Houston Chronicle "For a team full of everyday players with eyesores for batting averages, the first-place Astros — has that sunk in yet? — keep finding ways to pound out runs, and most importantly, wins. Another series, another town, and the Astros are still rolling, downing the Padres 9-4 behind a tie-breaking,..." April 28
MLB.com "Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is scheduled to fly to Houston on Tuesday to undergo an MRI exam on his right thumb, which he injured while sliding home in the eighth inning of Monday night's 9-4 win over the Padres at Petco Park. Lowrie said the thumb was sore and swollen, but cautioned he wasn't..." April 28
Houston Chronicle "Jake Marisnick did it all Sunday in his return to the lineup, in his usual No. 9 spot, after two games off because of a sore upper right leg. He hit a two-run homer en route to a 2-for-4 performance and stole third base as part of a key double steal with Jose Altuve in the ninth inning as the..." April 27
Houston Chronicle "Jake Marisnick said he hit and run around Saturday and that everything felt good after doing so, but the Astros might want to give the hot-hitting center fielder at least one more day off. Marisnick sat out Friday and Saturday because of soreness in his iliotibial band, or IT band — in the..." April 26
Houston Chronicle "Astros reliever Pat Neshek has had a funny April. “It’s like a Jekyll and Hyde,” Neshek said. “I feel like I’m dominating every single time except with the exception of last night and with the long balls.” The sidearming righty has a 5.87 ERA, the highest on the team, with three home runs..." April 26
Houston Chronicle "These are the new Astros. They take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. They win in April. They’re in first place and they’re a competitive major league team. It’s hard to recognize them, isn’t it? The Astros’ 9-3 win over the A’s Saturday afternoon gave them six victories in their last..." April 26
Houston Chronicle "Astros manager A.J. Hinch took his hottest hitter out of the nine-hole on Friday for the series opener with the A’s, but the destination wasn’t a higher spot in the order. Jake Marisnick and his team-high .350 average were held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons because of soreness in..." April 25
Houston Chronicle "It wasn’t until the misty rain arrived at O.co Coliseum and even fewer eyes were left that the Astros’ 5-4 win over the A’s in 11 innings reached its crazy peak. The first nine innings were a reminder the baseball world isn’t paying enough attention to Dallas Keuchel, the Astros lefty who was..." April 25
Seattle Times "It is only three starts, just one-tenth of the outings the Mariners hope J.A. Happ makes this season, but here is the strange truth: Happ, the player many fans groaned over when the Mariners traded for him this offseason, has been the team’s most consistent pitcher. Or how about this: Mariners..." April 23
Houston Chronicle "Unable to come through with the bases loaded twice earlier in the game, Jose Altuve laced a liner to the left field corner in the eighth inning Tuesday night for a bases-clearing, go-ahead double in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Mariners. The Astros (8-6) have won four in a row and continue to..." April 22
Houston Chronicle "Jose Altuve’s not the only productive hitting infielder on the Astros any more, just as the Astros planned. Third baseman Luis Valbuena drove in three runs Monday night, including a tie-breaking solo home run in the top of the eighth inning that put the Astros ahead in a 7-5 win over the..." April 21
Houston Chronicle "By the time Jason Castro strolled to the plate in the fifth inning Sunday afternoon, he had already left five men on base, including the bases loaded in the first inning. Before it was over, he had stranded six against the Angels. Yet Castro had the best seat in the house to realize Scott..." April 20
The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20
SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20
Houston Chronicle "Although righthander Josh Fields gave up three hits and one run Friday night in his rehab assignment with Class AAA Fresno, Astros manager A.J. Hinch got some positive reports about the reliever’s outing. “The reports are that was some of the best stuff that Fields has featured while on rehab,”..." April 19
Houston Chronicle "There was plenty to appreciate Saturday night at Minute Maid Park if you like the Astros. The starting pitching, as has become custom when ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel starts, was superb. Righthanded relievers Chad Qualls, Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson were quite impressive as well while..." April 19
Oberholtzer will throw live BP Monday for first time since he's had blister.
L.A. Daily News "Mike Trout homered twice to become the youngest player in history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, and the Angels beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Friday night. Trout, who has 104 steals, hit a two-run shot off Astros starter Roberto Hernandez on a full count in the sixth inning for his..." April 18
The #Astros have officially placed RHP Brad Peacock on the 15-day DL (left intercostal strain) and recalled RHP Asher Wojciechowski.
