Astros Rumors & News

  • Jason Castro, Preston Tucker deliver at the plate as Astros rally past Tigers

    Houston Chronicle "Evan Gattis mumbled something about being a speed demon after his second triple in the series. George Springer put on a wrestling mask before he, well, sprung himself into Gattis’ postgame interview. Jose Altuve sat on Sunday afternoon for the first time in 2015, and Springer got a long day..." May 25

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Astros lineup

  • Fields could play Sunday; Deduno tosses bullpen session

    Houston Chronicle "Astros reliever Josh Fields was to throw off a mound Saturday morning and could be available in game as soon as Sunday, manager A.J. Hinch said. Fields took a line drive off the outside of his right knee from the bat of Anthony Gose at Comerica Park on Thursday in the opener of this four-game..." May 24

  • Astros edge Tigers

    Houston Chronicle "Baseball reporters sometimes need to wait few minutes outside clubhouse doors as players make their way in after a game, before interviews get underway. There was something wild going on Saturday behind those doors following a 3-2 Astros win over the Tigers at Comerica Park, because the hollers..." May 24

  • Triple play started by Jonathan Villar is Astros’ first in 11 years

    Houston Chronicle "New Astros infield coach Rich Dauer controls what he’s dubbed the “alien” defense, the shifts that look out of this world to some people. He’s the Astros’ infield alignment headmaster. “The planning of the alien defense is something I’ve always loved,” he said. “We do it more than anybody..." May 24

  • 2015 Astros share some traits with the 2012 Washington Nationals

    Federal Baseball "In 2008 and 2009, the Washington Nationals finished with the worst record in baseball. While there were many of us who loved the Nats and saw that there was a bright future developing, they were the punchline of an awful lot of jokes back then. As some of the minor league depth started to come..." May 23

  • Simon stifles Astros, Tigers win third straight

    Detroit News "Alfredo Simon might be built for Comerica Park, or vice-versa. Either way, he seems awfully comfortable on the mound within the spacious confines. "It's a park for pitchers," Simon said after he put a vice-grip on the Astros and the Tigers won their third straight, 6-2, Friday night. "When..." May 23

  • X-rays negative on Josh Fields after being hit in knee with line drive

    Houston Chronicle "Astros reliever Josh Fields likely won’t be available immediately after taking an Anthony Gose line drive off the outside of his right knee in the bottom of the ninth inning at Comerica Park on Thursday in a 6-5 Tigers win that took 12 innings. X-rays were negative and Fields was diagnosed with..." May 22

  • McCann's walk-off homer sends Tigers over 'Stros

    Fox Sports Detroit "The Tigers do expect to get Alex Avila back at some point this season. James McCann, though, isn't going to give up the catching job without a fight. After spending a lot of time watching Avila at the end of last season and the beginning of this one, McCann is making the most out of his time..." May 22

  • Dallas Keuchel, Evan Gattis pace Astros to series win over A’s

    Houston Chronicle "As Dallas Keuchel gave his postgame briefing Wednesday afternoon, outfielders George Springer and Jake Marisnick donned luchador masks and playfully stood in the back of the media pack. If you didn’t know any better, you’d likely ask the same question most of the baseball world has been asking..." May 21

  • Roberto Hernandez turns in yet another solid start as Astros top Athletics

    Houston Chronicle "The lights were dim, save for a small strobe sitting at the center of the Astros’ clubhouse, where a 400-watt steam machine pumped the room hazy and Benny Benassi’s dance remix of the top-40 song “Geronimo” thumped bass. Welcome to Club Astros at Minute Maid Park, where after Tuesday night’s..." May 20

  • Oakland A’s avoid some usual pitfalls in 2-1 win at Houston

    San Francisco Chronicle "Poor defense and bad bullpen work cost the A’s in almost all of their ever-growing collection of one-run losses. On Monday at Minute Maid Park, it was terrific defense by Sam Fuld, in full Super Sam mode, and an excellent night by A’s relievers that nailed down a one-run win, 2-1 over the..." May 19

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    Brian McTaggart ⚾️ @brianmctaggart

    Brett Oberholtzer will throw in the bullpen tomorrow to test his blister.

