Astros Rumors & News

  • McHugh dominates Mariners in Astros second consecutive win

    Houston Chronicle "Collin McHugh knew he was going to the majors, but until late Monday night, he wasn’t positive what his role would be. He stayed off social media, so he didn’t find out until he ran into pitching coach Brent Strom at the team hotel in Seattle. “He was like, ‘Yeah, you’re starting, and I was..." April 23

  • Astros end losing streak at seven with win over Mariners

    Houston Chronicle "Monday’s 7-2 Astros win made little sense in the context of what came before it. The worst offense in the majors finally busted out against one of the greatest pitchers in the game: the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. The Astros entered the game hitting .192. The righthanded ace they were facing..." April 22

  • The Astros place Scott Feldman on the DL

    Hardball Talk "The Astros have announced that Scott Feldman will be placed on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. Feldman has been one of the few bright spots for the Astros thus far, posting a 1.69 ERA through his first four starts." April 21

  • Chavez stays sharp as A's sweep Astros, 4-1

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jesse Chavez, pitcher of the century? That's a bit of hyperbole for a 30-year-old right-hander who had made all of two career starts before this season. But by limiting the Astros to one earned run in six innings in the A's 4-1 win at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Chavez accomplished..." April 21

  • Oakland A's rally past Houston Astros 4-3

    Oakland Tribune "Josh Reddick's season-long slump officially ended Saturday when he backed up a three-hit game with another three-hit performance, including a game-winning single with one out in the ninth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. In collecting three of the A's 14 hits, Reddick upped his..." April 20

  • Prospect DeShields hit in face by pitch at Double-A "Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect, was taken to a hospital Friday night after he was struck on the right side of the face by a pitch in the seventh inning of Double-A Corpus Christi's game in Frisco, Texas. DeShields, who walked off the field under his own power, went..." April 19

  • Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

    Hardball Talk "As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single..." April 19

  • Sonny Gray benefits from Oakland A's seven-run first inning against Astros

    Oakland Tribune "The A's locked up reliever Sean Doolittle with a contract extension Friday afternoon, just hours before prized prospect Sonny Gray showed once again that he also has the makings of a franchise cornerstone. Gray kept the Houston Astros in check for six innings and cruised to his third victory..." April 19

  • James Shields strikes out 12 as Royals sweep Astros 5-1

    Kansas City Star "The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a..." April 18

  • Royals rally, beat Astros 6-4 in 11 innings

    Kansas City Star "The reverberations of hands cracking hands echoed through the nearly empty confines of Minute Maid Park. Mike Moustakas provided one concussive stroke for the Royals in a 6-4 victory Wednesday over the Astros, a go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning. Inside the dugout, the noise created by..." April 17

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    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Source tells the Chronicle that George Springer is on his way to the majors tomorrow.

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    Houston Astros @astros

    Manager Bo Porter said that Brad Peacock will join the #Astros rotation, replacing Harrell.

  • Yordano Ventura gets first big-league win as Royals beat Astros 4-2

    Kansas City Star "He emerged in the clubhouse with splotches of Miller Lite still glistening in his closely-cropped hair. Yordano Ventura shivered as he walked across the Royals’ clubhouse, but he beamed as teammates called out to congratulate him on his first career victory after a 4-2 win Tuesday over the Houston..." April 16

  • Rangers win second 1-0 game of series against Astros

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A 1-0 game isn’t too common in baseball and hasn’t been over the years for the Texas Rangers, a franchise long known for its power hitters and home-park jet stream. That perception is beginning to change. Look no further than this past weekend series against the Houston Astros. The Rangers..." April 14

  • Astros top Rangers in 10th inning

    Houston Chronicle "Maybe this is a penance for all the lousy games these two teams played last year. For a second straight night at Globe Life Park, the Astros and Rangers went to extra innings Saturday night. Jose Altuve’s deep fly to right brought home pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez with the tie-breaking run in..." April 13

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    Houston Astros @astros

    #Astros officially place RHP Scott Feldman on the bereavement list and recall RHP Paul Clemens from Triple A OKC

  • Rangers finally muster clutch hit to beat Astros

    Dallas Morning News "It’s clear by now: When Yu Darvish starts, everybody gets extra anxious. Especially the Rangers offense. Darvish again flirted with a no-hitter against Houston. He again held an opponent scoreless and hitless with runners in scoring position. And for the second time this season in as many..." April 12

