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  1. Bo Porter to his blundering baserunner: “Do you think you’re invisible?”

    Apr 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bo Porter

    Bo Porter does not mince words when a TOOTBLAN happens.

  2. VIDEO: George Springer’s first major league hit

    Apr 16, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Astros outfield prospect George Springer grounded out sharply to shortstop in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday night. In his second trip to the plate, he made it to first base …

  3. VIDEO: Jonathan Villar preserves Astros’ extra-innings lead with outstanding diving play

    Apr 13, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Watch as Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar flashes range and arm strength to keep his club on top of the Rangers in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night in Arlington, Texas …

  4. Scott Feldman blanks the Rangers days after the passing of his father

    Apr 11, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman

    Scott Feldman dazzled in Friday’s start against the Rangers under tough circumstances.

  5. Reminder: almost every pitcher uses some sort of goo to enhance grip and/or doctor pitches

    Apr 11, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

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    If your local talk radio host is frothing at the mouth over Michael Pineda today he is being willfully ignorant of baseball’s approach to doctored baseballs.

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

    Apr 11, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    If a pitcher has a foreign substance on his hand and no one is there to complain about it, does it still raise a stink?

  7. Astros to place reliever Matt Albers on paternity leave list

    Apr 7, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

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    The Astros will place reliever Matt Albers on the paternity leave list Tuesday.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

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    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  9. Dexter Fowler taken to hospital with stomach virus

    Apr 5, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler went to the hospital Friday due to a stomach bug.

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

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

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    Discover the one weird trick Coco Crisp used to hit a walkoff home run in last night’s Mariners-A’s game. The answer may shock you!

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

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  12. GM Jeff Luhnow says Astros “likely to keep” veterans at trade deadline

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Luhnow

    That the Astros are in rebuild mode is no secret. In the past, they had been pawning off veteran players in an effort to usher in a youth movement, but GM Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren’t likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Jesse Crain and Jerome Williams are eligible to become free…

  13. Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Yan Gomes

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman…

  14. 2014 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: One hundred losses again, right? Depends on how long the Astros keep their prospects on…

  15. Dexter Fowler wasn’t gritty enough to be the Rockies’ center fielder

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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    All this time I thought they played baseball games and then I read this from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post and find out that — Jiminy Christmas! — they’re wrestling in gutters! That’s how Kiszla puts it, anyway, after acknowledging that the Rockies have a hole in center field now that they traded away…

  16. MLBPA and George Springer’s agent considering filing grievance over service time

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    George Springer

    Recently, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Astros offered top prospect George Springer a seven-year, $23 million contract last September. As Matthew Pouliot explained earlier this week, it was a way for the Astros to guarantee themselves a bargain while giving Springer the playing time in the Majors he obviously wants. Springer, though,…

  17. The Astros are playing dirty pool with a top prospect

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    George Springer

    We know this is how it works. Phenoms get fewer September callups than they used to, and they rarely debut on Opening Day. Instead, it’s June that’s become the popular time for debuts, all in the name of delaying arbitration and free agency eligibility. On the one hand, it kind of sucks: much of the…

  18. Padres ink Hector Ambriz to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the Padres have signed right-hander Hector Ambriz to a minor league contract. He is already ticketed for Triple-A El Paso — the Padres’ new Pacific Coast League affiliate — and will operate there as organizational relief depth. Ambriz posted a rough 5.71 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 36 1/3 innings…

  19. Astros choose Scott Feldman as Opening Day starter

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman

    Houston has named Scott Feldman as its Opening Day starter after signing the veteran right-hander to a three-year, $30 million contract as a free agent this offseason. Feldman is 31 years old with a 4.62 career ERA and it would be easy to make some jokes about him being the Astros’ choice, but whatever. They’re…

  20. Jesse Crain at least two weeks from mound work

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain sat out the second half of the 2013 season because of a shoulder strain and then underwent biceps surgery this winter. He was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s not going to happen. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Crain — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Astros…

  21. Astros release one-time top prospect Brett Wallace

    Mar 12, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    Brett Wallace, who ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 40 prospects in back-to-back seasons as a minor leaguer, has been released by the Astros after hitting just .242 with a .704 OPS in 311 games through age 26. At one point Wallace looked like a good-hitting third baseman, but his defense required a shift…

  22. Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton opens up about addiction

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press has a really interesting read on Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton, who served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after a second positive test for marijuana use. Singleton, who had a month-long stay at an in-patient rehab center, was brutally honest about the impact the drug had…

  23. 2014 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 3, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies get back over the .500 mark? Rookie manager Walt Weiss led…

  24. Astros hanging on to Jason Castro for now

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Back in January, the Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million. Prior to the agreement, there was some speculation that the Astros would sign him to a multi-year extension, buying out all three of his arbitration years and likely at least one year of free agency. If…

  25. Japhet Amador expected to report to Astros camp on Friday

    Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    The Astros signed slugger Japhet Amador out of the Mexican League over the winter with the idea of giving him a chance to compete for the first base job during spring training, but he was unable to report to camp last week because his pregnant wife was ill. However, her condition has apparently improved to…

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