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  1. Umpires go first three outs of major league season without blowing a call

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Andy Fletcher

    Of course, our luck ran out in the bottom of the first of Sunday night’s opener between the Rangers and Astros. With Jose Altuve on first and no outs in the frame, a Matt Harrison pitch to Brett Wallace got away from A.J. Pierzynski, causing Altuve to try for second. The throw arrived on a…

  2. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EST

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  3. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EST

    minute maid park getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN. TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Brett Wallace, 1B 3. Lance Berkman,…

  4. Astros release Tyler Greene

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    tyler greene getty

    At the beginning of spring training Tyler Greene seemingly had a good chance to be the Astros’ starting shortstop, but today Houston released the former first-round pick. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow originally drafted Greene when he was with the Cardinals and figured he was worth taking a flier on, picking him up on the…

  5. Erik Bedard has a spot in the Astros’ rotation

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Erik Bedard

    Lots of veterans on minor-league contracts are getting released now that we’re near the end of spring training, but Erik Bedard was informed today he’s got a spot in the Astros’ rotation. Bedard, who stayed in shape this winter by playing catch with his brother in a heated garage, signed a minor-league deal with Houston…

  6. Astros cut Tyler Greene, will start Ronny Cedeno at short

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EST

    tyler greene getty

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have informed shortstop Tyler Greene that he will not make the 25-man roster. He is out of options, so they’re looking to trade him. If they can’t pull that off, he will probably be released. Ronny Cedeno, who was signed to a deal Saturday after…

  7. Astros agree to deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Ronny Cedeno

    Released by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the week, infielder Ronny Cedeno already has a new home, reports MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart: Cedeno, 30, will provide some middle infield depth for the Astros, who have yet to see either Tyler Greene or Marwin Gonzalez seize the starting shortstop job. Cedeno has played mostly shortstop in…

  8. 2013 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:30 PM EST

    Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: How in the heck did the A’s do it in 2012, and can they…

  9. Rangers tab Matt Harrison as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:32 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    The 2013 season will begin next Sunday night when the Rangers face the Astros at Minute Maid Park at 8:05 p.m. ET. And now we have the pitching matchup locked in. According to Richard Durrett and Ron Matejko of ESPN Dallas, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced this evening that Matt Harrison will be the club’s…

  10. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    New look Astros

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: Will the Astros be historically bad? Maybe this isn’t the biggest question facing the…

  11. Astros name Bud Norris as Opening Day starter

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    bud norris getty

    Bud Norris will start on Opening Day for the Astros, who chose him over Lucas Harrell for the Game 1 assignment. Harrell was better last season, with a 3.76 ERA in 194 innings compared to a 4.65 ERA in 168 innings for Norris, but Norris has been with the Astros for four seasons and that…

  12. Dominican Republic tops Puerto Rico to secure top seed in Pool Two of WBC

    Mar 16, 2013, 4:34 PM EST

    Dominican Republic's Santana is congratulated by third base coach Samuel after Santana's fifth inning home run against Puerto Rico during a 2013 World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have already clinched spots for the World Baseball Classic semifinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but the two teams squared off this afternoon to determine the top seed out of the Miami group. Pitching was strong on both sides, but the Dominican Republic topped Puerto Rico by the…

  13. United States loses, baseball wins at World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:07 PM EST

    World Baseball Classic - Second Round - Miami - USA v Puerto Rico

    Let’s face it: the World Baseball Classic’s uphill climb as an event worth watching wouldn’t gain any momentum if Team USA ran away with it. That’s why it has to be pretty exciting for MLB to see Puerto Rico advance past the U.S. and join the Dominican Republic, Japan and The Netherlands in the WBC semifinals. While…

  14. Puerto Rico boots the U.S. out of the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EST

    Nelson Figueroa

    Puerto Rico starter Nelson Figueroa was in top form in an elimination game tonight against the United States. The well-traveled right-hander tossed six shut-out innings, holding the opposition to four base runners on two hits, one walk, and one error. He was staked to an early 1-0 lead when Mike Aviles hit a two-out RBI…

  15. Dominican Republic beats Spain 6-3, moves to 2-0

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz, Salomon Manriquez

    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 and Carlos Santana homered as the Dominican Republic took another step towards advancing in the WBC on Saturday, beating Spain 6-3. The Dominican team scored five times in the second and third innings off Yoanner Negrin, with Nelson Cruz driving in two of the runs. The Spanish bullpen did solid work…

  16. Puerto Rico blanks Spain 3-0

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EST

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Spain v Puerto Rico

    A three-spot in the bottom of the first was all Puerto Rico needed to defeat Spain in a battle of Pool C contestants in the World Baseball Classic. Carlos Beltran doubled to score Angel Pagan, Mike Aviles hit a sacrifice fly to score Alex Rios, and Carlos Rivera walked with the bases loaded to plate…

  17. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  18. Five new players tied to Biogenesis clinic; sources say Gio Gonzalez did not purchase PEDs

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:40 PM EST

    biogenesis records

    From investigative reporters T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.com comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s left-hander Jordan Norberto, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres right-hander Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello have also been discovered in the records of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. The players “were on a list as…

  19. Fernando Martinez heard the Astros’ message loud and clear

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    A few weeks ago Astros manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that Fernando Martinez‘s chances to make the Astros could be negatively impacted by his participation in the World Baseball Classic. Many people tut-tutted that comment as being wrongheaded because the WBC is supposed to be wonderful and everything, but for his part, Martinez got the message:…

  20. Brewers revert to thrifty form

    Feb 9, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Ron Roenicke

    The Brewers’ offseason opened with speculation about a push for Josh Hamilton. 3 1/2 months later, their biggest pickup has been Tom Gorzelanny. Mark Attanasio’s Brewers won 96 games and went to the NLCS in 2011, and while the team lost Prince Fielder afterwards, it was able to bring in Aramis Ramirez as a replacement.…

  21. Astros starter Bud Norris is “available and drawing interest”

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:18 PM EST

    bud norris getty

    The Astros might not be done trading big leaguers. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, starting pitcher Bud Norris “is available and drawing interest” from opposing teams. The Astros will hope to get a prospect or two in return for the right-hander, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is under contractual control through…

  22. Nationals sign Jeremy Accardo to minor league deal

    Feb 5, 2013, 5:40 PM EST

    accardo buck ap

    Obviously the Nationals’ stars get most of the attention, but an overlooked part of their offseason is stockpiling a bunch of quality depth. Earlier today the Nationals signed one-time starting catcher Chris Snyder to a minor-league deal in which he basically serves as their insurance for Wilson Ramos and now they’re agreed to a minor-league…

  23. Chris Snyder joins Nationals on minor league contract

    Feb 5, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

    Chris Snyder

    Injuries have derailed what was a pretty solid career for Chris Snyder and the 32-year-old catcher must not have drawn much interest as a free agent because Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals. Washington was already facing a playing time crunch behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki…

  24. Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    Jed Lowrie

    The Athletics have just strengthened their infield, acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player trade. Lowrie will head to Oakland along with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are being sent to Houston. Lowrie has shown considerable potential at times, but he has…

  25. Astros sign left-hander Erik Bedard to minor league contract

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:12 PM EST

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Bedard, who turns 34 in March, posted a 5.01 ERA and 118/56 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates. He actually pitched pretty well early on, compiling a…

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