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  • Lance McCullers calls out MLB for failing to market star players

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been trying to find ways to offset declining attendance and television ratings for quite some time, and one star pitcher thinks he knows what the league’s biggest issue is. In his weekly appearance on Sports 610 Radio Thursday, Houston Astros starter..." July 20

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

    Deadspin "Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities. “I hope I’m around long enough to see us expand,” Manfred told..." July 19

  • Astros' Bregman named All-Star Game MVP

    The Score "In his first Midsummer Classic, Alex Bregman was the biggest star of all. The Houston Astros third baseman won the 2018 All-Star Game Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award after hitting a key 10th-inning home run to help lift the American League to an 8-6..." July 18

  • Astros are baseball's most dominant force — and they're having more fun than you

    USA Today "They are the envy of baseball, with a World Series championship last fall, another division champion in the pipeline and a six-pack of All-Stars here for the 89th All-Star Game.  Little wonder, then, that the Houston Astros have all the fun, too.  Alex Bregman took..." July 16

  • Verlander wants baseball to dump the designated hitter

    USA Today "Houston Astros All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander has never been shy of sharing his opinion, no matter who it might upset, and Monday said that it’s time for Major League Baseball to dump the designated hitter. In a time when offense is down to historic levels, Verlander..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Report: Astros linked to Reds closer Raisel Iglesias

    Sportsnaut "After sending former closer Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno this week, the Houston Astros’ need for help at the back of their bullpen grew even stronger. While the organization has explored multiple relievers on the trade market, the front office is especially high..." July 14

  • Kate Upton and Justin Verlander expecting first child

    Sportsnaut "Congratulations are in order for supermodel Kate Upton and her lesser half, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. In a bombshell post on Instagram Saturday morning, Upton announced that she’s pregnant with the couple’s first child. Talk about dropping the..." July 14

  • Rays' Blake Snell and Houston's Charlie Morton to Be Added to AL All-Star Team

    12 Up "After being the biggest ?All-Star snub of either league, Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starter Blake Snell has been named to the American League All-Star team. July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Astros' Carlos Correa taking positive steps in rehab

    Houston Chronicle "Still nursing the stiff back that's kept him on the disabled list since June 26, Carlos Correa said he was "on schedule" to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday, another crucial step in his return from the disabled list. "The back is feeling great, I think I'm..." July 12

  • Astros Showing Interest In Wilson Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have had discussions with the Rays regarding the possibility of acquiring catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a report from’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). No further details surrounding the connection are available at this time. Ramos, who’s closing in..." July 12

  • Astros won't get Correa back until after All-Star break

    The Score "The Houston Astros will continue to be without one of their best players until after the All-Star break. Shortstop Carlos Correa won't return from his back injury until after the Midsummer Classic, according to AT&T SportsNet's Julia Morales, who..." July 12

  • Astros' Alex Bregman to compete in 2018 Home Run Derby

    Houston Chronicle "Astros infielder Alex Bregman, who has hit 11 home runs in his last 24 games, will participate in the Home Run Derby as part of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game festivities. The announcement came the day after Bregman hit two home runs against the A's, the first multi-homer game of his..." July 12

  • Report: MLB to consider taking Justin Verlander’s advice on All-Star voting

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell was one of the biggest All-Star Game snubs in the history of the event, and Major League Baseball could take a step toward avoiding similarly embarrassing oversights in the future. Snell, whose 2.09 ERA was the best among starting pitchers in all of..." July 12

  • Home Run Derby field: Bryce Harper headlines slugging showcase

    USA Today "Washington Nationals outfielder and All-Star Game ambassador Bryce Harper will headline this year's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington. Joining him for Monday's showcase is a group of sluggers who have hit 150 home runs. Seven of the eight..." July 12

  • Alex Bregman can't help being ridiculously clutch

    The Score "When the Houston Astros flirted with the prospect of dropping a home series to the lowly Toronto Blue Jays a couple weeks back, it was Alex Bregman who put the kibosh on that, propelling his club to a dramatic, come-from-behind win - and a series victory - June 27 at Minute Maid Park with a..." July 11

  • Ken Giles Optioned to Triple-A After Saying 'F--k You' to A.J. Hinch on Mound

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that they have optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A one day after he hurled an expletive at manager A.J. Hinch when he pulled him from a game. The Astros have recalled left-hander Cionel Perez in a corresponding move. Hinch pulled..." July 11

  • Astros too good for Ken Giles’ antics

    Houston Chronicle "Did Ken Giles believe he shouldn’t have been pulled by A.J. Hinch? Did Giles think that more than 34,000 paying fans were wrong and he was right? That’s the only way to explain it. Because, otherwise, Giles’ me-first antics Tuesday night at Minute..." July 11

  • Astros' Gerrit Cole going on bereavement list; Jake Marisnick to rejoin team

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros placed starter Gerrit Cole on the bereavement list on Tuesday and recalled Jake Marisnick from Class AAA Fresno as a corresponding move. Cole struck out 11 across six scoreless innings in Monday's 2-0 loss against the A's. It was not immediately clear..." July 10

  • Astros extend Minute Maid Park lease through 2050

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros extended their lease at Minute Maid Park through 2050 on Monday. The announcement was made at the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Board of Directors meeting. The Astros' original lease was set to expire in 2030. "The Sports Authority's Board of..." July 10

