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  1. Diamondbacks acquire Lucas Harrell from Astros

    Apr 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Lucas Harrell AP

    Lucas Harrell owns a 6.13 ERA dating back to the start of last season.

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

    Apr 28, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT

    Freddie Freeman

    Lots of shutouts and a handful of two-homer games. And one game that looked Xeroxed from another.

  3. What are the Astros aiming for exactly?

    Feb 3, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    astros logo new

    Having finished with baseball’s worst record three straight years, the Astros have mastered the art of being bad. And it’s worked out for them; thanks to their early draft picks and some veteran-for-prospects trades, they now boast one of the game’s very best farm systems. That left the Astros with a decision to make entering…

  4. The Astros lost their final 15 games

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chris Carter

    The Yankees brought half a team to Houston, but that was enough to get a three-game sweep and conclude the Astros’ historic season with 15 straight losses. They’re the first team since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders to lose their final 15 games. The Astros ended up 51-111. They’re the 12th team since 1900 ever to…

  5. Indians top Astros to maintain lead as the AL’s second Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians entered tonight’s action with a half-game lead over the Rangers for the second Wild Card in the American League. The two teams have been trending in opposite directions, with the Rangers having lost nine of their last ten contests, while the Indians have won seven of their last nine. The Tribe sent lefty…

  6. 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…

  7. 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: -…

  8. Trade coming? Bud Norris scratched from tonight’s start

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    bud norris getty

    Bud Norris, like Jake Peavy, has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start, leading to speculation that the Astros are about to trade the right-hander. Lucas Harrell will start in his place against the Orioles, who’re one of the teams mentioned as a possible landing spot for Norris. Norris doesn’t have the same type of top-of-the-rotation…

  9. 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…

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

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Cardinals 11, Reds 4: I’ll take “Improbable scores for an extra-inning game for $200, Alex.” It was already 7-4 in the top of the 10th when Matt Holliday came to the plate but he hit a grand slam off Curtis Partch to truly ice the game. J.J. Hoover was charged with six of the seven…

  11. Tigers bang out 17 runs, 21 hits in rout of Astros

    May 4, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera walks back to the dugout after being called out on strikes to give the San Francisco Giants the World Series during Game 4 of the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit

    This is going to dent the ol’ run differential. The Astros entered the night having allowed 51 more runs than they have scored, among the worst in baseball along with the Blue Jays and Marlins. The Astros are comfortably in first place in that department after getting pummeled by the Detroit Tigers 17-2 tonight, bumping…

  12. Following four-game sweep, Astros send Brad Peacock to pen

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Brad Peacock

    Forced to try something new with their starters putting way too much pressure on their bullpen, the Astros dropped Brad Peacock from the rotation on Monday. No replacement was immediately announced by the team, which lost four straight in Boston this weekend to drop to 7-18. Peacock, who was part of the Jed Lowrie-Chris Carter…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  16. Astros sign left-hander Erik Bedard to minor league contract

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Bedard, who turns 34 in March, posted a 5.01 ERA and 118/56 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates. He actually pitched pretty well early on, compiling a…

  17. Astros claim RHP Philip Humber off waivers from White Sox

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Update: And the Astros have already signed Humber to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. No word on the terms yet, but a guarantee around $2 million seems likely. /// The White Sox were planning to non-tender Philip Humber before Friday’s deadline, but they went ahead and placed him on waivers beforehand,…

  18. Astros decide to use six-man rotation for remainder of year

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    dallas keuchel getty

    Following in the Marlins’ footsteps, the Astros have decided to go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. Houston made the change in order to get rookie Dallas Keuchel regular starts down the stretch alongside Jordan Lyles, Fernando Abad, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, and Edgar Gonzalez. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco told Zachary…

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

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Yankees Kuroda pitches to Rangers in MLB game in New York

    It was shutout Tuesday, apparently. Let’s tally the goose eggs: Yankees 3, Rangers 0: Hiroki Kuroda with the two-hit shutout. He was masterful, but man, there were a lot of ill-advised Texas swings in the parts of this one I watched. Either Kuroda had them more fooled than someone on the foolingest day of his life…

  20. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  21. 2012 midseason awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    If the NL is going to narrow the talent gap with the AL in the coming years, it doesn’t really show up here. Sure, there’s a likely superstar playing well in Bryce Harper, but the AL can seemingly cancel him out with Mike Trout, who is playing a whole lot better. Beyond Harper, it’s a…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  23. 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…

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