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Astros Prospect Yordan Alvarez Hits HR In First Game

Jun 9, 2019 7:55 PM

Houston Astros prospect Yordan Alvarez, the minor league home run leader, homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

"That's an incredible performance for him when all everybody ever wanted today was a homer from him,'' manager AJ Hinch said. "That's what everybody expected, and he did it.''


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Astros Promote Yordan Alvarez

Jun 9, 2019 1:30 PM

Astros prospect Yordan Alvarez, the minor leagues' home run leader, has been promoted from Triple-A Round Rock and will make his major league debut Sunday against the Orioles.

Alvarez, who turns 22 later this month, will serve as Houston's designated hitter and bat fifth Sunday afternoon against Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy.


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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.


Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal


Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State


Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor


Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy


Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan


Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS




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Astros Place George Springer On IL With Hamstring Strain

May 26, 2019 1:10 PM

The Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left hamstring strain, but could be close to getting second baseman Jose Altuve back from injury.

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said Springer suffered a Grade 2 sprain, but would not give a timetable for how long the outfielder would be out.

Houston manager AJ Hinch said Springer will miss more than 10 days.


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Astros List George Springer Day-To-Day

May 20, 2019 2:54 AM

Astros outfielder George Springer left Sunday's game against the Red Sox in the fifth inning with stiffness in his lower back.

Springer was replaced in right field by Tony Kemp at the start of the bottom of the fifth inning. The Astros lost to the Red Sox 4-3 at Fenway Park.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Springer is day-to-day but definitely will not play on Monday when the Astros open a series against the White Sox at home.


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Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer Nearing 3,000 K Club

May 2, 2019 9:31 AM

CC Sabathia became the 17th member of the 3,000-strikeout club on Tuesday night and we likely won't have to wait long for another pitcher to join the elusive group.

Justin Verlander entered Wednesday just 241 strikeouts away from 3,000, a mark he'll most likely hit early next season.

Max Scherzer, Verlander's former teammate with the Detroit Tigers, needs 497 strikeouts to reach the mark and stands as Verlander's closest competition.

There are three other pitchers that could be within 500 Ks of 3,000 by the end of the season: Felix Hernandez (2,496), Zack Greinke (2,481), and Cole Hamels (2,452).

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Woman Suing Astros Due To T-Shirt Cannon Incident

Apr 9, 2019 11:15 PM

A woman is suing the Houston Astros for more than $1 million, claiming her finger was broken when she was hit by a shirt from the T-shirt cannon fired at close range by the team's mascot, Orbit, last season.

Jennifer Harughty says in the suit that her left index finger was shattered on July 8, 2018, when she was hit by a shirt from the cannon.


Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Justin Verlander Agrees To Two-Year, $66M Extension With Astros

Mar 23, 2019 4:26 PM

The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander have agreed to a two-year, $66 million extension. The deal runs through the 2021 season.

Verlander would have become a free agent after the 2019 season.

Verlander was traded from the Detroit Tigers to Houston on Aug. 31, 2017, and helped the Astros win their first World Series that season.

Verlander is entering his 15th season and is now 36 years old.



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Astros, Justin Verlander Mutually Interested In Extension

Mar 23, 2019 10:15 AM

The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander are mutually interested in a contract extension, according to owner Jim Crane.

Crane said that if a deal is agreed upon, it would most likely be before the season.

"I don't think anything is final, but if it's going to get done, it's going to get done before we get out of here," Crane said of Florida, where the Astros are for Spring Training. "He doesn't really like to do it during the season, but that could change, too. There's interest on both sides, so we'll see what happens."

Verlander will be a free agent after the 2019 season.


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Alex Bregman: Slow Market Didn't Impact Extension
Alex Bregman signed a long-term deal with the Astros, but says the decision wasn't impacted by baseball's second-straight slow free agent market.

Associated Press

Ryan Pressly Gets Two-Year, $17.5M Deal With Astros
The Astros have agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million contract with reliever Ryan Pressly, according to a source.

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Astros Extend Alex Bregman With Six-Year, $100M Deal
Alex Bregman wasn't eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.

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A.J. Hinch Suspended One Game After Issue With Umpire
Major League Baseball has suspended A.J. Hinch for one spring training game after he was ejected from a recent game and called umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant" afterward.


Astros' Francis Martes Suspended 80 Games
Francis Martes has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug Clomiphene.

Associated Press

Astros Have Made Multiple Offers To Dallas Keuchel
The Astros have made one- and two-year offers to Dallas Keuchel but they weren't in the range the pitcher was seeking.

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Justin Verlander Experimenting With Changeup
Justin Verlander is attempting to add a pitch to his repertoire this spring by mixing in a changeup.


Scott Boras Talking To Multiple Teams About Dallas Keuchel
The Astros and Phillies remain linked to Dallas Keuchel.


Dallas Keuchel Not Ready To Hit 'Panic Button' On Free Agency
Spring Training games have begun and Dallas Keuchel remains on the free agent market.

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Astros Will Explore Extensions For Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander
Both Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are set to become free agents at season's end.

Alyson Footer/MLB

Alex Bregman: No City I Want To Beat More Than Boston
Alex Bregman is stirring things up with the Red Sox, who eliminated the Astros in last year's ALCS.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Justin Verlander: Free Agent System Is Broken
Justin Verlander doesn't buy the theory that the market for big time free agents has been limited by rebuilding clubs this offseason.


Wade Miley, Astros Agree Upon $4.5M Deal
The agreement includes an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, in $100,000 increments for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 games started and $100,000 if he reaches 25, 35, 45, 55 and 60 relief appearances


Alex Bregman Predicts Astros Will Become A 'Dynasty'
Alex Bregman sees more success for the Astros in the future.


Alex Bregman Undergoes Right Elbow Surgery
Alex Bregman will be limited at the start of spring training but is expected to be ready to play prior to the start of the regular season.

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Astros Lead Ceasars' Projected Win Totals At 97.5
Caesars Entertainment's sportsbook in Las Vegas has started taking bets on win totals for the upcoming MLB season.

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Astros Back In Mix To Trade For J.T. Realmuto
The Astros have resurfaced as a potential destination for J.T. Realmuto, according to a source.

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Astros Sign Michael Brantley To Two-Year, $32M Deal
Michael Brantley gives the Astros a left-handed bat in the middle of their lineup.


Astros, Robinson Chirinos Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Chirinos, 34, posted career highs in home runs (18) and RBIs (65) for the Rangers last season.


Blue Jays Have Interest In Dallas Keuchel
The Blue Jays saw their starters post a 5.14 ERA last season, third worst in the Major Leagues.

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