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Astros lineup

  • Astros complete four-game sweep of Blue Jays

    Houston Chronicle "Collin McHugh appeared on the brink of disaster early and often as the Blue Jays put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Yet, his demeanor hardly changed. He remained calm and composed, embodying the quiet confidence that has defined..." May 18

  • Astros sweep Jays, Buehrle says "we stink"

    Toronto Sun "It’s time. Time to turn it around warned Mark Buehrle — leaving out the or else — telling reporters “before they have a fire sale, start moving guys out, moving guys up and down.” After pitching the Blue Jays first complete game of the season, Buehrle also issued the “we stink,”..." May 18

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    #VoteAstros @astros

    Today's #Astros lineup vs. Toronto. @Collin_McHugh on the bump at 1:10 pm CT at Minute Maid Park.

  • Scott Feldman bounces back after rough first inning in Astros’ win over Blue Jays

    Houston Chronicle "Veteran righthander Scott Feldman appeared destined for an early shower Saturday night when Astros pitching coach Brent Strom strolled to the mound for a chat in the first inning. Strom focused on the positive, making a prediction that almost materialized in the Astros’ come-from-behind 6-5..." May 17

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    #VoteAstros @astros

    Tonight's #Astros lineup vs. Toronto. Scott Feldman gets the ball at 6:10 pm CT.

  • Astros power their way to second straight win over Blue Jays

    Houston Chronicle "Astros righthander Will Harris isn’t likely to make too many highlight reels for his performance Friday night. Relievers rarely do unless they’re on the wrong side of a home run. Rest assured, however, he was tremendously appreciated inside the home clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. Ultimately,..." May 16

  • Astros offense clicks in seventh inning en route to series-opening win over Blue Jays

    Houston Chronicle "With three hits under his belt and the go-ahead run scored in a huge seventh inning for the Astros, Preston Tucker wasn’t done. As his teammates piled into the clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, the rookie outfielder lingered by the dugout and signed autographs, soaking in time and place after a..." May 15

  • Astros calling up prospect Lance McCullers for MLB debut

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week the Astros promoted pitching prospect Lance McCullers from Double-A to Triple-A, but now he’s making a slight detour: Houston will call up McCullers for his MLB debut Monday against the A’s. The move was made because Brett Oberholtzer has a blister problem, so it’s unclear..." May 15

  • Astros Sign Jose Veras To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Jose Veras is on his way back to the Astros, as the club announced (Twitter link) that it has signed the veteran reliever to a minor league contract. The Praver/Shapiro client will report to extended Spring Training, according to the team. With the minor league deal in place, the..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Brett Oberholtzer heads to DL after exiting first start

    Houston Chronicle "The back of the Astros rotation has been a revolving door and a solution isn’t any closer now. A blister on his left index finger resurfaced for Astros southpaw Brett Oberholtzer, who was pulled from Wednesday night’s 4-3 win over Giants at Minute Maid Park after three innings. He was put on..." May 14

  • George Springer’s 8th-inning bomb salvages split in 2-game series with Giants

    Houston Chronicle "The manager delivered a small love letter to his right fielder before Wednesday night’s 4-3 win over the Giants, George Springer’s first game after he suffered a concussion last week. A.J. Hinch told reporters of the 25-year-old’s infectious personality, about a high-energy kid who can take a..." May 14

  • Heston, Duffy fuel Giants in win over Astros

    CSN Bay Area "With stops in Houston and Cincinnati, you figured this would be the trip the Giants ended their run of scoring six or fewer runs, and they didn’t wait around to do it. Matt Duffy drove in five runs to lead the way as the Giants walloped the Astros 8-1 on the first night of a six-game road..." May 13

  • Astros activate George Springer from 7-day concussion disabled list "The Houston Astros activated righfielder George Springer from the seven-day concussion disabled list, the team announced. The team optioned outfielder Robbie Grossman to Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding roster move. The Astros made the move after Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants..." May 13

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    George Springer cleared for rehab assignment with Corpus Christi tonight.

  • Luke Gregerson back with Astros

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros activated RHP Luke Gregerson from the Family Medical Emergency List, the team announced." May 12

  • Astros top prospect Correa promoted to AAA

    The Crawfish Boxes "Early this afternoon the it was announced that Astros top prospect Carlos Correa was promoted from AA Corpus Christi to AAA Fresno after a fantastic first 29 games with the Hooks. Correa leaves the Texas League on top of just about every offense category, including batting average (.385), home..." May 11

  • Dominant Richards leads Angels to 3-1 victory against the Astros

    Orange County Register "From the moment he first stepped to Angel Stadium’s mound early on Sunday afternoon, it looked like Garrett Richards had the stuff to throw his first career no-hitter. The stuff remained throughout Richards’ start and he carried a no-hit bid into the seventh, but battles with his control became..." May 11

