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Astros lose games, win smiles at children's hospital

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:43 EDT

The laughs and smiles of children filled the room as A.J. Reed took the loss in a heated game of Connect Four, and Jose Altuve watched a tower of blocks tumble while he and his wife, Nina, played a game of Jenga with a young burn patient.

Bagwell: 'I won't relax' until HOF results are in

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:04:03 EDT

Jeff Bagwell, who starred at first base for the Astros from 1991-2005, is the kind of player often enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the slugger will find out Wednesday afternoon if he'll join long-time teammate Craig Biggio in getting enshrined in Cooperstown later this summer.

Watch HOF announcement coverage live, 4 CT Wednesday

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:46 EDT

Wednesday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

On MLK Day, Astros display community spirit

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:10 EDT

The Houston Food Bank -- the nation's largest food bank -- was overtaken Monday by a sea of orange-clad Astros employees who volunteered as part of the club's annual Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday.

Keuchel, Springer among Astros to agree to deals

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:24:29 EDT

Former American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract, right fielder George Springer agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract and center fielder Jake Marisnick agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The Astros didn't reach deals with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.

Martes among top RHP prospects

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:06:17 EDT

Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects.

Bregman will play for Team USA in Classic

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:40:51 EDT

Astros infielder Alex Bregman announced via Twitter on Friday that he will suit up for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Astros' Top 30 Prospects list

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:30:00 EDT

Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

Q&A: Biggio talks Hall of Fame, Bagwell

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:34:22 EDT

Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, his third year on the ballot. Nothing about his career changed over those three years, but his vote total went up each year. And when he was elected, he celebrated.

Phils' voice Andersen forever tied to Bagwell

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:09:58 EDT

Count Larry Andersen among those pulling for Jeff Bagwell to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame next week. Andersen holds the unique distinction as the only player to be traded for the Astros legend.

Prospects, vets among Astros' 18 NRIs

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:14:30 EDT

The Astros on Friday announced they have invited 18 players who aren't on the 40-man roster to Major League Spring Training next month, including Minor League free agents Reid Brignac (infielder), Juan Centeno (catcher) and C.J. Riefenhauser (left-handed pitcher).

Additions give Astros' lineup added versatility

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:02:11 EDT

The offseason acquisitions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki will give Astros manager A.J. Hinch viable options throughout the lineup, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be stability.

Astros ready to roll out caravan week

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:46:09 EDT

Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Lance McCullers, Chris Devenski and Jake Marisnick are among the players who will participate in the Astros' annual caravan, which begins next week.

Breaking down Bagwell's Hall of Fame case

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:40:46 EDT

After six years of waiting, Jeff Bagwell could finally receive the call of his life. Here's a final look at where Bagwell would rank among the legends whose likenesses already reside in the Hall's Plaque Gallery

Key Astros trio putting in work this offseason

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:15:52 EDT

There might not be three more pivotal players to the Astros' success this year than pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers and second baseman Jose Altuve. All three know there is a lot riding on this season -- and their performances -- which is why they've been at Minute Maid Park several days a week working out together with other teammates.

Ensberg named Astros' short-season manager

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:44:53 EDT

Morgan Ensberg, the former Astros third baseman who was an All-Star on their 2005 National League championship team, has been named manager of the team's Class A short-season affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Spiers helps coach Clemson to NCAA title

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:27:06 EDT

Former Brewers and Astros third baseman Bill Spiers, now a student assistant coach for the Clemson football program, joined MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday to discuss his career transition from professional baseball to college football.

Quintana, Astros a match that makes sense

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:00:00 EDT

White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana makes too much sense for the Astros, which is why we're predicting Houston will be able to pull off a deal for the workhorse pitcher this offseason.

Bagwell on set for 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:47:41 EDT

Bagwell on set for 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDT

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

Springer gets matching haircut with No. 1 fan

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 18:31:36 EDT

Springer gets matching haircut with No. 1 fan

Gonzalez's versatility a Mar-win for Hinch

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:19:59 EDT

Marwin Gonzalez will remain a big part of the Astros' blueprint for success next season, despite the additions Josh Reddick, Carlos Beltran and Norichika Aoki this offseason.

Keuchel takes in the Texans' playoff game

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:50:30 EDT

Dallas Keuchel takes in the Texans' playoff game

In return to Astros, Beltran has pivotal role

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:10:02 EDT

Carlos Beltran, a budding star at only 27 who possessed every tool on the field to be great, soaked in the experience in his first Astros tenure. He listened and learned from a group with Hall of Fame resumes and watched how they did things on and off the field. Now he's come full circle at 39, returning to Houston 12 years later as one of the veterans a young team will depend upon.

Astros lead pack of contenders for Quintana

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:00:59 EDT

The Astros are ready to win the American League West and achieve the destiny that Sports Illustrated proclaimed for them a few years back -- 2017 World Series champions. There's just this one nagging detail. They don't have the starting pitching to go head to head with the Red Sox or Indians, and they'll have their hands full against the Rangers and Mariners.

Ryan helped form historic '99 Hall class

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:25:20 EDT

Thursday marks the 18th anniversary of the election of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999, which included an unprecedented three first-ballot inductees in George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount.

Bagwell hopes HOF vote delights Astros fans

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:28:00 EDT

It's been nearly a dozen years since Jeff Bagwell last put on an Astros uniform as a player, and it appears he certainly hasn't lost his popularity among Astros fans.

Springer decides to skip World Baseball Classic

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:40:00 EDT

Though he was on the United States' provisional roster, Astros outfielder George Springer has elected not to play in the World Baseball Classic this spring, a source confirmed for

Influx of experience may put Astros over top

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:55:38 EDT

Despite the additions the Astros made this offseason and the rising expectations that come with improvements, the club isn't perfect. The Astros, like all teams, have questions, though not as many as in years past.

Altuve achieves elite status with stellar 2016

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:25:28 EDT

He's no longer a novelty. He's no longer known more for his height than his accomplishments. He's not just one of the best second basemen in the Majors. Jose Altuve has arrived, cementing himself in 2016 as baseball's best hitter.

Bagwell ready for answer on Hall of Fame

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:00:08 EDT

Jeff Bagwell admits he gets a little more anxious with each passing day. He'll find out on Jan. 18 if he is finally elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and there figures to be some growing nervousness between now and then.

Altuve, youngsters highlight Astros' uneven year

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:39:04 EDT

It was a season full of high expectations for the Astros, which is what made the way it finished so disappointing. Most expected Houston to make it back to the playoffs in 2016, but a woeful April and injuries at the end of the season proved to be too much to overcome.

Tal's Hill joins ballpark oddities of the past

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:00:00 EDT

Astros fans will have to adjust their eyes to a new sight when they make their first trip to Minute Maid Park next season. For the first time since the ballpark opened 16 years ago, center field will be completely flat.