Houston Chronicle "George Springer, who is on a rehab assignment at Class AA Corpus Christi, is scheduled to speak with manager A.J. Hinch about his status after the Hooks’ game Thursday. Unless there are setbacks, it would not be surprising if Springer is cleared to be activated from the disabled list Friday." September 02
The Crawfish Boxes "The Astros have designated pitcher Jake Buchanan for assignment in order to add relief pitcher Joe Thatcher, per the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich. Buchanan has bounced between the Astros and Triple A Fresno (and Oklahoma City before that) for that past two season. He appeared in 22 games..." September 01
Houston Chronicle "Welcome to September, when thoughts of Dallas Keuchel as Cy Young winner, A.J. Hinch as manager of the year, and the gem that really matters — a division title for their Astros — are no longer far-off dalliances. The stretch run, which few thought this team would be party to, is here. Monday..." September 01
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Ervin Santana was finally able to smile again on Sunday. Wait, he always smiles. He smiles after getting clobbered, he smiles after watching home runs disappear over the fence, he probably smiles as the dentist sticks a drill in his mouth. But Sunday’s grin was the smile of a winner. Hard to..." August 31
"We’ll get (Correa) out early tomorrow and have him run the bases and at least do some agility work in the outfield," Hinch said.
Houston Chronicle "Once he stepped on the mound Saturday evening, Astros righthander Mike Fiers wasted little energy thinking of the magic he created with a no-hitter in his previous outing. It has been 77 years since Johnny Vander Meer became the only pitcher in big league history to record no-hitters in..." August 30
The Astros have changed course. Max Stassi has been promoted from Fresno, Castro is heading to the disabled list.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Glen Perkins recorded his first 1-2-3 inning in a month Friday night. Must have been quite a relief, right? “It was the first time I’ve felt healthy in six weeks,” the once-and-future Twins closer said. “That was the relief.” Yeah, for the Twins, too. Perkins pitched the seventh inning,..." August 29
Hinch says Springer will start his rehab tomorrow at Class AA Corpus Christi.
Houston Chronicle "They’re scoring without the home run and they’re winning on the road. We may now direct attention away from recent deficiencies to the most understated excellence of the Astros in the second half: the starting pitching. The day-in, day-out effectiveness of the Astros’ low-velocity, outs-pumping..." August 27
Houston Chronicle "The Astros wanted offense and they wanted trade-deadline prize Carlos Gomez in full form, a pair of explosive forces that combusted on a night of runs and controversy Tuesday in a 15-1 WIN over the Yankees. Gomez, a self-proclaimed little cat, at last turned into a tiger at Yankee Stadium. The..." August 26
ESPN New York "During the Houston Astros' 15-1 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Carlos Gomez told Joe Girardi and the Yankees' dugout to "shut up," causing the benches to clear in the sixth inning. Gomez's three-run home run later in the game probably didn't help matters, either. With Houston..." August 26
Hinch said Springer will travel to Minnesota with club and take BP on Friday there. Appears he could begin rehab during weekend.
New York Daily News "With the NEWS that CC Sabathia was put on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his surgically-repaired right knee and the possibility that the leader of their pitching staff could be lost for the season, the Yankees needed a lift. Nathan Eovaldi delivered. The righthander fired eight..." August 25
Houston Chronicle "Jason Castro could sense the feeling long before he drilled his walk-off home run in the 10th inning Sunday afternoon. Marwin Gonzalez shared the same mindset before his clutch hit in the ninth, and Jose Altuve was just waiting to see which Astro would deliver the decisive blow. Club Astro is..." August 24
Houston Chronicle "If Dallas Keuchel can follow in the footsteps of the game’s premier southpaw just along the dotted line alone, Astros fans could have reason to be thrilled for a long time. Clayton Kershaw signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Dodgers in the 2011-12 offseason, which bought out his first..." August 24
Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch says George Springer will likely take batting practice Monday or Tuesday during the upcoming series against the Yankees at Yankees Stadium. “It’s very encouraging,” Hinch said. “That’s when it starts to feel real that he’s becoming more and more of an active player,..." August 24
#Astros 3B Jed Lowrie left today's game due to a right thumb contusion.