  • Springer progressing through concussion protocol

    Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch spoke with right fielder George Springer, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list. “I talked to George today, and he’s doing well,” Hinch said. “He’s going through the (concussion) protocol. He’s seeing our doctors, increasing physical activity and going along..." May 10

  • Astros ride the longball to victory over Angels

    Houston Chronicle "Hours before the first pitch Saturday night at Angel Stadium, Astros first baseman Chris Carter listened attentively as a bat company salesman urged him to consider using new bats. “What are you hitting?” the salesman asked. “Nothing these days,” Carter replied softly with a sly..." May 10

  • Angels' Jered Weaver locates his fastball, shuts out Astros

    Orange County Register "For one night, the 32-year-old Jered Weaver stood on the mound and fired baseballs like he did when he was younger. When he was 31. Weaver pitched a shutout – his first since 2012 – in the Angels’ 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night, doing so with a fastball that was back to..." May 09

  • Astros place Luke Gregerson on the family emergency medical list

    Hardball Talk "Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have placed closer Luke Gregerson on the family emergency medical list. To take his place on the roster, the Astros promoted Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno. Chad Qualls will serve as the Astros’ interim closer." May 08

  • Rangers win third straight behind Colby Lewis’ pitching, Carlos Peguero homers

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers ran their winning streak to three games on Wednesday with an 11-1 clubbing of Houston that completed a sweep of the Astros. The game report card and highlights: The arms: RHP Colby Lewis did not allow a run until the eighth, ending a streak of 13 scoreless innings. The only runs..." May 07

  • MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

    Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07

  • Astros' Springer evaluated for concussion after spectacular catch at the wall

    The Score "George Springer continues to wow us on a nightly basis, but this time it might be at his own expense. The Houston Astros right fielder was taken out of the game in the eighth inning after robbing Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre of extra bases. "That was a scary play," Astros..." May 06

  • Wandy Rodriguez goes eight innings, retires final 19 batters in Rangers' 7-1 win over Astros

    Dallas Morning News "The arms: LHP Wandy Rodriguez retired the final 19 batters he faced and went eight innings. It was his longest start since May 13, 2012. … It was Rodriguez’s first win since May 26, 2013. … It was the 47 career win for Rodriguez in Minute Maid Park, which is the second highest for any pitcher. Roy..." May 06

  • Should The Astros Pursue Cole Hamels?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cole Hamels‘ name has been on the trade market for the better part of a year, but despite reported interest from teams such as the Red Sox, Rangers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres and others, the 31-year-old ace remains in Phillies pinstripes to open the 2015 season. The expectation is that Hamels..." May 06

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    hear carlos correa could be in in majors within a couple/few weeks. very likely MLB's top prospect (seager, buxton next)

  • Mariners get swept by Astros, fall 7-6 in finale

    Seattle Times "After four days of seeing their pitching pummeled up by a plethora of home runs — each one eliciting the playing of “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band in celebration — the Mariners limped out of Minute Maid Park, a beat-up and scuffling group who never want to hear that song again. The..." May 05

  • Texas Rangers snap Astros’ 10-game winning streak with 2-1 victory

    Dallas Morning News "The game report card and highlights from the Rangers’ 2-1 win over Houston on Monday: The arms: LHP Ross Detwiler walked two of the first three hitters he faced in the game, leading to a 26-pitch, one-run inning. … Detwiler, however, worked through the seventh inning. It was his first start of..." May 05

  • Evan Gattis leads Astros past Mariners for 10th straight win

    Houston Chronicle "Unsure if his line drive to left field would land in the Crawford Boxes, Evan Gattis dropped his bat and quickly took off to first base as the roar of the Minute Maid Park crowd built to crescendo Sunday afternoon. He then took a leisurely stroll around the bases, rejoicing in the love from a..." May 04

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

  • Astros roar back, club Mariners for ninth straight victory

    Houston Chronicle "This was the night the streak was supposed to end. Well, that’s how it seemed early at Minute Maid Park as the Mariners crushed three solo home runs against the Astros in the second inning Saturday. If you didn’t believe in the 2015 Astros already, the American League West leaders gave you more..." May 03

  • Home run barrage lifts Astros past Mariners, pushes win streak to eight games

    Houston Chronicle "Teams traditionally don’t fare well when the starting pitcher lasts only four innings. Yet even Samuel Deduno’s short outing was good enough to keep the surging Astros on their impressive run Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick and George Springer showed off their..." May 02