Kansas City Royals (12-24, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (21-14, first in the AL West)
Houston; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Danny Duffy (0-1, 3.27...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Martin Perez came to Minnesota for a fresh start, so what better time than to try a new pitch?
With a cut fastball successfully added to his arsenal, following a brief...
Houston Astros (18-12, first in the AL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (17-10, first in the AL Central)
Houston hosts Cleveland after Cole’s strong performance
Cleveland Indians (14-10, second in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (15-10, second in the AL West)
Houston; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.89...
Astros take on the Rangers in division matchup
Houston Astros (13-7, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (11-8, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.96...
Astros go after series sweep over Athletics
Houston Astros (12-5, first in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (10-10, fourth in the AL West)
Alex Bregman’s grand slam highlights Astros slugfest
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Collin McHugh has had a few close calls on the mound — nothing like this line drive he somehow dodged with an acrobatic maneuver that allowed the Astros to turn a nifty...
Houston Astros (11-5, first in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (10-9, fourth in the AL West)
Houston puts win streak on the line against New York
New York Yankees (5-6, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (7-5, second in the AL West)
Houston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: James Paxton (1-1, 4.09 ERA)...
Houston hosts Oakland for 2019 home opener
Oakland Athletics (6-4, third in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (2-5, fourth in the AL West)
Houston; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50 ERA)...
McHugh expected to start for Astros at Rays
Houston Astros (103-59, first in the AL West in 2018) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (90-72, third in the AL East in 2018)
Wade Miley, Astros agree to $4.5 million, 1-year deal
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros filled an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with 32-year-old left-hander Wade Miley.
Miley could earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses under the deal announced Friday: $100,000 each for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 starts, and $100,000 apiece for 25, 35, 45, 55 and 60 relief appearances.
Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole head a rotation also projected to include Collin McHugh and possibly Brad Peacock.
Astros agree to deals with 7 players, but not Cole or Correa
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, but star shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Gerrit Cole are not among them.
Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, made just $1 million last season. He asked for $5 million when swapping figures with the team, and the Astros offered $4.25 million. Cole, who made $6.75 million last year, asked for $13.5 million, and the team offered $11,425,000.
Rajai Davis cracks Indians’ roster for ALDS vs Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Rajai Davis is getting the chance to further his October legacy.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday the speedy outfielder will get his team's final spot on the 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros.
Davis was given the nod over backup infielder Erik Gonzalez. Davis cemented his place in October baseball lore with a tying home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series before Cleveland lost to the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings.
DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon didn't have to wait long for a shot at redemption.
The night after Blackmon made a costly error in center field, he hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies held the World Series champion Houston Astros to one hit at Coors Field in a 3-2 victory Wednesday.
Jon Gray pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for Colorado.
Bregman’s double runs Astros’ winning streak to 12
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman hit a game-ending two-run double with one out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Monday night to match a franchise record with their 12th straight win.
Houston trailed 4-0 after three innings but cut the lead to one entering the ninth.
Indians rally for wild 10-9 win over Astros
CLEVELAND (AP) — Greg Allen had one thought as he saw his teammates waiting for him at home plate.
"Just don't get too roughed up in there," he said. "It's something I'll remember forever. It's all still sinking in. It's pretty special."
Allen homered on Brad Peacock's first pitch in the 14th inning, and the Cleveland Indians stunned the Houston Astros 10-9 on Sunday.
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks' bullpen cart has finally made its maiden voyage.
Houston Astros reliever Collin McHugh became the first player to use Arizona's shiny new bullpen buggie in a regular-season game when he entered to pitch Saturday night.
The Diamondbacks have had the cart ready for use since opening day, but no reliever opted to take it over Arizona's first 17 home games.
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock got the pitch he was looking for, and while his game-winning hit wasn't a long line drive, it got the job done.
Pollock singled off the glove of third baseman Alex Bregman with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Saturday night to end their longest skid of the season at three.
Morton helps Astros beat Orioles 6-1 in home opener
HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton pitched six scoreless innings, Marwin Gonzalez homered and the Houston Astros unveiled their World Series banner before defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Monday night in their home opener.
Morton (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out six. The right-hander picked up where he left off after getting the final 12 outs in Game 7 against the Dodgers to help secure Houston's first championship.
Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8
PHOENIX (AP) — Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Minnesota's Kyle Gibson lost.
Decisions for all five pitchers had been held for simultaneous announcement to prevent any of the cases from being affected by the rulings.
Players have an 11-8 advantage over teams with three more cases possible. The 22 decisions would be the most since players went 14-10 in 1990.
McHugh, Garcia go to arbitration; Gausman settles
PHOENIX (AP) — Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, and Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia also went to a hearing.
