Hear the Astros are going hard to get one of the top closers on the market. Among those on the wish list: Miller, Robertson, Romo.
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Jeff Luhnow said that George Springer’s fully healed and his offseason will rev up normally
Sources: #Astros, looking for help on left side of IF, have checked in on Hanley. Team has Correa coming at SS; Moran, Ruiz at 3B. So...
Houston Chronicle "It's an early November evening, and Mark Appel is shagging fly balls in left field during the tail end of batting practice at Salt River Fields. An Arizona Fall League media relations member approaches Appel and inquires whether the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft is available for an..." November 10
#Astros release 1B Bobby Borchering and RHP Matt Heidenreich, two prospect acquisitions from 2012 trades of Chris Johnson and Brett Myers.
Hardball Talk "Once upon a time Hank Conger was viewed as the Angels’ long-term answer behind the plate, but the 2006 first-round draft pick never emerged as more than a backup for manager Mike Scioscia and now they’ve traded him to the Astros. Chris Iannetta‘s presence as a full-time catcher allows the..." November 05
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
Houston Chronicle "Tal’s Hill will be reimagined this offseason. No earth will be moved, but it’s possible this season could be the last for the unique center field design the Astros have at their home ballpark. Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said the team has hired MSA Architects, a Cincinnati..." October 28
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
Houston Chronicle "The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams. The Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve $108 million in..." October 22
Astros hire Dave Hudgens as hitting coach, Gary Pettis as 3B coach and OF/baserunning coach & Rich Dauer as 1B coach and infield instructor.
MLB.com "Astros hitting coach John Mallee has accepted the position as the Cubs’ Major League hitting coach. Mallee just finished his second season with the Astros and helped Jose Altuve win the American League batting title while the club made offensive strides as a whole. Mallee could have returned..." October 09
Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
New York Daily News "For a moment, Citi Field was loud. For four years there have been promises about meaningful games in September and talk about the young kids that were going to get the Mets there. On Sunday, the 8-3 win over the Astros was largely meaningless, but there was a moment as the crowd of 34, 897 rose to..." September 29
#Astros update: Jose Altuve is in the starting lineup for today's game at second base.
New York Post "Jacob deGrom was skipped in what was to be his final start of the season, but fellow rookie Rafael Montero did a decent impersonation in his place. Montero, taking the mound instead of the National League Rookie of the Year front-runner, allowed just one run over 5¹/₃ innings and struck out..." September 28
Houston Chronicle "Seventy is sweet, and wasn’t promised six months ago. The Astros recorded win No. 70 in their third-to-last try Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Mets. It’s not all that different a number from 69, really. Had the ‘Stros stayed at 69 wins to end the year — they had a three-game losing..." September 27
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers staged their second “Rookie Dress Up Night” of the season Wednesday. The first time, they were all stuffed into silly costumes for a road trip. On Wednesday, they all wore Rangers uniforms. With seven rookies in the starting lineup and another who came on to pitch in relief, the..." September 25
SB Nation "Jose Altuve's value is inexorably tied to his batting average. Batting average is one of the more overrated traditional baseball stats. It would logically follow, then, that Jose Altuve is overrated. How dare you. No, Altuve is one of the best things going in baseball. He's also rated..." September 23
Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel says pitching coach Brent Strom told him he'll be shut down the rest of the year.
Seattle Times "Mike Zunino had a job to do, and he was going to do it properly. With runners on first and second — thanks to two errors on routine plays by the Houston infield — and no outs, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon asked his slugging catcher to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into..." September 20
Cleveland Plain Dealer "A night after Corey Kluber set a career high with 14 strikeouts, Carlos Carrasco decided to see if he could do the same. Carrasco struck out a career-high 12 batters and threw a two-hitter Wednesday night in the Indians' 2-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. If it wasn't for Jose..." September 18
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The stopper arrived Tuesday night for the Indians. That would be Corey Kluber. The K stands for strikeout. Kluber not only stopped a four-game losing streak, but he struck out a career-high 14 batters as the Indians beat Houston, 4-2, at Minute Maid Park. It was the fourth time Kluber (16-9,..." September 17
CBSSports.com "Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is only 24 years old and he's already a two-time All-Star. And he's already a record-holder in the Astros' franchise history, because Tuesday night he picked up hits 210 and 211 on the season, the latter breaking Craig Biggio's club record." September 17
Peacock dealing with lower back tightness. So he's out of rotation for now Astros going back to five man and will reinsert him when/if ready
Houston Chronicle "Closer Chad Qualls (right hip) said he was feeling better Saturday but wasn’t sure in the early afternoon, before throwing if, he was quite ready to return. George Springer (left quad) is continuing to do his work, interim manager Tom Lawless said. Springer’s window for a return is naturally..." September 14
L.A. Daily News "Angels starter Jered Weaver retired Houston Astros leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman on a grounder to start Saturday night’s game at Angel Stadium. He struck out Jose Altuve and then Chris Carter to end a very impressive first inning. Thirteen pitches, thirteen strikes. Weaver then got a..." September 14
