12:33 PM EDT, Fri September 04, 2015

Scouting report: Astros vs. Twins

1. The Minute Maid Park magic isn’t permanent. Before Thursday’s off-day, the Astros lost two straight to the Mariners to end a three-game set, the first consecutive home losses for the ‘Stros since June 26-27 in a four-game split with the Yanks. They hadn’t dropped a series at home since May 29-31, vs. the White
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Harry Shattuck added to Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor

Harry Shattuck, who covered the Astros for the Chronicle from 1972-85 and MLB from 1985-88, will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor on Sept. 23. Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for contributions to the landscape of Houston
Houston Chronicle Sep 3, 2015

Mariners hand Astros first series loss at Minute Maid Park since June

One night after Pat Neshek gave up a game-winning two-run home run, the Mariners pounced on the righthanded reliever once again Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. The Mariners took advantage of Neshek’s errant throw to first base on a routine sacrifice bunt to eventually pull away. The Mariners scored two unearned runs off Neshek in
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Astros may call up another pitcher due to recent injuries

Considering that Scott Feldman has right shoulder irritation and lefthanded reliever Tony Sipp has a lower back ailment, the Astros may call up another arm from the minors to add to the pitching depth. Hard-throwing righthander Michael Feliz is an option because he already was one of the pitchers expected to earn a promotion after
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Astros rookie OF Preston Tucker gets call to start on same day he’s called back up to majors

Rookie outfielder Preston Tucker was inserted back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Mariners after he was recalled from Class AAA Fresno. Tucker had been in the majors from May 7 until he was demoted on Aug. 22 in part because he had minor-league options. “I think I was down there for a reason
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Dallas Keuchel strengthens Cy Young resume with 3rd AL Pitcher of Month award

Astros ace lefthander Dallas Keuchel’s Cy Young Award candidacy received another boost Wednesday when he was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for the third time this season. Keuchel, who also was the AL Pitcher of the Month in April and May, is the first Astro to win three Pitcher of the Month
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

This 2-year-old knows more about the Astros than you ever will

Pat Neshek is a solid Major League middle reliever, the kind of reliable right-hander managers love having available to chew up innings late in games. But for all his strengths, he’s not someone a lot of 2 year olds can pick out of a photo lineup. So when Daniel Herrera announced Pat Neshek’s arrival into Tuesday
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Astros SP Scott Feldman’s MRI shows no tears in right shoulder

Astros righthander Scott Feldman received some relatively positive news Wednesday when no tears were found during an MRI exam on his right shoulder a day after he exited in the third inning with discomfort. Feldman was given a cortisone injection to ease the irritation and inflammation on his right shoulder’s posterior cuff. “Just irritated and
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Dallas Keuchel named AL pitcher of the month for third time this year

This is turning into Dallas Keuchel’s year. The Astros lefthander was named the AL pitcher of the month for August, the third time he’s won the monthly award this season. He was honred for April and May. Keuchel, the first Astros to win the award three times in a season, went 4-1 with a 1.94
Houston Chronicle Sep 2, 2015

Astros manager A.J. Hinch on rookie Vince Velasquez: ‘Did a great job’

Although the Astros lost 7-5, rookie righthander Vince Velasquez drew praise from manager A.J. Hinch for his long relief outing Tuesday night against the Mariners. He took over with two on and two out with an 0-1 count on Brad Miller in the third after Scott Feldman exited with right shoulder discomfort. “Did a great
Houston Chronicle Sep 1, 2015

Astros dig out of early hole but fall to Mariners in second game of series

Only a few hours after Astros manager A.J. Hinch discussed how he planned to schedule his six-man rotation based on the matchups he deemed most beneficial, the Astros starting depth took a major hit Tuesday night. Veteran Scott Feldman , who posted the best earned run average in the American League last month, seemed out
Houston Chronicle Sep 1, 2015

Astros starter Scott Feldman leaves Tuesday’s game due to shoulder issue

Astros righthander Scott Feldman exited in the third inning with discomfort in his right shoulder Tuesday night against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Feldman, who threw 38 pitches in the second inning and 59 through the first two innings, gestured toward manager A.J. Hinch and trainer Nate Lucero after he threw a strike to

Different roads see Josh Fields, Joe Thatcher reunited in Astros bullpen

Josh Fields and the world had a good idea he’d be back soon at the time he was optioned to Class AAA Fresno, the victim of a roster jam in August when the Astros needed space and didn’t want to cut any players. Fields had minor league options, so down he went, despite his regular

Astros catcher Jason Castro gets good news on injured quad, likely to avoid DL

Astros catcher Jason Castro said he went for an MRI on his strained right quad and it revealed the lowest grade strain. He started to do light activities Tuesday while missing his fourth game. Castro is optimistic he’ll be able to return when his 15 days on the disabled list are up. “I think that’ll
Houston Chronicle Sep 1, 2015

A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff could be getting pair of additions in coming weeks

Class AAA Fresno manager Tony DeFrancesco and Class AA Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares are likely to be invited for coaching stints with the Astros after their respective teams are done with the playoffs this month. “Obviously both Tony D and Rodney have done a good job,” first-year Astros manager manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’d

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