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  1. Astros prevail in first battle of 100-loss clubs in 50 years

    Oct 3, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    Brian Bogusevic

    The Astros, of all teams, recorded their third shutout Tuesday and beat the Cubs 3-0 in the first matchup of 100-loss teams since 1962. Houston handed the Cubs their 100th loss by winning 3-0 on Monday, setting up the historic matchup. Tonight’s game featured the same score. The Cubs fell to 60-101 for the season,…

  2. Bud Norris owns the Cardinals, again

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Bud Norris has been so good against the Cardinals over the years–and so mediocre against just about everyone else–that St. Louis scribes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Matthew Leach of MLB.com have a running joke with fans on Twitter about his dominance using the hashtag #BudChuck. Norris did it again last…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles Machado rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game in Baltimore

    Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O’s hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead. Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in…

  4. Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has hand surgery

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    J.D. Martinez, who leads the Astros in RBIs despite a sub-.700 OPS and month-long demotion to the minors, underwent surgery to remove the hook from the hamate bone in his left hand. He’s done for the season and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that…

  5. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  6. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 14, 2012, 3:46 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1: A must-win for both teams if they wanted to stop the bleeding, but a muster-win for L.A. since they’re behind in the standings. Just didn’t happen, though. Lance Lynn, back in the rotation in a spot start, allowed one run in six innings and struck out seven to give the Cardinals a…

  7. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v San Diego Padres

    Brewers 8, Braves 2; Phillies 3, Marlins 1; Padres 3, Cardinals 2: Um, yeah, this keeps happening. The Cardinals, beneficiaries of an epic collapse by the Braves last year are themselves collapsing. And Philly and Milwaukee look like they’ll never lose again.  Just insanity in the NL wild card race these days. It’s kinda great.…

  8. Astros reliever Mickey Storey leaves after taking liner to face

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    Mickey Storey

    11:15 p.m. EDT update: The Astros are reporting that Storey suffered contusions to the right jaw and right hand. If that’s the extent of the damage, then it’s great news. /// There was a scary incident in Houston tonight, as Astros right-hander Mickey Storey took a liner to the side of his face and left…

  9. Anthony Rizzo leaves game following awkward collision

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

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    Cubs youngster Anthony Rizzo was attempting to beat out a hopper up the middle on Tuesday night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park when he made contact with the leg of Astros first baseman Brett Wallace. Rizzo completely lost control, first jamming his knee on the first base bag and then landing hard on his head…

  10. Astros release Francisco Cordero and his 19.80 ERA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero‘s disastrous stint with the Astros is officially over, as he was given his release by the club today. After being acquired from the Blue Jays in July as part of a 10-player deal, Cordero allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and four walks in five innings over six appearances. That’s a 19.80 ERA.…

  11. Mark Teixeira aggravates left calf, will undergo MRI

    Sep 9, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated his troublesome left calf on the final play of Saturday night’s 5-4 loss to the Orioles. And there’s some concern that it was more than just a tweak. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Teixeira will undergo an MRI on the calf Monday and has already been ruled out…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 8, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Reuters Martin Soriano

    The Yankees are all alone again in first place in the American League East. At least for now. After giving up six home runs on Thursday to fall back into a tie for the division lead, the Yankees topped the Orioles 8-5 last night at Camden Yards. The Yankees hit three home runs in the…

  13. Astros decide to use six-man rotation for remainder of year

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Following in the Marlins’ footsteps, the Astros have decided to go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. Houston made the change in order to get rookie Dallas Keuchel regular starts down the stretch alongside Jordan Lyles, Fernando Abad, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, and Edgar Gonzalez. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco told Zachary…

  14. Jose Altuve measures things in Altuves

    Sep 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Some time in the past year or so Mike Ferrin and Morgan Ensberg of XM MLB radio created a new unit of measurement: the Altuve. The measurement was formalized courtesy of the handy website, “How Many Altuves.” Now the Altuve has been coopted by the actual Jose Altuve, as he and Houston Astros teammates were…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays

    Orioles 4, Blues Jays 0; Rays 4, Yankees 3:  As mentioned yesterday, this combo brings the Yankees lead over the O’s down to one game in the AL East, with the Rays only two and a half back themselves. I don’t suppose we’re so lucky to have a Yankees collapse come a year after the…

  16. Rays acquire Ben Francisco from Astros

    Aug 31, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Astros had no real use for Ben Francisco after acquiring him from the Blue Jays in last month’s 10-player deal, so they moved him right along Friday, sending him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named. Francisco played in 31 games in his six weeks with the Astros and hit .247/.289/.365 in…

  17. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  18. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford make the craziest play you’ll see this year

    Aug 28, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    Brandon Crawford Getty

    Pablo Sandoval had a bit of a tough time with a foul pop-up off the bat of Astros catcher Jason Castro in the bottom of the first inning tonight, so he decided to improvise. Fortunately for the Giants, Brandon Crawford was on the same wavelength. Incredible. We usually see one or two plays a week…

  19. Mark Teixeira out 1-2 weeks with Grade 1 calf strain

    Aug 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira Getty

    11:27 PM: According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Mark Teixeira said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain and thinks he could be out anywhere from one to two weeks. Of course, it’s possible he could miss more time. 11:10 PM: No word yet on the MRI results, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi…

  20. The Yankees acquire Steve Pearce from the Astros

    Aug 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Yankees have announced that they acquired corner guy/first baseman Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Pearce they DFA’d Brandon Laird. Pearce was with the Yankees earlier this season, where he hit .318 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in limited play before being traded…

  21. R.A. Dickey notches 16th win as Mets snap six-game losing streak

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    R.A. Dickey is still very much alive in the conversation for the National League Cy Young award. The knuckleballer tossed seven innings of one-run ball this afternoon at Citi Field as part of a 3-1 win over the Astros. The strong performance helped the Mets snap a six-game losing streak. Dickey actually got the Mets…

  22. Tony DeFrancesco gets his first win as Astros manager

    Aug 25, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Tony DeFrancesco AP

    He had to wait a while, but Tony DeFrancesco finally has his first win as a major league manager, as the Astros topped the Mets 3-1 last night at Citi Field. DeFrancesco managed 17 years in the minors before taking over for Brad Mills last Sunday and was 0-4 as interim manager going into last…

  23. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short…

  24. Hero Umpire: Jim Joyce saves a Diamondbacks employee’s life

    Aug 21, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jim Joyce

    If anyone was still holding the Armando Galarraga stuff against Jim Joyce, I believe the ledger is more than balanced by now. Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com reports: Joyce administered CPR to a Diamondbacks’ game-day employee in a tunnel leading to the umpires’ dressing room minutes on his way into the ballpark Monday, saving her…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Kuroda pitches to Rangers in MLB game in New York

    It was shutout Tuesday, apparently. Let’s tally the goose eggs: Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda with the two-hit shutout. He was masterful, but man, there were a lot of ill-advised Texas swings in the parts of this one I watched. Either Kuroda had them more fooled than someone on the foolingest day of his life…

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