  • Astros avert series sweep with win over Blue Jays in finale

    Houston Chronicle "Jeff Luhnow didn’t color the offense with empty praise. “Underperforming, for sure,” the Astros general manager said Thursday afternoon. “I think we’ve got a couple guys in the lineup that haven’t got going yet. (Marc) Krauss, (Robbie) Grossman had great springs and we were counting for them to..." April 11

  • Astros prospect gets clearance to enter United States

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros minor league outfielder who missed spring training because of visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, Ravel Santana, has been cleared to arrive in the U.S., Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday. Santana, the Astros’ selection with the top pick in the Class AAA..." April 10

  • Williams exits game with ‘minor’ groin injury

    Houston Chronicle "Astros reliever Jerome Williams was removed in the sixth inning Wednesday because of a right groin strain he called “minor” after a 7-3 Astros loss to the Blue Jays. He’s to be re-evaluated Thursday, and chuckled when asked if he would needed an MRI. Williams suffered the strain on the second..." April 10

  • Brandon Morrow's 'A' game propels Blue Jays to victory

    Toronto Sun "Brandon Morrow brought his ‘A’ game. For the most part, the Houston Astros were overmatched. End of story. It was the second start of the season for Morrow, his first one against the Tampa Bay Rays last week a bit on the dull side as, in that contest, he allowed four runs on seven hits..." April 10

  • Astros drew a 0.0 Nielsen rating in Houston for Monday's game

    Houston Chronicle "Once again the Astros played a game this week and, according to the Nielsen Company, nobody in Houston was watching on Comcast SportsNet Houston. Nielsen’s Houston ratings report for Monday shows a 0.0 rating for households, adults 25-54 and men 25-54 for the afternoon Angels-Astros game at..." April 09

  • Navarro's all-around play lifts Blue Jays over Astros

    Toronto Sun "Dioner Navarro was like the eye of the hurricane on Tuesday night. Navarro was at the centre of all things meaningful in the Blue Jays 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros. At the plate the Jays catcher drove in two runs with a pair of doubles and in the eighth he made the tag on a play that..." April 09

  • Wilson, Angels handle Astros 9-1

    L.A. Daily News "C.J. Wilson had a simple plan for his second start after a dud in his season debut. “Just told myself I’m going to pick my spot and stay with my spot and not try to overdo it,” Wilson said. It was an effective approach, allowing him to pitch eight solid innings while Howie Kendrick and Raul..." April 08

  • Astros top Angels with the help of five home runs

    Houston Chronicle "A messy ninth inning didn’t put a damper on a five-home run day for the Astros. Some thought Scott Feldman was overpaid this winter. A reactionary might suggest now that he’s underpaid. The righthander became the first Astros pitcher to reach seven innings Sunday in a 7-4 win over the..." April 07

  • Astros outfielder Fowler to remain home indefinitely

    Houston Chronicle "Dexter Fowler needs more time to recover from a stomach virus before coming back to the ballpark. The Astros center fielder was hospitalized for Friday night before he was released Saturday because of gastroenteritis. The plan was to have him report to Minute Maid Park on Sunday, even if he..." April 06

  • Berkman, Oswalt Retire As Astros

    Real GM Baseball "Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and retired as Astros on Saturday, according to an report. Berkman is among the franchise leaders in home runs, RBIs, walks, runs and slugging percentage. " April 06

  • Fowler released from hospital; Castro nears return

    Houston Chronicle "Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler was released from Houston Methodist hospital on Saturday, manager Bo Porter said after a 5-1 loss to the Angels. The Astros’ hottest hitter was admitted to the hospital on Friday with viral gastroenteritis. Fowler is expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday,..." April 06

  • Angels' Skaggs is on his game in 5-1 victory over Astros

    Orange County Register "All spring the Angels watched Tyler Skaggs show flashes of brilliance interrupted by lapses of command that at times doomed his performance. And then, he made his first regular-season outing, and that guy was gone. “He was a lot different,” catcher Chris Iannetta said after Skaggs gave up..." April 06

  • Dexter Fowler sent to hospital with stomach issues

    Houston Chronicle "Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler was in the hospital Friday night because of a stomach bug, Astros manager Bo Porter said after an 11-1 loss to the Angels at Minute Maid Park. Porter was considering a late visit to Fowler in the hospital. “They’re running some tests and we’ll have more..." April 05

