HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't help but linger on a recent rocky outing against the Texas Rangers. It became fuel for the right-hander that ignited one of his best starts this...
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros star Jose Altuve has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring.
Manager AJ Hinch announced the move after an 11-4 win over Texas on Saturday...
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander continued his strong start to the season with arguably his best start of the year.
Verlander pitched one-hit ball for seven dominant innings, right fielder...
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros star Jose Altuve has been pulled from a game with left hamstring discomfort.
The second baseman left in the first inning Friday night against the Texas Rangers. Houston...
Cleveland chases series sweep over Astros
Cleveland Indians (15-10, second in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (15-11, second in the AL West)
Houston; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Shane Bieber (2-1, 3.47...
Stewart, Twins to take on Verlander, Astros on Wednesday
Minnesota Twins (13-8, first in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (14-9, second in the AL West)
Houston; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Minnesota will meet at Minute...
HOUSTON (AP) — After losing three straight games following tough first innings by his starters, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch thought his team was in for another long night on Tuesday after...
Minnesota Twins (12-7, first in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (13-8, second in the AL West)
Houston; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Twins: Jake Odorizzi (1-2, 4.77 ERA,...
Houston Astros (13-6, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (10-8, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Gerrit Cole (1-2, 3.24...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman homered on consecutive fastballs for the Houston Astros before the game's first out, giving Justin Verlander a three-run lead before he even...
Texas takes 4-game win streak into matchup with Houston
Houston Astros (12-6, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (10-7, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52...
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)
Houston Astros (11-5, first in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (10-9, fourth in the AL West)
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
STRINGS AND THINGS
All sorts of streaks are in play when the Astros wrap up their series at Seattle.
SEATTLE (AP) — At this rate, Jose Altuve is going to find himself invited to participate in the home run derby — no matter what he claims.
"I'm not the power hitter we all see right now, but...
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Altuve is as baffled as everyone else about his recent power surge.
Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit grand slams as the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-6 Friday...
Altuve powers Astros to first-ever sweep of Yankees
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Houston Astros completed their first sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday...
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HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.
His second shot was a no-doubter — just like the Houston Astros' status as a team to beat in the...
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch saw his team's at-bats improving as the game went along Tuesday night.
That seems to be happening a lot lately for a Houston squad that's heated up...
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit the ball a really long way. Carlos Correa did just the opposite to win the game for the Houston Astros.
Altuve homered to the train tracks above left field to...
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros are a deep, veteran team, making it tough for bench players like Tony Kemp and Aledmys Diaz to get onto the field.
That pair was ready Sunday, sparking Houston to a...
Verlander outpitches Snell, Astros cruise past Rays 5-1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander relished facing Blake Snell on opening day.
"I don't try to hide behind the this-is-just-another-start anymore," the Houston ace said.
American League West capsules
Capsules of American League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Astros set to contend for another title
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros entered last season looking to defend the title after winning their first World Series in 2017.
Being eliminated in the ALCS by the Boston Red Sox has done...
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Ryan Pressly remembered joining the Houston Astros and meeting Jose Altuve.
"The second I walked through the front door, Altuve gave me a big hug...
Altuve returns to Astros, works on turning double plays
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Now that Jose Altuve is back playing Grapefruit League games, Houston manager A.J. Hinch wants the 2017 AL MVP to see if he can improve the way he turns double...
Altuve plays 2nd spring training game at DH, to play 2B next
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Altuve struck out three times in his second game since offseason knee surgery and will return to second base for the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Verlander, Syndergaard sharp in early, brief pitchers’ duel
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A brief high velocity matchup between Houston's Justin Verlander and the New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard overshadowed Jose Altuve's first spring training appearance...
No Morton, no Keuchel as Astros head to spring training
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros are not short on confidence heading to spring training, not after winning 103 games and with most of their roster intact from last year's run to the AL Championship Series.
"I love this team," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "And when we show up next week if this is the roster we have, we've got a really good chance of accomplishing our goals this year."
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has right knee surgery
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had surgery on his right knee, one day after Houston was eliminated by Boston in the AL Championship Series.
Altuve was the AL MVP in 2017, when he hit a major league-leading .346 with 24 homers and 81 RBIs as the Astros won their first World Series title.
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, done after losing four straight to the Red Sox to end their bid to repeat as champions.
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 drove in two runs in Game 4. It was the first multi-hit game this postseason for Correa, the shortstop who has struggled with back problems for months.
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.
