Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

Right-hander allows three hits over six-plus in win over Twins

Fiers benefits from extra rest in no-no follow-up

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers tried out his best Johnny Vander Meer impression on Saturday, but it only lasted three innings.

Fiers, who tossed a no-hitter in his last start against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, held the Twins hitless until the fourth, when Joe Mauer ended the right-hander's attempt to become the second pitcher to throw two consecutive no-hitters during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

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Springer singles, 'shakes off cobwebs' in rehab assignment

Springer singles, 'shakes off cobwebs' in rehab assignment

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- George Springer returned to Double-A baseball to a hero's welcome Saturday night, going a quiet 1-for-4 with a run scored in a rehab assignment at Whataburger Field.

Wearing the home whites of the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A Astros) for the first time since his midseason promotion in 2013 -- when he was named the Texas League Player of the Year and All-Star Game MVP -- the Houston outfielder received an ovation from the crowd of 6,077 as he walked to the plate in the first.

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Astros ride 3-run 4th in Fiers' strong encore

Astros ride 3-run 4th in Fiers' strong encore

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Fiers couldn't replicate the no-hitter from his previous outing, but tossed six-plus innings of three-hit ball to lead the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Target Field.

Fiers, who threw a 134-pitch no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, was given extra rest and looked sharp against Minnesota. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and three walks to improve to 2-0 with 2.25 ERA in five appearances with Houston since being traded from Milwaukee. But he left after taking a comebacker from Eddie Rosario off his hand in the seventh after hitting Trevor Plouffe with a pitch -- a non-factor in his exit, he said, as he was unhurt and already at 98 pitches.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros being careful with Correa's injury

Rookie shortstop misses third straight game with sore left hamstring

Astros being careful with Correa's injury

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Astros in the middle of a playoff race, playing without Carlos Correa for a few games isn't ideal. But that pales in comparison to losing him for even longer, prompting the team to be extra cautious with the rookie shortstop.

Correa was out of the lineup for his third consecutive game on Saturday with a sore left hamstring, but he had a chance to test it and run on the field pregame, which he didn't do Friday.

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Castro placed on DL, Stassi called up

Catcher out with quad strain suffered during Friday's loss to Twins

Castro placed on DL, Stassi called up

MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Max Stassi would have been on his way to rejoin the Astros early next week from Triple-A Fresno when rosters expanded. But with catcher Jason Castro suffering a right quad strain in Friday night's game, Stassi got the call a few days earlier. Stassi made his way to Minneapolis in time to suit up for Saturday's game against the Twins, though he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Castro has been getting treatment since Friday, but said his quad is still sore, which was to be expected. With an already short bench, placing him on the 15-day disabled list became the team's most logical option.

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Bregman collects four hits, Reed leads Minors in homers

Astros No. 1 prospect records his first four-hit game, No. 5 prospect grabs the Minor League home run lead

Bregman collects four hits, Reed leads Minors in homers

A.J. Reed is back in front.

The Astros' No. 5 prospect (No. 99 overall) crushed his 31st home run of the season during Double-A Corpus Christi's 17-6 blowout win over Midland. In the lineup as the designated hitter, he finished 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs, boosting his line to .352/.419/.576 since joining the Hooks on July 12.

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Kazmir solid, but Astros get blanked by Twins

Kazmir solid, but Astros get blanked by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson tossed 5 1/3 innings to get his first win since July 12 while helping the Twins earn a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Friday night at Target Field.

The Twins have won seven of eight and remain a half-game behind the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card spot, while the Astros remain five games ahead of the Angels in the AL West.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kazmir's control problems prove costly in 4th

Kazmir's control problems prove costly in 4th

MINNEAPOLIS -- Astros starter Scott Kazmir retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced on Friday night. And then, the lefty unraveled for an inning.

Kazmir lost his control in the fourth and though he eventually regained it, the damage had been done in a 3-0 loss to the Twins.

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Lighting rod: Gomez's passion electric

Lighting rod: Gomez's passion electric

HOUSTON -- It's been nearly a month since the Astros pulled off a trade to acquire outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers from the Brewers, and both have found themselves making big headlines.

Fiers, of course, pitched the 11th no-hitter in Astros history on Friday, while Gomez -- who has struggled mightily at the plate since coming to Houston -- was in a firestorm of controversy Tuesday when the Yankees took exception to his flashy gestures and bat slamming, igniting a benches-clearing incident.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros' starters making strong statement

McHugh quiets Yanks, adds to rotation's stellar stretch

Astros' starters making strong statement

NEW YORK -- When Mike Fiers threw his no-hitter on Friday against the Dodgers in Houston, it was just another outing in an impressive run through the rotation for Astros starting pitchers -- a run that was continued by Collin McHugh on Wednesday.

