Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros' bullpen closes out Twins

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch remains adamant that he can still like his team despite disliking its record, and his staunch commitment to that stance resonates on nights when his club thrives. George Springer reached base in his first three plate appearances and the Houston Astros..." May 04

  • Berrios gets first win as Twins down Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was the first to acknowledge the lopsided pitching matchup on tap Monday night, one featuring a right-hander making his second career start against an award-winning lefty who hadn't taken a home loss over his past 20 outings. Jose Berrios..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Altuve sparks Astros past A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Altuve jump-started the offense and Doug Fister and the defense took care of the rest. The result is a happy flight home. Fister took a shutout into the seventh, Altuve hit a home run and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 after losing five of six...." May 01

  • Hahn, Athletics shut down Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jesse Hahn struggled through spring training and was sent to the minors to work things out. On Saturday, he displayed he did that. Hahn pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first start with the Oakland Athletics and Billy Burns provided just enough offense to help..." April 30

  • Alfonso's walk-off homer pushes Athletics past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yonder Alfonso might have been floating through empty space for all he knew. Alfonso connected on his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Pat Neshek to lift the Oakland Athletics past the Houston Astros 7-4 on Friday night...." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Altuve leads Astros past Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Houston Astros know better than most teams that a little momentum can go a long way. It took them all the way to the postseason last year, despite typically low expectations. This year has been a different story, and Wednesday was one of the few nights when the Astros looked..." April 28

  • Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

    MLB Trade Rumors "Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on..." April 28

  • The Astros are a mess, but they need to be patient

    SB Nation "The Astros wouldn't be so bad if their good baseball players stopped playing bad baseball. Sometimes it's that simple, and that's about all they can hope for. The Astros had a backup catcher throw knuckleballs for them on Tuesday night. This a beautiful, ephemeral experience, something we..." April 27

  • Cano's six RBIs carry Mariners to victory over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was able to offer a sheepish grin and a joke after losing track of outs and failing to turn a double play in Tuesday's seventh inning. Driving in six runs during an 11-1 rout over the Houston Astros makes it easier to laugh off the..." April 27

  • Mariners hang on to defeat Astros

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners starter Taijuan Walker walked off the mound after six solid innings with a bang, having struck out the side while throwing 102 pitches for the game. It was quite a cap off his night. Except he wasn't finished yet. Walker came back out and struck out the side..." April 26

  • Red Sox overcome blown save, top Astros in 12

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- No matter the situation, the Boston Red Sox fought back time and time again Sunday to pull out a 12-inning victory. Despite a short outing by their starter, leaning on the bullpen for more than eight innings and a blown save in the ninth, the Red Sox never caved en route to a 7-5..." April 25

  • Rasmus powers Astros past Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Colby Rasmus was the unquestioned star of the show after breathing life into a flaccid Astros' offense, but the bottom of the Houston order produced in manners commensurate to Rasmus' heroics. Rasmus belted his fifth career grand slam, lifting the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over..." April 23

  • Rangers complete sweep of rival Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers aren't putting too much stock in early-season matchups against the rival Houston Astros. They just want to keep winning. They did just that Thursday as they completed a three-game sweep of Houston and reigning Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel 7-4 at..." April 22

  • Hamels, Rangers top Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cole Hamels sure seems to love his new playground. The Texas lefty improved to a perfect 7-0 at Globe Life Park after the Rangers' 2-1 win Wednesday night over the Houston Astros. Texas (9-6) has taken the first two of the three-game series against its instate..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • Rangers ride 12-hit attack to win over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- It wasn't the prettiest of pitching performances for the Rangers as they began the Silver Boot Series against the Houston Astros, but the bottom line is, Texas got the win. Starter Derek Holland lasted just five innings, setup man Keone Kela allowed two homers and closer..." April 20

