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  1. Harper, Trout and the future

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    In honor of Bryce Harper playing his 162nd career game, here is the list of the top 12 home run hitters through their age 20 seasons: 1. Mel Ott, 61 2. Tony Conigliaro, 56 3. Alex Rodriguez, 41 4. Ken Griffey, 38 5. Frank Robinson, 38 6. Mickey Mantle, 36 7. Mike Trout, 35 8.…

  2. Justin Maxwell expected to miss 4-6 weeks

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    Justin Maxwell fractured his left hand in Tuesday’s game and the Astros announced today that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. In his place the Astros have turned to prospect Robbie Grossman as their starting center fielder. Maxwell was all about power and range, which helped cancel out a .230 batting average, .301 on-base percentage,…

  3. Philip Humber has a 7.52 ERA since his perfect game

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Philip Humber threw a perfect game on April 21 of last year, but the degree to which he’s fallen apart since then is amazing. Humber, who was claimed off waivers by the Astros from the White Sox in November, has thrown 111 innings and faced 523 batters since the perfect game. During that time he…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and hightlights

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals 8, Tigers 3: You can try to make Phil Coke a multi-inning reliever all you want, but he’s still going to be a lefty specialist. And when he comes in and has trouble even getting the lefties out, you can’t stick with him. He’s not the one who gave up the grand slam to…

  5. Rick Ankiel’s last stand

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    A couple weeks ago Mike Bates wrote a nice career — Retrospective? Requiem? I dunno yet — about Rick Ankiel. Today Joe Posnanski takes a pass at one of the more interesting careers we’ve seen in some time. He’s particularly taken with Ankiel’s all-or-nothing approach this year, wondering if Ankiel knows his career is close to…

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

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game: “It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field” I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of…

  7. Astros lose center fielder Justin Maxwell to a fractured hand

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    The Astros got a win over the Mariners on Tuesday to improve to 6-14 on the season, but they announced afterwards that center fielder Justin Maxwell suffered a fractured hand in the game. Maxwell was injured on a bases-loaded HBP in the third. It scored the Astros’ third and final run of the game in…

  8. Indians bang out 14 runs in first two innings against Astros

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros

    We knew that the 5-11 Astros, with a -20 run differential, were bad — but not this bad. The 5-10 Indians, with a -21 run differential themselves, bashed Astros starter Phil Humber for eight runs while recording only one out in the first inning. Dallas Keuchel relieved Humber after ten batters and recorded the final…

  9. Astros demote Brett Wallace, call up Brandon Laird

    Apr 18, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    Brett Wallace was the Astros’ Opening Day first baseman, but after going 1-for-24 with 17 strikeouts he’s headed back to Triple-A. Wallace is already 26 years old and has logged nearly 1,400 plate appearances at Triple-A, so he’s running out of time to stick in the majors. He’s hit .304 with an .860 OPS at…

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

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:55 AM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    Reds 1, Phillies 0: CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY NIGHT: Nine minutes, a quick score and then the whole thing was over. About as good a night as you coulda hoped for when you were 17, but for the Phillies this had to be disappointing. Reds 11, Phillies 2: Well, maybe not as disappointing as this. The…

  11. John Ely needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 15, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Just a week after losing right-hander Alex White to Tommy John elbow surgery the Astros lost another potential starter, right-hander John Ely, to the same surgery. Ely, who was acquired from the Dodgers in a trade back in December, began the season at Triple-A after failing to win a rotation spot during spring training. He…

  12. Josh Hamilton loses track of outs on game-ending play

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:17 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton doubled off

    Regardless, the Angels were going quietly on Friday night. They didn’t have to go so carelessly as well, though. Josh Hamilton, the Angels’ $125 million man, forgot how many outs there were on a foul popup in the ninth inning and got doubled off to end Friday’s 5-0 loss to the Astros. The absent-minded Hamilton…

  13. Michael Saunders placed on disabled list with shoulder sprain

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Saunders Getty

    The Mariners announced this evening that outfielder Michael Saunders has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. Endy Chavez has been called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the roster. Saunders suffered the injury last night against the Astros when he crashed into the right field fence while…

  14. Gordon Beckham out 6-8 weeks with fractured hamate bone

    Apr 11, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Gordon Beckham exited Tuesday’s game after tweaking his left wrist on a swing and the White Sox just announced that he has a fractured hamate bone. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Beckham will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which could knock him out until July. Beckham has mostly struggled since…

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

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  16. Michael Saunders departs game after slamming into wall, diagnosed with shoulder sprain

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

    saunders getty

    Michael Saunders crashed almost head-on into the outfield wall on Wednesday night at Safeco Field while running down a Jose Altuve warning-track fly. He laid on the ground for several minutes before eventually walking off the field with his right arm hanging limply at his side. It looked like a right shoulder injury — one…

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

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano, Yan Gomes

    Yankees 14, Indians 1: “Man, where are the Yankees going to get any offense with all of their big hitters on the DL?” no one is asking today like they asked so much last week. I guess nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say, but nothin’ comes out when they move their…

  18. Second game in reconfigured Safeco features eight homers

    Apr 10, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Yeah, but new walls or not, it’s hard to slow down offensive juggernauts like the Astros and Mariners possess. In the second game in Safeco since the walls were brought in, those two teams combined for eight homers in a 16-9 Houston victory. Here’s the list: Houston Chris Carter x2 Jose Altuve J.D. Martinez Marwin…

  19. “Rick Ankiel makes me believe that there’s always a way back from the abyss”

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    Mike Bates comes to both (gently) bury Rick Ankiel and to praise him. Mostly praise, though.  For while he has struggled mightily so far for the Astros and may very well be getting his last chance as a major leaguer, Bates reminds us that his story is ultimately one of triumph: Ankiel had never really…

  20. Rick Ankiel has 12 strikeouts in his last 13 at-bats

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    Rick Ankiel, like the Astros as a whole, hasn’t been the same since Opening Night. Ankiel delivered a pinch-hit homer off Derek Lowe in the Astros’ season-opening win over the Rangers, but since then he’s come to the plate 13 times and here are the results: Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout Line Out Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout Strikeout…

  21. Bo Porter isn’t messing around with Astros’ hitters

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Astros cleanup hitter J.D. Martinez was pulled early from last night’s game. When asked why Martinez was pulled, manager Bo Porter said this: Porter was asked following the Astros’ 3-0 loss to the Mariners if Martinez, who was hitting cleanup for the first time this year, had been injured, and he told reporters to ask…

  22. Alex White needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Alex White

    As feared earlier this week, Astros right-hander Alex White needs Tommy John elbow surgery and will miss the entire season. White was set to be the Astros’ fourth starter before complaining of elbow soreness late in spring training, so this is a very tough break for a pitcher whose stock had already dipped quite a…

  23. White Sox sign Tyler Greene

    Apr 4, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    tyler greene getty

    Released by the Astros last week, Tyler Greene has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox. Greene was a first-round pick in 2005, but he’s hit just .224 with a .647 OPS in 266 games through age 29. He does have a little pop and good speed, so he could carve out a…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  25. Yu Darvish pitched near-perfect game with a finger blister

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    While Yu Darvish was dispatching of Astros with ease Tuesday night, a blister was popping up on his right ring finger, he Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports. Fortunately, it was just a small one, and the Rangers don’t seem concerned about it at all. Darvish played catch in the outfield today and is expected to make…

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