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  • Astros win 100th game of 2019, clinch postseason berth for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros are heading back to the postseason. Wednesday night Houston clinched a postseason berth for the third straight year with their win over the Rangers (HOU 3, TEX 2). Their worst case scenario right now is being the second wild-card team. This is..." September 19

  • Gerrit Cole reaches 300 strikeouts

    Hardball Talk "Astros starter Gerrit Cole recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2019 season on Wednesday night against the Rangers, fanning Shin-Soo Choo to end the sixth inning. He has thus far held the Rangers scoreless on two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. " September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list? "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Aaron Sanchez May Not Be Ready For Start Of 2020 Season

    Yardbarker "Details surrounding Aaron Sanchez’s shoulder surgery last week remain unusually sparse, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated to reporters on Wednesday that Sanchez’s rehab process could carry into the 2020 season, via Brian McTaggart of The..." September 19

  • Astros shut down Collin McHugh for the season

    Hardball Talk "Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have shut down pitcher Collin McHugh for the remainder of the season, as the right-hander is still feeling pain when he throws. McHugh, 32, went on the injured list at the end of August due to elbow discomfort, an issue..." September 17

  • Astros' All Star Carlos Correa To Begin Rehab Assignment On Friday

    Sportsnaut "As the Houston Astros gear up for another postseason run, All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa is now taking the first big step to potentially rejoin the team before playoff baseball hits in October. Houston announced Correa will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday..." September 13

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole putting on the greatest pitching show in baseball

    USA Today "Their personalities are drastically different, growing up on different sides of the country, born seven years apart, but at times, can act so eerily similar. The one with the receding hairline and slowly forming bald spot, walks into the Houston Astros clubhouse the day he pitches,..." September 12

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • Should Alex Bregman be MVP over Mike Trout? "Alex Bregman should win the American League Most Valuable Player Award. How’s that for getting to the point? At the very least, he deserves a second and third look before voters cast a ballot for Mike Trout. Nothing against Trout, who has earned his "best player in the..." September 11

  • Astros change color of seat Yordan Alvarez HR hit "The seat where Astros rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez deposited a baseball with a tape-measure home run in the second inning of Monday’s blowout win over the A’s has been wrapped in orange vinyl by the Astros to mark its significance. Alvarez, the lefty slugger who is the..." September 10

  • Astros dominating opponents behind powerful offense, spectacular pitching

    USA Today "What the Houston Astros are doing is almost obscene, becoming more ridiculous by the day. One day, they score 21 runs with a franchise-record 11 doubles. The next, it’s 15 runs with a franchise-tying seven home runs. “That’s what’s..." September 10

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • Historic Yordan HR part of MLB-record barrage "HOUSTON -- Coming off a game in which they erupted for 21 runs on Sunday against the Mariners, the Astros picked up right where they left off Monday by blasting six home runs in the first two innings against the A’s, including two by rookie sensation Yordan..." September 09

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • Astros' Carlos Correa not rushing rehab, confirms he's switched agents

    Houston Chronicle "Astros shortstop Carlos Correa took ground balls on the field at Minute Maid Park and worked in the batting cage underneath the stands Thursday as he continues with what he acknowledged is a slow, measured return to activity from his most recent back injury. Correa said he was pleased..." September 05

  • Carlos Correa 'Likely' Switching to A-Rod's Talent Agent

    The Big Lead "Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros’ 24-year old shortstop, is changing agents. Correa, under apparent advisement from Alex Rodriguez, is reportedly likely signing with WME’s Jon Rosen. Correa made $5 million this year thanks to arbitration and he’ll be doing that again..." September 05

  • George Springer diagnosed with a “mild concussion”

    Hardball Talk "On Tuesday Houston outfielder George Springer smashed his head into the wall after making a great catch in the Astros’ loss to Milwaukee. He had to be carted off the field.Yesterday morning the club suggested that Springer may have a chance to avoid the injured list, but..." September 05

  • Astros’ SP Aaron Sanchez out for season following upcoming shoulder procedure

    Sportsnaut "The Houston Astros suffered another blow to their rotation and pitching depth on Thursday with starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez now expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season. Houston’s general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Sanchez will undergo a procedure on his right..." September 05

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • George Springer is day-to-day after his ugly crash into the wall

    Hardball Talk "Last night Houston outfielder George Springer smashed his head into the wall after making a great catch in the Astros’ loss to Milwaukee. He had to be carted off the field and, from the looks of it, seemed like he’d be taking the express train to Concussion..." September 04

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • George Springer Carted Off After Smashing Head Into Outfield Wall During Acrobatic Catch

    Deadspin "Every time an outfielder tracks a ball to the outfield wall, there’s a small but not insignificant chance of something violent happening. Perhaps not quite on the scale of the outfielder in the baseball blooper reel from The Naked Gun, but danger is inherent anytime someone..." September 04

