Hardball Talk "The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from the Athletics last week, but they are still thinking big as they make a push for the postseason. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Astros “remain in the thick” of the bidding for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and are “making a big push” to get a deal..." July 28
The #Astros remain in the thick of the Cole Hamels bidding, even after Kazmir trade. They're making big push, source says.
Fox Sports "This was one nice day for Kansas City's rotation. The Royals traded for Johnny Cueto and then used Yordano Ventura's seven sharp innings to beat Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros 5-1 on Sunday. "I wanted to see the old Ventura out there and we saw it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's..." July 27
CBS Sports "Tyson Ross is an extremely popular man on the trade market, with the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and others interested. While Ross is having only a solid season -- 6-8, 3.45 -- he is extremely well regarded, and what's more he has three years to go before free agency. Toronto and Los..." July 27
Fox Sports "Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is one of the most intriguing players on the trade market – a right-handed hitter who is affordable and under club control through next season. Not surprisingly, Gomez is drawing interest -- and not only from teams in obvious contention. The Rangers and..." July 27
CBS Sports "The Nationals and Blue Jays are among the teams showing some interest in Padres star closer Craig Kimbrel, who along with the rest of the San Diego roster, is available. Washington and Toronto are two teams that have been connected to eminently available Jonathan Papelbon, so their potential..." July 27
Kansas City Star "Looking to snap a seven-game skid against the Astros, the Royals’ bats were as silent for most of the night as Kauffman Stadium’s malfunctioning public-address system was for the first 2 1/2 innings. Thanks to six strong innings from a resurgent Danny Duffy and the Royals’ electrifying bullpen,..." July 26
MLB.com "Sunday's National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is dominated by three of the greatest pitchers of their era, plus a versatile position player who ended his 20-year career, all in Houston, with 3,060 hits. The Class of 2015 is composed of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and..." July 26
Houston Chronicle "Scott Kazmir, a proud son of the Gulf Coast, showed Friday night he can feel equally at home on a hot, humid evening in the steamy embrace of Middle America. Kazmir, pitching for the first time for his hometown Astros after being acquired in a trade Thursday with the Athletics, allowed three..." July 25
Source: Astros OF Alex Presley clears waivers and is outrighted to AAA. Can decline assignment.
Houston Chronicle "A walk-off home run for Jose Altuve and a three-game sweep Thursday night, with a shiny new starting pitcher taking the hill a day later in Scott Kazmir. Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame ceremony looms on the weekend. Even the first-place Angels cooperated Thursday with a loss. There’s been plenty..." July 24
Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics have traded starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir had been on turn to start against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the A's have instead recalled pitcher Arnold Leon to go to the bullpen,..." July 24
Houston Chronicle "Wednesday night is a night Astros outfielder Preston Tucker won’t forget. He had his first multi-homer game against the Boston Red Sox. “First home run I was just trying to get on base get something going,” Tucker said. “The second one I know we had (Jose) Altuve and I was just trying to get..." July 23
MLB.com "Jeff Samardzija isn't quite baseball's version of "Where's Waldo," but the guy gets around. That trend isn't likely to stop now, not with the White Sox making a 9-2 stretch before the All-Star break look more like an outlier than a contender finding its stride. Samardzija, the most likely..." July 23
Houston Chronicle "Vince Velasquez had no idea what was coming, and that’s what made the Astros’ ritual so special Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Shortly after the rookie righthander earned his first victory in the majors with an 8-3 win over the Red Sox, Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel surprised him by..." July 22
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros infielder Jed Lowrie has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday evening with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. Lowrie has been on the disabled list since suffering a ligament tear in his right (throwing-side) thumb back..." July 22
CBS Sports "Reds star right-hander Johnny Cueto is the best starting pitcher on the trade market, though it's possible he could be joined at the top if the Tigers -- who over the next nine days will be weighing whether to sell or buy -- make David Price available. Barring that outside possibility regarding..." July 22
Deadspin "VinePair charted the best beer prices from all 30 MLB teams. Unsurprisingly, Fenway Park bleeds their patrons dry when it comes to selling beers. Leeches. The first graph’s a bit useless, since there are varying sizes of the cheapest small beer available: As an example, the Phillies’ smallest..." July 22
SB Nation "The trade deadline is in 10 days. There are no rumors. Why, did you hear any rumors? If you have a good Ken Rosenthal tweet, can you share it with me? I just sit in a dark room, favoriting and unfavoriting a tweet from the Ken Rosenthai imposter account, hoping it'll get me closer to the next real..." July 22
Houston Chronicle "A baseball source said Tuesday the Phillies were taking the Astros seriously amidst a group of three or four teams that are contending for the pitcher, with other clubs are on the periphery as the non-waiver deadline looms July 31. Although the Astros may be able to acquire a half-year rental..." July 22
Hardball Talk "Jeff Luhnow is a guy I wanna play poker with. Not only can you look over his shoulder and see what cards he’s holding, but he’ll tip his hand verbally too! Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow joined Nick Wright and John Lopez In The Loop on Tuesday morning on SportsRadio 610 and Price’s dog was..." July 21
CBS Sports "By any measure, Rogers Clemens is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He won 354 games as well as a record seven Cy Young Awards. Clemens also ranks third all-time in strikeouts (4,672) and WAR (139.4). And yet, despite his greatness, Clemens has not come close to being elected..." July 21
Houston Chronicle "Third baseman Luis Valbuena had a career game Sunday afternoon, helping the Astros rout the Rangers 10-0 at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena snapped an 0-for-7 skid while going 4-for-5 to set a new career high for hits. He also tied his previous career high with four RBIs. “You have to be..." July 20
RHP Scott Feldman has been activated off the DL. In a corresponding roster move, #Astros have designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.