  • Justin Verlander has idea to help fix MLB All-Star voting

    Yardbarker "This year’s MLB All-Star Game voting featured one of the worst snubs in recent memory, and Justin Verlander has an idea that he believes could help prevent similar situations going forward. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell was not selected to the American League..." July 09

  • Hinch adds Rays' Cash to ASG staff: He's experienced 'handling 9 pitchers a game'

    The Score "When the All-Star Game gets underway on July 17, the American League club will be coached by the entire Houston Astros staff with one special guest as skipper A.J. Hinch invited his friend and Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash to join him. "He's done a tremendous job,"..." July 08

  • Astros consider Abreu despite hefty price-tag and recent slump

    Yardbarker "The Astros have shown interest in White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Abreu carries a stronger track record than Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel and designated hitter Evan Gattis, either of whom could lose playing time to Abreu if the reigning..." July 08

  • Astros Promote Kyle Tucker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have called up top prospect Kyle Tucker, The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan reports (Twitter link).  Jake Marisnick will be sent down to Triple-A in the corresponding move, as per’s Brian McTaggart (via Twitter). " July 07

  • Astros Brian McCann says he will return during regular season

    Houston Chronicle "Astros catcher Brian McCann, who underwent arthroscopic surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, said Friday he was "100 percent" certain he will return to the active roster before the end of the regular season. McCann, who was placed on the disabled..." July 06

  • Astros won't make bullpen move if it pushes 'really good' reliever out

    Yardbarker "The Astros are checking around on the bullpen market, though a source tells’s Mark Feinsand that the team isn’t going to make a move unless a clear upgrade can be found. “It’s going to be really hard for them to upgrade given that adding someone means..." July 04

  • Justin Verlander won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Sportsnaut "Justin Verlander won’t be able to pitch in the All-Star Game, even though he’s almost certainly going to be an All-Star. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Tuesday that he’s informed MLB that Verlander will be pitching in the team’s final game..." July 03

  • Right knee soreness sends Astros' Brian McCann to DL again

    Houston Chronicle "For the second time in two months, and third time since August 2017, Astros catcher Brian McCann is heading to the disabled list with right knee soreness. Tim Federowicz will be added to the roster from Class AAA Fresno in McCann’s absence. The 34-year-old catcher had..." July 03

  • Red Sox and Astros have sights set on Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox and Astros are among the teams with interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Houston, in particular, is “looking hard at Iglesias,” Cafardo writes. The Astros had been eyeing fellow late-game option Kelvin Herrera, per..." July 01

  • Correa headed to DL with back ailment "The Astros will place shortstop Carlos Correa on the 10-day DL on Friday with a back issue. " June 28

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Alex Bregman Shaved His Mustache Between At-Bats

    SI "Alex Bregman's shaving habits garnered attention when he shaved his mustache between at-bats in Sunday's 11–3 win over the Royals.  The third baseman entered the game on a 1–for–9 run so perhaps it was a method of changing face and changing..." June 25

  • Astros reportedly still interested in Zach Britton despite failed trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Astros were on the verge of acquiring relief pitcher Zach Britton from the Orioles at the trade deadline last year, but the deal fell through because of medical questions surrounding the prospects involved. Perhaps the two teams are ready to try again. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports..." June 22

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies, Astros, Indians battle for Orioles' Zach Britton?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Zach Britton trade rumors will likely be a whirlwind this summer. After missing the bulk of the season with an Achilles injury, Britton is now back and trying to re-establish himself as one of baseball's best closers after battling injuries for the better part of..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Astros Extend Jeff Luhnow Through 2023

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have extended general manager Jeff Luhnow's contract until 2023 and promoted him to president of baseball operations. Luhnow joined owner Jim Crane at a news conference announcing the extension prior to Monday night's game at Minute Maid Park. Crane hired..." June 18

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Astros sign 2018 first-round draft pick Seth Beer

    KPLC TV "The Houston Astros have signed 2018 first-round MLB Draft selection OF Seth Beer today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition, Mike Elias. “Seth Beer has been college..." June 13

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Yankees, Astros bidding war for dominant lefty?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If the Yankees can't find a top-of-the-rotation arm between now and July 31, adding a lockdown relief pitcher may be the best way to improve an already excellent team. While that may seem crazy, there's logic behind it. That's especially..." June 13

  • Astros Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Seth Beer "Seth Beer, an outfielder from Clemson taken by the Astros with the No. 28 overall pick in last week's MLB Draft, says he's agreed to terms with the club. Beer will fly to Houston on Tuesday to sign his contract before beginning his pro career at Class A Short-Season..." June 10

  • Correa, Bregman brothers drafted by Astros "The Astros like the Correas. And the Bregmans. And three generations worth of the Cruz family. There's Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman, the dominating left side of Houston's infield, and Jose Cruz, the eldest of the lineage of Cruz's forever legendary in Astros lore because..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Dallas Keuchel speculates he may be tipping pitches

    Larry Brown Sports "Dallas Keuchel was tagged for seven earned runs in a loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, and the left-hander thinks he may have figured out why he is struggling over his last several starts. Following the Houston Astros’ 7-1 loss, Keuchel wondered if he has been tipping his..." June 06

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Roger Clemens to call tonight’s Red Sox-Astros game on Red Sox radio

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are going to Houston to take on the Astros tonight. One of their color guys for the radio broadcast isn’t going to have to make the trip because he already lives there. His name is Roger Clemens. Clemens will join WEEI’s Tim Neverett and Dale Arnold for the..." May 31