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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.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Misc Rumor

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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.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Reds Acquire Dan Johnson From Astros

Mar 26, 2015 5:10 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash.

Johnson played in 15 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs.

He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December.

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Biggio: Bagwell Hall Of Fame Worthy

Mar 16, 2015 3:02 PM

A week after Jeff Bagwell arrived in the Astros' spring training camp and said he doesn't expect to get elected to the Hall of Fame, his longtime teammate, newly elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, said he disagrees.

"He's a Hall of Famer to me," Biggio said Monday of Bagwell. "I played next to that guy for 14, 15 years. He's a good friend. And you just look at what his numbers were offensively and defensively, the way that he played the game. He's a Hall of Famer to me.

"Just look at it," Biggio said. "As far as first basemen in the Hall of Fame, he's the only guy that has ever done 30 [homers]-30 [steals], not once, but he did it twice. And that's pretty impressive."

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Bagwell Doesn't Expect To Make HOF

Mar 11, 2015 4:40 PM

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

"I don't expect to get in [to the Hall of Fame]. I'm just glad that Craig got in," Bagwell said. "It's about time, 3,000 hits, man. The only problem with that is I've got to go and watch four guys get into the Hall of Fame, and listen to them all talk in July."

Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame in January in his third year of eligibility after falling two votes short last year.

Bagwell, who retired in 2005, received 55.7 percent of writers' Hall of Fame votes in his fifth attempt, falling shy of the 75 percent threshold required for induction.

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Nine Braves Combine For 10-Inning No-Hitter, And 2-2 Spring Tie

Mar 8, 2015 6:37 PM

Cody Martin and eight Braves pitchers combined for a wild 10-inning no-hitter for Atlanta in a 2-2 tie with a Houston Astros split-squad on Sunday. 

"I've never seen anything like that -- only in spring training" said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. "A 10-inning no hitter and a 2-2 tie. Some balls were hit pretty well, but the wind was blowing in."

ESPN.com

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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."

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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

Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame
Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

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Astros Could Be Dark Horse For Hamels
Cole Hamels has as many as five years and $110 million left on his contract.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Astros Reach $23M Agreement With Lowrie
Jed Lowrie has agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract with the Astros, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Astros Bolster Bullpen With Gregerson, Neshek
The Astros are working hard to fortify their bullpen this offseason.

ESPN

Giants Unlikely To Offer Headley Fourth Year
Chase Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million deal on the table, but it remains to be seen which team made the offer.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

If They Can't Sign Robertson, Astros Looking At Romo
Despite being removed as closer by the Giants, Sergio Romo bounced back and pitched fairly well down the stretch.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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