The Astros were kept in check again Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, where Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark held them to three runs (two earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 win in the first game of an Interleague showdown between division leaders.
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Carlos Correa could be sent out on Minor League rehab assignment as early as Thursday. The Astros' All-Star shortstop took a huge step toward returning to game action Tuesday when he took batting practice on the field.
Throughout a career that will likely land him someday in Cooperstown, Carlos Beltran has spent a lot of his free time making sure his legacy has an impact that extends beyond the playing field.
When it came time to choose what to put on the back of his jersey for the Aug. 25-27 Players Weekend, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick went with "Big Fudge." MLB and the MLB Players' Association are introducing the inaugural Players Weekend and all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.
What are the chances of Carlos Correa, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, Will Harris and Lance McCullers Jr. all coming back before Oct. 1? Astros beat reporter Brian McTaggart answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
Rookie center fielder Boog Powell sparked Oakland's offense and rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, helping the A's deny the AL West-leading Astros a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Collin McHugh threw six scoreless innings to pick up his first win of the season, and Marwin Gonzalez delivered a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth to send the Astros to their fourth win in five games, 3-0, over the A's on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston turned a season-high six double plays, including one to end the game.
Who do the Astros have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Houston's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Astros toast '90s with 1997 division champs
The Astros scored a combined 18 runs in two wins this week over the D-backs, seemingly back in form as the Majors' highest-scoring team. Those games ended a stretch in which Houston had lost six of seven. Those two games ended a stretch in which Houston had lost six of seven. But as soon as it seemed a corner was turned, the offense has again fallen upon relative hard times.
One of the biggest reasons the Astros were able to shut out Oakland, 3-0, on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park was their defense. Houston turned a season-high six double plays, including one to end the game following a crew-chief review.
In 38 games since July 4, Alex Bregman leads the AL in extra-base hits. He also is providing some outstanding defense for the Astros, who have been without All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa (thumb injury).
Yuli Gurriel met his adorable mini-me
Dallas Keuchel, making his fifth start since missing eight weeks with neck discomfort, turned in his second consecutive gem by throwing seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros to their third win in four games, 3-1, over the Athletics on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.
In an effort to restructure their scouting department, the Astros informed at least eight scouts on Friday that their contracts wouldn't be renewed when they expire at the end of October.
MLB hits leader Jose Altuve is wondering what's off with his Astros over the past week. While scoring nine runs in back-to-back games against the D-backs, they were also shut out twice by Arizona -- including a 4-0 loss Thursday at Minute Maid Park -- and scored a total of 20 runs in their past five games, below their 5.71 runs per game this season.
After the D-backs allowed nine runs to the Astros in consecutive games, left-hander Patrick Corbin restored order Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Corbin came within one out from throwing his first career complete game as the D-backs rode his strong pitching and a pair of homers -- including an inside-the-park one by Daniel Descalso -- to blank the Astros, 4-0, and split the four-game, home-and-home series.
If there was any doubt about whether Forrest Whitley was ready for the Double-A level, the teenage right-hander laid it to rest on Thursday by tossing six scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts in his debut for Corpus Christi.
After capping a strenuous 2-6 road trip by splitting the first two of their four-game series vs. the D-backs in Arizona's National League park, Chase Field, they returned to cozy, hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park and got a 9-5 win over the D-backs with help from DH Carlos Beltran.
Charlie Morton pitched a gem and the Astros held off a late power surge by the D-backs to win consecutive games for the first time this month with a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
In an ideal player development world, every prospect earns, and gets, an in-season promotion up a level. That prospect Shangri-La doesn't happen very often, but in the Astros farm system in 2017, it's been pretty close. The most recent example of this was the movement of two talented young arms up to Double-A Corpus Christi, No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley and No. 10 Cionel Perez. Perez, the 21-year-old Cuban lefty, had a rough introduction to the Texas League on Wednesday. Whitley, the Astros' first-round pick in 2016, is just 19 and makes his debut at the level on Thursday.
In the heat of playoff races, the Most Valuable Player award is the last thing on players' minds.
The Astros scored early and often to set the tone and pave the way for a 9-4 victory over the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field.
Astros reliever Chris Devenski will be a "Dragon" on the inaugural Players Weekend, Aug. 25-27, around the Major Leagues. Players will get to wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms and alternate designs and also have the opportunity to wear the nickname of their choice on the back of their jersey.
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel won nearly every baseball award a player in Cuba's Serie Nacional could win. He was an international star there and is a star-in-the-making here.
The called third strike on D-backs second baseman Brandon Drury for the second out in the sixth inning officially registered at 98.8 mph, but the radar gun inside of Chase Field flashed 100 mph. The next batter, Chris Herrmann, also went down looking, this time courtesy of an 87-mph curveball, and he shook his head on his way back to the dugout. Francis Martes' work was done for the afternoon.
Justin Verlander hasn't thrown his last pitch for the Tigers yet. He's set to make his scheduled turn in Detroit's rotation on Tuesday night against the Rangers.
Zack Greinke outdueled Collin McHugh on Monday night as the D-backs beat the Astros, 2-0, at Chase Field.
When Tyler Clippard received a call from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Sunday and was informed that he had been traded to the Astros, he decided he wanted to break the news himself for once.