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  1. Phillies’ deal with Astros for Wilton Lopez falls apart after physical exam

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com now says the Phillies’ trade for Lopez “hit a roadblock and is unlikely to happen” despite being agreed upon pending a physical exam yesterday. Sure sounds like the doctor saw something worrisome in Lopez’s elbow. ========== Yesterday the Phillies were reportedly on the verge of trading for Astros reliever Wilton…

  2. Phillies “in serious talks” with Astros for Wilton Lopez

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are “in serious talks” with the Astros for right-hander Wilton Lopez, who would take over as the primary setup man in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Lopez’s price tag won’t be cheap, as he’s thrown 204 innings with a 2.64 ERA during the past three seasons, remains…

  3. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  4. The Giants win the World Series again

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:58 AM EDT

    Yomiuri Giants

    Yomiuri, that is: [Shinnosuke] Abe drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh and the Yomiuri bullpen took it from there, as the Giants won the Japan Series with a 4-3 victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Game 6 on Saturday night at Tokyo Dome … The Giants won the series 4-2 to claim…

  5. The Braves welcome back Jordan Schafer for some reason

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    The timeline of relevant news involving Jordan Schafer: 2009-2011: Jordan Schafer is rushed by the Braves, but hits a home run in his major league debut, so they give him too many at bats during which he shows no real aptitude to hit baseballs; 2011: Jordan Schafer gets injured, Braves trade him to Houston; Offseason 2011: Jordan Schafer…

  6. Astros decline $4 million option on Chris Snyder

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Chris Snyder hit just .176 in 76 games for the Astros, so not surprisingly they’ve declined his $4 million option for 2013 and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout. Not so long ago Snyder was an established, young starting catcher, but his health and production have both been issues since leaving the Diamondbacks in mid-2010.…

  7. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

  8. What you missed over the weekend

    Oct 15, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

    Did you know that there is a 100% correlation between watching football and death? Really, every single person who has ever watched a football game has either died or will, without question, die in the future.  Stop the dying, people. Stop watching football.  It’s for your own good. In case you haven’t decided to turn…

  9. Carlos Corporan loses 16-month-old son

    Oct 13, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    carlos corporan ap

    The Associated Press passes along tragic news: The 16-month-old son of Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan has died. Corporan told the team Saturday that Carlos Corporan Jr., had died. The team said he had undergone four heart surgeries since his birth in June 2011. The team released a statement Saturday offering its condolences to the…

  10. 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,…

  11. Bud Norris owns the Cardinals, again

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    bud norris getty

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. Anthony Rizzo leaves game following awkward collision

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    rizzo getty

    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…

  19. Astros release Francisco Cordero and his 19.80 ERA

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    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.…

  20. Mark Teixeira aggravates left calf, will undergo MRI

    Sep 9, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    teixeira getty

    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…

  21. 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…

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

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    dallas keuchel getty

    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…

  23. Jose Altuve measures things in Altuves

    Sep 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    altuve getty

    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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