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  1. Astros get good news on Jason Castro’s knee injury

    Sep 3, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Jason Castro exited yesterday’s game with a right knee injury, which was a huge concern considering his lengthy history of knee problems that includes a torn ACL in the same knee two years ago. Fortunately general manager Jeff Luhnow just announced that Castro has been diagnosed with a cyst on the medial side of his…

  2. Brett Oberholtzer becomes first Astro to throw a complete game in 2013

    Sep 1, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    24-year-old rookie Brett Oberholtzer blanked the Mariners over nine innings this afternoon, becoming the first Astro to throw a complete game since Jordan Lyles on September 30 last year. Lyles was also the last to throw a shutout. Oberholtzer allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was…

  3. Royals sign Carlos Pena

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    Released by the Astros on July 31, veteran first baseman Carlos Pena has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals. Kansas City is obviously set at first base and designated hitter with Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, but general manager Dayton Moore is apparently looking at Pena as a left-handed bench option for September.…

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

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Allen Craig hits a grand slam home run during the seventh inning of their National League MLB baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in St. Louis

    Cardinals 8, Reds 6: Down 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Allen Craig launched his first career grand slam to rally the redbirds. Matt Holliday had a three run homer. The win puts the Cards a half game ahead of the Pirates in the Central. Cincinnati is three and a half back. Dodgers 6,…

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

    Aug 26, 2013, 6:10 AM EDT

    David Nied

    Rockies 4, Marlins 3: The Rockies won this game but the Marlins took the 1993 Expansion Cup for this season, closing out the year with a 4-3 record against Colorado. What — you don’t keep track of the 1993 Expansion Cup? There’s a great ceremony at the end of the series each year in which either…

  6. Dan Uggla on track to return from disabled list Wednesday

    Aug 24, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla AP

    Dan Uggla underwent LASIK surgery on August 16 to combat lingering vision issues, but he’s on track to return from the disabled list as soon as he’s eligible. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Uggla will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. He’s slated to play two games in…

  7. Catchers are suffering concussions at an alarming rate

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list yesterday after taking multiple foul tips off his mask in Monday’s game led to dizziness 24 hours later and as LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes Mauer is the fifth catcher currently on the concussion DL. Mauer joins Alex…

  8. Astros calling up catcher prospect Max Stassi

    Aug 20, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Max Stassi

    Catcher has been one of the Astros’ few strengths this season, as Jason Castro has hit .270 with 14 homers and an .802 OPS to rank among baseball’s best, but with backup Carlos Corporan sidelined by a concussion Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Houston is calling up catcher prospect Max Stassi. Stassi has hit…

  9. Rangers sac bunt in third, score 11 runs

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin

    It was just the way Ron Washington drew it up. Ian Kinsler, the Rangers’ No. 3 hitter, bunted two runners with none out in the bottom of the third with Texas up 2-1 on Houston tonight. An intentional walk to Adrian Beltre followed. Then came the 11 runs. 11! Here’s the whole gory inning: -…

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

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Yankees' Soriano points as he crosses home plate in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game the Angels in New York

    Yankees 11, Angels 3: Holy cow, Alfonso Soriano. Two homers and seven RBI. The old guy has four homers, six runs scored and 13 RBI in his last two games. The Yankees have won four straight. Reds 5, Cubs 0: Seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo helps the Redlegs snag the three-game sweep. My friend Mark,…

  11. Rosenthal: Dan Haren, Erik Bedard, Brendan Ryan and Matt Lindstrom have cleared waivers

    Aug 14, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    dan haren getty

    Loads of baseball players are passed through waivers every August and we only wind up with a handful of acutal waiver trades, but here’s the word anyway from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: Cleared waivers, can be traded to any team: #Nationals’ Haren, #Astros’ Bedard, #WhiteSox’s Lindstrom, #Cubs’ Guerrier, #Mariners’ Ryan. 1/2 — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)…

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

    Aug 13, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    Twins 3, Indians 0: In only his second major league start Andrew Albers spins a two-hit shutout on a mere 102 pitches. This goes with his eight shutout innings in his first start. As a person who has been writing about baseball professionally for nearly four years, I can tell you with absolute certainty and…

