Houston Astros - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Houston Astros LEADING OFF: Astros face adversity; Giants-Cubs rematch A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BUMP IN THE ROAD Houston still has the best record in baseball at 29-15, but the Astros have run into some adversity lately. Ace pitcher Dallas Keuchel (pinched nerve in neck) and catcher Brian McCann (concussion) went on the disabled list over the weekend, and ... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:26:00Z Jose Altuve back in lineup after switching to shoes that fit MIAMI (AP) — Second baseman Jose Altuve is back in the Houston Astros' lineup after giving his team a scare because his special Mother's Day shoes were too snug. Altuve began limping enough in the ninth inning of Sunday night's game at the New York Yankees that manager A.J. Hinch replaced him with a pinch runner. "He looked uncomfortabl... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:33:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:33:00Z Yankees to honor Jeter between games of doubleheader Sunday NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees will play 2. In a tribute that's been building since he stepped away from the dirt he roamed at shortstop, Derek Jeter was set to have his No. 2 jersey retired at packed Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. Only one wrinkle — the celebration now will take place in between games of a doubleheader against H... Sat, 13 May 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-05-13T23:09:00Z Tempers flare as baseball's division rivalries turn hostile The Orioles and Red Sox play each other again in early June, as do the Astros and Rangers. Perhaps by then, cooler heads can prevail. If not, the umpires in those series will have their work cut out for them. Tempers flared in Boston and Houston this week, with divisional rivalries descending into open hostility. Manny Machado of the Or... Fri, 05 May 2017 07:04:00 GMT 2017-05-05T07:04:00Z LEADING OFF: Miggy's back, Texas tussle, aces up A look at what's happening all around the majors today: MIGGY MENDED Miguel Cabrera is expected to come off the disabled list and play for the Tigers against Cleveland. The star slugger has been out since April 21 because of a groin injury, but looked good in batting practice Monday. He is hitting .268 with three hom... Tue, 02 May 2017 06:42:00 GMT 2017-05-02T06:42:00Z Benches clear after tempers flare in Rangers-Astros game HOUSTON (AP) — Tempers have flared in the first game of a series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, and it led to both benches clearing and some pushing and shoving but no ejections. Texas starter Andrew Cashner had already plunked both Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel when Houston pitcher Lance McCullers threw behind Mike Napoli in the sixth inning Monday night. ... Tue, 02 May 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-05-02T02:03:00Z LEADING OFF: Machado, O's in Beantown after near-beaning A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BIRDS IN BEANTOWN The Orioles face Boston at Fenway Park in their first meeting since tempers flared a week ago at Camden Yards. Manny Machado rankled the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia, then two days later, Matt Barnes buzzed the B... Mon, 01 May 2017 06:19:00 GMT 2017-05-01T06:19:00Z Astros' Keuchel wins again; Altuve OK after scary collision CLEVELAND (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched another masterpiece and the Houston Astros endured a frightening collision in a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Keuchel pitched a complete game to extend his promising start to the season, even as Jose Altuve and Teoscar Hernandez left after colliding in the eighth inning. The... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-04-26T02:49:00Z LEADING OFF: Keuchel in ace form, M's give Ichiro bobblehead A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BIG D IS BACK After struggling to defend his 2015 AL Cy Young Award last season, Dallas Keuchel is back in ace form for Houston. Keuchel (2-0, 0.86 ERA) has allowed just eight hits in 21 innings this season heading into a start against the Angels. The left-hande... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-04-19T06:26:00Z Astros' Aoki singles in 7th to break up A's no-hit bid OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nori Aoki singled off reliever Liam Hendricks leading off the seventh inning Saturday, the first hit for the Houston Astros against the Oakland Athletics. Sean Manaea and Ryan Dull had combined to pitch six hitless innings. Manaea walked his first three batters in the sixth inning, then allowed two runs when Carlo... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:00:00 GMT 2017-04-15T23:00:00Z Red Sox trying to stay the course amid injury, illness The season is only a week old, and already the Boston Red Sox have faced quite a bit of adversity. It's hard enough to deal with whatever baseball-related injuries pop up each year, but Boston has also had to worry about the flu, which has been making its way through the roster over the past few days. Every game brings new questions about who manager John Farrell will be abl... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:05:00 GMT 2017-04-10T07:05:00Z Springer's HR in 13 gives Astros 5-3 win over Mariners HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer wasn't quite sure if his towering fly ball was going to have enough distance. Three feet shorter or to the right, and it might be an game-ending fly out. Instead, Springer's shot narrowly crossed the yellow line for a game-winning three-run homer in the 13th inning, capping a five-RBI game and lifting the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over th... