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...
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...
Haniger and Mariners host division-rival Astros
Houston Astros (9-5, second in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (13-3, first in the AL West)
Seattle; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.24 ERA)...
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...
Tanaka, Yankees to face Verlander, Astros
New York Yankees (5-4, second in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (5-5, second in the AL West)
Houston; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.46 ERA)...
Miller scheduled to start as Texas hosts Houston
Houston Astros (2-3, fourth in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (2-2, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (1-0, 1.29...
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.
Snell vs. Verlander in rare opening day pitching matchup
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The more Blake Snell thinks about beginning the season against Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros, the more excited Tampa Bay's ace gets about a rare opening day...
Tampa Bay opens 2019 campaign against Houston
Houston Astros (103-59, first in the AL West in 2018) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (90-72, third in the AL East in 2018)
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander has the fourth-highest average salary in the major leagues in his $94 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros.
Verlander says Astros better situation than free agency
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander thinks the free-agent process is broken. Still, he says that's not why he decided to sign a new deal with the Houston Astros rather than test the...
Indians tab Kluber for 5th straight opening-day start
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Kluber will start on opening day for the Cleveland Indians for the fifth consecutive season, matching a franchise record.
AP source: Verlander, Astros to add $66M for 2020, ’21
Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed to a contract adding an additional $66 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and '21, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The...
American League West capsules
Capsules of American League West teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Correction: Verlander Upton Dogs story
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 20 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Verlander and Upton got their dogs from the Houston ASPCA. It should be the Houston...
- The Spokesman-ReviewOut of Right Field: Daniel Vogelbach and Mariners have mojo working so farApril 14, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewOut of right field: Daniel Vogelbach and Mariners have mojo working so farApril 14, 2019
- Houston ChronicleOn deck: Astros at Seattle MarinersApril 11, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterpriseBoston's Sale: 'The Best Possible Deal Wasn't the Most Money'March 23, 2019
- The SunCy Young Winners: DeGrom, SnellNovember 15, 2018
Working quickly, Astros’ Wade Miley embraces craftiness
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For much of his career, Houston Astros pitcher Wade Miley tried to avoid the backhanded compliment he now is grudgingly willing to embrace.
Verlander ready for more free agent signings
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander wants to see the remaining free agents find jobs.
While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado reached big-money deals, Verlander's former...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka got along just fine with baseball's new 20-second pitch clock in his first spring training start.
Tanaka not in favor of MLB using 20-second pitch clock
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka, among the most unhurried starters in the major leagues, does not support a 20-second pitch clock.
"As players, we have to go by the rules so we do that,"...
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...
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 stake — on all sides — to let that happen.
Nationals’ Scherzer, Astros’ Verlander concerned about game
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two more aces are expressing concern about how major league teams are playing their cards.
Washington right-hander Max Scherzer said Thursday there are too many teams trying not to win, and all the rebuilding "poisons the game." Houston star Justin Verlander, a former teammate of Scherzer with Detroit, thinks the current economic approach pursued by some teams will continue to drive away fans.
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."
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.
Mets reliever: Many teams would rather make money than win
NEW YORK (AP) — After finalizing a $10 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, reliever Justin Wilson concluded that the number of teams not pursuing free agents has damaged the market.
Mets’ deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL
NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.
The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.
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 Nov. 7. The site features a black-and-white photo of an infant with her hand to her mouth.
Further details about the baby and where the child was born weren't released.
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.
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 five games.
Verlander y Astros no logran repetir historia triunfal
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander y los Astros no consiguieron avanzar a otra Serie Mundial.
Un año después de que Houston conquistó su primer título del Clásico de Otoño en los 56 años de historia del equipo, Verlander tuvo una actuación inusitadamente inestable en un juego de vida o muerte, y los Astros perdieron en cinco juegos la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana ante los Medias Rojas de Boston.
Cole struggles in 2nd playoff start with Astros
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 in his first career appearance in the AL Championship Series, losing 7-5 to the Red Sox in Game 2 on Sunday.
Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS
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.
