Astros Rumors & News

  • 2d
    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Jesus Guzman was scratched with back discomfort

  • Tyler Flowers powers White Sox past Astros

    Chicago Sun-Times "Paul Konerko was asked before the game Saturday about how different things would be for the White Sox if they hadn’t signed Jose Abreu last fall. Abreu was courted by many suitors, including the Astros, who were willing to invest tens of millions in a rookie who had never played pro..." July 20

  • White Sox 3, Astros 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "No Chicago White Sox were more maligned than catcher Tyler Flowers and the team’s bullpen in the early months of the season. So when they flipped the script Friday night, they could only hope it was the sign of better things to come. Flowers, who entered with a .218 batting average, drove in..." July 19

  • Brady Aiken's adviser rips Astros as team can't reach deal with picks "Deadline day did not work out for the Houston Astros, who failed to sign the No. 1 overall pick in the draft -- left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken -- who by all accounts is a fine young man as well as an extremely talented pitching prospect. They also failed to sign two more prized picks n..." July 19

  • 3d
    Jim Callis @jimcallisMLB

    Baseball source: @Astros did not sign Aiken or Nix either. Houston gets No. 2 overall pick next year. @MLBDraft

  • Astros running out of time to sign No. 1 pick "When the current Collective Bargaining Agreement radically revamped the First-Year Player Draft rules, the action surrounding the annual signing deadline diminished considerably. Under the last Draft under the old CBA in 2011, when Major League Baseball dissuaded teams from announcing lavish..." July 18

  • Astros second-round pick A.J. Reed wins Golden Spikes Award "Astros second-round draft pick A.J. Reed won the Golden Spikes award, USA Baseball announced Thursday. The award is presently annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country and is voted on by over 200 panel members. Playing for the University of Kentucky this season, the..." July 17

  • Draft dispute is ugly, but Astros and Aiken both need to work it out "Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall draft choice, and the Astros are in a high-stakes “game of chicken” in their negotiations, according to a person familiar with the talks, leading up to Friday's deadline to sign amateur players. Aiken, the prep lefty phenom, seeks to keep the $6.5-million original..." July 16

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Astros accused of manipulating draft and medical evaluation rules

    Houston Chronicle "Leave it to the Astros to land in a situation that can drown out the joy of an All-Star game. The Astros’ protracted negotiations with their first overall draft pick Brady Aiken on Tuesday drew a stern admonishment from the head of the major league baseball players union, who accused the club..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

  • 8d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

  • 8d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

  • Castro’s most productive at-bat in Astros win over Red Sox wasn’t a hit

    Houston Chronicle "Recalled to the majors for the third time this season, Astros lefthander Brett Oberholtzer didn’t bother taking a flight from Class AAA Oklahoma City. He packed his possessions into his silver 2011 Chevy Tahoe and hit the road even though he’s not guaranteed to remain on the Astros’..." July 13

  • Altuve sets MLB record for hits, stolen bases mark before break

    Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs in Saturday’s win over the Red Sox. He leads the majors with 130 hits and 40 multi-hit games. He also leads the American League with 29 doubles. Altuve became just the third player to have 130 hits before the All-Star break since 2004,..." July 13

  • Christian Vazquez a big hit as Red Sox thump Astros

    Boston Herald "OK, so maybe it really is possible to sell off veteran players and start winning more consistently. Perhaps those things aren’t mutually exclusive, after all. To prove our thesis, we submit the Red Sox. Disheartened by losing seven of the first eight games on a just completed 10-game..." July 12

  • 11d
    Jose de Jesus Ortiz @OrtizKicks

    Jason Castro is back in the lineup for the first time Sunday.

  • Mark Appel was a mess last night (and all year) at Single-A

    Hardball Talk "Astros prospect Mark Appel had seemingly gotten on track after a rough, injury plagued start to his second pro season, putting together a decent stretch of games at Single-A, but the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft got knocked around in a big way last night. Appel failed to make it out of the..." July 11

  • Astros finally figure out Darvish, sweep Rangers into last place in AL West

    Houston Chronicle "It would have been a joke a year ago, the idea of the Astros sweeping the Rangers for the first time in a decade. Rangers ace Yu Darvish wouldn’t lose to the ‘Stros in the third game of the series, at home, after his team lost the first two. No chance he’d drop a game that would put the Astros..." July 10

