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Local ratings for the Houston Astros are building by the month. In other news, ESPN scored its second-largest Wednesday Night Baseball audience of the season, and NBC tied the season’s third-highest Xfinity Series overnight. Astros Ratings Rising By the Month Through Thursday, Root Sports Houston has averaged a 2.4 rating for Astros Major League Baseball [...]
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Houston Astros cancel Taylor Swift on would-be playoff date; "in thick" of Cole Hamels talks

View image | In the 2008 World Series, Taylor Swift sang the national anthem at Citizens Bank Park before her hometown team and Cole Hamels. The Houston Astros in 2015 find themselves in the thick of Taylor Swift, Cole Hamels, and the playoffs. That is because the Astros are...
Via Philliedelphia
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Taylor Swift concert date changed in case Astros make playoffs

Today, I offer a mea culpa to the Houston Astros. Roughly two months after the 2014 MLB season ended, I found it downright hilarious that the Astros had booked a Taylor Swift concert at Minute Maid Park on a date that would fall in the middle of the MLB playoffs. The tentative date for the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

The Houston Astros have not only surprised the rest of the baseball world with their arguably improbable run to the playoffs this season: They may have even surprised themselves. How else can it be explained that the team allowed a Taylor Swift concert to be scheduled at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 13, smack dab...Read More The post Astros’ playoffs push prompts rescheduling of Taylor...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
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Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker -- Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
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Astros great Biggio inducted into Hall of Fame

Twenty seasons with the Houston Astros brought Craig Biggio the ultimate honor Sunday afternoon as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  With 45,000 fans attending the ceremony in Cooperstown, New York - many of whom were wearing No. 7 Astros jerseys - Biggio became the first Houston major-leaguer to achieve baseball's top honor, entering the Hall along with pitching...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
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Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Makes Incredible Play to Send Game to Extra Innings

The Houston Astros have a good one in short stop Carlos Correa. They know it, the players know it, the fans know it, and whenever it comes time to negotiate a contract extension there are bound to be plenty of teams willing to show how much they know it (if the Astros don't). He showed off his value to the team with another tremendous play Saturday night against the Royals.With the...
Via FatManWriting
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The Houston Astros’ streaky season still in full flow

The Houston Astros limped into the all-star break on a six-game losing skid, having lost eight of their last nine overall.  They had fallen behind the surging Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League West.  Some were wondering if their season could be in jeopardy. But the team has come out of the break on a high, going 6-1 after Friday’s 4-0 win on the road against...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
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Scott Kazmir Pitches Well in Debut With Houston Astros

When it comes to the Houston Astros most would say that for the team to be truly competitive down the stretch they needed to improve their starting pitching rotation. The team must have thought so as well so it acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for a pair of prospects, catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden. So--was it worth it?That question...
Via FatManWriting
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Too Hot to Handle: Royals Drop Opener to Astros and Dominant Kazmir

In Friday’s series opener with the surprising Houston Astros, there was really only one main story: the debut of Scott Kazmir. The newly acquired Astros pitcher was brilliant, throwing seven strong innings, giving up only three singles along the way. The Royals simply could not get anything going against the veteran left-hander, as he lowered his ERA to a sterling 2.24 on the...
Via Royals Blue
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Craig Biggio compares himself to Mike Trout

Craig Biggio thinks pretty highly of himself, even for a guy who’s about to be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Houston Astros and 7-time All-Star is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. He was asked some questions on Twitter Friday as part of MLB’s “HOF Lounge,” including one from a person...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Scott Kazmir, Dallas Keuchel exchange tweets after trade

Scott Kazmir on Thursday was acquired by the Houston Astros a week ahead of the trade deadline, and he’s already been welcomed by one of his newest teammates. Dallas Keuchel, who is one of two lefties on the team and the only southpaw in the starting rotation, was happy to have another lefty on the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Analysis: A’s, Astros open market with Scott Kazmir trade

The A’s figured 2015 would be a competitive year, and though there have been plenty of encouraging signs, at some point there’s just not enough time left to expect bad luck to reverse itself. The Astros, meanwhile, figured 2015 would be a competitive year, but maybe not this much of a competitive year, so they […]
Via Fangraphs
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Athletics trade Scott Kazmir to Astros

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane isn’t afraid to make some bold moves. In some cases, these moves have included sending a star player to a division rival. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday. Seemingly out of contention in the American League West, the A’s have traded starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for two minor league prospects. ...
Via Sportsnaut
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Houston Astros show little contact but major pop

The Houston Astros have found a way to remedy bad hitting. They use good hitting. The Astros have a team batting average of .242 this season, that is 24th in the Major Leagues this year, just .007 points away from the New York Mets (.235) who sit in last place in the MLB in the category. Not only is the team batting average low, but the Astros also lead the Major Leagues in strikeouts...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros looking for hitter in addition to established starter

On Tuesday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow revealed a bit more about his club's hopes for the non-waiver trading deadline coming up on July 31. As he told Brian McTaggart of for McTaggart's Tag Lines blog, the Astros have 'opened up a lot more conversations' about potentially adding another offensive weapon to their lineup. This comes after the club is already...
Via Fox Sports
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Finally: Astros' Lowrie set for rehab stint with Double-A Corpus Christi

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has been out of action for the Houston Astros since late April after tearing a ligament in his thumb. Though his absence facilitated the debut and subsequent blazing-hot start of rookie Carlos Correa, the Astros have been patiently waiting for Lowrie's return since he went under the knife in early May.  On Tuesday, it was announced that Lowrie will officially...
Via Fox Sports
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Astros GM: Name of David Price’s dog could be ‘a sign of things to come’

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made an interesting observation when he coyly hinted during a radio interview that the team may not only pursue David Price, but that the team may have an inside track on the superstar starting pitcher. Reports indicate that the Detroit Tigers, after reading the writing on the wall, have...Read More The post Astros GM: Name of David Price’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance McCullers Jr. is Making a Name for Himself

HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 29: Lance McCullers #43 of the Houston Astros throws in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Whenever there is a player who is the son of a former major leaguer, it is always tough for them to get out from underneath the shadow of their father, no matter how...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ biggest needs at the trade deadline

Raise your hand if you pegged the Houston Astros as playoff contenders before the season started. Liar! No one could have seen this coming but the Astros are in a tie for the top Wild Card spot as of this writing. They’re just two games back of the division leading Angels and seven games ahead of the third place Rangers. This puts the Astros in a position they’ve not been...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: Johnny Cueto edition

The Houston Astros are one of the surprise teams this year, but without an acquisition of significant proportion they will be a one and done team in the playoffs if they make it. The team cannot hit to save their lives, and they only have one great pitcher. The Astros are hitting .241 as a team and have amassed 857 strikeouts, but they have belted 128 home runs. They are a prototypical...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Houston Astros Ongoing Pleasure Event

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros Maintain Their Success in the Second Half of the Season?

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: American League All-Star Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch in the first inning against the National League during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) From 2011-2013 the Houston Astros were just a miserable team. They racked losses at a rate...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Jed Lowrie is progressing

The Houston Astros held a lead in the American League West division for most of the first half of the 2015 season. However, coming out of the All-Star break, the Astros’ find themselves 0.5 games back from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Astros went 2-8 (currently on a six game losing streak) in the final 10 games of the unofficial first half, while the Angels took a 7...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a wonderful catch on Sunday to rob Brock Holt of extra bases, and earned himself a face full of Green Monster (phrasing…) for his troubles. This was actually the second great defensive play of the game by Marisnick, following a laser beam throw to third base in the second inning. Houston took the lead in the top of the seventh...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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