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 combined in the first three games of this series. Hinch made the change with the Astros trailing 2-1 going into Wednesday's matchup.
Altuve is Astros DH vs. Red Sox in ALCS Game 3
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.
Red Sox hope to home-field advantage makes difference
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox hope home-field advantage makes a difference after consecutive Division Series eliminations.
Boston began the postseason 0-2 on the road at Cleveland in 2016 and again at Houston last year.
A capsule look at the Astros-Red Sox playoff series
A look at the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Saturday, at Boston, 8:09 p.m.; Game 2, Sunday, at Boston, 7:09 p.m.; Game 3, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Houston, 5:09 p.m.; Game 4, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Houston, 8:39 p.m.; x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 18, at Houston, 8:09 p.m.; x-Game 6, Saturday, Oct. 20, at Boston, 5:09 p.m.; x-Game 7, Sunday, Oct. 21, at Boston, 7:39 p.m. (All games on TBS).
Springer, Astros hit 4 HRs, down Indians 7-2 in ALDS opener
HOUSTON (AP) — It's October and George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are all hitting home runs once again, helping the Houston Astros to a postseason win.
A year after launching a World Series-record 15 homers in winning their first championship, the Astros picked up right where they left off, hitting four home runs to power past the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Friday in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
Another term: Judge has MLB’s top selling jersey again
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge again has baseball's most popular jersey.
MLB says the Yankee slugger's No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season. Judge beat out 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, who will be trying to repeat as a World Series champion with the Houston Astros next month.
Judge and the Yankees will face Oakland in the AL wild-card game Wednesday. Teammate Giancarlo Stanton was ninth in jersey sales in his first season with New York.
Astros rally for 9 runs in 8th, beats Angels 10-5
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch said the top of the eighth inning on Saturday night was one of the ugliest innings the Astros have had all season.
The bottom half of the inning was easily one of the team's best innings of the year.
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six dominant innings, Jose Altuve capped a nine-run eighth with a two-run homer, and the Houston Astros rallied for a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4
DETROIT (AP) — For five innings, the Houston Astros were one pitch away from blowing an important game.
Their relievers never gave the Tigers that pitch.
Five Houston relievers threw shutout innings, and the Astros' three early homers held up in a 5-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night.
"None of those guys had a margin for error," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.
Houston maintained a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.
Bregman, Gurriel, Astros beat Twins 5-2 for 4th win in row
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman knows he doesn't have to do too much in a Houston Astros lineup that also features George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.
And that, he says, is what has allowed him to put together the best year of his young career.
Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Champion Astros extend manager Hinch’s contract through 2022
HOUSTON (AP) — That new contract A.J. Hinch got from the Houston Astros also came with a huge set of expectations.
"When I hired A.J., at the press conference, I said, 'A.J.'s going to be our manager when we win the first World Series for Houston,'" general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday.
"I'm now telling you that A.J. is going to be the manager when we win the second and hopefully the third World Series for Houston," he said.
Bregman powers Astros to 6th straight win, 11-4 over A’s
HOUSTON (AP) — With their lineup at full strength for the first time in more than two months, the Houston Astros put on an offensive show against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
"When we're healthy, we're the best team in baseball," third baseman Alex Bregman said.
Gonzalez homers again as surging Astros beat Angels 8-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez was at his best again, homering for the eighth time this month. Justin Verlander didn't have his best stuff, but he did just enough.
Gonzalez and Verlander proved to be a winning combination as they led the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Gonzalez hits grand slam, Keuchel solid in Astros’ win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros insist the AL West is the premier division in baseball. They're doing their part to show it, too.
Marwin Gonzalez hit a grand slam and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa also homered to lead the Astros to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Dallas Keuchel (10-10) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking two.
LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Miami, Altuve off the DL
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
SOUTH BEACH STANTON
Giancarlo Stanton returns to Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded him to the New York Yankees in December. Stanton spent his first eight years with the Marlins and was the NL MVP last season when he hit 59 home runs.
Stanton went 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in mid-April when the Marlins visited Yankee Stadium. The slugger has 32 homers this year and 299 in his career going into this two-game series.
Athletics beat Astros 7-1 to move into tie for AL West lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.
LEADING OFF: Acuna’s instant pop, Astros skid, Paxton struck
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. has homered five games in a row — at 20, he's the youngest major leaguer to do that. He's also hit leadoff home runs in three straight, connecting the last two days on the first pitch Miami threw.
Acuna later added his 19th homer with a three-run drive in the seventh inning Tuesday night.