  13. UPDATE: Yu Darvish loses the no-hitter on a Carlos Corporan home run

    Aug 12, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    UPDATE: And just like that it’s gone. Astros catcher Carlos Corporan just hit a one-out homer to right. No doubt about. Just yanked it out of the park. We now return you to your regularly scheduled ordinary game. Well, apart from the part where Darvish does have 15 strikeouts. Which is pretty darn good. 4:19…

  14. Rays acquire Wesley Wright from Astros

    Aug 12, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v St. Louis Cardinals

    Houston is sending away another veteran, trading left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to Tampa Bay for cash considerations. Wright was the longest-tenured Astro, debuting in 2008 as a Rule 5 pick and appearing in a total of 286 games with a 4.44 ERA. He’s been a pretty solid setup man since the beginning of last season,…

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

    Aug 12, 2013, 5:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Gardner follows through on walk off solo home run to defeat Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Yankees 5, Tigers 4: If I told you that Mariano Rivera blew two saves in a three game series you’d probably assume the Yankees had a bad series. Except in this case they won both of the games Mo blew. Baseball is weird. Miguel Cabrera homered off of him again on Sunday — he’s only…

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

    Aug 6, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals

    Royals 13, Twins 0: Hard to envision any more of a domination than this. A four hit shutout for Jeremy Guthrie while the Royals offense puts up a baker’s dozen. Jamey Carroll was literally the most effective pitcher of the game for the Twins. Eric Hosmer drove in five. Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Fifteen straight…

  17. Max Scherzer puts on clinic against the White Sox, improves to 16-1

    Aug 3, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer silenced White Sox hitters over seven and two-thirds innings tonight, improving to 16-1 with the 3-0 victory. The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.85. Scherzer got two quick outs in the seventh, but was lifted for newly-acquired reliever Jose Veras after Alejandro…

  18. With a suspension for Everth Cabrera looming, the Padres sign infielder Ronny Cedeno

    Aug 3, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno Getty

    Corey Brock of MLB.com passes along word that the Padres have signed infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor league contract. He’s scheduled to report to High-A Lake Elsinore tonight. Everth Cabrera is one of a handful of players expected to be suspended for ties to Biogenesis and PEDs, so it appears that the Padres are…

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

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Giants 2, Phillies 1: A few days ago Jonathan Papelbon watched his team lose another game and said “I definitely didn’t come here for this.” Well, they didn’t show up at the ballpark yesterday expecting Papelbon to give up four singles and blow the lead. Again. Cole Hamels‘ eight shutout innings were for naught and…

  20. The Royals finally use the disabled list again

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Getz, Adam Dunn

    But, don’t worry, it’s just for Chris Getz. The major criticism with the Royals’ decision to buy and not sell at the trade deadline was that they did nothing to address the black hole in their lineup at second base. Now they’ll be forced to try something a little different after Getz suffered a sprained…

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

    Aug 1, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 6, White Sox 5: Living with a Tigers fan is kinda hard sometimes. Like, when you have the Indians-White Sox game on the TV, she wants the Indians to lose, the White Sox blow a two-run lead in the ninth and then Carlos Santana hits a walkoff homer in extras. It’s even more complicated…

  22. Bud Norris to make O’s debut Thursday … vs. Astros

    Jul 31, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    bud norris getty

    As first reported by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, new Orioles starter Bud Norris will make his debut on Thursday night against the team that just traded him, the Houston Astros. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Norris was dealt to the Orioles on Wednesday in exchange for outfield…

  23. Astros release first baseman Carlos Pena

    Jul 31, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

    carlos pena getty

    From Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle comes word that the Astros have released Carlos Pena, who was designated for assignment 10 days ago. Pena was batting just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games this year for the Astros and he hit .197/.330/.354 in 160 games last year for…

  24. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  25. HBT’s Trade Deadline Wrapup

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    jake peavy white sox getty

    The non-waiver trade deadline hit at 4PM EDT today. It was pretty uneventful compared to years past, with lots of chatter but very few deals. Here’s what we had go down today before the non-waiver trade deadline: The Dodgers acquired Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named; The Orioles receive Bud…

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