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Mariners @ Astros Series Preview

The Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few… Seattle Mariners (81-70) @ Houston Astros (67-85) through Wednesday As the season draws to a close, it seems only fitting that our final homestand should be closed out with another chapter in the long and storied history with our natural rivals. Traditions like this are a big [...]
SpikesnStars 2 hours ago

Yes, I’m a Deadbeat Slacker, but…

I Stand Accused.
FanBlog: Astros Sep 17, 2014

After beating cancer, DeFrancesco ‘absolutely’ wants another shot to lead Astros

Former Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, who took a leave from his job as Class AAA Oklahoma City’s manager early in the season to battle cancer, has been in uniform helping the big league club since Monday. DeFrancesco guided the RedHawks to a 74-70 record to finish second in the Pacific Coast League’s Northern Division. […]

Astros options for Class AAA team: Colorado Springs and Fresno

The Albuquerque Isotopes are no longer available to become the Astros’ Class AAA affiliate. The Astros are searching for a new affiliate after the Dodgers bought into and signed a player development contract with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Albuquerque, the Class AAA affiliate the Dodgers are leaving behind, is expected to announce a partnership with […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 16, 2014

Astros fall to Indians despite Altuve’s historic night

Box score As the Minute Maid Park crowd gave him a raucous standing ovation Tuesday night, All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve landed at second base and looked over at the two Astros legends standing in the first row of Minute Maid Park’s Diamond Club. Altuve looked in the direction of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 16, 2014

Altuve sets Astros single-season hits record

With his 211th hit of the season, Jose Altuve has passed Craig Biggio as the Astros’ single-season hits list.
FanBlog: Astros Sep 16, 2014

Jose Altuve ties Biggio’s hit record

Jose Altuve has tied Craig Biggio’s club record after roping a double down the left field line in the fifth inning on Tuesday night for his 210th hit of the season.
FanBlog: Astros Sep 16, 2014

George Springer to sit rest of season

Right fielder George Springer, who was on pace to break the Astros’ rookie record for home runs before suffering a left quad injury in July, has been shut down for the season. Astros interim manager Tim Lawless said he, general manager Jeff Luhnow and Springer came up with the decision in conjunction with trainer Nate […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 15, 2014

Altuve’s big night lifts Astros past Indians, leaves him 1 hit shy of Biggio’s mark

Box score As Jose Altuve moved within one hit of the Astros’ single season hits record, the All-Star second baseman accomplished another crucial personal milestone Monday night at Minute Maid Park. On a night when Astros righthander Collin McHugh threw 6 2/3 brilliant innings before exiting with an injury, Altuve set a new career high […]
FanBlog: Astros Sep 15, 2014

Craig Biggio happy for Jose Altuve’s 200-hit season

Astros great Craig Biggio, who set the franchise’s all-time record for hits and for hits in a season, is cheering for Jose Altuve as the All-Star second baseman attempts to break Biggio’s franchise single-season record for hits. Altuve, 24, entered Monday night with 206 hits, four short of the franchise record Biggio set with 210 […]
SpikesnStars Sep 15, 2014


Dallas Keuchel made damn well sure that their streak didn’t reach 11 games, as he completely shut down the best team in baseball Sunday afternoon.

Scouting report: Astros host Cleveland Indians

Three things to watch in the series: 1. Jose Altuve’s hit count is up to 206 after a 2-for-4 performance Sunday, putting him just five hits away from breaking Craig Biggio’s team record of 210. He’s almost guaranteed to break it some time during the Astros’ seven-game homestand, the last of the season, which begins […]

Astros use more than just numbers to gameplan

ANAHEIM — Astros interim manager Tom Lawless thinks there’s a misconception about his organization. “They’ve been overblown as to, ‘all we do is use numbers, the lineups are sent down (from the front office) and everything,’” Lawless said Sunday. “I think everything has been blown out of proportion. “We’re not probably do anything different than […]

Brad Peacock scratched from Monday’s start with back soreness

ANAHEIM — The Astros are returning to a five-man rotation for the time being because of lower back soreness for righty Brad Peacock, who has been scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Indians at Minute Maid Park. With just two weeks to go in the season, the Astros are pushing up their starters rather […]

Ugly fifth inning sinks Astros in series opener with Angels

Box score ANAHEIM — The only thing standing between the Angels and a 17-game win streak is the Astros. The 11-3 drubbing the Halos delivered to the ‘Stros on Friday was the ninth straight win for the Halos, a furiously good team with baseball’s best record, 92-55. The Angels had a similar streak very recently, […]

Astros lose Dave Post to ‘dream job’ in Padres organization

ANAHEIM — The Astros have lost the second-in-command in their amateur scouting department. David Post, the team’s national crosschecker since the fall of 2007, has taken a job as a special assistant to A.J. Preller, the new general manager of the San Diego Padres. Post, 41, will be involved in all aspects of scouting for […]

Astros’ Matt Dominguez struggling as 2014 season winds down

ANAHEIM — There’s added heat on the hot corner. Matt Dominguez, the Astros’ 25-year-old third baseman, went to high school about an hour from Angel Stadium and became the 12th overall pick in the 2007 draft, by the Marlins. Last season with the Astros showed serious promise with 21 home runs and 77 RBIs. A […]

MVP or no, Jose Altuve’s season is beyond reproach

SEATTLE – When the Astros were in Oakland last weekend, Athletics manager Bob Melvin stated the obvious about the little second baseman who could, Jose Altuve. “We’ve seen it firsthand here the last couple of years. This year, it’s really been phenomenal,” Melvin said. “If he’s somewhere else, maybe on a team that’s playing in […]

Astros closer Chad Qualls dealing with hip ailment

The Astros hope to see their closer Chad Qualls again some time in the final two weeks of the season. The 36-year-old righty has been dealing with an ailment in the area of his right hip that he said he’s never had before. He feels a warm sensation, which leads him to believe that there’s […]

Scouting report: Astros at Los Angeles Angels

Three things to watch in the upcoming series: 1. Most improved: While the Astros have 15 more wins at this point of the season compared to last year, the Angels are even better with a 21-win uptick. The Astros won the season series with the Angels last year, 10-9, but have won just six of […]

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