Biggio hopes tension doesn’t lead to work stoppage
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Famer Craig Biggio hopes increased labor tension doesn’t lead to Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in a quarter century.
Column: Stars missing, but baseball will avoid labor strife
Spring training has started, yet two of baseball’s biggest stars, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are sitting at home.
For those who think this is a strong indication that the national pastime is headed toward another paralyzing labor dispute, do not fret.
There’s too much money at ...
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Osuna will close for the Houston Astros.
“I can pretend and create some false competition, and that doesn’t gain any credibility,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Transparency goes a long way, and maybe the closer question can be put to rest.”
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone to arbitration with the Houston Astros, asking to be given $13.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $11,425,000.
Cole made $6.75 million last year, when he earned his second All-Star selection and went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA. He ...
A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: AJ Hinch (fifth season).
2018: 103-59, ...
Correa, Pham both win arbitration cases, players lead 3-1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham have won their salary arbitration cases.
The decisions Tuesday gave players a 3-1 lead over teams in cases this winter.
Correa was awarded a $5 million salary, rather than the $4.25 ...
Devenski, Astros agree to 1-year deal for $1,525,000
HOUSTON (AP) — Reliever Chris Devenski and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000.
The deal contains a $2,625,000 team option for 2020, and the option price could escalate based on games in 2019: $2,725,000 for 50, $2,825,000 for ...
Wade Miley & Will Harris together again with Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Asked what attracted him to the Houston Astros, Wade Miley responded with a laugh and said: “Will Harris.”
The pair played together for Arizona in 2013 and 2014 and lived together on multiple occasions. They come small Louisiana towns north of New Orleans, about an hour ...
Astros outfielder has Spider-Man-themed Georgia wedding
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — You didn’t need much of a Spidey sense at Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick’s wedding to realize that the ballplayer has an affinity for a certain web-slinging superhero.
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 ...
Michael Brantley, Astros finalize $32M, 2-year contract
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have long admired Michael Brantley’s game from afar.
They’re ready to appreciate it up close.
The Astros finalized a $32 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston.
“We like everything ...
AP source: Astros agree to 2-year deal with Michael Brantley
HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday night because the club has not yet announced the ...
Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Venezuelans waited in line outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.
The corpse of Castillo was ...
Former NASA engineer Mejdal leaves Astros for Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — New Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias called upon a familiar face to help rebuild the club, hiring former NASA engineer Sig Mejdal from the Houston Astros to be assistant general manager for analytics.
Mejdal will report to Elias and will oversee all aspects of ...
Orioles new GM Elias begins rebuild of worst team in majors
BALTIMORE (AP) — New Orioles general manager Mike Elias spoke excitedly Monday about rebuilding the worst team in the majors by drafting wisely, stocking the farm system and delving deep into the International market.
After finishing 47-115 this year, the Orioles essentially will start ...
Astros get infielder Aledmys Diaz from Jays for pitcher
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have acquired infielder Aledmys Diaz from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitcher Trent Thornton.
The trade was announced by both teams Saturday.
The 28-year-old Diaz hit .263 with 26 doubles and a career-high 18 home runs in 130 games with ...
Keuchel declines Houston’s 1-year qualifying offer
HOUSTON (AP) — Starter Dallas Keuchel has declined the one-year qualifying offer the Houston Astros offered him.
Keuchel could still sign with the Astros, but if he signs with another team before next year’s draft the Astros will receive a compensation draft pick in the 2019 ...
It’s a girl for model Kate Upton, Astro Justin Verlander
HOUSTON (AP) — It’s a girl for supermodel Kate Upton and her husband Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.
Upton used her Instagram site to announce the birth of the couple’s first child — Genevieve Upton Verlander — and the date ...
McCullers to miss 2019 season following Tommy John surgery
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will miss all of next season following Tommy John surgery.
Houston announced McCullers had the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow repaired Tuesday.
The 25-year-old was 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 22 starts ...
Astros decline $15 million option on McCann’s contract
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have declined their $15 million club option for 2019 on catcher Brian McCann.
McCann spent the last two seasons with Houston Astros after a trade from the New York Yankees in November 2016. McCann made $17 million last season in the final guaranteed year of a ...
World Series 4th-least-watched, averaging 14.1M viewers
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston’s five-game World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers averaged 14,125,000 viewers on Fox, down 25 percent from last year and the fourth-lowest ever.
The Series featuring a pair of large-market teams averaged an 8.3 rating and 17 share, Nielsen said Tuesday. ...
Dodgers fans face familiar feelings with World Series loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another year, another World Series celebration at Dodger Stadium by a team that wasn’t the Dodgers.
It was almost too much to take for Los Angeles fans who watched the Boston Red Sox take the series in five games Sunday by winning 5-1, the same score of the Houston ...
The Latest: World Series sorrow returns for Dodgers fans
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Los Angeles Dodgers fans reactions to the World Series (all times local):
For the second straight year, Los Angeles Dodgers fans had to watch another team celebrate a World Series victory on their home field.
The Dodgers lost the ...
Cora has put players 1st during Red Sox run to World Series
BOSTON (AP) — When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.
It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League ...
Aching Astros miss chance to repeat after ALCS defeat
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros entered the AL Championship Series aching.
Jose Altuve was playing on just one good knee, Carlos Correa’s back was never right and Lance McCullers was pitching through an injury that will likely require surgery.
Now the Astros are hurting even worse, ...