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

  • There Are Reasons to Worry About Dallas Keuchel

    Fangraphs "The Houston Astros are not off to the start they had hoped for. At 3-7, they find themselves in last place in the AL West, and ahead of only the winless Minnesota Twins in the American League overall. The cause of their slow start? The pitching, which ranks 27th in ERA and 24th in FIP. The back..." April 18

  • Astros hold off Tigers' comeback charge

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Having spent the entirety of the weekend securing early-inning leads only to face mounting tension in the latter stages of games, the Houston Astros weren't surprised when the Detroit Tigers clawed back and mustered one final threat trailing by a run in their penultimate at-bat...." April 17

  • Verlander survives early trouble, Tigers win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- The jarring sound of two home runs in the first inning appeared to have the necessary effect on Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander: They forced him into a more effective mode of pitching. Nick Castellanos and Jarrod Saltalamacchia recorded multihit games and combined for a..." April 16

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  • Keuchel, Astros blank Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- On the heels of yet another dominating outing at Minute Maid Park, Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel groused that he didn't feel good, an admission that was either disingenuous or reflective of just how impenetrable he's become while working in his home environs. Keuchel twirled..." April 16

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

  • Ball lost in lights costs Astros a loss to Royals

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- While the World Series champion Kansas City Royals were relying on their usual blend of elite defense, timely hitting and sufficient pitching to desired results, the Houston Astros were left frustrated and grumbling about a new addition to Minute Maid Park that is proving anything but..." April 15

  • Perez's homer powers Royals past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Salvador Perez went to the plate in the eighth inning of a tied game Wednesday looking for a pitch he could get the barrel of the bat on and pull toward the left-field fence at Minute Maid Park. Perez got the pitch he was hoping for -- a slider up in the zone -- and he blasted a..." April 14

  • How do these MLB finales rank vs. Kobe's last game?

    The Score "On Wednesday night, after spending the preceding six months negotiating his own mortality on an exhausting farewell tour, Kobe Bryant - the ferocious, indelible five-time NBA champion - gave everyone one more evening of the Black Mamba, dropping 60 points before an incredulous crowd at Staples..." April 14

  • Bullpen guides Royals past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis is dominant far more often than not, a fact that made his control woes in the ninth inning Tuesday night noteworthy until he unleashed his 33rd and final pitch. Davis survived a tense final frame after a resilient performance from starter Kris..." April 13

  • Baseball's 100 Miles Per Hour Club

    Men's Journal "It's one of those brilliant Florida mornings that baseball fans jones for during the last days of February's brutal slog. And what better fix for seasonal affective disorder than a dose of pure heat being doled out daily at the New York Yankees training complex in Tampa? Three of the game's most..." April 13

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    #Astros announce that Matt Duffy has been optioned to Triple-A. Evan Gattis will be activated off the 15-day DL.

  • Astros defeat Royals in home opener

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Collin McHugh has a competitive streak often belied by his cerebral approach to pitching, but there are some nights where the fire within burns so hot that it's irrepressible. McHugh rebounded from a nightmarish season debut with seven scoreless innings as the..." April 12

  • Baseball's slide rule isn't changing anytime soon, and players need to accept it

    Yahoo! Sports "Baseball's new sliding rules are not changing. Deep down, players know this. Already, teams have been told this. And though no one in the commissioner's office or the union's headquarters cares to publicly acknowledge it, sources told Yahoo Sports all parties are in agreement: None of the three..." April 12

  • MLB's New 'Utley Rule' Proving to Be Mistake in Need of Quick Fix

    Bleacher Report "Today, we're going to talk about takeout slides, the so-called Utley Rule and why it needs fixing posthaste. You've got opinions. We've got opinions. Everyone's got opinions. First, though, a fact: Major League Baseball had to do something. After the Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang went..." April 11

  • Brewers beat Astros, Keuchel

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Two pitches into his second start of the season, Jimmy Nelson looked like he might be in for a rough day. Jose Altuve smacked his first offering to the bleachers in left for a home run and George Springer followed with a base hit to right. But Nelson worked out of it, the..." April 10

