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Keuchel Off To Best Start For Astros Pitcher Since Clemens

May 21, 2015 6:42 AM

Dallas Keuchel allowed six hits and no earned runs in seven innings against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, improving to 6-0 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.67.

His run to begin the 2015 season is the best for a Houston Astros pitcher since Roger Clemens opened 9-0 back in 2004.

"I thought he was as sharp as he's been all year early," A.J. Hinch said. "They made him work a couple innings that were long which got him out of there after seven but he really dialed up in a couple innings when they had the bases loaded."

In addition, Keuchel is 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA since an Aug. 21 loss at the New York Yankees, the longest current unbeaten streak by a Major League starter.

Associated Press

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Astros Acquire International Bonus Slot From Orioles

May 19, 2015 7:52 AM

The Houston Astros have acquired a pair of international bonus slots from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-hander Chris Lee.

Houston will pick up the 46th and 76th overall slots, according to a report.

The Astros will have an additional $391,500 and $264,300, respectively, to make international offers for the July 2 signing season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros Promote Carlos Correa To Triple-A

May 11, 2015 3:19 PM

The Houston Astros have promoted prospect Carlos Correa to Triple-A Fresno.

Baseball America ranked Correa as the fourth-best prospect in the game entering the season.

He hit .385/.459/.726 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 117 at-bats with Double-A and earning a promotion to Triple-A.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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George Springer Undergoes Tests After Crashing Into Wall

May 6, 2015 8:23 AM

George Springer was being tested for a possible concussion late Tuesday after crashing into the wall while making a tremendous catch on a fly ball hit by Adrian Beltre.

Springer ran off the field under his own power after making the catch, but the Houston Astros say they aren't taking any chances with the outfielder.

"Knowing George, if I walked in after the game and I said, 'How you feeling?' He says, 'I'm going to be fine, I'm going to be in there,'" A.J. Hinch said. "That's not what I asked. I asked, 'How you doing?' not 'What do you want to do?' I'm not planning on playing him tomorrow."

Springer is hitting .192/.311/.374 in 99 at bats this season.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Astros Looking Ahead To Summer Trade Market

May 5, 2015 7:49 AM

The Houston Astros are in first place in the American League West and Jeff Luhnow is already looking at the summer trade market and how the club might improve.

Starting pitching is at the top of Houston's list.

The "only area that's obvious [to explore acquisitions] is in the rotation." Luhnow said.

Houston's rotation has a 3.64 ERA, but the team has yet to settle on a fifth starter.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

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Gattis Leads Astros To 10th Straight Win

May 3, 2015 7:24 PM

Evan Gattis homered twice and the Astros won their 10th straight game, boosting the best record in the American League by beating the Mariners 7-6 Sunday, according to an ESPN.com report.

The Astros extended their top run since a 12-game winning streak in 2004.

ESPN.com

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Jed Lowrie Out Until After All-Star Break

May 1, 2015 8:26 AM

Jed Lowrie will have surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his right thumb and the Houston Astros will be without him until after the All-Star break.

The infielder was injured Monday night while sliding into home plate.

"Obviously Jed is a big part of our team this year so far," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle. "And we expect him to be part of this team in the second half, but he's going to miss the next couple of months."

Lowrie, who was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, is hitting .300 with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Reds Acquire Dan Johnson From Astros
Dan Johnson signed with the Astros as a free agent in December.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Biggio: Bagwell Hall Of Fame Worthy
Former Astros' star Jeff Bagwell doesn't expect to get elected to the Hall of Fame.

ESPN.com

Bagwell Doesn't Expect To Make HOF
Jeff Bagwell is happy that former teammate Craig Biggio will enter the Hall of Fame, but he doesn't expect to receive the call.

ESPN

Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie
Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta on Sunday.

ESPN.com

Vogelsong Returned To Giants After Astros Decreased Offer
Ryan Vogelsong, who had a deal in place with the Astros before re-signing with the Giants, had his offer reduced following a physical.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Aiken To Pitch At IMG Academy, Be Eligible For Draft
The move will make Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in 2014, eligible for this year's draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Astros, Nationals Keeping Spring Training Homes In Florida
Rick Scott said in a statement ithat the two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."

Associated Press

Zito Holds Pitching Session, Astros Attend
Barry Zito held a pitching session in Houston on Tuesday in hopes of landing a Major League contract.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Astros 'Looking At' Kevin Correia
Houston is looking to add depth to the back of their rotation after missing out on Ryan Vogelsong.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Astros, Rangers Discussing Corporan Trade
The Astros and Rangers are discussing a Carlos Corporan trade after he was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Colby Rasmus Nearing Deal With Astros
Rasmus, 28, is a .246 career hitter with 116 home runs in six big-league seasons with the Cardinals and Blue Jays.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Vogelsong, Astros May Be Close To Deal
Ryan Vogelsong, who has been in talks with the Astros, arrived in Houston on Monday.

Brian McTaggart/MLB

Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler From Astros
The Cubs have acquired Dexter Fowler from the Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Astros Have Money To Spend On Starter, Corner Infielder
The Astros have some money to spend as the offseason winds down.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rangers Wanted Gattis, But Price Was Too High
The Braves dealt Evan Gattis to the Astros on Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Braves Trade Evan Gattis To Astros
Atlanta will receive three minor league prospects -- right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman -- in the deal.

ESPN

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