what has been a surprisingly long and difficult stretch, the Houston Astros have searched for a measure of production from the bottom of their order that third baseman Luis Valbuena is suddenly providing. Valbuena homered for a second consecutive game and the Astros turned..." May 26

  • Astros top Orioles on Correa's 13th-inning single

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones possesses such a sterling reputation defensively that it required something unusual for the Astros to take advantage of him and Baltimore late Tuesday night. Rookie Tony Kemp lined a triple over Jones' head leading off the 13th inning and Carlos..." May 25

  • Ramos pitches Rangers past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- There was a certain amount of pleasure taken by Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister in his ability to start finesse left-hander Cesar Ramos on Saturday night -- only to feature a trio of fire-balling relievers once Ramos delivered a lead to the bullpen in the seventh inning. Ramos..." May 21

  • Correa lines ball off Lewis' head that's caught for out

    The Score "Colby Lewis has an iron dome. The Texas Rangers right-hander took a Carlos Correa liner off the back of his noggin, and didn't even flinch. He just shook it off and walked around the mound like nothing happened, appearing completely unfazed by the whole thing. Lewis was helped out by second..." May 21

  • Astros manager A.J. Hinch hopeful Carlos Gomez can return to activity next week

    Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch said before Thursday's series finale against the White Sox that he's hopeful struggling center fielder Carlos Gomez can get back into baseball activity next week. Gomez went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left rib cage, an injury he aggravated diving..." May 20

  • Sale (9-0) leads White Sox past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chris Sale has been more efficient this season, and it's made him even more effective than he was before. The Houston Astros are the latest team to find that out after Sale's latest dominant start led the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field that..." May 19

  • All-around effort guides Astros past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It was only two wins, but the Houston Astros hope their back-to-back victories against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field represent the start of a much-needed hot streak. After taking the series-opening game in 11 innings on Tuesday, the Astros followed it up with..." May 19

  • Gattis' 11th-inning blast carries Astros past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Evan Gattis made the Houston Astros look wise for recalling him from the minor leagues on Tuesday. The same day he was called up from Double-A Corpus Christi, Gattis went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter and drilled a two-run home run in the 11th inning of the Astros' 6-5 win..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Astros Designate Asher Wojciechowski, Place Carlos Gomez On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have designated righty Asher Wojciechowski for assignment, per a club announcement. His 40-man spot was needed for the promotion of third baseman Colin Moran. Houston also announced that outfielder Carlos Gomez will hit the 15-day DL; he has a bruised left rib cage, per Brian..." May 17

  • Astros To Promote Colin Moran

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros will promote third base prospect Colin Moran to join the team for tonight’s game, according to Peter Gammons of (via Twitter). It’s not yet clear what the club will do to make space on its active and 40-man rosters. Moran, 23, was taken sixth overall in the 2013..." May 17

  • Houston Chronicle editor apologizes for column about Carlos Gomez

    Hardball Talk "A couple of weeks ago Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle wrote a hit piece on Carlos Gomez, blaming him for the bulk of the Astros’ problems. That was bad (i.e. inaccurate) enough, but the column was made worse by Smith’s inclusion of a quote of broken English from Gomez that seemed to serve..." May 16

  • Astros GM says Carlos Gomez has to start hitting to avoid being benched

    CBS Sports "The Astros, a team many expected to take a big step forward this season, have not gotten off to a good start in 2016. They have lost three of their last four games to fall to 15-24 on the season, 7 1/2 games back in the AL West. SportsLine says their postseason odds have dropped from 62.0 percent..." May 16

  • Red Sox outlast Astros in 10-9 slugfest

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Everyone in the Boston Red Sox's lineup is hitting these days. Even Ryan Hanigan. The backup catcher was batting just .149 (7-for-47) and had driven in four runs all season before a three-hit, four-RBI afternoon in Boston's 10-9 win against the Houston Astros on Sunday...." May 15

  • Springer's blast off old friend lifts Astros

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- George Springer wasn't very nice to an old friend and teammate Friday night. "I don't know if he's too happy with me right now," Spinger said after his two-run home run off former University of Connecticut teammate Matt Barnes in the sixth inning was the difference as the Houston..." May 14

  • Carlos Gomez feels insulted by newspaper's use of quote

    ESPN "Carlos Gomez says he was ridiculed by a newspaper column that used a direct quote in the Houston Astros center fielder's second language of English. Speaking to ESPN Radio's Max y Marly in Spanish on Thursday, Gomez told ESPN's Max Bretos and Marly Rivera he tried to conduct an interview with..." May 13

  • Price returns to form in Red Sox's victory

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- David Price fixed his mechanical flaw and his teammates continued to punish opposing pitchers at Fenway Park Thursday night. Getting a tip from second baseman Dustin Pedroia concerning the pitcher's leg kick in relation to his hands, Price, who had allowed at least six earned runs..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Astros outlast Indians in 16-inning game