  • Astros play long ball in win over Rangers

    Houston Chronicle "Tuesday’s 8-3 Astros win over the Rangers wasn’t smooth or particularly fine baseball, a condition neither of these teams should care about given their respective states. Jose Altuve collected a pair of hits, both hard, and notched two steals to bring his season total to 41, but he was also..." July 09

  • Astros end skid with offensive eruption against Rangers

    Houston Chronicle "Astros owner Jim Crane sees what everyone else does in his ballclub: a bullpen that needs to be better. For a second straight start, starter Jarred Cosart was subpar Monday, but the major league’s worst bullpen held it together with the boss watching in a 12-7 win over the Rangers. The Astros’..." July 08

  • Angels hold back Astros in 6-1 win

    Orange County Register "The Angels can’t lose at Angel Stadium, or so it seems. Baseball’s hottest team secured its 10th consecutive home victory Sunday and a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros, 6-1, behind another dominant start from right-hander Garrett Richards and a few timely hits. “It was all about..." July 07

  • Elbow ligament issue for No. 1 pick Aiken delays signing by Astros "Left-hander Brady Aiken is said to have an issue with his elbow ligament, causing the Astros to lower their offer and delaying the deal between the Astros and the No. 1 pick that seemed about to happen almost two weeks ago, sources told The Astros are offering to do a deal for..." July 07

  • 16d
    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    McHugh left today's game due to a right middle fingernail avulsion. Fingernail was pulled away from the skin.

  • Eight-run 7th inning propelled by Albert Pujols leads Angels to 11-5 victory over Astros

    L.A. Daily News "Friday it was Mike Trout who hit a game-winning home run for the Angels. Saturday it was Albert Pujols who began an offensive onslaught of epic proportions with a two-run home run during an eight-run seventh inning that gave the Angels the lead on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Houston..." July 06

  • Angels again hit bull's-eye against lefties in 7-6 win over Astros

    Los Angeles Times "Three left-handed pitchers in a row might have been an issue for the Angels last season. They were 18-26 against left-handers, and their .258 batting average against them was ninth in the American League in 2013. So far, 2014 is a different story. After going 1-1 against two left-handers on..." July 05

  • Matt Shoemaker gets back on track, helps Los Angeles Angels to victory against Astros

    L.A. Daily News "With 83 games under their belts, the Angels took a 47-36 record into their series-opener with the Houston Astros on Thursday night. They were 11 games over .500 and 3 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West. Not too shabby, manager Mike Scioscia said before first pitch. “Well, I think we’re..." July 04

  • Anthony Bass could be back soon

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros are in a bit of limbo with righty reliever Anthony Bass. Lefthander Kevin Chapman, the Astros’ only major league lefty reliever to start the season, was recalled Tuesday to provide extra support as a third southpaw in the ‘pen against a lefthanded-heavy Mariners lineup. The Astros..." July 02

  • Hits just keep on coming for Mariners in 13-2 trouncing in Houston

    Seattle Times "For five innings it was a baseball game. For five innings it was an interminably slow baseball game that was destined to be bogged down in situational pitching changes and other delays. But then the sixth inning happened. And it was no longer a game, but yet another blowout victory for the..." July 02

  • Astros place Dexter Fowler on disabled list "Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retrocative to June 27, amid a flurry of roster moves. Fowler has an intercostal (ribcage) strain. Also, the Astros designated pitcher Jerome Williams for assignment and optioned shortstop Jonathan Villar to..." July 01

  • Astros make sweeping roster changes, including calling up prospect Domingo Santana

    Hardball Talk "One day after making headlines for all the wrong reasons the Astros are adding a bunch of young talent to their roster, calling up prospects Domingo Santana, Enrique Hernandez, and Kevin Chapman. They also placed center fielder Dexter Fowler on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, demoted..." July 01

  • Homers help Mariners, hinder Taijuan Walker in Seattle’s 10-4 victory in Houston

    Seattle Times "Taijuan Walker, the Mariners’ prized pitching prospect, was far from dominating in his first start of the season. His command wasn’t pinpoint, and Houston batters took advantage with homers in the first two inning. But unlike pitchers who have occupied that spot in the Seattle rotation this..." July 01

  • Astros, Blue Jays trade talks leaked "Extensive trade discussions over the past year involving the Houston Astros were leaked by Deadspin on Monday. Using a website called Anonbin, Deadspin said they were able to come across several trade notes that were reportedly logged by Astros executives, including a trade in which the Miami..." July 01

