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Sat, 1 Oct 2016 02:29:29 EDTKaleb Cowart ripped a three-run double in the second and Jefry Marte banged a solo homer an inning later to send the Angels off and running to to a 7-1 win over the Astros on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:47:09 EDTThey were hanging out with friends or watching football on TV during the off-day when it became official: The Astros were eliminated from postseason contention with Baltimore's win on Thursday night, rendering the final three games of the season against the Angels void of any drama.
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:53:04 EDTTyler Skaggs will make his first start for the Angels in three weeks and the Astros will counter with Collin McHugh as the teams square off at Angel Stadium on Saturday in the penultimate game of the 2016 season.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:58:44 EDTIs Jose Altuve the year's Best Major Leaguer and Best Hitter? Vote now to help Altuve win big in the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:06:08 EDTJose Altuve enters this weekend's final series in Anaheim against the Angels as a near lock to win his second batting title in three years. He's hitting .337, which leads Red Sox teammates Mookie Betts (.320) and Dustin Pedroia (.319). Altuve also leads the Major Leagues with 212 hits, just one ahead of Betts.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:23:35 EDTThe Astros will not be returning to the postseason in 2016. Houston was officially eliminated from contention on Thursday night, when the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Rogers Centre. Baltimore moved into a tie with Toronto atop the American League Wild Card standings, and neither team can finish worse than 87-75.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:22:54 EDTAstros second baseman Jose Altuve, who's a virtual lock to win his second American League batting title in three years, was named on Friday as a finalist for 2016 Player of the Year in the Players Choice Awards.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:51:35 EDTThere's another impressive wave of Astros outfielderson the way, many of whom are on hand at the organization's instructional league camp in Kissimmee, Fla. Kyle Tucker, Daz Cameron, Gilbert Celestino, Ronnie Dawson, Stephen Wrenn and Myles Straw are part of a 54-player contingent that reported on Sept. 16 and will receive postseason instruction through Oct. 14.
Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:46:17 EDTWho do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:13:49 EDTRobinson Cano launched a three-run homer in the first inning -- his ninth against Houston in 19 games this year -- off struggling starter Doug Fister, and Seth Smith capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single to send Seattle to a 12-4 rout on Wednesday afternoon in the final regular-season game of the year at Minute Maid Park.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:57:57 EDTAt around 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday morning, Astros bench coach Trey Hillman made his way around the clubhouse to inform players and personnel there would be a team meeting in 15 minutes. Manager A.J. Hinch's reason for gathering the team in this manner was not for on-field reasons, but rather, to give a longtime Houston mainstay a proper salute on his final day as an Astros employee.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:20:00 EDTFor Doug Fister, Wednesday's 12-4 loss to the Mariners was the culmination of everything that's gone wrong for the veteran right-hander during the month of September.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:00 EDTAlex Bregman's right hamstring isn't fully healed, but the Astros are pushing him to play down the stretch anyway, with his impressive bat outweighing any concerns the club might have about his ability to run the bases.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:05:00 EDTWhile the Astros said goodbye to Tal's Hill and longtime television play-by-play announcer Bill Brown on Wednesday, the regular-season home finale could have also been the final home game for veteran catcher Jason Castro, who will be a free agent this offseason for the first time.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:40:12 EDTThe Astros aren't ready to turn the page on 2016 just yet.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:58:12 EDTAny time the hits come in bunches -- and when George Springer gets hot, they certainly can come in bunches -- he talks about slowing the game down and trying to get on base at the top of the batting order for the guys hitting behind him.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:25:32 EDTIn a surprising twist to the Astros' come-from-behind, 8-4 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night, Alex Bregman returned to action in the bottom of the sixth and made an immediate impact, hitting a game-tying RBI single off Felix Hernandez in his first Major League appearance as a pinch-hitter.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:26:38 EDTTal Smith, the long-time Astros president and general manager who inspired Tal's Hill, will be at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night for the final game of the incline in center field. The Astros are removing Tal's Hill next season as part of a $15 million renovation of the center field area to include more fan amenities.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:55 EDTThe Astros held a moment of silence prior to Tuesday's game with the Mariners in memory of groundskeeper Mike Richardson, who died suddenly Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Fellow groundskeepers wore a black ribbons on their shirts in honor of Richardson.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:37:36 EDTHOUSTON -- Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel, a Cuban who was dealing with the sudden death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, hung an Astros jersey with Fernandez's name and No. 16 in the dugout during Monday's game against the Mariners to honor his fellow countryman.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:17:06 EDTJose Altuve could've given up. Down one run in the top of the sixth inning of Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Mariners, the All-Star second baseman and MVP candidate could've called it quits after his wrist bent awkwardly into the grass as he dove for a single.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:14:58 EDTInfielder Alex Bregman and right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers were named the Astros' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, on Monday. The players were set to be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to Monday's game against Seattle.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:06:51 EDTRobinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston towards elimination.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:53:00 EDTAstros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. knew Jose Fernandez about as well as anyone in baseball. They were both star high school pitchers in Tampa and quickly befriended each other shortly after Fernandez defected from Cuba, and they eventually became workout partners.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:23:55 EDTAstros closer Ken Giles was available to pitch Sunday, one day after being struck on the right wrist by a line drive during batting practice prior to a game against the Angels. He was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after X-rays came up negative.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:39:07 EDTEvan Gattis, Tyler White and Tony Kemp hit home runs and pitcher Joe Musgrove allowed one run over seven innings as the Astros avoided being swept by the Angels. Daniel Wright yielded three runs in six innings for the Angels, the first quality start of his career.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:05:00 EDTComing off a successful West Coast road trip, the Astros hoped to continue their postseason charge at Minute Maid Park against the Angels, a team they had beaten 11 times in a row. The Angels instead have put a huge dent in Houston's playoff hopes.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:13:12 EDTAstros manager A.J. Hinch said the game played out exactly like he hoped it would. But for the second night in a row, a bullpen that has endured an increased workload had a late meltdown.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:50:25 EDTWith only eight games remaining in the regular season and the Astros left with little margin for error if they're going to reach the postseason, there was no way shortstop Carlos Correa wasn't going to be in the lineup Saturday.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:55:52 EDTAstros closer Ken Giles was unavailable to pitch Saturday after being struck on the right wrist by a line drive during batting practice prior to a game against the Angels. He was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after X-rays came up negative, the team said.