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  • George Springer considered day-to-day with back stiffness

    Larry Brown Sports "George Springer has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, but the Houston Astros outfielder could be sidelined for a day or two. Springer left Sunday’s loss against the Boston Red Sox with lower back stiffness, prompting some worry about his health going forward...." May 20

  • Astros OF George Springer leaves game with lower back stiffness

    CBS Sports "The Astros cited lower-back stiffness as the cause of Springer's early removal from Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Brian McTaggart of reports. Springer struck out in all three of his plate appearances and appeared to be in discomfort on several swings during the..." May 19

  • These Astros prospects might be next called up "The arrival of top prospects in the Majors has made headlines this season, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nick Senzel among those getting the call. This week, the Brewers promoted Keston Hiura, while the Rockies called up Brendan Rodgers. That begs..." May 18

  • Jose Altuve will need rehab assignment before return

    Yardbarker "While the Houston Astros would love to have All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve back in their lineup as soon as possible, the team now seems prepared to be without him for a little longer than first expected. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, manager A.J. Hinch said..." May 17

  • Ryan Pressly making Twins regret trading him to Astros as reliever sets MLB record

    Sporting News "When the Astros acquired Ryan Pressley before the 2018 trade deadline from the Twins they hoped they'd be able to make him even better than he already was. It's safe to say they have done just that. With Pressly's scoreless eighth inning against the Red Sox on..." May 17

  • MLB's Top FA Signing Michael Brantley Has Turned Astros Offense into Best Ever

    Bleacher Report "If the Houston Astros hadn't signed Michael Brantley, we probably wouldn't be about to discuss their offense as the best in Major League Baseball history. But they did, and so here we are. The Astros are rolling, folks. After a good-not-great April, they've won..." May 17

  • Ryan Pressly matches Craig Kimbrel's record streak "The Astros acquired right-hander Ryan Pressly from the Twins on July 27, 2018, looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run. In his Houston debut, Pressly allowed a home run to the very first batter he faced, Texas’ Rougned Odor. It’s fair to say that did not set..." May 17

  • MLB rumors: Phillies planning run at Astros’ Gerrit Cole?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It’s always about the money. As we creep closer and closer to the June MLB Draft, teams will soon no longer be able to use draft pick compensation (and the loss of draft slot dollars) to justify passing up either Dallas Keuchel or Craig Kimbrel. For a team like..." May 15

  • Justin Verlander on why the Tigers didn't win a World Series, current state of Detroit sports

    Detroit News "It's not his first time back in Detroit, and Wednesday won't be his first start back in Detroit with the Houston Astros. Been there, done that. That's not to say it's still not an overwhelming time for Verlander, who chummed around with Miguel Cabrera, Jack..." May 14

  • Astros To Shift Collin McHugh To Bullpen, Promote Corbin Martin

    Sporting News "Astros righty Collin McHugh has been demoted to the bullpen, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday. Houston called up top prospect Corbin Martin to make his MLB debut Sunday against the Rangers to take McHugh's place in the rotation. McHugh gave up 24 earned runs in..." May 12

  • Roberto Osuna Calling Out 'Haters' With Mother's Day Cleats is an Awful Look

    12 Up "Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna is simultaneously one of the most dominant young relievers in the league and one of the most despicable people in the league given his domestic violence history. Perhaps blissfully unaware of what people think about him--or maybe, even..." May 12

  • Madison Bumgarner Putting Contenders on His No-Trade List is Freaking Brilliant

    12 Up "Madison Bumgarner is paving his own path, whether the San Francisco Giants like it or not. The Giants are a once-proud veteran group rotting from within, and the question is not if, but when they'll want to sell off their prominent pieces in the next few seasons. With July..." May 12

  • Astros Place Jose Altuve On Injured List

    Houston Chronicle "José Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring on Saturday, fallout from his first-inning exit during Friday's game. Pitching prospect Corbin Martin, who is scheduled to make his major league debut in Sunday's game against the Rangers,..." May 12

  • Dallas Keuchel & Craig Kimbrel Will Soon Be Free Of Draft Compensation

    MLB Trade Rumors "It’s funny how narratives shift. Not long ago, the drag effect of the qualifying offer was perhaps the single hottest topic in discussions of open-market dynamics. Now, broader forces have far eclipsed it in importance while rule changes have reduced the impact of the compensation..." May 11