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:12:00 GMT 2017-04-06T06:12:00Z Fowler shoots 64 for 1-shot lead at Houston Open HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Rickie Fowler shot an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Sung Kang after the first round of the Houston Open on Thursday. Fowler had his best round in six appearances at the tournament, topping a previous low score of 68. Fowler overcame damp conditions and a chilly, breezy morning to jump to a hot start. Fowler wo... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:45:00 GMT 2017-03-31T00:45:00Z The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought? Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:23:00Z Correa homers, Puerto Rico advances in WBC, beats Italy GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer, and Puerto Rico qualified for the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 9-3 victory against Italy on Sunday. Correa connected in the fourth inning, belting a drive to left-center to make it 7-3. The Houston Astros star also walked twice and scored two runs. Enri... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:08:00 GMT 2017-03-13T00:08:00Z Astros determined to start fast after last year's fiasco HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are still thinking about their terrible start to last season and are determined to start things off much better this year. As the Astros prepare for the start of spring training, that 7-17 mark is still firmly in their minds. The Astros got it together after that awful month, but it put them in too big of a hole to dig out of and they just m... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:05:00 GMT 2017-02-10T18:05:00Z Chris Carter agrees to $3.5M, 1-year deal with Yankees Last year's National League home run co-leader found a new home on Tuesday when Chris Carter agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees. Carter accepted a $3.5 million, one-year contract, which is subject to a successful physical. The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus, a $3 million salary and $500,000 in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 ... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:35:00 GMT 2017-02-08T01:35:00Z Former Cards exec said to accuse Astros in hacking case NEW YORK (AP) — A statement on a Twitter account attributed to a former Cardinals scouting executive convicted of hacking into the Astros' computer system said Houston had earlier "unauthorized access" into the St. Louis computer system. Christopher Correa, the Cardinals former director of baseball development, is serving a 46-month prison sentence after ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-01-31T23:20:00Z Cardinals must give Astros top 2 picks, $2M for hacking NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year's amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros' email system and scouting database, the final and unprecedented step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams. B... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-01-30T22:11:00Z Luis Valbuena finalizes $15 million, 2-year deal with Angels ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Luis Valbuena fills several needs and opens up several possibilities for the Los Angeles Angels while they wait for Albert Pujols to get healthy. Valbuena and the Angels completed a $15 million, two-year contract Tuesday. The power-hitting corner infielder will play both positions for the Angels, who are coming off their worst record since 1999. ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:47:00 GMT 2017-01-25T00:47:00Z Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame HOUSTON (AP) — Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot. "I don't even know what to say," he said after Wednesday's vote announcement. "There's no greater thing you can get personally than the Hall of Fame. You can do some stuff team-wise and all that kind of stuff, but personally this is a ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:32:00 GMT 2017-01-19T03:32:00Z Keuchel, Astros agree to $9.15 million, 1-year contract HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season. The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year's Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his third straight Gold Glove after going 20-8 with a career-best 2.48 ER... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:35:00 GMT 2017-01-13T18:35:00Z Kid who wrote letter to Astros GM never dreamed he'd respond HOUSTON (AP) — When 7-year-old Will Erickson penned a letter to Jeff Luhnow imploring the Houston Astros general manager not to trade George Springer, he never dreamed he'd get a response. The reason was simple. "Because he's busy," Will told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Will decided to write the letter when he heard the Astros co... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:56:00 GMT 2016-12-15T14:56:00Z AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him — and the Astros — a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday that the free agent slugger and the Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million. The person spoke to the... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:35:00 GMT 2016-12-03T21:35:00Z