Hardball Talk "Astros right-hander Lance McCullers was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi on August 3 after failing to make it out of the first inning in a disastrous start against the Rangers. Houston’s braintrust wanted the 21-year-old to take a breather and come back ready to assist in the club’s final push..." August 23
Houston Chronicle "Dodgers ace Zack Greinke has been even better than Sonny Gray or Justin Verlander or Madison Bumgarner or Chris Archer, if ERA is your statistic of choice (1.58). Maybe batting average against (.193) is more your cup of tea. Greinke came into Saturday’s evening start leading the majors in both..." August 23
CBS Sports "Friday night. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers no-hit the Dodgers in his first career complete game (HOU 3, LAD 0). He threw 134 pitches in the historic performance. At some point during the game, television cameras caught Fiers with what appears to be a foreign substance on the inside of his..." August 23
Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are unconcerned about allegations that Mike Fiers may have had pine tar in his glove during his no-hitter on Friday night. Players like Carl Crawford and manager Don Mattingly downplayed photos that surfaced showing a shiny substance in the Astros pitcher’s glove. “I..." August 23
Houston Chronicle "Astros righthander Mike Fiers added another brilliant chapter to what already has been a surprisingly magical season Friday with a brilliant no-hitter at Minute Maid Park. Fiers fired a 90-mph fastball past the Dodgers’ Justin Turner, hunched down and then jumped up and tossed his glove in the..." August 22
Tampa Bay Times "Chris Archer's Thursday night on the Minute Maid Park mound didn't begin well, a four-pitch walk to leadoff man Jose Altuve that flashed back to the struggles in his previous outing. But Archer's night couldn't have ended better, celebrating his complete-game one-hitter in the Rays' 1-0..." August 21
Houston Chronicle "The greatest young talent at Minute Maid Park and maybe anywhere homered in the first inning. Four-plus hours later, he ended a budding marathon with a single through the right side, the second straight walk-off for the Astros against the Rays and the first of Carlos Correa’s career, 62 games..." August 20
Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers arm-saving hiatus is to end this weekend, when he’s reinserted into the Astros rotation Sunday in a match-up with the big kahuna, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Mike Fiers pitches opposite Houston resident Brett Anderson, and Scott Kazmir squares off with Zack Greinke in the first..." August 20
Houston Chronicle "Marwin Gonzalez doesn’t have a position. He has several. Need somebody to give Carlos Correa a breather at short, call on Marwin. Need somebody at second to give Jose Altuve a break, Marwin’s your man. When Astros manager A.J. Hinch found a hole at first, he plugged it with Gonzalez, who also..." August 19
Tampa Tribune "Tim Beckham put on a show during batting practice Monday afternoon, driving towering blasts off the short left field wall at Minute Maid Park and clearing the train tracks that sit atop the structure on at least one swing. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash asked him to try hitting a few line..." August 18
Houston Chronicle "Home was supposed to heal. When Jose Altuve suggests Carlos Correa join the Texans because of his tackling skills behind second base, it’s a sign the Astros are recovered and well. Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose was shaded too far to right field at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, and Alex..." August 17
The Score "Carlos knows football? After being tackled by Carlos Correa following a walk-off single to beat the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve thinks their star rookie may have to take up another sport. "I think if the Texans see that, they (are) going to put..." August 17
Houston Chronicle "George Springer’s wrist strengthening process isn’t going to be finished in a matter of days. The Astros outfielder is not expected to have to leave the team for a rehab assignment before this homestand is over, manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday morning. Coming back from a fractured right wrist,..." August 16
Detroit News "Back on May 21, the Astros' Preston Tucker hit a tying, ninth-inning home run off then Tigers closer Joakim Soria. Flash ahead to Saturday. Tucker hit another tying home run in the ninth inning, this one 421 feet off a 100 mph fastball from new Tigers closer Bruce Rondon. Neither blast by..." August 16
