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George Springer Not Interested In Home Run Derby

Jun 19, 2017 7:53 AM

George Springer has no interest in competing in next month's Home Run Derby.

Springer declined an invitation last year when a players' association representative reached out to gauge his interest in participating.

"Still the same," he said. "I'm just not a fan of it. I don't like it. I'm not a Home Run Derby guy. I'm not going to do it."

Springer is tied for third in the American League with 19 home runs.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

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Astros, Athletics Have Mutual Interest In Sonny Gray Trade

Jun 19, 2017 7:43 AM

The Oakland Athletics are monitoring the Houston Astros' farm system closely in preparation for a possible Sonny Gray trade.

There is mutual interest in getting something done. Houston's rotation has been decimated by injuries.

Gray has a 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this season.

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Astros, Elian Rodriguez Agree To Minor-League Deal, $1.9M Bonus

Jun 16, 2017 1:42 AM

The Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with 20-year-old Cuban right-hander Elian Rodriguez that includes a $1.9 million signing bonus.

The deal was announced Thursday, the last day of the 2016-17 signing period. The deal raises Houston's international signing bonus total to $10,757,500, well above its $2,197,000 signing bonus pool, and the Astros will incur a tax of $8,560,500.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Astros Shut Down Dallas Keuchel For About A Week

Jun 10, 2017 11:03 PM

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel won't begin throwing again for about a week as he recovers from neck discomfort that has landed him on the DL for the second time this season.

Keuchel was scratched from his start on Wednesday at Kansas City and placed on the 10-day disabled list a day later, a move retroactive to June 5. It's the same problem that put him on the disabled list earlier and caused him to miss one start.

"It's not something that I want to keep reaggravating every time I go out there every five days," Keuchel said.

"I'd rather nip it in the bud right now and make sure it's fully gone than go back out there and enjoy being healthy."

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Astros To Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Francis Martes

Jun 9, 2017 7:40 AM

The Houston Astros have called up top pitching prospect Francis Martes, who they are expected to break in out of the bullpen.

Martes, 21, was part of the trade with the Miami Marlins that sent Jarred Cosart to the Marlins and Jake Marisnick to the Astros.

Baseball America ranked Martes as the No. 17 prospect entering the season. Martes has started eight games for Triple-A Fresno this season, going 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.

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Astros Place Dallas Keuchel On DL With Neck Discomfort

Jun 9, 2017 7:21 AM

The Houston Astros have placed Dallas Keuchel back on the disabled list with neck discomfort.

Keuchel was scratched from Wednesday's start against the Kansas City Royals with what the club initially called an illness.

"He's going on the DL for a minimum of 10 days," A.J. Hinch said. "That brings concern in its own right. Being symptomatic with the same injury from earlier in the year is concerning, but until we see him and talk with him, and get another report from the doctor, we just won't know.

"I'm not sure what goes into these pinched nerves, or what the doctors' plan will be to get him better. We need to get him right and back on the mound, we hope soon. If he misses one start, great. If it's more than that then it is what it is."

He is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts this season.

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Astros Place Dallas Keuchel On DL

May 20, 2017 12:37 PM

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, who is off to a 7-0 start this season, is headed to the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced Saturday.

Keuchel, who won the Cy Young Award in 2015, has a 1.84 ERA, 54 strikeouts and has held opposing hitters to a .186 batting average in his nine starts this season. This is his first trip to the DL in his major league career.

The Astros expect Keuchel to miss only one start, and the DL move is retroactive to Wednesday. 

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Mother's Day Shoes Nearly Injured Jose Altuve

May 16, 2017 10:01 AM

Jose Altuve was in the lineup for the Houston Astros on Monday after giving the club a scare because his special Mother's Day shoes were too snug.

Altuve went back to his normal shoes and homered against the Miami Marlins.

The infielder began limping enough in the ninth inning of Sunday night's game at the New York Yankees that A.J. Hinch replaced him with a pinch runner.

"He looked uncomfortable with his lower half -- ankle, calf, hamstring," Hinch said. "It turned out to be his pink shoes. They were a little too tight. It was making his foot fall asleep. When he came to the bench he was sort of dumbfounded as to why I took him out."

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Mike Trout Day-To-Day With Tight Hamstring

May 7, 2017 12:20 AM

Mike Trout was scratched from the Angels' lineup Saturday and is day to day with tightness in his left hamstring.

Trout was pulled shortly before first pitch as a precaution after going through warmups for a game against the Astros.

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Josh Reddick Wanted To Sign Extension With A's
Josh Reddick is very happy to be a member of the Astros, but maintains that he had a strong desire to sign an extension with the Athletics before he was traded at last summer's deadline.

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Carlos Correa Won't Rule Out New Deal
Carlos Correa would consider an early long-term deal "if the price is right."

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Agent: Carlos Correa Doesn't Want Long-Term Deal Now
Carlos Correa is still two years from arbitration and five years from free agency.

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Astros Shut Down Collin McHugh For Six Weeks
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is suffering from right elbow discomfort.

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Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

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Brian McCann On Trade: 'Best-Case Scenario For Both Sides'
Brian McCann enjoyed his time with the Yankees, but admitted that the offseason trade that sent him to the Astros was good for both parties.

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Jeff Bagwell Working With Yuli Gurriel At First Base
The Astros have Yuli Gurriel working with Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as he gets more familiar with first base.

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Jacob deGrom Has Solid Spring Debut
Jacob deGrom sailed through two innings on 26 pitches against the Astros on Saturday.

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Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the White Sox left-hander.

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Chris Carter May Be Considering Offers In Japan
Coming off the best season of his Major League career, Chris Carter might be forced to continue his baseball career in Japan, according to a report.

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Chris Correa Maintains Astros First Stole From Cardinals
Chris Correa says he accepts responsibility for a breach of the Astros' baseball operations database, but he maintains that the Astros were the team that first stole information.

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MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M
After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astro

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Dallas Keuchel Set For First Bullpen Session Of 2017
Dallas Keuchel plans to throw his first bullpen session of the offseason on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Jake Kaplan/Houston Chronicle

Astros Likely Done Making Significant Additions
The Astros have been connected to big-name starting pitchers such as Chris Archer, Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana in trade rumors, but Jeff Luhnow has effectively shut those down.

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray
The Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily
The Astros, Pirates and Yankees have all been involved in talks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

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Astros Interested In Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura
The Astros are looking to fortify their starting rotation and are interested in Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura of the Royals.

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Astros, Cionel Perez Agree To Deal With $2M Signing Bonus
Cuban pitcher Cionel Perez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.

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Indians Made Run At Signing Carlos Beltran
The Indians made a run at signing Carlos Beltran, but ultimately weren't able to compete with the one-year, $16 million deal he received from the Astros.

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