  • Zack Greinke pokes fun at himself for getting picked off first base

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Greinke didn’t exactly have his finest moment on the baseball diamond Tuesday, and he knows it. The Houston Astros righty, who got a chance to play offense in an interleague game against the Milwaukee Brewers, reached first base on a single in the fifth inning, only to..." September 04

  • Astros Designate Reymin Guduan

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros designated troubled minor league reliever Reymin Guduan for assignment on Tuesday, the same day they reinstated him from a two-month long suspension. Guduan, a 27-year-old lefthander who was a serious candidate to make the opening day bullpen during spring training, threw..." September 03

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Kyle Tucker will have to earn at-bats with Astros

    Houston Chronicle "Kyle Tucker will start his second major league stint as a "complement player" who must earn more at-bats, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday. Tucker, catcher Garrett Stubbs and lefthanded reliever Cionel Perez were all added to Houston's active roster prior to..." September 03

  • Cole, Verlander make MLB history with consecutive 14-strikeout games

    The Score "Gerrit Cole didn't duplicate teammate Justin Verlander's no-hitter, but he did help the pair make history Monday. Verlander and Cole each struck out 14 batters in their latest outings on Sunday and Monday, respectively, to make the Houston Astros the first..." September 03

  • Tigers happy for Justin Verlander's third no-hitter "Perhaps it was fitting that while former Tiger Justin Verlander was racking up outs in Toronto on his way to his third career no-hitter, his younger brother Ben was watching it from Comerica Park, the site of Justin Verlander’s first no-no. “That was crazy,” Ben..." September 02

  • Astros Promote Kyle Tucker

    Yardbarker "Top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker will headline the Astros’ September call-ups, per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter links). He’ll be joined by catcher Garrett Stubbs and left-hander Cionel Perez at the big-league level today. Infielder/outfielder Myles Straw will likely be..." September 02

  • Justin Verlander no-hits Jays for 3rd career no-no "The Astros’ first no-hitter of 2019 was a combined effort. Sunday’s feat was started and finished by Justin Verlander. Verlander tossed the third no-hitter of his career in a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. As a Tiger, he no-hit the Brewers on June 12, 2007, and the..." September 01

  • Collin McHugh Headed To Injured List

    CBS Sports "Collin McHugh (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. It's not clear what McHugh is dealing with or how long it will keep him sidelined at this point. " August 31

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • Astros' Gerrit Cole listed as Giants free-agent option by Jeff Passan

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants are starting to see their rotation take shape for the present and future.  Jeff Samardzija is signed through next season and has a 1.99 ERA over the last two months. Johnny Cueto is set to return from Tommy John surgery and is signed through 2021 with a team..." August 29

  • Brad Peacock Undergoes MRI, Returns To Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "Just 10 days after being activated from the injured list, Astros righty Brad Peacock is headed back to the IL with right shoulder discomfort, the team announced. No timetable for his return has been provided, though Peacock told reporters that he’s undergone an MRI and is awaiting results..." August 28

  • GM Jeff Luhnow thinks his Astros will pass the Dodgers and Yankees for best record; is he right?

    The Score "Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident his club will finish the regular season with the most wins in the majors. "Right now we're half a game behind L.A. for the best record in all of baseball, and I think we are going to pass them," Luhnow said..." August 28

  • 15 former MLB players who are still playing professional baseball, including Brandon Phillips and Carlos Zambrano

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention..." August 28

  • Each MLB Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball offseason will be here before anyone knows it. And because this winter's crop of free agents looks relatively weak, trades could be all the rage. We've speculated on the most likely player on each team to be traded during the 2019-2020 offseason. We..." August 28

  • Astros ace Justin Verlander tossed for arguing about strike zone, thinks ejection was unwarranted

    CBS Sports "Justin Verlander's dominant outing against the Rays Tuesday (HOU 15, TB 1) was cut short when he was ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg for arguing the strike zone. The Astros ace expressed his displeasure on Hoberg's called ball on a..." August 28

  • Wade Miley will be in high demand in free agency "When the Astros acquired Zack Greinke at the Trade Deadline, it gave Houston a 1-2-3 punch that rivals nearly any we’ve seen in the modern era. What went largely unnoticed was the impact the move had on the back end of the rotation, where Wade Miley now stands as Houston’s No. 4..." August 27

  • 10 injured players who could impact playoff races with September returns, including Luis Severino and Tyler Glasnow

    CBS Sports "This coming Sunday is Sept. 1, which is the day teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players up to 40 players. The September call-up rules will change next year -- teams will only be able to carry up to 28 players -- but, for now, they are the same as always. Up to 40 active players..." August 27

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees vs. Phillies bidding war for Astros’ Gerrit Cole?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Even as pennant races tighten and October looms, smart front offices never let the moment distract from the big picture. That includes potential avenues to improve, especially free agency. When the offseason hits, one arm will loom above the rest on the market:..." August 27