  • Rain falls inside Astros' enclosed Minute Maid Park, drenching some fans

    CBS Sports "Houston got hit hard with weather this week, enduring severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and baseball-sized hail. Astros fans weren't immune to it-- even the ones under the domed roof of Minute Maid Park. As seen on social media, Thursday night's Astros..." May 11

  • José Altuve exits game with hamstring discomfort

    Hardball Talk "Astros second baseman José Altuve was removed from Friday’s game against the Rangers after suffering some pain in his left hamstring. As the extent of his injury has yet to be determined, he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being. In the bottom of the first..." May 11

  • The Astros are one of the true power teams in MLB this season, but they might be better than you think

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros over the last two full season have racked up 204 wins and a World Series trophy. Given that recent history, their intact core, targeted additions, and collection of ready-now prospects, it's not a surprise that the Astros are presently atop the AL West..." May 10

  • One year later, Roberto Osuna case still raises uneasy questions

    Sportsnet "Whispers that police were looking into something that involved a member of the Toronto Blue Jays began filtering out early in the morning. Before long, the whispers turned into suggestions of a domestic assault allegation involving Roberto Osuna. The official word came down at..." May 08

  • Dallas Keuchel knows what he's worth and will not settle

    Yahoo! Sports "The man in sunglasses on a patio that overlooked a pool, a fairway and then the Pacific Ocean on Monday afternoon was Dallas Keuchel, who is at the moment unemployed. In his seventh month of free agency, what he desires is a job at a salary he considers to be fair, and what he has found..." May 07

  • George Springer Punished For Mouthing Homophobic Slur at Umpire

    TMZ "Houston Astros star George Springer has been disciplined by the MLB ... and it's over a homophobic slur he mouthed at an umpire after a strikeout.  The incident went down back on April 23 during the Astros-Twins game -- when Springer was called out on strikes by..." May 03

  • Yankees Will Reportedly Have Interest in Signing Dallas Keuchel After MLB Draft

    12 Up "The first month of baseball is already in the books, and former Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel has yet to sign with a new team.  However, it appears there's a good reason why. According to reports, the New York Yankees will be interested in signing the..." May 02

  • Report: George Springer received unspecified punishment for use of homophobic slur

    Hardball Talk "During a seven-game homestand that included a three-game set versus the Twins, Astros outfielder George Springer was seen shouting a homophobic slur at umpire Ángel Hernández. Dawn Ennis of Outsports reports that Major League Baseball punished Springer in an as..." May 02

  • Justin Verlander's Stats Since Joining the Astros are Completely Absurd

    12 Up "The Houston Astros used to be frequent renters at the bottom of the MLB standings. But after years of drafting and trading, they built themselves a young super team. Prior to their World Series run in 2017, the Astros needed an ace, and they got one in the form of Justin..." May 01

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • Why free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel could wait until after June 5 to sign

    SNY TV "A month of the 2019 season has passed and free agents Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are still on the market. And the longer this plays out, the more it could make sense for one or both of them to wait until after June 5 to sign. Here's why... As..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Bregman responds to Bauer chirp: 'We're not friends'

    The Score "Alex Bregman doesn't appear too impressed with Trevor Bauer's consistent trash talk. The Cleveland Indians starter limited the Houston Astros to one run over eight innings while picking up a win on Thursday. Bauer then celebrated on Twitter, jabbing at Bregman and saying he..." April 27

  • Dallas Keuchel isn't the answer for Red Sox, as Alex Cora just explained by accident

    NBC Sports Boston "Want to know why Dallas Keuchel is a bad fit for the Red Sox? Alex Cora's answer to a totally unrelated question tells the story. Speaking to reporters before the game Wednesday vs. the Tigers, the Red Sox manager was asked about the evolution of baseball to a swing-and-miss..." April 25

  • Phillies, Astros among teams that could land Madison Bumgarner

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco Giants find themselves in a less-than-ideal situation. Just years removed from winning multiple titles, this organization is stuck between a false hope of contention and a complete rebuild. San Francisco enters Wednesday’s action with a 10-14 record and in last..." April 24

  • Why are teams still staying away from Dallas Keuchel?

