Houston Astros

Astros promote prospect Whitley to Double-A
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The Astros have promoted Forrest Whitley to Double-A Corpus Christi. Whitley, the team’s first-round Draft pick last year, began this season by pitching 12 games at Class A Quad Cities before being promoted to Class A Advanced Buies Creek.

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Astros, Keuchel seek answers in finale vs. Texas
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Andrew Cashner and Dallas Keuchel are trending in different directions as the two take the mound in the series finale of this iteration of the Silver Boot Series on Sunday at Globe Life Park, the last time these division rivals will meet in Arlington until the end of September.

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Astros' slide reaches five as Fiers struggles
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The Astros still have a comfortable lead in the American League West, but their midsummer slump continued with an 8-3 loss to the Rangers that extended their losing streak to five straight games. They have also lost 12 of their last 16.

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Slippery slope: Astros starters try to find footing
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With ace Dallas Keuchel yet to regain his form since returning from the disabled list and Lance McCullers Jr. on the disabled list for the second time this year with a back injury, the Astros are finding it hard to get consistent quality starting pitching.

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Astros' slide hardly cause for concern
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Don’t panic, Houston. Even the greatest teams have had their ups and downs.

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Harris encouraged in return to throwing
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Astros relief pitcher Will Harris, who hasn’t pitched since July 5 because of a bone bruise and inflammation in his right shoulder, moved a step closer to going out on a Minor League rehab assignment by throwing off flat ground Friday at Globe Life Park.

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Astros turn to Fiers as Rangers honor Pudge
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Houston’s most durable pitcher will face off against a Rangers starter coming off the disabled list on Saturday night, when Mike Fiers and Tyson Ross meet for the second matchup of a three-game series in the Silver Boot rivalry at Globe Life Park. The Rangers are retiring Hall of Famer Ivan odriguez’s No. 7 jersey […]

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Rally falls short as Astros drop 4th straight
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Cole Hamels kept the Astros in their slump by pitching seven scoreless innings and Alex Claudio held off a rally in the Rangers’ 6-4 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday night. Houston has lost four in a row for the first time this season.

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Springer hits first homer since coming off DL
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George Springer’s first post-disabled-list home run — and first in more than a month — was certainly a good sign for the Astros.

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Swept in Chicago, Astros amid rare skid
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Manager A.J. Hinch and his Astros squad have yet to find themselves in a skid quite like this one this season.

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Hinch not worried about starting rotation
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The Astros were one of the few clubs who sparked conversation after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline for the moves they didn’t make instead of the one they did make — particularly when it pertains to the starting rotation.

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Depth, versatility make Astros' offense go
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Sometimes a manager can’t help himself. “I’ve learned I bunt the least of anybody,” A.J. Hinch said, in classic deadpan fashion. “I’ve also learned we score the most runs. I’m not sure if that’s connected or not.”

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