SB Nation "If you bet on Jackie Bradley as the player who would post the highest number of total bases in a game this season, come on down! Nobody? Yeah, not really a surprise. Although Bradley, a former top-50 prospect in baseball, really flashed his full potential against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday..." August 16
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel can’t figure out why the Astros struggle so badly on the road. Until they find an answer for that serious problem, however, the ace lefthander and his teammates know they must continue to dominate at home. Fortunately for the Astros, nobody has been a better bet than Keuchel..." August 15
Hearing credible buzz tonight about Astros being in Utley chase. Could get time 1B, DH. 6 teams apparently in: Cubs, SF, NYY, 2 LA
MLB.com "The consensus pick to win the American League East, the Red Sox instead have posted the worst record in the circuit and are headed toward their third last-place finish in the past four years. Boston fans can take solace in the facts that the one exception, 2013, produced a World Series title and..." August 15
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel is back to his college days, as manager A.J. Hinch put it, pitching every Friday. That’s six days of rest for the Astros’ lefthanded ace heading into the series opener with the Tigers at Minute Maid Park, and if you ask him, it’s too much. The Astros and Hinch have been forced to..." August 14
Houston Chronicle "For once on this road swing, the Astros didn’t have to talk about how close they were to coming through. The starting pitching was sturdy as the hitters turned to mush on a trip that mercifully ended Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Giants, sending the Astros back to Minute Maid Park with a..." August 13
Houston Chronicle "Of the two young arms the Astros are protecting and insulating in the minor leagues, Lance McCullers may be more likely to return from Class AA Corpus Christi before Vince Velasquez. “(McCullers is) continuing to throw a couple bullpens, he’s been with Corpus, he’ll throw another bullpen this..." August 12
CSN Bay Area "Madison Bumgarner doesn’t always like the big strikeout nights. Double-digit strikeouts can lead to a high pitch count, and above all Bumgarner prides himself on getting deep into games. On Tuesday, he managed to have the best of both worlds. Bumgarner whiffed 12 Astros, including seven..." August 12
MLB.com "The Mariners' walk-off victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night capped an unprecedented slate in Major League Baseball. For the first time in the league's history, all 15 home teams won on the same day. Prior to Tuesday, the closest the home teams have ever come was 12 wins more than a century..." August 12
San Francisco Chronicle "This was going to be another screed about Oakland’s porous bullpen, which tried mightily to undo another terrific game by an A’s starter. Instead, the A’s mixed moxie and luck in the bottom of the ninth Sunday at the Coliseum, tying the game on Josh Reddick’s two-out, bases-loaded squibber that..." August 10
CSN Bay Area "Jesse Chavez hadn’t logged a work day this long in quite some time. It had to make for a satisfying afternoon for the A’s right-hander as Oakland notched a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros. They’ve taken two of the first three from the American League West leaders and will try to capture the..." August 09
CSN Bay Area "Watching Sonny Gray rise to the occasion in a marquee game is a familiar sight. On Friday, A’s fans also saw what newcomer Danny Valencia brings to the table. With Gray outdueling Astros ace Dallas Keuchel in his third complete game of the season, Valencia had his fingerprints on every other..." August 08
Houston Chronicle "The Astros didn’t go long without a second lefthanded reliever. The non-waiver trade deadline has passed but deals can still be made with players who are placed on waivers and the Astros struck one such deal Friday night, agreeing to acquire veteran lefty Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks in..." August 08
Tucker says swelling coming down. Thinks he'll take some swings today.
Jose Veras was released from Class AAA Fresno on July 30, but your attention was probably elsewhere.
Houston Chronicle "There were more than 800 dogs at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night, most with more bite than the Astros offense outside of Carlos Correa, who demolished a go-ahead home run with two out in the eighth inning, the latest eye-opener from an unreal talent who’s becoming a shoe-in for Rookie of the..." August 07
Lone Star Ball "The butt-puckering continues... Before tonight, Scott Kazmir had allowed three runs against the Rangers over 21 innings spanning three starts as a member of the A's. Kazmir was the July pitcher of the month in the American League and hadn't allowed a run as a member of the Astros in 14 2/3..." August 06