  • Garrett Richards holds back Astros' bats in 11-1 win

    Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Garrett Richards wobbled in the fifth when he walked Jose Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs, trimming the Angels' lead to 5-1. Richards caught a huge break when a hanging 0-and-2 curve was lined a few feet foul by cleanup batter Mark Krauss. Richards then struck..." April 05

  • First Yankees victory a big relief

    New York Post "We talk about how long the season is. We mention great years that began brutally. We offer perspective that every team will endure a three-game losing streak, but that in June or July it blends into the relentless schedule. But, come on, all the logic in the world cannot erase just how..." April 04

  • Astros shower Jeter with applause, gifts "Andy Pettitte described Derek Jeter's pregame routine as "crazy, crazy, crazy," and offered this theory as his longtime and soon-to-be-retired teammate prepares to make his way through the Major Leagues as the man of the hour: "I'm sure it's going to be kind of torture for him," Pettitte..." April 03

  • Astros get best of Yankees, improve to 2-0

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ war cry this winter was a promise the bullpen would be better. If nothing else, they would fix the worst relief corps around. Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Yankees was the first full-length test. Four relievers — Jerome Williams, Kevin Chapman, Matt Albers and Josh Fields —..." April 03

  • Astros upset Yankees in season opener

    Houston Chronicle "The words “shock the world” came up Tuesday among the Astros, hours before first pitch. The first two innings of the 2014 season fit the bill. A 6-2 win over the Yankees on opening day at Minute Maid Park was baseball’s version of role reversal. Sloppy fielding early made the Yankees look like..." April 02

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • When it comes to trade deadline, this year’s different for Astros

    Houston Chronicle "At both trade deadlines during general manager Jeff Luhnow’s tenure, the Astros may as well have posted an open-for-business sign at Minute Maid Park: “Have parts, will sell.” The shop might only have part-time hours this summer. In 2014, Luhnow plans to be more reserved when it comes to..." March 31

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

  • Grossman’s plate discipline earns him No. 2 spot in Astros lineup

    Houston Chronicle "A sixth round selection in 2008 out of Cy-Fair high school, Astros left fielder Robbie Grossman was taught plate discipline early. He started his career with the Pirates, who traded him to the Astros in July 2012 as part of the Wandy Rodriguez deal. (The Astros are on the hook for $5.5 million..." March 27

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

  • Astros rank last in MLB payroll at $45 million

    Houston Chronicle "This is one last-place finish the Astros still can’t avoid, even if the team doesn’t agree with the numbers. Hoping to no longer be the worst team in baseball in 2014, the Astros on Tuesday were said to have the lowest salary in the majors. They’re on the books for $45 million, according to a..." March 26

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Astros manager Bo Porter said Jerome Williams has made the club, either as a starter or reliever.

  • MLBPA may seek recourse for George Springer's service time

    Houston Chronicle "In any situation where there’s at least the possibility of impropriety in regards to how a major league team has treated a player, the player’s union and the agency representing the player would not be doing their jobs properly if they didn’t look into and consider possible recourses. People..." March 23

  • Astros release JD Martinez; GM says team is 'victim of our own success' "The Astros released outfielder J.D. Martinez on Saturday, the team announced. The move helps clear a roster spot for young players at Triple-A. Martinez, 26, is a career .251/.300/.387 hitter with 24 home runs in parts of three seasons with Houston. He was never able to build on the..." March 23

  • Peter Moylan might be headed for his second Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "In what has become a theme of late, we could have another pitcher who is headed for his second Tommy John surgery. According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Astros reliever Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow. He’s scheduled to have a visit with..." March 22

  • Top overall Astros prospect Correa enjoyed spring’s ‘great experience’

    Houston Chronicle "Showing the poise that has earned him plenty of praise since he was taken first overall in the 2012 draft, Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa seemed more buoyed then dejected after he was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday morning. “It was great,” the 19-year-old from Puerto Rico..." March 20

  • Astros' top prospect Carlos Correa set for hand X-rays after HBP "On Wednesday, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, was struck on the left hand by a pitch from Tyler Clippard of the Nationals. After writhing on the ground in pain for a few moments, Correa was forced to leave the game. Obviously, we won't know until..." March 20

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: Astros, 3B Matt Dominguez closing in on five-year contract extension worth around $17M with two club options for ~$8M and ~$10M.

  • Report: George Springer rejects 7-year, $23 million offer from Astros "According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, top prospect George Springer rejected a seven-year, $23 million contract offer from the Astros back in September. It's unclear if there were any further negotiations after that. The offer is unprecedented because Springer has yet to make his major..." March 20

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