  • Astros' White building a legend of his own

    The Score "While the baseball world has been fixated on Trevor Story's improbable rise to stardom in Colorado, Houston has an interesting story of its own. Rookie slugger Tyler White is making waves after another strong performance Friday, going 3-for-4 with a single, double, and two-run homer in the..." April 09

  • Astros Option Reliever Michael Feliz To Triple-A Fresno

    Baseball Essential "According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros have optioned long reliever Michael Feliz to Triple-A Fresno. Feliz threw 107 pitches in relief after starter Colin McHugh gave up six runs (five earned) in just one-third of an inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday..." April 09

  • Dallas Keuchel rips MLB slide rule that cost Astros: 'Are we even playing baseball anymore?'

    USA Today "Add Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros to the list of “Chase Utley rules” victims. On Friday, this ninth-inning slide by Colby Rasmus on a Jose Altuve ground ball was considered interference, which meant both he and Altuve were out. Just like the Toronto Blue Jays’ tilt with the Tampa Bay..." April 09

  • The simple fix MLB immediately must make to the new slide rules

    Fox Sports "Proactive and progressive. These are the two best adjectives to describe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. In his second year leading our game, he needs to step in and make an immediate change to the disaster the new slide rules have become. The new slide rules instituted this..." April 09

  • Astros Carlos Gomez says he wants to retire a Brewer

    Fox 6 Now "Houston center fielder Carlos Gomez says he’d like to retire as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, the team that traded him to the Astros last summer. The 30-year-old Gomez returned to Miller Park on Friday for the first time since the deal with Houston, which is in town for a three-game..." April 09

  • Giles matches HR total from 2015 after 6 batters

    The Score "Everything is bigger in Texas, including Ken Giles' ERA. Acquired by Houston this offseason, the 25-year-old closer-turned-setup-man has stumbled through a disastrous start with the Astros, allowing a solo shot in the Bronx on Opening Day in his first outing of the campaign before surrendering..." April 08

  • Astros add another Cuban prospect, sign infielder Anibal Sierra

    The Crawfish Boxes "The Houston Astros have dipped their toe once again in international waters. ESPN's Enrique Rojas reporting that the Astros have signed Cuban infield prospect Anibal Sierra. ESPN is reporting that the team has reached pack with Sierra for $3.5 million. The deal will be made official on July 2." April 08

  • Teixeira's 3-run shot caps Yankees' comeback

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- A rare Mark Teixeira feat carried the New York Yankees to a win Thursday. Teixeira hit an opposite-field, three-run, tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, and the Yankees beat the Houston Astros 8-5 at Yankee Stadium. New York took two of three in the series between..." April 07

  • Castro's five RBIs help Yankees rout Astros

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Two games in, the early returns on Starlin Castro with the New York Yankees are looking good. So good that Castro has achieved something done by Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Babe Ruth. Castro fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in five runs as the Yankees scored 12..." April 07

  • Astros shortstop Carlos Correa may be best player in majors

    New York Daily News "For the past few years, the Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper debate has raged on. Which of the talented youngsters is the best player in the game? Who will take the baton from Derek Jeter as the face of Major League Baseball? The answer may be C. Actually, CC, as in Carlos Correa. I know, I know...." April 07

  • Correa sparks Astros to disputed win over Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Carlos Correa had one big swing to help the Houston Astros rally and had a small swing to spark a late-inning rally. Correa hit the game-tying home run in sixth inning off Masahiro Tanaka and reached on a controversial throwing error by Dellin Betances in the eighth as the Astros..." April 05

  • Astros' Ken Giles surprised, but OK with closer decision

    Houston Chronicle "Ken Giles acknowledged Tuesday he was "a little bit" surprised Astros manager A.J. Hinch tabbed Luke Gregerson as the team's "primary closer" to open the season but said he is "just going to do what I do best and bring my talents to help this team win." Hinch said Monday that the hard-throwing..." April 05