Houston Chronicle "If Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel were to pitch the same number of innings in a season, which one would you rather have on your team? In Wednesday’s 6-1 Astros win over the A’s, the case for and against McHugh’s style of pitching was made in one dazzling but short outing at Minute Maid..." April 16
San Francisco Chronicle "After an awful first start for Oakland on Thursday, Kendall Graveman did a nice about-face Tuesday. The rookie right-hander, obtained in the Josh Donaldson deal with Toronto, earned his first big-league win, working 51/3 scoreless innings at Minute Maid Park. And for the first time this season,..." April 15
San Francisco Chronicle "Three of the A’s new players homered Monday night at Minute Maid Park in increasing waves of damage. •Third baseman Brett Lawrie smoked a shot off the wall in deep left-center leading off the second inning. •Shortstop Marcus Semien broke the small video board above the Crawford Boxes in left..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Houston Chronicle "Dinner, Tony Sipp said, would be the least he could do for his right fielder. There’s probably no limit on the number of high-end Nolan Ryan Beef cuts that Sipp would trade for the grand-slam robbing catch George Springer made in Sunday’s 10th inning. “Just all smiles,” Sipp said. “Like I..." April 13
Dallas Morning News "The arms: RHP Yovani Gallardo ran his career record against Houston to 14-3. … Gallardo allowed an 0-2 double to Colby Rasmus, a career .155 hitter on or after 0-2 counts. It put runners on second and third with one out, but Gallardo escaped the jam. … RHP Jon Edwards, in his first appearance of..." April 12
Houston Chronicle "Winning Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was asked about the dozen groundouts he had in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday, an unusually high number for the righty. Closer Luke Gregerson, who pitched the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in a non-save situation, was getting dressed nearby in..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians were two outs away from the first combined no-hitter in franchise history Thursday when Jed Lowrie ruined it with a long homer to left field with one out in the ninth inning. So instead of a history-making event, the Indians settled for ordinary regular-season victory as they beat..." April 10
Fox Sports Southwest "The Houston Astros traded for Evan Gattis in the offseason expecting big numbers from the slugger, however that hasn't been the case in the club's first three games against the Cleveland Indians. For the second night in a row, Gattis went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, bringing his total to..." April 10
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitched superbly and Carlos Santana and Mike Aviles homered as the Indians defeated the Astros, 2-0, Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Here is a capsule look at the game after a dvr review of the Fox SportsTime Ohio telecast: On the board: The Indians..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Houston Chronicle "The Astros put both righthander Alex White and outfielder Alex Presley on waivers on Monday, according to people familiar with the situation. They’ll either be claimed by another club or will clear waivers and be outrighted to the minor leagues by Wednesday." April 08
Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ 2-0 win on opening day was all about three players: Dallas Keuchel, George Springer and Jose Altuve. What may be confusing is how a game that was all about three players could be about so many others too. But it was, and that’s how thoroughly well the Astros played against the..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
Jandel Gustave goes back to Astros. Rule 5 pick returned by Padres.
Pinstripe Alley "Brian Cashman moved quickly to replace Brendan Ryan's spot on the team. When Brendan Ryan went down with an injury in today's spring training game, the Yankees didn't have much of a backup plan for their backup shortstop. An MRI revealed that Ryan had a Grade 2 right calf strain, which should..." April 02
Hardball Talk "Jon Singleton hit .168 in 95 games as a rookie last season and the Astros added several first base/designated hitter/corner outfield options during the offseason, so this isn’t exactly a huge shock: Singleton has been sent back to Triple-A. As bad as Singleton looked last year–and it was ugly,..." April 01
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
The Crawfish Boxes "The closer carousel stops on Gregerson for the Astros. The Astros signed Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to improve a bullpen that had a league-worst 4.80 ERA. The Astros announced today that Gregerson will enter the 2015 season as the Astros closer - as reported by MLB.com's Brian..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
Hernandez will start the third, fourth or fifth game, Hinch said.
Source: #Astros add LHR Joe Thatcher to Opening Day roster. Had signed minor-league deal.
Houston Chronicle "Matt Dominguez, who spent the past two seasons as the Astros’ starting third baseman, was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday morning. Shortstop Carlos Correa, who is rated as the third-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, was also reassigned in camp as part of the eight roster moves made by..." March 29
MLB.com "Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes had his right hand and wrist wrapped after being struck by pitch thrown by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's 1-1 tie at Roger Dean Stadium. The extent of the injury won't be known until Hoes undergoes X-rays. "It hurts pretty bad," Hoes..." March 29
The Player's Tribune "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start. Since..." March 26
#Astros reassign Mark Appel, Andrew Aplin, option Dan Straily to minor league camp, GM Jeff Luhnow announced this morning.
Evan Gattis to take live BP today. Could ramp up quickly after that if it goes well