Astros Rumors & News

  • Pineda helps Yankees get past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Hours after the front office traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller handled their business as if Chapman had never donned pinstripes. Right-hander Michael Pineda won a pitcher's duel with reigning Cy Young..." July 26

  • Yulieski Gurriel works out at Astros' facility in Florida while awaiting visa

    Houston Chronicle "Although the Astros still await approval on a work visa for Yulieski Gurriel, the newly signed Cuban infielder has started working out at the team's spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla. Gurriel cannot play in games until he obtains the work visa, which has been applied for. Astros..." July 25

  • Altuve hits two HRs, drives in six as Astros maul Angels

    The Sports Xchange "By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve bashed two home runs and the Houston Astros bludgeoned the Los Angeles Angels 13-3 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park to complete a three-game series sweep. The Astros (54-44) improved to a season-best 10 games over .500 by..." July 24

  • Astros to call up top prospect Bregman

    The Score "Another one of the Houston Astros' talented young players is on the verge of making their major-league debut. The club announced Sunday it will call up top prospect Alex Bregman on Monday following a brief stint with Triple-A Fresno. "It's a dream come true," Bregman told reporters. "I'm..." July 24

  • Astros sign Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra

    Houston Chronicle "After breaking through their bonus pool on the first day of the international signing period, the Astros as expected continue to add to their 2016-17 class. The team on Saturday signed 22-year-old Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra for a signing bonus worth $1.5 million, according to a source with..." July 24

  • Astros keep rolling vs. Angels

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch played the role of soothsayer when he strolled to the mound in the ninth inning on Friday night and removed Lance McCullers, informing his starter that any temporary disappointment would soon yield to pride when victory was in hand. McCullers carried a..." July 23

  • Astros' McHugh, Gattis too much for Angels

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Collin McHugh was proud to declare Saturday "Gatty Day" in honor of his battery mate Evan Gattis, whose offensive output complemented his coordinated effort with McHugh. While McHugh produced his seventh consecutive run-suppressing start, Gattis clubbed a pair..." July 23

  • Astros top prospect Alex Bregman playing left field in AAA Wednesday

    Houston Chronicle "Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman made his first professional start in left field on Wednesday night for Class AAA Fresno, the latest sign his promotion to the major leagues nears. Increased defensive versatility will create avenues for the Astros to keep Bregman’s potent bat in the lineup..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Aggressive baserunning leads A's past Astros in 10th

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- There were two outs and runners on first and second when Oakland A's right fielder Josh Reddick came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning to face Houston Astros left-hander Tony Sipp in a 3-3 game Tuesday night. Reddick broke his bat and hit a soft ground ball,..." July 20

  • Astros' Fister shuts down A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- After losing back-to-back games, the Houston Astros needed to win Wednesday to avoid a series sweep against the Oakland A's and to end their six-game road trip on a good note. The Astros sent he right man to the mound to do exactly that. Right-hander Doug Fister..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • Graveman pitches Athletics to win over Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Astros had to know what was coming when Oakland A's right-hander Kendall Graveman took the mound Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Nine days earlier in his previous start, Graveman challenged the Astros with a heavy dose of mid-90s sinkerballs and held them..." July 19

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Astros plan to make run at Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros aren’t done chasing another Gurriel. The club has Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in its sights to join new signing and older brother Yulieski. Lourdes Jr. is a 22-year-old infielder/outfield who’s garnering just as much, if not more, attention than his older brother from MLB teams as a free..." July 17

  • Springer sets tone in Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- George Springer made sure that the Houston Astros came out of the All-Star Break the same way they went into it. Springer's leadoff home run in the top of the first inning opened the door for a big early lead, and the Astros held on for a 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on..." July 16

  • Mariners win pitchers' duel against Astros

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- With the way the Houston Astros have been treating the Mariners as of late, there were plenty of Seattle players looking to reverse their fortunes on Saturday afternoon. Starter Hisashi Iwakuma and closer Steve Cishek did their part to get back at the Astros, resulting in a 1-0..." July 16

  • Astros To Sign Yulieski Gurriel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have agreed to a five-year, $47.5MM deal with infielder Yulieski Gurriel, Yussef Diaz of was first to report. The 32-year-old infielder makes for an interesting pre-deadline addition for the streaking Houston franchise. Whether or not Gurriel will make a major..." July 15

  • Rob Dibble suspicious of Jose Altuve being on PEDs

    Sporting News "Former Cincinnati Reds closer Rob Dibble, currently working in sports talk radio, is trying to stir up controversy at Jose Altuve's expense. Altuve went from hitting seven homers in 2014 to 15 home runs last year. The Astros' second baseman already has 14 at this year's All-Star break, which..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • Astros to promote Alex Bregman this weekend?

