Houston Astros

Relief arms, catchers on mend for Astros
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The Astros continue to make progress in getting several of their injured players back into action, with relievers Will Harris and Tony Sipp both throwing in a simulated setting at Minute Maid Park prior to Friday night’s game against the Athletics.

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Astros make structural changes in scouting
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In an effort to restructure their scouting department, the Astros informed at least eight scouts on Friday that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed when they expire at the end of October.

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McHugh faces A's looking to work deeper
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The A’s and Astros continue a three-game series on Saturday night with right-handers Collin McHugh and Kendall Graveman facing off in Game 2 at Minute Maid Park.

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Bregman stepping up while Correa sidelined
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In 38 games since July 4, Alex Bregman leads the AL in extra-base hits. He also is providing some outstanding defense for the Astros, who have been without All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa (thumb injury).

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Astros ride 2 jacks as Keuchel grounds A's
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Dallas Keuchel, making his fifth start since missing eight weeks with neck discomfort, turned in his second consecutive gem by throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros to their third win in four games, 3-1, over the Athletics on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Keuchel, Astros face A's, free on Facebook
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The game will be broadcast live on the official MLB Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames/), and include an exclusive MLB.com pregame show.

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Whitley leads Astros prospects on fast track
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In an ideal player development world, every prospect earns, and gets, an in-season promotion up a level. That prospect Shangri-La doesn’t happen very often, but in the Astros farm system in 2017, it’s been pretty close. The most recent example of this was the movement of two talented young arms up to Double-A Corpus Christi, […]

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Astros unable to pick up Fiers vs. D-backs
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After the D-backs allowed nine runs to the Astros in consecutive games, left-hander Patrick Corbin restored order Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Corbin came within one out from throwing his first career complete game as the D-backs rode his strong pitching and a pair of homers — including an inside-the-park one by Daniel Descalso […]

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Astros' hit-and-miss 'O' hopes to get healthy
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MLB hits leader Jose Altuve is wondering what’s off with his Astros over the past week. While scoring nine runs in back-to-back games against the D-backs, they were also shut out twice by Arizona — including a 4-0 loss Thursday at Minute Maid Park — and scored a total of 20 runs in their past […]

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Marisnick reveals story behind 'Big Fudge'
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When it came time to choose what to put on the back of his jersey for the Aug. 25-27 Players Weekend, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick went with “Big Fudge.” MLB and the MLB Players’ Association are introducing the inaugural Players Weekend and all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.

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Getting DH back does Astros world of good
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After capping a strenuous 2-6 road trip by splitting the first two of their four-game series vs. the D-backs in Arizona’s National League park, Chase Field, they returned to cozy, hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park and got a 9-5 win over the D-backs with help from DH Carlos Beltran.

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Astros hold off D-backs after Morton's gem
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Charlie Morton pitched a gem and the Astros held off a late power surge by the D-backs to win consecutive games for the first time this month with a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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