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FanBlog: Astros 8 hours ago

Photos from Astros-Rangers series

See the best images from the four-game set at Minute Maid Park.

Astros to balance depth with Class AAA playoff picture at September’s start

Marwin Gonzalez was on the bench again Sunday, resting his right hamstring. The good news for the Astros going forward is that they won’t have to play short again. September’s arrival means the Astros can carry as much depth as they need, even if they don’t add their full group of call-ups right away. Anyone […]
SpikesnStars 14 hours ago

Boot In The Ass

I can think of a place for this.

Bo Porter says he’s open to questions from front office about in-game management

Astros manager Bo Porter said Saturday that there have been situations where general manager Jeff Luhnow or assistant GM David Stearns have asked him about his in-game management, and that he is not opposed to answering such questions. Porter’s relationship with the front office is said to have been strained of late, and one of […]

Astros claim pitcher Samuel Deduno off waivers from Twins

The Astros have claimed righthander Samuel Deduno off outright waivers from the Twins, according to Twins.com writer Rhett Bollinger. A 31-year-old from the Dominican Republic, Deduno is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA in 30 games this season, eight of them starts. He’s struck out 74 and walked 41 in 92 innings. This is Deduno’s fifth […]
SpikesnStars Aug 30, 2014

a letter from Binch

Texas, you’re suffering under the Curse of President Rick.
FanBlog: Astros Aug 29, 2014

Presley set to start rehab; Springer still has a way to go

Astros outfielder Alex Presley, who took batting practice on the field Friday night, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday. It will be his second rehab stint since landing on the disabled list on July 8 with a right oblique strain. Presley had to stop his previous rehab at short-season Tri-City two weeks ago […]
FanBlog: Astros Aug 29, 2014

Astros to honor Pearland East Little League

The Pearland East Little League team, which finished fourth in the U.S. division at the recent Little League World Series, will be honored by the Astros on Sept. 3. The team will be recognized on the field at Minute Maid Park before the Astros’ game against the Angels.  

Bo Porter, Jeff Luhnow at odds, source says

In a season where the Astros seem incapable for staying out of the headlines for negative and controversial reasons, manager Bo Porter and general manager Jeff Luhnow have been at odds, according to a club source. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report Friday of tensions mounting between Porter and Luhnow. The Chronicle was […]
SpikesnStars Aug 29, 2014

Okay, so I’m a Late Brokedick!

Yesterday, instead of scrambling to write this series preview, I made my maiden voyage to the mess that is Detroit to take in the Tigers-Yankmees matinee with some work colleagues.
FanBlog: Astros Aug 28, 2014

Castro’s grand slam lifts Astros past Rangers

Box score Jose Altuve was initially stumped Thursday when he was asked what it would mean to him and the Astros if they could finally reclaim the Silver Boot from their Lone Star Series rivals. “What’s the Silver Boot?” he asked innocently. It has been so long since the Astros won the season’s Lone Star […]
SpikesnStars Aug 28, 2014

The Athletes Feat Stomps Astros

All I know is that if I were going to the Moon I would rather have Chad Qualls at the helm of my rocket ship than Eric O'Flaherty.
FanBlog: Astros Aug 28, 2014

After Qualls implodes, Astros’ rally in bottom of 9th comes up short against A’s

By Kristie Rieken Associated Press Box score Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The A’s trailed by one entering the ninth before Eric Sogard’s RBI single, and Fuld’s two-out shot off Chad […]
Athletics Nation Aug 27, 2014

Game Thread #132: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (2)

We're going to the fourth inning. Despite chances in the first and second, the A's haven't scored, and despite a chance in the third, the Astros haven't either. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!

Chad Qualls staying with Astros

Although teams cannot comment on waiver activity, the Astros clearly pulled Chad Qualls off revocable waivers, because he was still with the team on Wednesday, as was expected. The Tigers claimed Qualls on Monday, and the Astros had until Wednesday afternoon to work out a deal with the Tigers, if they wanted to. “I know […]

Jose Altuve, Chris Carter could finish with special seasons for rebuilding Astros

There’s a chance the Astros could finish this year with the major league leaders in hits, batting average and home runs. Not bad for a losing team. Jose Altuve started Wednesday with the majors’ lead in hits (180) and average (.333). With a little more than a month to go, Chris Carter entered Wednesday with […]

Astros ‘highly unlikely’ to be able to sign Brady Aiken

The Astros are “highly unlikely” to be able to sign first overall draft pick Brady Aiken after the July 18 deadline, according to a person familiar with the situation, who expressed surprise at a report from last week that Aiken could still sign. Ambiguous comments from commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday didn’t help add clarity. […]
Bless You Boys Aug 27, 2014

Tigers trade rumors: Deal for Astros closer Chad Qualls appears dead

A trade for Astros' closer Chad Qualls looks to be off the table with the passing of the 48 hour trade deadline. Turns out talk of a Chad Qualls being traded to the Detroit Tigers was just that - talk. The Tigers entered a claim on Qualls Monday after the Houston Astros had placed their 36-year-old closer on revocable waivers. As of late this afternoon, a trade between the teams appears to be dead. Neither organization has made an announcement involving Qualls. #Tigers and #Astros had 1:30 pm ET deadline to get a Chad Qualls deal done, and at this point (2:45 ET), nothing has been...
FanBlog: Astros Aug 27, 2014

Fan throws hideous first pitch at Astros game

A fan at Minute Maid Park may be responsible for the worst first pitch in history. She laughed off the blunder and walked up to George Springer for an autograph after some ridicule from Orbit.

Astros or Tigers? Qualls’ preference is to stay in Houston

The Astros are on pace to finish in fourth place, while the Detroit Tigers have an eye-popping rotation – Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and, assuming he returns, Anibal Sanchez – that gives them a chance to win the World Series. If you had your choice, you’d have to be crazy to […]

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