    ESPN "Highly touted prospect Alex Bregman, fresh off a big performance in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, could be getting a call from the Houston Astros sooner rather than later. ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears the Astros could promote Bregman as early as this weekend, citing sources familiar with the..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Astros tie game in ninth, win in 10th

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- When asked on Saturday morning to discuss the Athletics' improved defense and the corresponding 14-game errorless streak that his club stretched to 15 games a few hours later, Oakland manager Bob Melvin tapped on his bat in hopes of warding off any pending jinxes. His wish went..." July 10

  • Valbuena's three-run HR in ninth sends Astros past A's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- With two runners on base and his club trailing by two runs, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was considering the right strategic play for the moment when Luis Valbuena stepped to the plate. Valbuena quickly eliminated the need for Hinch to consider his options any longer...." July 09

  • Graveman helps A's beat Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Right-hander Kendall Graveman of the Oakland Athletics had enjoyed a lengthy enough stretch of quality starts, so what he accomplished on Saturday should not have come as a shock to anyone paying attention. Graveman extended his wining streak to four games while producing the..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Astros outslug Mariners to finish sweep

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- After the Seattle Mariners used the home run to erase what was once a five-run deficit, Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena proved that displays of extraordinary power could benefit the home team as well. Valbuena crushed his second upper-deck home run in as many nights and..." July 07

  • Hill helps A's outlast Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- What Oakland Athletics left-hander Rich Hill proved unequivocally on Thursday night was that the effects of a long, injury-induced layoff could be mitigated by intensive labor and unwavering self-confidence. Hill worked six exceptional innings and helped carry the A's to a 3-1..." July 07

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • McCullers dominates in Astros' win over Mariners

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It seems foolish to grouse about fastball command when Astros right-hander Lance McCullers unleashes the overwhelming knuckle curveball he wielded on Monday, but wrangling his fastball is all that stands between McCullers and complete and utter dominance. McCullers delivered a..." July 04

  • Quintana helps White Sox beat Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana has been victimized by a lack of run support so often that it was difficult to assess his performances without mentioning how infrequently his teammates scored on his behalf while he was on the mound doing his handiwork. Quintana dazzled..." July 03

  • Gomez, Fiers power Astros past White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For a long while a fortuitous snap of the bat and bounce of the ball appeared to be the lone tally the red-hot Astros offense would muster against White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. But then, the resurgent Carlos Gomez delivered a little more offense for insurance. Gomez..." July 02

  • Navarro drives in four in White Sox's 7-6 win

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura acknowledged the inherent danger of utilizing both catchers in his starting lineup, with his decision to use Dioner Navarro as the designated hitter representing a calculated risk that paid dividends on two occasions on Saturday. Navarro..." July 02

  • Correa (4 RBIs) continues to torment Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Carlos Correa is just beginning his major league career, but he's already found a team he can pick on. Correa drove in four runs and recorded a home run and double among three hits, leading the Houston Astros to a 7-1 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Angels on..." June 29

  • Altuve helps Astros complete sweep of Angels

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Usually when the crowd at Angel Stadium is chanting "MVP! MVP!" it is for Mike Trout. On Wednesday afternoon, the chant -- even if it came from just a handful of fans -- was for Jose Altuve. Altuve finished a homer short of the cycle, and the Houston Astros completed a..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Astros score twice in ninth to down Angels 4-2

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It is a game like the one Monday between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels that clearly reflects the direction each team is going. Both teams pitched well, hit the ball hard and played good defense, but when the final out was made, it was the Astros who came out on..." June 28

  • Astros A.J. Reed picks up 1st Major League RBI, two walks in debut

    The Crawfish Boxes "A.J. Reed made a good first impression in his major league debut on Saturday against the Kanas City Royals. Reed manned the designated hitter spot for the Houston Astros. He collected an RBI, two walks, and scored twice in the Astros 13-5 victory. Reed's first at-bat in the second inning...." June 26

  • Morales homers twice as Royals knock off Astros

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales homered twice, but nearly had three. Morales had two solo shots and rookie Cheslor Cuthbert blasted a two-run shot as the Kansas City Royals topped the Houston Astros 6-1 to avoid being swept in the three-game series. Morales began the five-run..." June 26

  • Springer slam starts Astros' surge past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- George Springer needed a double in his final two plate-appearances to get the cycle. He did not get it, grounding out in the seventh and walking in the ninth. But that is about the only thing Springer did not do Friday night. Springer drove in five runs, four with a..." June 25

  • Astros have done 'homework' on Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel

    Houston Chronicle "Although the next international signing period does not begin until July 2, 32-year-old Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel is not subject to international bonus pool rules. Gourriel was recently declared a major league free agent and is working out privately for teams. According to reports, he..." June 24

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23