Dallas Morning News "The arms: RHP Colby Lewis had his ninth start of seven-plus innings this season. He is tied for ninth in the American League in the category. … Lewis held the left-handed hitters to two hits, both singles, in 15 at-bats. … In the eighth, LHP Sam Freeman replaced RHP Tanner Scheppers with two outs..." July 19
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres' second half will begin Friday night with James Shields taking the mound against the Rockies. The series opener is the first of 10 consecutive games at Petco Park, 10 games that will either seal the Padres as sellers before the July 31 trade deadline or rekindle their faint hopes of..." July 19
Chris Carter is "pretty sore," Hinch said. He could be headed for DL.
Houston Chronicle "Astros righthander Collin McHugh was essentially juggling burning knives, catching them behind his back and then heading back to the dugout unscathed Friday night at Minute Maid Park. McHugh and the Astros kept the raucous crowd of 36,904 at the edge of their seats, tempting fate often before..." July 18
NESN "If you think the Major League Baseball season needs to be shortened, then you might get your wish soon. Or not. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players’ Association director Tony Clark spoke to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale before Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati and said the league..." July 16
MLB.com "July is a fun month for fans and a busy one for the game's decision-makers, who will be focused almost exclusively on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Without a doubt, the rumor mill will circulate many players' names across the next couple of weeks. Of those who will be bandied about,..." July 16
Hardball Talk "Mike Trout is the best baseball player in the game today. You can doubt this if you wish, but you’d be wrong to do so. No matter what you think about that, Trout led the charge for the American League on Tuesday night, reaching base three times, scoring twice, launching a home run and showing..." July 15
ESPN "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared a vision of the game Tuesday that could ultimately include more than 30 franchises. Manfred, appearing at a Baseball Writers Association of America luncheon at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, said he's open-minded about the possibility of..." July 14
CBS Sports "The Astros have keen trade interest in Reds starter Johnny Cueto, and it appears he may even be their top target, if as expected Cueto hits trade market soon, people familiar with their thinking say. Astros ace lefty Dallas Keuchel on Monday was named the American League All-Star starter, and..." July 14
Tampa Tribune "The Rays did not get a hit with a runner in scoring position Sunday, instead they cobbled together the go-ahead rally with a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice groundball that the Astros failed to turn into a double play. Matt Moore pitched well enough to give his team a chance at a..." July 13
The Score "With just over 24 hours left before the first pitch flies in the MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, managers Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy revealed their starting lineups Monday for the 86th edition of the Midsummer Classic. Yost's starting lineup, which features reigning American League..." July 13
Hardball Talk "All-Star managers Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost have chosen their starting pitchers, with right-hander Zack Greinke of the Dodgers getting the assignment for the National League and left-hander Dallas Keuchel of the Astros being the pick for the American League. Greinke’s excellence is well known...." July 13
McHugh, Feldman, Keuchel (likely) for Astros out of the break.
Following today's game, the @astros recalled OF LJ Hoes from AAA and optioned RHP Dan Straily to AAA. Hoes will join the club at TB Sunday.
Tampa Tribune "Did he really miss five weeks? Jake Odorizzi returned from a longer than anticipated stay on the disabled list because of an oblique strain and started the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to another shutout victory of the season, this one a 3-0 win Saturday against the visiting Houston..." July 12
Tampa Tribune "And there was the lead after six innings, and there was Jake McGee on the mound for the seventh, and then Kevin Jepsen and then Brad Boxberger. And there was the formula that eluded the Tampa Bay Rays for the past three weeks, the one that helped carry them to the top of the division not all..." July 11
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona said Cody Anderson made a mistake in his off-season training program following the 2013 season. "He's always worked hard, but he was kind of like the lumberjack swinging the ax," said Francona. "He was kind of bulky and didn't have a lot of flexibility." Anderson..." July 10
Astros lineup pic.twitter.com/k5qzRxvLpR
Houston Chronicle "A straight six-man rotation doesn’t seem a likelihood for the Astros after the All-Star break, but they could buy young pitchers Lance McCullers and Vince Velasquez (upon his expected recall from the minor leagues) extra rest by inserting other starters here and there. McCullers could make one..." July 09
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona rode the hot bat of David Murphy to victory Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Murphy's two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Indians a 4-2 victory over AL West-leading Houston. The Indians lead the four-game series, 2-1. Houston had lefty Joe Thatcher on the..." July 09
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians didn't do anything different Tuesday night for Corey Kluber. In fact, they did less. Kluber and the bullpen, however, took matters into their own hands. Kluber threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and the bullpen did the rest in the Indians' 2-0 victory over Houston at Progressive Field...." July 08
Houston Chronicle "Astros righty Pat Neshek was an exception on the 2014 Cardinals, a team whose bullpen had the highest average four-seam fastball velocity average anywhere, 94.7 mph. That bullpen, like this year’s Astros corps, was one of baseball’s best. But on the 2015 Astros, Neshek is exactly average: the..." July 08
Houston Chronicle "Outfielder Preston Tucker’s 25th birthday Monday came with a career-high four hits, including one of two Astros home runs as they returned to the formula that’s been their most effective all season in a 9-4 win over the Indians. Go deep, and go deep a lot. Tucker’s fourth inning shot and..." July 07