McHugh picked up his 14th win by holding the Yankees two runs and five hits while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings, sending the Astros to a 6-2 victory, their seventh in their past nine games. Six different starters have taken the ball the past six games, and each has been terrific.

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Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

Gattis (2 HRs), Astros win set in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Collin McHugh pitched well into the seventh inning and Evan Gattis homered twice as the Astros defeated the Yankees, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, taking the rubber contest of a three-game set.

McHugh took advantage of a Yankees lineup that was outscored, 21-4, in the series, limiting New York to two runs and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander snapped a three-start losing streak and earned his 14th victory as the Astros notched consecutive road victories for the first time since June 17-18 at Coors Field. Houston's won 10 of its past 14 games.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Fiery Gomez only knows one speed

Fiery Gomez only knows one speed

This is one of the reasons the first-place Houston Astros wanted Carlos Gomez. Sure, they wanted the spectacular plays in center field. They wanted the power, the stolen bases and all the other stuff that has defined his nine seasons in the Major Leagues.

They also wanted Gomez's fire and emotion. They loved that part of his game, too. With some guys, you wonder how much they really love baseball. With Gomez, there's never a doubt. He takes every at-bat seriously. Doesn't matter if the score is 3-2 or 9-0.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros likely to add catcher, relievers Tuesday

Bulk of callups may come after Minor League playoffs

Astros likely to add catcher, relievers Tuesday

NEW YORK -- The Astros will add a couple of players to the fold when rosters can be expanded Tuesday, likely a third catcher, another left-handed reliever and a long reliever. The rest of the players the club wants to call up could have to wait until the Minor League playoffs are over.

Both Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi have clinched playoff spots, with Fresno winning the Pacific Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League with a 7-3 win over Iowa on Tuesday. Corpus Christi won the Texas League South Division first-half title.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Explosive' Astros have long-awaited outburst

'Explosive' Astros have long-awaited outburst

NEW YORK -- The Astros took out weeks of offensive frustration on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, scoring five times in the first inning en route to a 15-1 drubbing of the Yankees in which they scored as many runs as they had in their previous seven games combined.

It was the kind of offensive outburst the Astros haven't seen in quite some time. It was the most runs they've scored in a game since April 9, 2013, at Seattle, and the 14-run margin of victory was their largest since an 18-4 win over St. Louis on Aug. 3, 2010. Not bad for an offense that had a .201 batting average in its previous 19 games.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sarah's Take: Vibrant Astros no longer sleepers

Sarah's Take: Vibrant Astros no longer sleepers

Before Spring Training, very few thought the Houston Astros would be competitive in the American League West this season. In 2013, they lost 111 games, and in '14, they lost 92 games.

Yet here we are on Aug. 26, and the Astros have a five-game lead over the Texas Rangers. Most baseball fans want to know how this team is doing it.

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Sarah D. Morris can be reached at sarahmorris27@gmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros, Keuchel cruise vs. Yanks, even series

Astros, Keuchel cruise vs. Yanks, even series

NEW YORK -- The Astros supported Dallas Keuchel with their largest offensive showing of the season, as Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez all homered in a 15-1 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Houston pounced on Ivan Nova for five runs in the first, a rally that was jump-started when Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was unable to snag a Colby Rasmus RBI triple on a sliding attempt. Gomez, Luis Valbuena and Gonzalez also drove in runs in the frame off Nova, who lasted four-plus innings and surrendered seven runs.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez, Yanks have words after OF's flyout

Gomez, Yanks have words after OF's flyout

NEW YORK -- The total package was on display Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez was an offensive force, going 2-for-6 with an RBI double and a three-run homer, but he also was in the middle of a sixth-inning dust-up in which both benches briefly emptied.

Gomez, playing in only his 23rd game with the Astros after coming over in a trade with the Brewers, has a reputation for being an animated player who could take over games with his bat, and he was the man everybody in both clubhouses was talking about after Houston clubbed the Yankees, 15-1.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feldman continues Astros starters' strong run

Feldman continues Astros starters' strong run

NEW YORK -- The recent performance of their starting pitchers has kept the Astros in first place during the month of August while the offense continues its sluggish existence.

