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  1. Braves are eyeing Bud Norris

    Jul 26, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    While I feel like the Braves might be OK without Tim Hudson it’s not my money I’m gambling with. It’s the Braves’ and they seem to feel like they need some starting pitching depth. To that end: Sources: #Braves among teams actively pursuing #Astros starter Bud Norris. @FOXSportsLive — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 26, 2013…

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

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners

    Mariners 4, Indians 3: The M’s just keep on winning. That’s eight in a row, with this one ending interestingly. The Indians had runners on the corners with no one out in the ninth. Then Drew Stubbs got caught in a rundown he probably shouldn’t have gotten caught in between third and home, ending the…

  3. Grant Balfour blows first save since April 29, 2012

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Before surrendering a game-tying, two-run home run to Matt Dominguez in the ninth inning of tonight’s loss, Athletics closer Grant Balfour had converted 44 consecutive saves dating back to early 2012, the sixth-longest such streak in baseball history, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Balfour’s last blown save occurred on April 29 against the Orioles,…

  4. A reminder: Francisco Rodriguez is a worse human being than Ryan Braun

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    If you’re an Orioles fan, feel free to root for the laundry. But let’s not celebrate Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod was initially arrested in Aug. 2010 after beating up the father of his girlfriend, Daian Pena. Rodriguez assaulted Carlos Pena at Citi Field after a game, punching him in the face. The incident actually left Rodriguez…

  5. Astros designate Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment

    Jul 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Astros have designated first baseman Carlos Pena and shortstop Ronny Cedeno for assignment, reports Brian McTaggart. Shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar is being promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Cedeno’s spot on the roster. CSN Houston reports that Villar will be the team’s starting shortstop tomorrow. Villar was acquired along with Anthony Gose and…

  6. Erik Bedard allows no hits in 6.1 innings, loses anyway

    Jul 20, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    Astros lefty Erik Bedard brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ran into a bit of trouble and a high pitch count. After Bedard walked Justin Smoak with one out (Bedard’s fifth walk of the evening), manager Bo Porter wasn’t willing to let him go beyond 111 pitches, replacing him with Jose Cisnero. Cisnero…

  7. Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    After two horrible days without any baseball and two sub-optimal days without baseball that counted we’re finally back to normal. Fifteen games last night and games every single day until the end of October at the very least. Ahhhhh. What the heck got into the water in Houston? Brandon Barnes went 5 for 5 and…

  8. Brandon Barnes hits for the cycle

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros

    Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes doubled in the bottom of the eighth for his fourth hit in as many at-bats to complete the cycle. He homered in the second, tripled in the fourth, singled in the sixth, leaving himself a double short with one at-bat to go. The eighth-inning double also set up a rally as…

  9. Report: Astros sign Jose Altuve to contract extension

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    The Astros have successfully locked up a potential long-term building block, as Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they have agreed to a contract extension with second baseman Jose Altuve. This marks the first major contract commitment under the leadership of general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was hired in December of 2011. No word yet…

  10. Jarred Cosart dazzles in Major League debut against the Rays

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart made his Major League debut tonight against the Rays. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, losing it on a one-out single to right field by Ben Zobrist. He went eight-plus innings, shutting out the Rays and out-dueling reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price. Throughout…

  11. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  12. Kyle Kendrick diagnosed with “mild” concussion

    Jul 1, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick, Stephen Fife, A.J. Ellis

    Kyle Kendrick was hit on the back of the helmet by a pitch while batting yesterday and the Phillies right-hander has been diagnosed with a “mild” concussion. Of course, because so-called “mild” concussions are still brain injuries that label tends not to mean a whole lot, as Justin Maxwell of the Astros proved most recently.…

  13. Peter Bourjos has a fractured right wrist

    Jun 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that outfielder Peter Bourjos has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist and is going to be sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks. Bourjos suffered the injury Saturday when he was hit on the wrist by a Jordan Lyles fastball. He’ll be placed on the disabled…

  14. Justin Maxwell placed on concussion disabled list

    Jun 30, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    From Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle comes word that the Astros have placed outfielder Justin Maxwell on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Jimmy Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding roster move. Maxwell has been experiencing headaches and other post-concussion symptoms since banging his head on the right field grass…

  15. Play of the Day: Josh Hamilton robs Matt Dominguez of a home run

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

    Say what you will about Josh Hamilton‘s production this year, and it will all be warranted. In the first year of a five-year, $125 million contract signed during the off-season, Hamilton has posted an uncharacteristic .659 OPS and has rated as one of baseball’s least-valuable players through the first three months of the season. In…

  16. Peter Bourjos hit on hand, taken for x-rays

    Jun 29, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos was hit on the hand with a 91 MPH fastball from Astros starter Jordan Lyles in the top of the fourth this afternoon. He was taken out of the lineup after the inning and replaced by J.B. Shuck. Bourjos left to have x-rays taken on his hand, reports Mike DiGiovanna of…

  17. Stephen Vogt homers to snap 0-for-32 hitless streak to begin MLB career

    Jun 29, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Stephen Vogt Getty

    Here’s a pretty cool moment. Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt began his major league career hitless over his first 32 at-bats, but he finally got off the schneid last night against the Cardinals. And he did so in pretty exciting fashion, as he ripped a solo homer to right field off right-hander Joe Kelly. As you’ll…

  18. Justin Maxwell hoping to avoid concussion disabled list

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Keeping in mind that return timetables for concussions are rarely accurate, Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell is hoping to avoid the seven-day concussion disabled list and be available as soon as Friday. Maxwell suffered what the Astros are calling a “mild” concussion when he dove for a ball Tuesday night, but Richard Dean of CSNHouston.com reports…

  19. Justin Maxwell suffered a “mild” concussion last night

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Justin Maxwell left last night’s game in the fourth inning after the Astros outfielder suffered an apparent concussion attempting to make a diving catch. Maxwell, who was just activated from the disabled list last week after missing two months with a fractured hand, came down face-first into the ground and was down for more than…

  20. Astros demote Marwin Gonzalez, designate Wade LeBlanc for assignment

    Jun 24, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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    The Astros announced this evening that left-hander Wade LeBlanc has been designated for assignment while infielder Marwin Gonzalez has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team will announce corresponding roster moves tomorrow. LeBlanc was claimed off waivers from the Marlins earlier this month and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and three…

  21. Padres expected to pursue trades for starting pitching

    Jun 24, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that Edinson Volquez is drawing interest from multiple teams, but don’t take that to mean that the Padres are sellers. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Padres will attempt to upgrade their starting rotation leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. While the club currently sits at 38-38 on…

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

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Mets 4, Braves 3: Good news: two solo homers for David Wright and five scoreless innings from the bullpen. Bad news: The reason the pen was needed for five innings is that Jon Neise had to leave the game with shoulder problems. Braves news: ugh, you guys have looked positively crappy of late. Tigers 4,…

  23. Dan Uggla is having vision problems, could require LASIK surgery

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla AP

    Dan Uggla has always had the reputation as a free-swinging slugger, but he has been particularly strikeout-prone this season. And it appears that there could be an explanation for his struggles. Braves assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher told Jeff Schultz of the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that Uggla is dealing with vision problems and could…

  24. “It would be a dream come true” for Bud Norris to play for the Giants

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    Jon Paul Morosi sat down with Astros starter Bud Norris. Norris knows the score: he plays for the Astros and, while the Astros are mildly exceeding expectations, he is clearly a guy they will consider trading for prospects at the deadline. And Norris makes no secret of where he’d like to end up: with the…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much…

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