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

    Aug 15, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    Striking out 14 guys and/or scoring seven runs: strongly correlated with winning games.

  2. The Tigers scored in all eight innings of their win at home against the Rockies

    Aug 2, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez, Michael McKenry

    The Tigers pulled off a rare feat, scoring once in each offensive inning of their win at home against the Rockies.

  3. Rick Porcello throws second consecutive shutout

    Jul 1, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    rick porcello getty

    Tigers righty Rick Porcello didn’t record a shutout over the first 163 starts of his major league career. Now he has two shutouts in the past six days.

  4. Victor Martinez out again Tuesday with side discomfort

    Jul 1, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT

    victor martinez getty

    Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had to be scratched from Monday’s series opener against the Athletics due to soreness in his back and side and he is also sitting out on Tuesday night in Detroit.

  5. Victor Martinez scratched from lineup due to soreness in side

    Jun 30, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez AP

    The Tigers will be without Victor Martinez when they begin a three-game series against the Athletics tonight in Detroit.

  6. Torii Hunter is willing to take a reduced role going forward

    Jun 24, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    torii hunter getty

    Given how he’s playing these days, he’ll have to. But it’s nice to hear him say it.

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

    Jun 16, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

    DJ LeMahieu

    Three days, three come-from-behind wins for the Rockies over the Giants.

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

    May 20, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

    Indians walkoff

    Two wins for Ohio teams, both in extra innings, both games decided by homers. Ohio is clearly the home of magical performers turning in clutch performances.

  9. Astros activate Justin Maxwell from the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    Justin Maxwell hit just .128 in 11 games while on a minor-league rehab assignment for a fractured left hand, but the Astros have activated him from the disabled list anyway. Maxwell has been out for nearly two months and in his absence Brandon Barnes has played well as the Astros’ starting center fielder, so it’ll…

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

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Rockies 12, Reds 4: The Colorado Wrecking Crew: Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs and drove in six. Troy Tulowitzki hit two of his own. Pedro Villarreal had no idea what hit him. White Sox 7, Mariners 5: You figure if you score five runs in the top of an extra inning that you’re gonna…

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

    May 23, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Star Trek into Darkness

    Phillies 3, Marlins 0: Cliff Lee shuts out the Marlins on three hits. Granted, it doesn’t take anyone as good as Lee to shut out the Marlins, but that’s nothing that Lee could help. He was dominant. Just like Benedict Cumberbatch in that scene when he killed all those [alien race redacted to avoid spoilers]…

  12. Astros designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    May 6, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel

    The Astros, sitting at 8-24 in last place in the AL West, have designated outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment, tweets Houston Chronicle beat writer Brian T. Smith. It was one of a handful of moves the Astros made day, also designating Fernando Martinez for assignment, calling up Jimmy Paredes and Trevor Crowe, demoting Brandon Laird…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Fernando Martinez and the Astros show why the World Baseball Classic still has so far to go

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez Getty

    Fernando Martinez stands as one of several players in the mix to make the Houston Astros’ outfield. But he has more up against him in that quest than just competition from Rick Ankiel, Justin Maxwell, J.D. Martinez and Brandon Barnes. He has up against him his participation in the World Baseball Classic, where he will play…

  16. Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has hand surgery

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    J.D. Martinez, who leads the Astros in RBIs despite a sub-.700 OPS and month-long demotion to the minors, underwent surgery to remove the hook from the hamate bone in his left hand. He’s done for the season and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that…

  17. Astros demote RBI leader J.D. Martinez to minors

    Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    J.D. Martinez

    I’m not much for evaluating hitters based on RBI totals, but it’s still interesting that the struggling Astros have demoted their RBI leader, J.D. Martinez, to Triple-A after he was their starting left fielder for the first two-thirds of the season. Martinez has a team-high 54 RBIs in 102 games, although that a) isn’t all…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

  19. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    May 6, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    lowrie getty

    Rebuilding doesn’t have to be entirely depressing. The Astros — predicted by many to be a 100-loss team — won their fifth straight game on Saturday night in Houston, and their second straight against the defending World Series champion Cardinals. Houston is one game under .500 (13-14), good enough for third place in the National…

  20. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies pitcher Moyer, 49, makes a pitch against Houston Astros' Schafer in the first inning of their MLB National League game in Houston

    Jamie Moyer‘s 2012 debut was less than stellar. Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup. Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked…

  21. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

  22. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

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