LEADING OFF: Red Sox seek to clean things up vs Astros
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
The Red Sox send David Price to the mound for Game 2 of their AL Championship Series against Houston hoping for a bounce-back performance from the entire club. Price hasn't pitched since allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings in a Game 2 Division Series loss to the Yankees. That dropped him to 0-9 in 10 career postseason starts, the longest such skid in major league playoff history.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected from Game 1 of ALCS
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been ejected from Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros for arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning that ended Boston's first rally of the game.
LEADING OFF: Verlander-Sale in ALCS, Brews try for 2-0 lead
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 Series. They started opposite each other in the opener, then both worked in relief during the middle innings of Game 4.
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 into an MVP candidate who helped Boston win a franchise-record 108 games and reach the AL Championship Series against his former team.
October staffing: Sale, Kershaw, aces become bullpen aces
Chris Sale is all set to start Game 1 at Fenway Park. If the Boston Red Sox later need him for middle relief, he's ready. Or a setup spot, sure.
"I mean, it's postseason baseball. You have to be prepared for anything," the All-Star lefty said.
Especially when it comes to pitching, particularly after seeing the likes of Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and other All-Star aces working in unusual roles during recent Octobers.
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.
October orbit: Astros advance with 11-3 win, sweep Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates sprayed each other with champagne and beer in Houston's buzzing clubhouse, ace Justin Verlander stayed clear of the fray and foam while enjoying a cigar.
This wasn't the time to get soaked. Bigger parties lie ahead.
Indians ‘breathing’ and tweak lineup for Game 3 of ALDS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona found a simple way to sum up his team's tenuous state this October.
And he channeled Yogi Berra to do it.
"As long as we're still breathing, we're still breathing," Francona said before Monday's critical Game 3 against the Houston Astros. "We just don't have a lot of margin for error."
LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Yankees all even, Astros try for sweep
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Luis Severino starts for the Yankees when they host Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. They're 1-all going into the first playoff game between the teams in the Bronx since the Red Sox finished off a comeback from an 0-3 deficit in the 2004 ALCS at the old Yankee Stadium.
Gonzalez, Bregman lift Astros over Indians for 2-0 ALDS lead
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have been even more brilliant in the playoffs, keeping Cleveland's powerful offense in check to give the Houston Astros a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.
Cole struck out 12 and walked none, combining with two relievers on Houston's second straight three-hitter in a 3-1 victory Saturday.
LEADING OFF: Astros, Indians buck opener trend; Yanks-Sox
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
NO OPENERS NEEDED
Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber will start the AL Division Series between the Astros and Indians at Minute Maid Park in a matchup that figures to buck the October trend of bullpen "openers."
Verlander, a 14-year veteran, believes the AL West champion Astros and AL Central champion Indians have the top two rotations in the AL. He thinks the performance of each team's starters will be paramount to success.
In October of openers, Indians and Astros will ride starters
HOUSTON (AP) — This postseason may be best remembered for its bullpen openers. Just not in the AL Division Series between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians.
Relief pitchers are covering entire games for other championship contenders this October, but the Astros and Indians are ready to roll old school, starting with Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber facing off in Game 1 on Friday.
Ready for redemption, Indians eyeing title this October
CLEVELAND (AP) — There was new postseason gear awaiting the Indians when they arrived at Progressive Field for an intra-squad scrimmage, one of their last workouts before things get very real.
The fresh swag included blue-and-red T-shirts emblazoned with "October Ready."
Verlander helps Astros roll to doubleheader sweep of Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros will head into the playoffs coming off the best regular season in franchise history and with an ageless right-hander who's gunning for his second AL Cy Young Award.
Justin Verlander struck out 10 in the opener of a doubleheader, and the Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday before completing a sweep with a 5-2 victory.
The twin wins gave Houston a franchise-record 103 for the season, surpassing the record set by the 1998 club.
Astros-Orioles MLB’s 54th ppd of year, most since ’89
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros aren't going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.
Houston's game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
The 54 postponements in the major leagues this year are the most since 58 in 1989, the commissioner's office said.