    CBS Sports "For as much attention as closer Craig Kimbrel has received over the past month, it's worth remembering he isn't the only noteworthy free agent remaining. Rather, left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel is still available, too -- a fact teams seem to have forgotten. Seeing..." April 24

  • George Springer Drops NSFW Insult at Angel Hernandez After Terrible Strike Call

    12 Up "We're not even one month into the MLB season, and ?umpire Angel Hernandez is already getting under the skin of the league's biggest stars. The latest player to become frustrated with Hernandez is Houston Astros outfielder George Springer. On Tuesday night against the..." April 24

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Dallas Keuchel prefers to re-sign with Astros?

    Larry Brown Sports "Dallas Keuchel remains a free agent almost a month into the MLB season, and there is still a chance it could be another month or more before he finds work. However, there is one team that may have more incentive to sign him than others. Keuchel rejected a qualifying offer from the..." April 22

  • Dallas Keuchel open to one-year deal for 2019 with multiple landing spots in play

    CBS Sports "Former Astros left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned here on April 18. Several teams that expect to contend this season definitely having room in the rotation for someone who could be a stabilizing force. We sometimes go weeks without hearing a Keuchel rumor,..." April 18

  • Astros GM hopes to see an MLB team in Mexico

    ESPN "With Major League Baseball set to play another regular-season series in Monterrey, Mexico, next month, the general manager of one of the teams involved says he hopes the scheduling of games there not only becomes a permanent fixture but also includes a franchise south of the border whenever the..." April 17

  • MLB rumors: NL contender ready to beat Phillies, Mets to Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel

    Newark Star-Ledger "Watch out, NL East contenders. The Milwaukee Brewers are lurking as the team to watch in the sweepstakes for one (or both) of the high-profile free-agent arms still out on the market. According to, the Brewers are still in contact with the agents for..." April 17

  • Collin McHugh goes into The Matrix to avoid line drive

    Hardball Talk "Astros starter Collin McHugh went into The Matrix to dodge a bullet hit by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night in Oakland. By avoiding the line drive, McHugh allowed shortstop Carlos Correa to turn a 6-3 unassisted double play,..." April 17

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Astros' Josh James striving to clean up early season issues

    Houston Chronicle "The combination of a curtailed spring and inconsistent timing have contributed to Astros reliever Josh James' subpar start to his anticipated rookie season. In six appearances out of the bullpen, James has a 7.88 ERA. The righthander has yielded six earned runs during his last two..." April 15

  • Paxton believes he tipped pitches vs. Astros "James Paxton was seated in the players' dining area this weekend when he was approached by Carlos Beltran. The long-time big leaguer had made a discovery while reviewing video of the pitcher's most recent start, part of his new role as a special advisor to general manager Brian..." April 14

  • Healthy Altuve reminding everyone he's an MVP "The news on Saturday night, big news for one of the greatest little big men of them all, was that Jose Altuve had hit a home run in his fifth straight game, becoming the first player to do that this season. But the more important news, bigger news, is that Altuve is healthy again, and so in..." April 14

  • Red-hot Altuve says 5-game HR streak is accidental

    Houston Chronicle "The expression is expected but somewhat unbelievable. José Altuve has proven his statement to be true and, yet, his results render a different thought. "I stand by my words when I say that when I go to home plate, I'm not trying to hit homers," Altuve said..." April 14

  • Altuve is 1st in MLB in '19 to achieve this HR feat "Even by his standards, which includes an American League MVP Award and a World Series championship, José Altuve is having a career week. Altuve became the first player in MLB this season to homer in five straight games in the Astros' 3-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday,..." April 14

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees not interested in Dallas Keuchel?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Don’t hold your breath for Yankees owner Hal Steinbrennerto chuck money at the team’s Luis Severino problem. They’re not currently chasing free agent star Dallas Keuchel, according to a report from SNY’s John..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Is this the Season Alex Bregman Reaches Escape Velocity?

    The Crawfish Boxes "Escape velocity: the speed required for an object to break out of the Earth’s gravitational pull in order travel freely in outer space. It is 11.7 Km/sec, several times faster than a bullet. Is this the year Alex Bregman goes into outer space? Here’s why he..." April 10

  • Dallas Keuchel is just what the depleted Yankees rotation needs

    New York Post "The Yankees were determined to sneak through this season with a economical rotation led by young ace Luis Severino and a cast of veterans and some key young arms to bridge the gap, So confident were they in this plan that they gave Severino a four-year, $40 million extension in spring..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09