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Teams Set Record With 21 Home Runs On Monday

Oct 13, 2015 6:56 AM

There were 21 home runs hit on Monday, a record for one day of postseason play.

Howie Kendrick's three-run home run in Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets was the final long ball.

The Chicago Cubs hit a playoff-record six home runs in their victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 61 total runs scored Monday also set a postseason record.

The previous postseason record for home runs was 15, set Oct. 3, 1995, according to STATS. Like Monday, there were four postseason games on that day 20 years ago.

The previous record for runs was 48, set Oct. 5, 2002.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Carlos Correa Youngest SS To Ever Homer In Postseason

Oct 12, 2015 3:23 PM

Carlos Correa homered in Game 4 of the ALDS between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon.

Correa took Yordano Ventura deep in the third inning to move the game into a tie momentarily.

At 21 years and 20 days, Correa is the youngest shortstop to ever hit a postseason home run. Among all positions, Correa is the 11th youngest to go deep in the playoffs.

Chris Speier previously held the record. He homered on Oct. 10, 1971 at 21 years and 100 days.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Biggio Argues Against Rule Change Following Tejada Injury

Oct 12, 2015 8:56 AM

Craig Biggio expressed sympathy for the injury Ruben Tejada suffered on a controversial takeout slide by Chase Utley in the NLDS, but added that he hopes Major League Baseball doesn't respond by enacting new rules to protect middle infielders.

Rules were changed to protect catchers after Buster Posey's horrific injury in 2011. Tejada suffered a broken leg Saturday night in the collision with Utley.

Biggio played four seasons as a catcher in Houston before moving to second base, where he made six All-Star teams and amassed the bulk of his 3,060 career hits.

"I just hope the game doesn't change the way they did with the home-plate thing. I hate this thing back here," he said. "I'm not a big fan of it. This game is played by big men. They're fast, and unfortunately sometimes things are going to happen.

"It's like every time somebody gets hurt, we're changing the rules. They do it in college, where you have to slide straight into the base. I think that's absolutely, 100 percent correct, because you have a bunch of amateur players who are playing a little kamikaze at times. You have to control those guys. Guys in the minor leagues and the big leagues understand the way you're supposed to slide. If you don't slide the right way, usually your pitcher will take care of that."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel Improves To 14-0 At Home

Sep 22, 2015 7:10 AM

Dallas Keuchel allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park on Monday night, improving his home record to 14-0 with a 1.47 ERA.

No pitcher has gone undefeated at home with at least 14 victories, according to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, which goes back to 1914.

Ron Darling of the New York Mets is the most recent pitcher to go 14-1 at home.

Keuchel's next start comes on Sunday at home against the Texas Rangers.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Red Sox To Interview Quinton McCracken For GM Role

Sep 21, 2015 4:49 PM

The Boston Red Sox appear to be progressing in their search for a general manager.

Ben Cherington stepped down as Boston's GM when Dave Dombrowski was hired as president last month.

Frank Wren, Dan O'Dowd, Mike Hazen, Jerry Dipoto, De Jon Watson and Billy Eppler have been linked to the position, but a new candidate has emerged.

One of the first interviews completed will be with Houston Astros director of player development Quinton McCracken.

McCracken, 45, would be the second top executive lost by Houston if hired. The Astros have already lost assistant general manager David Stearns, who was officially named general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Barry Zito Thrilled To Be Pitching Again

Sep 20, 2015 10:14 PM

Called up from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, Barry Zito gave up two runs, two hits and a walk in the eighth inning in his first big league game since 2013 in the A's 5-1 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

"Just being in spring training with them was awesome," the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner said. "Obviously being able to be with the team during the regular season is huge. It's a bonus for sure. I didn't expect it. That's an understatement."


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Brewers Hire David Stearns As New GM

Sep 20, 2015 10:04 PM

The Brewers have hired David Stearns, assistant general manager of the Astros for the past three seasons, as their new general manager, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Sunday.

Stearns, 30, will replace Doug Melvin, who is transitioning to an advisory role with the Brewers after serving as the team's GM since 2002.


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Dallas Keuchel Dominating At Minute Maid Park

Sep 1, 2015 6:49 AM

Dallas Keuchel is making a strong case to become the American League's Cy Young winner this season.

