One day after the Astros' Gerrit Cole struck out eight batters in six innings in Tuesday's series opener, Justin Verlander held the Giants to one run and three hits while striking out nine in six innings to lead Houston to a two-game series sweep. Verlander (6-2) retired the first nine batters he faced on Wednesday before Gorkys Hernandez hit a triple to center and scored on a Buster Posey sac fly. George Springer rocketed his team-leading 10th homer of the season and Correa added an RBI single to drive Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (1-3) from the game after 4 2/3 innings.
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The Astros have placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering infection near his left knee, the team announced Wednesday morning. Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.
The Astros will send Charlie Morton to the mound to begin a four-game series at 5:10 p.m. CT Thursday at Cleveland. Morton's 1.94 ERA across 55 2/3 innings ranks third in the American League and third on his own team, behind Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Morton (6-0) is Houston's only starter without a loss. The Indians will counter with Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA).
Three doubles in the third inning ignited the Astros, Gerrit Cole held everyone but his brother-in-law in check and Tony Kemp and the latter part of the lineup thumped the Giants in an 11-2 win on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Kemp, Houston's No. 9 hitter, collected five RBIs on a pair of two-run singles and a sacrifice fly. Cole struck out eight over six solid innings, the only blemish being a two-run homer allowed to his wife's brother, Brandon Crawford.
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Astros players wore "WE PLAY FOR SANTA FE" T-shirts during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants in honor of those killed and injured in last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles south of Houston.
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On Tuesday, two brothers-in-law will make their way to Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston and take in a ballgame: Gerrit Cole, one of several co-aces in the Astros' starting rotation, and Brandon Crawford, the Giants' All-Star shortstop.
The Astros have released former top prospect Jon Singleton, the team announced Monday. The 26-year-old first baseman was drafted in the eighth round of the 2009 Draft out of Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif., and signed a five-year, $10 million extension in 2014, announced the day before he made his MLB debut.
Lance McCullers Jr. took a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished having held the Indians to one hit over seven scoreless, outdueling Carlos Carrasco as Brian McCann's two-run homer in the seventh broke a scoreless tie and sent the Astros to a 3-1 win and a series victory at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The Astros placed outfielder Derek Fisher on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with gastrointestinal discomfort, retroactive to Saturday. In a corresponding move prior to the series finale against the Indians, the club recalled J.D. Davis from Triple-A Fresno to replace Fisher on the 25-man roster.
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
One former American League Cy Young Award winner, Dallas Keuchel, made his shortest start in more than a month. Another two-time recipient of the same award, the Indians' Corey Kluber, pitched as advertised. He relentlessly dominated, returning Astro after Astro to their Minute Maid Park dugout with a 5-4 loss on Saturday in store.
Charlie Morton held the Indians to one run and four hits while striking out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and improving to 6-0 in nine starts. The Tribe's lone run came in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's 10th homer of the season, but the Astros responded in the bottom half, taking the lead for good on Tony Kemp's ground-rule double that knocked out Mike Clevinger.
The Astros observed a moment of silence before Friday's game against the Indians to honor victims of the tragedy at Santa Fe High School -- where gunfire began early in the morning and at least 10 people were killed -- just 30 miles south of Houston.
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The Astros are rolling, but they have close company in the American League West, with the Angels and Mariners keeping pace through the first quarter of the 2018 season. The A's are putting up a fight, rallying to stay in the mix, while the Rangers are lagging. Here's a peek at how each club has fared thus far, with a look ahead at what's next.
Lance McCullers Jr., Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel hosted the second annual Team Up for Kids and K9s Event on Thursday night at Tootsies, benefitting the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation and the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Approximately 400 guests attended the posh event at the upscale women's clothing store in the Upper Kirby area of Houston.
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Justin Verlander shut the Angels out on five hits as the Astros picked up a series win and extended their lead to two games in the AL West with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday. With his seventh and final strikeout on the night, Verlander reached 2,500 for his career. Garrett Richards was excellent for the Halos, but a two-out error in the second inning opened the door for a two-run homer by Evan Gattis that gave Houston and Verlander all the cushion they'd need.
J.D. Davis' ridiculously hot stretch continued on Thursday night as he hit for the cycle in Triple-A Fresno's 9-6 win over El Paso.The Astros' No. 9 prospect also took over the MiLB hitting lead as he boosted his average to .425.
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Chance Adams put his early struggles behind him on Wednesday in his first truly dominant outing of the season.
Outfielder Tony Kemp has been called up by the Astros to replace the slumping Jake Marisnick, who was sent down after Tuesday night's 5-3 win at Angel Stadium.
The Astros were held to a run on four hits for seven innings by rookie Jaime Barria, but they didn't waste any time against the Angels' bullpen, as Jose Altuve hit a three-run double in the eighth to lead Houston to a 5-3 comeback victory on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. Barria outdueled Gerrit Cole, who gave up home runs to Justin Upton and Rene Rivera in the UCLA star's return to Southern California.
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Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs on four hits in six innings, only to see his personal four-game winning streak snapped as the Astros were stymied by Angels lefty Andrew Heaney in a 2-1 loss on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
The Astros will conduct their operations for next month's MLB Draft from the Major League clubhouse at the team's Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday. The Astros will fly in their scouts to Florida instead of Houston to join Luhnow and his top baseball operations staff for the June 4-6 event.
This is the 13th consecutive season players will support MLB's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative by using special pink bats on Mother's Day, encouraging women to undergo breast cancer screenings and promoting support for their fight against breast cancer. For center fielder Derek Fisher, whom the Astros called up last June, this was his first opportunity to swing one of the special bats and experience a pinked-out Mother's Day in the big leagues.
Dallas Keuchel earned his first home win of the season with seven scoreless innings and a season-high eight strikeouts. Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered to power the Astros. Matt Moore's struggles continued for the Rangers, as he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over three innings. Carlos Perez hit a solo home run for Texas.