Scott Feldman was the latest starter to turn in a gem and not get rewarded with the win when he threw eight scoreless innings in Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. New York pushed across a run in the ninth for a walk-off win.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feldman unrewarded as Astros fall in NY

Feldman unrewarded as Astros fall in NY

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field off Chad Qualls in the bottom of the ninth inning, driving home Brett Gardner with the only run of the game as the Yankees defeated the Astros, 1-0, on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi started for New York and blanked the Astros over eight innings of four-hit ball, striking out seven around three walks. The win was credited to left-hander Andrew Miller, who pitched around a leadoff hit in the ninth to complete the shutout, moving the Yankees back into a tie for first place in the American League East with the idle Blue Jays.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez, Conger hook up for key DP vs. Yanks

Gomez, Conger hook up for key DP vs. Yanks

NEW YORK -- For all of Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez's struggles at the plate since he was traded to the Astros -- he's hitting .181 in 22 games -- he managed to make an impact Monday with a terrific throw to the plate to complete an inning-ending double play in the seventh.

With Scott Feldman of the Astros and Nathan Eovaldi of the Yankees locked in a scoreless battle, Gomez caught a fly ball off the bat of Chase Headley in left-center and threw a strike to catcher Hank Conger, who tagged out Brian McCann to end the inning. The Yankees eventually won, 1-0, with a run in the ninth.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No-hit masterpiece earns Fiers AL POW nod

No-hit masterpiece earns Fiers AL POW nod

Astros starter Mike Fiers has been named the American League Player of the Week after delivering the club's first individual no-hitter since 1993.

It was the 11th no-hitter in Astros history (the most recent coming in June 2003 when six pitchers combined for the feat) and first in Minute Maid Park history. Houston's last single-pitcher no-hitter came on Sept. 8, 1993, when Darryl Kile no-hit the Mets.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Joey Nowak contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lowrie exits as precaution with bruised thumb

Injury in same location as torn ligament that put Astros 3B on DL, but not expected to be an issue

Lowrie exits as precaution with bruised thumb

HOUSTON -- Prior to the start of the seventh inning in the Astros' 3-2 walk-off win in the 10th against the Dodgers, Houston third baseman Jed Lowrie exited with a right thumb contusion and was replaced by Luis Valbuena.

Lowrie, who fied out to right field in the home half of the sixth, came out to warm up for the seventh but summoned Astros head trainer Nate Lucero to third base. Manager A.J. Hinch soon joined, and Lowrie left the game shortly after.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walk-off trending: Astros get 4th in 8 games

Walk-off trending: Astros get 4th in 8 games

HOUSTON -- First it was Jose Altuve -- the reigning American League batting champ -- lacing a ninth-inning single to win a series. Then Marwin Gonzalez, a utility man not guaranteed to see his name on the lineup card each night, ending a game in the 10th on a full-count homer two days later.

The next day Carlos Correa, the rookie phenom chided by his manager for tackling Altuve after his heroics, got in the mix with a walk-off single.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

West-leading Astros brimming with confidence

Baseball's best story of 2015 poised to make postseason noise

West-leading Astros brimming with confidence

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro was the right guy to finish another magical day for a team that has had plenty of them. He was here when the reconstruction of the Houston Astros began three years ago, and he endured some of the toughest times.

Castro made the American League All-Star team in 2013 as the Astros were on their way to losing 111 games. Even then, he saw hope.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Astros' pair leads Prospect Team of the Week

Houston phenoms on list 20 times thus far, most of any team

Astros' pair leads Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Houston Astros might be the feel-good surprise story in the big leagues, but let's not forget much of that has been built from within, taking advantage of one of the best farm systems in baseball.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orbit dances to "Single Ladies" between innings

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Orbit dances to

We have long been fans of the many antics of Orbit, the Astros mascot -- from playing giant games of Jenga to dialobically toppling mascot races, he's consistently providing amusing shenanigans. But on an unassuming Sunday afternoon, between innings of the Dodgers-Astros game, he transcended the realm of harmless hijinks and became the stuff of legend. 

Take a deep breath, grab a snack and comfortable, so you'll always be able to remember where you were when you first saw Orbit killing the Single Ladies dance.

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Castro's walk-off homer downs Dodgers in 10

Castro's walk-off homer downs Dodgers in 10

HOUSTON -- For the fourth time in eight days, there was a walk-off in Minute Maid Park. This time, Jason Castro homered into the Crawford Boxes off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher in the 10th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 win and a sweep Sunday -- after it was reviewed -- wasting a brilliant effort from Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.

Unable to solve Kershaw all afternoon, the Astros finally cracked the much-maligned Los Angeles bullpen when Carlos Correa led off the ninth with a single off closer Kenley Jansen and Marwin Gonzalez drove him in on a first-pitch single with two outs, tying the game and giving the Dodgers' bullpen its 19th blown save of the season -- tops in the Majors.

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Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.