4/15/2014 | Guthrie, Keuchel set for duel with hitters struggling
The Royals and Astros are near the bottom of most offensive categories this season, as Jeremy Guthrie and Dallas Keuchel prepare to tango for the second round of a three-game set on Wednesday in Minute Maid Park.
4/15/2014 | Astros prospect Ruiz shines with four hits
In a wild, back-and-forth game in one of the best hitter's parks in baseball, third baseman Rio Ruiz stood out even in a losing effort Monday. He had a career-high four hits and hit his first home run of the season, but Class A Advanced Lancaster still lost to High Desert, 11-10.
4/14/2014 | Astros' 'shifting' philosophy paying dividends
With his powerful left-handed swing, Rangers slugger Prince Fielder hits a blistering line drive like he's done so many times in his career. The ball is already in right field when, seemingly out of the blue, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve reaches up to grab it out of the air.
4/13/2014 | Astros showing efficiency on bases
One of the Astros' goals this season was to be more efficient on the bases. So far, so good. They were successful on their first eight stolen base attempts of the season before shortstop Jonathan Villar was thrown out trying to steal in the third inning of Sunday's game.
4/13/2014 | Porter not panicking over offensive struggles
The Astros have struggled on offense this year, hitting .189 as a team entering Sunday, but have benefited from the long ball. They have 15 home runs, which ranks second in the Major Leagues, with five of those coming in one game.
4/13/2014 | Hoes looks forward to wearing Robinson's 42
The chance to wear the No. 42 of Jackie Robinson is something Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes has been anticipating for quite some time. Hoes, who has never been in the Major Leagues on Jackie Robinson Day, will get that chance Tuesday when the Astros and Royals wear the number at Minute Maid Park.
4/13/2014 | Astros' challenge results in overturned call at first
Astros manager Bo Porter successfully challenged a call at first base in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
4/13/2014 | Oberholtzer's strong start not enough against Rangers
Brett Oberholtzer became the fourth consecutive starting pitcher to work seven innings for the Astros, but the team couldn't generate enough offense to reward him with a win as Houston fell 1-0 to the Rangers on Sunday.
4/13/2014 | Ventura looking to ace next test against Astros
Royals rookie Yordano Ventura was delayed in making his first start this season, but he's back on track as he prepares to face Lucas Harrell and the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
4/13/2014 | Astros end one streak vs. Rangers, now for another
Now that the Astros have snapped their 12-game losing streak against the Rangers, their next trick will be to try to win a series against their in-state rivals.
4/12/2014 | Carter waiting on power surge
Through 11 games last season, Astros designated hitter Chris Carter already had four home runs and seven RBIs en route to leading the Astros with 29 homers and 82 RBIs. Carter played in his 11th game of the 2014 season on Saturday and was still searching for his first homer.
4/12/2014 | Astros add Clemens to bolster bullpen
The Astros bolstered their bullpen Saturday by adding right-hander Paul Clemens, who was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He took the roster spot of starting pitcher Scott Feldman, who was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his father on Wednesday.
4/12/2014 | Porter on board with Altuve playing in all 162
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve told reporters last month one of his goals for 2014 was to play in 162 games for the first time this year, and manager Bo Porter said Saturday he's on board with that as long as Altuve is healthy.
4/12/2014 | Astros lose lead in ninth, pull out victory in 10
The Astros turned disappointment into triumph in a matter of a few minutes Saturday night. Jose Altuve drove home Marwin Gonzalez from third base on a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run to send the Astros to a 6-5 win in 10 innings at Globe Life Park, snapping a 12-game losing streak at the hands of the Rangers.
4/12/2014 | Astros' roster built to change fortunes against Rangers
The Rangers have had their way with the Astros the last few years, but a young rebuilding Houston club is ready to change its fortunes in the Lone Star rivalry.
4/11/2014 | Luhnow not surprised by Abreu's success in Chicago
It doesn't come as a surprise to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow that rookie Jose Abreu is off to a quick start for the White Sox, hitting .300 with four homers and 14 RBIs in his first 10 games in the Major Leagues.
4/11/2014 | Albers rejoins Astros after paternity leave
As expected, veteran reliever Matt Albers rejoined the Astros on Friday prior to the series opener against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. He had been on paternity leave after his wife, Tara, gave birth to a son, Mason James, on Tuesday in Houston.
4/11/2014 | Astros' bullpen more reliable holding leads
Through 10 games, the Astros' bullpen has been a bright spot, though the numbers certainly don't support it. Houston began play Friday with a 6.55 ERA from its relievers, but the Astros were 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
4/11/2014 | Astros' bats go quiet against Darvish, Rangers
Robinson Chirinos smacked a two-out single into center field to score Kevin Kouzmanoff from second base with the winning run to send the Rangers to a 1-0 walk-off win in 12 innings over the Astros on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
4/10/2014 | Radio broadcaster Sparks knuckles up for Astros
Former Major League pitcher and Astros radio color analyst Steve Sparks threw knuckleballs to Houston hitters in the batting cages before Thursday's contest against the Blue Jays in preparation for Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
4/10/2014 | Williams remains day to day with groin strain
Right-hander Jerome Williams remains day to day with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Astros manager Bo Porter said.
4/10/2014 | Qualls likes idea of award for relievers
It's tough for relievers, who have much smaller workloads than starting pitchers, to claim hardware at the end of the season -- such as the Cy Young Award or MVP -- which is why Houston's Chad Qualls is excited about the announcement that Major League Baseball will begin honoring each league's top reliever with a new award.
4/10/2014 | Astros use home run, Keuchel's solid start to beat Jays
Home runs from Robbie Grossman, Jonathan Villar and Jason Castro, and a strong performance by starter Dallas Keuchel helped the Astros drop the Blue Jays, 6-4, in front of a crowd of 15,778 at Rogers Centre on Thursday.
4/9/2014 | Williams day to day with right groin strain
Right-hander Jerome Williams exited Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays in the sixth inning with a right groin strain, which he sustained following a 1-2 offering to Edwin Encarnacion.
4/9/2014 | Fowler enjoys return to Astros' starting lineup
Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler returned to the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Blue Jays for the first time in six games and made his presence felt out of the leadoff spot.
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