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  1. “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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Alex White likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Apr 3, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alex White

    Alex White was set to be the Astros’ fourth starter, but he injured his elbow late in spring training and now the 24-year-old former first-round pick may be headed for surgery. Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that nothing official has been decided yet, but White is “starting to accept the idea of…

  9. Yu Darvish not quite perfect, but plenty close enough

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    It looked like destiny was on his side when Yu Darvish made such quick work of Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan to start the ninth inning Tuesday against Astros. Seconds later, destiny rolled right between his legs into center field. In the end, the pitch count may have gotten to Darvish. Not that he seemed…

  10. Yu Darvish loses perfect game with two outs in ninth inning

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    darvish getty

    Yu Darvish is making it look easy in Houston. The 26-year-old right-hander has retired the first 21 batters he’s faced, and will carry a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. He has his entire arsenal working against a weak Astros lineup — seriously, look at this slider – and boasts a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven…

  11. Quote of the Day: Erik Bedard didn’t want to get “dry-humped”

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    When Erik Bedard started to warm up in last night’s game I and the group who was watching the game wondered if, since he’s slated for the Houston rotation, he was merely getting some throwing in or something.  Of course he came into the game and pitched a three-inning save. But Bedard himself was somewhat…

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

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:50 AM EDT

    Houston Astros fans celebrate Ankiel's home run during their MLB game against Texas Rangers in Houston

    Astros 8, Rangers 2: The fundamental problem with baseball opening with a lone, prime time game is that everyone is watching it. And with all of the attention on one game, people are bound to overanalyze it, draw ridiculous conclusions and reach hard to make meaningful statements because, hey, if it’s the only game it…

  13. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  14. Astros kick off the 2013 season with a victory

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros, playing their inaugural game as a member of the American League, defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Opening Day in Major League Baseball. The Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Justin Maxwell tripled to left field on a fly ball that bounced high off of the wall…

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

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    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…

  16. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000′s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    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,…

  18. Astros release Tyler Greene

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    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…

  21. Astros agree to deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    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…

  22. 2013 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    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…

  23. Rangers tab Matt Harrison as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    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…

  24. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    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…

  25. Astros name Bud Norris as Opening Day starter

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

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