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- In the span of one homestand Houston Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez went from zero career home runs with men on base to two, including one on Wednesday that produced dizzying levels of euphoria. Gonzalez smacked his second career walk-off home run in the 16th inning, a two-run..." May 11

  • Bauer, Indians blank Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- At some point the sample size becomes large enough to take notice, to ponder if there is something brewing in the numbers. Right-hander Trevor Bauer continued his mastery of the Houston Astros with seven shutout innings as the Cleveland Indians squared the three-game series with a..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Astros’ Lance McCullers to start Friday in Boston

    Today's Knuckleball "After throwing a successful bullpen session on Tuesday, Lance McCullers, 22, will start Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “It’s been a long time since I’ve pitched. October was a while ago,” reported the Houston Chronicle. “I’m excited.” AJ Hinch had said after the..." May 11

  • Fiers pitches Astros past Indians

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Of the myriad issues that undermined the Astros in April, their starting pitching ranked atop the list, which makes the starts delivered by Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers in succession promising. Fiers outdueled Corey Kluber and produced his best start of the season as the Houston..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • McHugh pitches Astros past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano inflicted so much damage on the Houston Astros this weekend that the solo home run Collin McHugh surrendered to Cano in the fourth inning qualified as radar blip. McHugh pitched seven strong innings and Jose Altuve recorded his third..." May 08

  • Cano's 10th-inning blast lifts Mariners over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Perhaps the most foreboding reality facing the Houston Astros regarding how Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has tortured them this season is the fact that 13 games remain in the season series. Cano smacked his second home run of the game in the top of the 10th..." May 07

  • Astros send Gattis to Double-A to resume catching

    The Score "Evan Gattis is going back behind the plate. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday that the slugger was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi to get more reps at catcher, his original position. It's a curious move considering Gattis hasn't played the position since 2014, when he..." May 07

  • Cano leads Mariners past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It was Robinson Cano who delivered in the third inning to erase an early deficit and set the stage for a back-and-forth affair between the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. Granted another opportunity to produce in the clutch in the ninth inning, Cano came through again...." May 06

  • Houston Columnist Criticized Over Carlos Gomez Quote

    The Big Lead "Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith wrote a column about Houston Astros centerfielder Carlos Gomez’ poor start. He included the following direct quote from Gomez. “For the last year and this year, I not really do much for this team. The fans be angry. They be disappointed,” said Gomez as..." May 06

  • Astros' offense explodes in blowout of Twins

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Given the offensive reputation they established last season, the Houston Astros were due for the showing they had Wednesday night. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle, Jason Castro continued to provide production from the bottom of..." May 05

  • Carlos Gomez knows he's a disappointment to Astros fans

    Houston Chronicle "We've seen him be sexy. We've watched him swing out of his heels. We've witnessed the dabs, team-first taunts and me-first prancing all across the field. But we still haven't seen the real Carlos Gomez. Not even close. Neither have the Astros. Which is a little bit of a problem,..." May 05

  • Dallas Keuchel: Houston, we have a problem

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Astros entered the season on a short list of favorites in the American League, so their 9-18 start is raising more than a few eyebrows. The same can be said for their star pitcher, Dallas Keuchel. Whether we’re comparing his 2016 season to the entire 2015 campaign or just 2015’s..." May 04

  • Astros' bullpen closes out Twins

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch remains adamant that he can still like his team despite disliking its record, and his staunch commitment to that stance resonates on nights when his club thrives. George Springer reached base in his first three plate appearances and the Houston Astros..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Berrios gets first win as Twins down Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was the first to acknowledge the lopsided pitching matchup on tap Monday night, one featuring a right-hander making his second career start against an award-winning lefty who hadn't taken a home loss over his past 20 outings. Jose Berrios..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Altuve sparks Astros past A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Altuve jump-started the offense and Doug Fister and the defense took care of the rest. The result is a happy flight home. Fister took a shutout into the seventh, Altuve hit a home run and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 after losing five of six...." May 01

  • Hahn, Athletics shut down Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jesse Hahn struggled through spring training and was sent to the minors to work things out. On Saturday, he displayed he did that. Hahn pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first start with the Oakland Athletics and Billy Burns provided just enough offense to help..." April 30

  • Alfonso's walk-off homer pushes Athletics past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yonder Alfonso might have been floating through empty space for all he knew. Alfonso connected on his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Pat Neshek to lift the Oakland Athletics past the Houston Astros 7-4 on Friday night...." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Altuve leads Astros past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Houston Astros know better than most teams that a little momentum can go a long way. It took them all the way to the postseason last year, despite typically low expectations. This year has been a different story, and Wednesday was one of the few nights when the Astros looked..." April 28

  • Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

    MLB Trade Rumors "Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on..." April 28