  • 10 Months Of The Houston Astros' Internal Trade Talks "Two years ago, the Houston Astros constructed "Ground Control"—a built-from-scratch online database for the private use of the Astros front office. It is by all accounts a marvel, an easy-to-use interface giving executives instant access to player statistics, video, and communications with other..." June 30

  • Keuchel hopeful his wrist improves enough to make next start

    Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel is hopeful the left wrist inflammation that forced him to skip Saturday’s start against the Tigers won’t land him on the disabled list. There’s a hope, too, that the lefty could even start when his turn in the rotation comes back around, Thursday in Anaheim. Keuchel threw his..." June 29

  • Ian Kinsler saves Tigers with one mighty swing against Astros

    Detroit News "Ian Kinsler, what are you doing two weeks from Tuesday? Better not make any plans to spend all four days of the All-Star break at home in the Dallas area, because it’s looking more and more like you’ll be heading to Minneapolis as an American League All-Star. At least, you should be. And..." June 29

  • 24d
    Julia Morales @JuliaMoralesCSN

    Brett Oberholtzer gets through 1st. He starts in place Dallas Keuchel who has left wrist inflammation. Hope is he returns for next start.

  • Castro’s walkoff homer lifts Astros past Tigers in 11 innings

    Houston Chronicle "Baseball’s blur and a sardine-sized star, Jose Altuve gave Justin Verlander and the Tigers the runaround all night Friday. Jason Castro, the Astros’ struggling catcher who had been dropped in the lineup, finished it off with a trot in the 11th inning. Castro stroked a line drive to right field..." June 28

  • 26d
    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich

    Kyle Farnsworth outrighted. Jose Veras selected

  • Wood lifts Braves to 4-0 win over Astros

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Just six days after Gavin Floyd fractured his elbow, the Braves showed why they didn’t flinch – because they still had Alex Wood in their back pocket. On the same day Floyd underwent surgery to have screws inserted in his elbow, Wood rejoined the Braves rotation and pitched like he’d never..." June 26

  • Astros prospect Carlos Correa out for year after fibula surgery

    SB Nation "Houston's top prospect likely won't see the field until 2015, although there's a chance he could play in fall or winter ball after the conclusion of this season. Astros minor leaguer Carlos Correa underwent surgery to repair a fractured fibula he suffered in a game on Saturday, according to a..." June 26

  • Bullpen strong again in Rays 5-2 win over Astros

    Tampa Tribune "Now that’s more like it. That was the prevailing sentiment on Sunday afternoon, after the Rays completed a 5-2 victory against the Houston Astros before a sparse Family Fun Day crowd of 13,841 at Tropicana Field. Left-hander Erik Bedard worked 51⁄3 strong innings — the fifth consecutive..." June 23

  • 30d
    Jose de Jesus Ortiz @OrtizKicks

    "I'm feeling a lot better," said Matt Albers, who hopes to start throwing bullpens on this upcoming homestand.

  • Odorizzi and Rays dominate Astros in 8-0 win

    Tampa Tribune "Jake Odorizzi was throwing his between starts bullpen session recently, and Matt Joyce stood in the batters box just to give Odorizzi a visual as he worked on his pitches. Joyce left impressed with Odorizzi’s low-90s fastball. “His fastball explodes out of his hands,” Joyce said. “It’s tough..." June 22

  • Carlos Correa suffers leg injury "Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and the Houston Astros' top prospect, suffered an apparently serious injury to his leg during a minor-league game Saturday night. Correa, playing for Class A Lancaster, was carried off the field and carted to the clubhouse after sustaining..." June 22

  • Cosart stifles Rays as Astros snap four-game skid

    Houston Chronicle "Jarred Cosart has found a nice little home at Tropicana Field. The Astros’ impressive young righthander was so comfortable heading into his outing Friday night, he lounged across a couch in the clubhouse before batting practice and rested his head on Brad Peacock’s thighs as he watched a World Cup..." June 21

  • Rays put it all together, blank Astros, 5-0

    Tampa Tribune "During small-ball batting practice Thursday afternoon, Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce popped a ball up that struck the front bar across the top of the batting cage and sailed about 30 feet where it dropped back into the chute of the machine firing balls toward home plate. Think that was a nifty trick?..." June 20

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

  • Nationals rally with three in the seventh to overcome Astros, 6-5

    Washington Post "In the second inning Wednesday night, sprinting from first base and trying to steal second, Jayson Werth knew he would be out. His instincts pushed him to try to something he had attempted before, never successfully. He slid short of the base, spraying dirt as he stopped himself with the spikes on..." June 19

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