He strengthened his case on Monday night, improving to 12-0 at home. He is just the third pitcher to start 12-0 at home in the past 60 seasons. He allowed a home run to Adrian Beltre, the first he permitted at Minute Maid Park in over a year.

Overall, Keuchel is 16-6 with a 2.24 ERA this season. He has pitched seven innings in each of his past four starts, allowing a total of four runs, striking out 30 and walking three.

ESPN Stats & Info

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Astros Place Jason Castro On DL With Quad Strain

Aug 30, 2015 12:48 PM

The Astros have put catcher Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle, according to an ESPN.com report.

Catcher Max Strassi was recalled from Triple-A Fresno for the game Saturday at Minnesota.


Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel, Astros Discuss Contract Extension

Aug 28, 2015 7:01 AM

The Houston Astros and Dallas Keuchel have broached the topic of a contract extension.

The two sides have discussed a multi-year deal, according to Keuchel’s agent, Darek Braunecker of Frontline Athlete Management.

"This is all I've known, and it's where I want to be," Keuchel said. "I know we're in a great position for the next probably five, 10 years, and that's what it's all about, it's all about winning. Me personally, it's not about the dollar amount. It's about winning, because it doesn't last forever. I know that. So at the end of the day, I just want to win. I want one of those rings.

"With that being said, it's got to be something that's fair and that's right for both parties. I'm not trying to break the bank. I'm just out here to have fun and pitch and do the best I can."

Keuchel will have surpassed three years of service time at the end of this season.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Astros Success May Make David Stearns Popular GM Target
It remains to be seen if Jeff Luhnow's top assistant, David Stearns, would entertain offers to leave, but he may soon receive interview requests.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Benches Clear As Gomez Tells Girardi, Yankees' Dugout To 'Shut Up'
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Carlos Gomez to "play the game the right way" during the sixth-inning incident.


Mark Teixeira Back In Yankees' Lineup
Mark Teixeira has missed a full week of action with a bruised shin.


Fiers Denies Using Illegal Substance During No-Hitter
Social media photos appeared to show a shiny substance on Mike Fiers glove.


Astros' Mike Fiers No-Hits Dodgers
Mike Fiers struck out 10 and walked three, while retiring the final 21 batters.


Hinch Scolds Correa For Tackling Altuve In Celebration
A.J. Hinch called Carlos Correa into his office for a little talk after the rookie tackled Jose Altuve in postgame celebration after Altuve's game-winning single on Sunday.


Carlos Correra Open To Stint With Houston Texans
Carlos Correa set the internet ablaze over the weekend when he tackled Jose Altuve following a walk-off hit for the Astros.

Gemma Kaneko/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Evan Gattis Putting Together Historic Triples/Steals Line
Evan Gattis has seven triples and no stolen bases for the Astros this season.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Astros Acquire Oliver Perez From Diamondbacks
The Astros have acquired Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks for a Minor League pitcher.

Associated Press

Astros Designate, Option Dan Straily
The Astros have optioned Dan Straily, indicating that he was only designated off of the active roster for purposes of passing him through optional assignment waivers.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Carlos Correa Has More HRs Through 50 Games Than Any Other Shortstop
Carlos Correa has 13 home runs in his first 50 Major League games, more than any other shortstop in history.

Paul Casella/MLB

Astros Re-Sign Joe Thatcher
Joe Thatcher had elected free agency after being designated for assignment late last month.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Report: Arizona No Longer Discussing Aroldis Chapman
The Diamondbacks' trade talks regarding Aroldis Chapman are now dead.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Astros, Padres Working On Significant Deal
Tyson Ross and Craig Kimbrel have both been discussed. Houston is still looking for bullpen help after adding Scott Kazmir to the rotation and Carlos Gomez to the outfield.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Astros Looking To Acquire Bullpen Help
Reports have linked the Astros to Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit, Brad Boxberger, Jake McGee and Aroldis Chapman.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Astros Get Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers From Brewers
The Astros will acquire Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Brewers in exchange for outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Source: Hamels Wouldn't Accept Trade To Astros
Houston is looking to further bolster their rotation after acquiring Scott Kazmir last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Five Teams Show Initial Interest In David Price
The Astros, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees are among the teams to show initial interest in David Price now that the Tigers are accepting offers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Astros, Padres 'Gaining Steam' On Deal
The Astros and Padres are making headway on a trade that would send some pitching to the American League contenders.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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