McHugh asked for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million during Tuesday's hearing before arbitrators Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and Allen Ponak. Houston argued for a $4.55 million salary.
Mookie Betts, Red Sox argue 1st arbitration case of year
PHOENIX (AP) — Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox have argued the first salary arbitration case of the year, with the All-Star outfielder asking for a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million and the team offering $7.5 million.
Arbitrators Daniel Brent, Mark Burstein, Phillip LaPorte heard arguments Tuesday, and a decision is expected Wednesday.
Keuchel gets $13.2M deal from Astros after title
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros starter Dallas Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 million, one-year contract after helping lead Houston to its first World Series title, and designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis got a $6.7 million deal.
Pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. ($2.45 million) and Brad Peacock ($2.44 million) also agreed, when players and teams were set to swap proposed salaries in arbitration.
Gonzalez 4 hits, 3 RBIs in Astros’ 11-2 win at sinking Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Collin McHugh indicated he wasn't trying to hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch.
Gomez, his former Houston Astros teammate, felt otherwise.
The one certainty Monday night was that the AL West champion Astros won 11-2, clinching the season series over the Texas Rangers while delivering a virtual knockout blow to their in-state rival's chances of getting into the playoffs.
Altuve homers, Astros top White Sox 3-1 for 5th straight
HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh made his first start in 11 days and nailed it.
The right-hander pitched five steady innings in his return from a detached fingernail, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to five games Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Jose Altuve homered and Alex Bregman hit an RBI double for the AL West champions. McHugh (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts, an encouraging sign as the Astros prepare for the playoffs.
Astros top Rangers 5-1 in last game before return to Houston
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After a difficult three-game "home" series in front of sparse crowds 1,000 miles from their ballpark, the Houston Astros are heading back to their flood-ravaged city. And they're putting their inconvenience in perspective.
Jose Altuve homered, the Houston bullpen pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday in the last game before they return to Houston.
Davis hits HR, Astros score on wild pitch to beat Angels 2-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros found a way to win and showed the Los Angeles Angels why they have the best record in the American League despite their recent struggles.
Collin McHugh pitched six strong innings, rookie J.D. Davis homered, and George Springer scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to lead the Astros to a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night.
McHugh throws 6 innings in Astros’ 3-0 win over A’s
HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh earned his first win of the season Saturday night, but he was quick to give credit to his defense and the six double plays they turned.
McHugh threw six innings, Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single and the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0.
McHugh (1-2) gave up six hits and struck out three.
McHugh throws 6 innings in Astros’ 3-0 win over A’s
HOUSTON (AP) — Collin McHugh threw six innings, Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run single and the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Saturday night.
McHugh (1-2) gave up six hits and struck out three. McHugh, who missed the first 3 1/2 months with right shoulder tendinitis and a right elbow injury, has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his six starts this season.
HOUSTON (AP) — The AL West-leading Houston Astros have acquired lefty Francisco Liriano from the Toronto Blue Jays, adding him to a rotation that's been banged up this season.
The Astros traded outfielders Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez on Monday for Liriano.
The 33-year-old Liriano is 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA in 18 starts this season. He is expected to join the Astros on Tuesday.
Makeshift rotation tries to keep Astros afloat
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel isn't pitching for the Houston Astros right now.
Neither are Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh.
With four-fifths of their rotation on the disabled list, the first-place Astros are relying on two rookies, a second-year player, one who has bounced between the bullpen and starting and Mike Fiers, who was supposed to be their fifth starter, to keep the rotation afloat until the ailing starters return.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros placed right-hander Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list with a back problem on Monday, another blow to a rotation decimated by injuries.
His stint on the DL with discomfort in his lower back is retroactive to June 9. General manager Jeff Luhnow said the team doesn't expect it to lead to a "long absence" for McCullers but didn't specify a specific timetable for his return.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Houston Astros have placed right-hander Joe Musgrove on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort and recalled right-hander David Paulino to replace him in the rotation.
The Astros announced Tuesday that Paulino would start Wednesday at Minnesota for the major league leaders instead of Musgrove, who is 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA. Paulino, one of the organization's top prospects, was on his way from Triple-A Fresno.
Projected record: 92-70Projected run differential: +109Finally, we've reached what should be the best team in the AL. The Astros feature an excellent young core, led by Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer, with Alex Bregman appearing set to break out. Veterans Josh Reddick, Brian McCan, Carlos Beltran and Evan Gattis give the club a nice balance that is unmatched in the AL.The pitching staff might not be quite as impressive, especially considering how much Dallas Keuchel struggled in...
AP source: Marwin Gonzalez, Astros agree at $3,725,000
A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,725,000.
The deal includes a 2018 club option worth $5,125,000, the person told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.