L.A. Daily News "David Freese hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an RBI triple during Los Angeles’ seven-run fifth inning, and the Angels beat the Houston Astros 11-3 Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory. Kole Calhoun had a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth for the major league-leading..." September 13
Houston Chronicle "The Astros hope to see their closer Chad Qualls again some time in the final two weeks of the season. The 36-year-old righty has been dealing with an ailment in the area of his right hip that he said he’s never had before. He feels a warm sensation, which leads him to believe that there’s a nerve..." September 12
Houston Chronicle "Nick Tropeano couldn’t have had a better backdrop for his major league debut at Safeco Field. The 24-year-old righthander got to witness Jose Altuve’s 200th hit. He had family and friends in the stands who traveled all the way from New York, and he’s now part of an Astros team that, unlike last..." September 11
Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve has proven 200 times that the bat doesn’t matter nearly as much as the batsman. Altuve became just the second Astros player in franchise history to reach 200 hits in a season Wednesday, when a sharp seventh-inning single through into the hole on the left side jumped off his bat in a..." September 11
Seattle Times "Felix Hernandez didn’t have his best stuff Monday night against the Astros. “My command was not there,” Hernandez said. “The fastball was there, the (problem) was the changeup. “You’re not going to be on every game.” Hernandez, though, dug in for the outs he needed and fought through six..." September 09
Houston Chronicle "Sunday was the Astros’ most benevolent win of the season. Their 4-3 victory over the Athletics was turned on a two-run, come-from-behind rally in the top of the ninth inning, and it guaranteed the Astros (63-80) won’t bring home 100 losses for a fourth straight season. The 63-win milestone..." September 08
San Francisco Chronicle "Walk-off pie was on the menu at the Coliseum for the first time in a long time. For more than a month, the A's have struggled and struggled, and it looked as if it might be more of the same Saturday against the Astros, who held a two-run lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth. That's..." September 07
Houston Chronicle "There doesn’t seem to be a good chance that George Springer is able to return during the nine-game, three-city road trip that the Astros began Friday night against the Athletics. The Astros return home for a seven-game homestand that starts Sept. 15 before hitting the road for the end of the..." September 06
Houston Chronicle "Righthander Nick Tropeano is entering the Astros rotation and set to make his first start Wednesday against the Mariners in Seattle, putting the team on a six-man schedule for the rest of the season. Everyone is pushed back a day, with Brad Peacock set to start the first game of the series on..." September 06
Houston Chronicle "Those who follow the Astros online may have seen Chris Carter called “Trogdor” at some point. It’s a reference to an online animated cartoon series, Homestar Runner, and a dragon by that name that does what one expects of a dragon: breathe fire and destroy things. The nickname dates to Carter’s..." September 06
Houston Chronicle "Merrily heading back to the clubhouse Wednesday night, interim Astros manager Tom Lawless spun toward the conference room door and joyfully declared, “I’m going to Disney World.” That trite line is usually referred for champions, not clubs with the modest goal of ending their three-year streak..." September 04
Newsday "Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper. “I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big..." September 03
CBSSports.com "On Monday, the Astros announced that manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley have been fired. Tom Lawless will take over as interim manager through the remainder of the 2014 season. Here's the official statement from GM Jeff Luhnow: “Earlier today, I informed Bo Porter that he would..." September 02
Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve should be the one to send the Astros into September with a four-hit game and a 3-2 win over the Rangers. The season’s final month will see Chris Carter chase 40 home runs and the Astros grasp for 70 wins, but neither mark would match the buzz of a batting title for Altuve, or his..." September 01
Houston Chronicle "The second shutout of Scott Feldman’s career guaranteed that the Astros, for roughly a year’s time, have in-state supremacy in the baseball realm. The veteran allowed three hits in a 2-0 win over the Rangers at Minute Maid Park, returning the Silver Boot to the Astros. The Astros are 10-5..." August 31
Houston Chronicle "Astros Class AA Corpus Christi pitcher Ruben Alaniz, a Texas-born pitcher whom the Astros found in a tryout camp and signed for $160,000 in 2009, has been suspended 50 games without pay for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Alaniz, a 23-year-old righty, was born in McAllen and went..." August 31
And to clarify, RHP Samuel Deduno was claimed on outright waivers and is now an Astro, per an MLB source. #MNTwins
George Springer said not much has changed. He has yet to attempt to run 100 percent. Will he play again this season? "I hope so"
Dallas Morning News "RHP Scott Baker worked 6 1/3 innings to win his second consecutive start. In his last eight appearances overall, Baker has a 2.37 ERA for 19 innings. … Baker continued to work high in the zone and get outs on balls hit in the air. He had eight outs on pop-ups or fly balls. … Chris Carter, tied..." August 30
Fox Sports "General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter are at odds, according to multiple major-league sources. Porter expressed his frustration with Luhnow to owner Jim Crane in a conversation earlier this month, sources said. Luhnow and Crane declined comment. Porter also declined comment,..." August 30