New technology only adds to baseball’s culture of paranoia
It probably felt like a cutting-edge caper at the time: The New York Giants, using an elaborate spyglass-and-buzzer system, would have the opposing team’s signs relayed from their center-field clubhouse at the Polo Grounds to the bullpen and then to the batter, passing along valuable information ...
Red Sox sail into World Series, set for ace Sale’s return
HOUSTON (AP) — David Price, at last, looked like a postseason ace. Craig Kimbrel pitched a lockdown inning. And much-maligned Jackie Bradley Jr. became an MVP.
Most everything went right for the Red Sox as they sailed into the World Series. Now the big question for Boston: Is everything ...
Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series
HOUSTON (AP) — What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He’s taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.
David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship ...
Verlander, Astros can’t soar into another World Series.
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros couldn’t soar into another World Series.
A year after Houston won the first title in the team’s 56 seasons, Verlander had a rare off night in an elimination game and the Astros lost the AL Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox in ...
Astros move Correa into cleanup spot for ALCS Game 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa has been moved from seventh to fourth in the Houston Astros’ batting order for Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Astros manager AJ Hinch made the switch for his team’s must-win game Thursday night after Correa had three hits and ...
Benintendi, Red Sox hold off Astros 8-6 for 3-1 ALCS lead
HOUSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi charged in hard and left his feet.
Make the catch, Boston wins.
If not ... no telling.
On this night, though, even a ball the Red Sox didn’t grab went their way.
Benintendi made a
Fan interferes on possible Altuve HR in Astros 8-6 ALCS loss
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve was sure he’d hit a tying home run for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. He thought it was a double, at least, when he watched the ball ricochet back onto the field.
Then, he saw the signal: He was out, and couldn’t believe it.
MLB says Astros doing surveillance, not spying in dugouts
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Houston Astros didn’t cheat. They didn’t want to get cheated.
That’s their story, and Major League Baseball agrees.
Following an investigation into two incidents this postseason, MLB said that the defending World Series champions were conducting surveillance — ...
The Latest: Hinch: Sign-stealing ‘bigger than 1 team or 2’
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on an MLB investigation of an Astros employee seen taking photos or video near Cleveland’s dugout (all times local):
Dave Dombrowski doesn’t believe a person associated with the Houston Astros was trying to steal signs when he was removed from a ...
Houston 3B Bregman moves to leadoff spot for Game 4 of ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman is in the leadoff spot for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox after batting third in the team’s first six playoff games.
Houston manager AJ Hinch made the change after the Red Sox walked Bregman seven times ...
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
SPYGATE, THE SEQUEL
The Houston Astros might find themselves defending more than their World Series title. The champions are under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about a man associated with ...
AP source: Indians complain to MLB about Astros filming
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Houston Astros may be defending more than their World Series title.
The champions are under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about a man associated with Houston attempting to film in the Indians’ dugout during Game 3 of the AL ...
Bradley’s slam helps Red Sox beat Astros 8-2 in ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t let his demeanor change this season, even as fans begged Boston to trade him during a miserable first-half slump.
Stayed steady after the biggest swing of his career, too.
Bradley belted a grand slam for his second big hit in the AL ...
HOUSTON (AP) — Six-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is a designated hitter for the Houston Astros in the playoffs for the first time.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has Altuve as the DH for Game 3 of the American League ...
Bregman trolls Eovaldi, Hinch says “back it up” in ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros are brimming with confidence, even after a Game 2 AL Championship Series defeat to the Boston Red Sox.
For proof, just see Bregman’s social media feed.
Hours after Boston beat Houston 7-5 to even the best-of-seven series at a game ...
Price, Red Sox bounce back, beat Astros 7-5, tie ALCS 1-1
BOSTON (AP) — David Price went home a winner in a postseason start for the first time in his career.
That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about.
“This is bigger than David Price,” he said on Sunday night. “This isn’t about me. This is about the Boston Red Sox.”
Price was ...
BOSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole struggled at the beginning of his second playoff start with the Houston Astros.
By the time he recovered, it was too late. Boston was well on its way to a big win.
Cole’s electric fastball was lined all over Fenway Park and he also committed a costly error ...
Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS vs Astros
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has shuffled his lineup for Game 2 against the Houston Astros, putting infielders Ian Kinsler and Rafael Devers and catcher Christian Vazquez in the starting lineup for the first time in the AL Championship Series.
Devers was batting sixth and ...
BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate.
Verlander recovered quickly.
Sale never did.
After walking in one run and giving up ...
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
Justin Verlander and the World Series champion Houston Astros face Red Sox lefty Chris Sale in a marquee matchup to start the AL Championship Series at Fenway Park.
The All-Stars met twice last year in AL Division ...
George H.W. Bush returns to Texas after summer in Maine
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is back in Texas after spending the summer in Maine.
Spokesman Jim McGrath said in a tweet Bush returned Friday to Houston.
The nation’s 41st president spends his summers at his family’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
McGrath said ...
JD Martinez holds no grudge against Astros, who released him
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez wants to thank the Houston Astros — not get back at them — for releasing him when he was struggling to make himself into a star.
The Red Sox slugger credits his growing pains in Houston for teaching him “how to fail,” a lesson he credits with transforming him ...
Astros bulk up with pitchers for ALCS against Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has added pitchers Hector Rondon and Joe Smith and to the roster for the AL Championship Series against Boston.
Outfielder Myles Straw and reliever Will Harris will not be active for the best-of-seven series that begins Saturday night at ...