Springer undergoes tests after crash into wall

Astros right fielder robs Rangers' Beltre of hit with tremendous catch

Springer undergoes tests after crash into wall

HOUSTON -- Astros right fielder George Springer was being tested for a possible concussion late Tuesday and wasn't expected to play in Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers after crashing into the wall in the seventh inning while making a tremendous catch on an Adrian Beltre fly ball.

Springer, who has made several highlight-worthy catches against the Rangers early in his career, ran off the field under his own power after making the catch, but manager A.J. Hinch said the club isn't taking any chances with their up-and-coming outfielder. The Astros lost to the Rangers, 7-1.

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Astros handed 2nd straight loss by Rangers

Astros handed 2nd straight loss by Rangers

HOUSTON -- The Rangers pounced on Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero and rode the pitching of Wandy Rodriguez to win consecutive games for the first time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"These guys have been battling and working and grinding," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "You would have liked it to happen earlier, but we'll take it when we can."

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Feldman digs too deep a hole for Astros

Righty allows six runs over three innings in loss to Rangers

Feldman digs too deep a hole for Astros

HOUSTON -- The next four days figure to be long ones for Astros starter Scott Feldman, who will eagerly await getting the ball for his next start after giving up six runs and nine hits in three innings during a 7-1 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The veteran right-hander, who had posted a 2.84 ERA in his past 12 starts entering Tuesday, allowed five of the first six hitters he faced in the game to reach, with Prince Fielder hitting a two-run double and Carlos Peguero tagging him for a two-run homer and a 4-0 Rangers lead in the first.

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Hinch looks forward to visit from Manfred

Astros manager calls Commissioner coming to Houston 'a big day'

Hinch looks forward to visit from Manfred

HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will meet with players from both the Astros and Rangers on Wednesday afternoon during his visit to Minute Maid Park. Manfred, who is in his first season as Commissioner, has been visiting with players and club officials from all 30 clubs.

"He'll sit with us and I know he'll, in some ways, introduce himself to a couple of people that have never met him and stand in front of the team," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We'll have a small meeting to hear any words of encouragement he has. It's a big day when you get some of the Commissioner's time and he comes to our home city."

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Astros call on Deduno in finale vs. Rangers

Astros call on Deduno in finale vs. Rangers

Samuel Deduno's versatility has been big for the Astros, and they will be counting on him again when he faces Colby Lewis and the Rangers on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

This will be Deduno's second start since coming out of the bullpen, holding down a spot that will likely be given to Brett Oberholtzer when he comes out the disabled list later this month. Deduno took over for Asher Wojciechowski and started against the Mariners on May 1, allowing one run in four innings while throwing 61 pitches.

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#Whiff tweets can benefit Astros RBI program

HOUSTON -- Fans can raise money for the Astros' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program by using the hashtag #Whiff every time an Astros pitcher registers a strikeout.

The top seven clubs that finish with the most #Whiff tweets each month of the regular season will receive between $2,000-$10,000 for distribution to their affiliated RBI League from Procter and Gamble. A minimum of 1,000 tweets must be hit each for any team to finish in the top seven.

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Delino DeShields Jr ruins Orbit's Cinco de Mayo party

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Delino DeShields Jr ruins Orbit's Cinco de Mayo party

Tuesday was Cinco de Mayo and Orbit thought he'd have a little Minute Maid Park party before the Rangers-Astros game. You can see him dancing, motioning to the crowd and shaking his furry thang in front of the visitor's dugout in the above video. 

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Correa records third consecutive three-hit game

Astros No. 1 prospect is 9-for-13 in past three games, hitting .398 this season

Correa records third consecutive three-hit game

Carlos Correa was unlikely to top his Monday night performance, in which he went 3-for-5 with a two-out, walk-off double for Double-A Corpus Christi. But he didn't disappoint Tuesday, either. The Astros No. 1 prospect went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run. It was Correa's sixth three-hit game of the year and third in a row.

The Hooks defeated Midland, 6-1, in a contest Correa broke open in the second with two outs and two men on. His stats over the past three games are impressive: 9-for-13 with six RBIs, a homer and three doubles. The shortstop also stole two bases Tuesday, giving him five in the past three contests.

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Springer's sliding grab a Statcast star

Altuve joins defensive showcase with barehanded grab, throw

Springer's sliding grab a Statcast star

HOUSTON -- Any good pitcher can use some stellar defense. Just ask Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who benefited from a couple of terrific plays made behind him in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers -- one by Jose Altuve and one by George Springer.

All-Star second baseman Altuve bailed out Keuchel with the Astros leading, 1-0, in the fifth inning when he made a terrific barehanded grab and throw to retire the speedy Adam Rosales at first base for the second out of the inning.

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10-game winning streak snapped by Rangers

10-game winning streak snapped by Rangers

HOUSTON -- Robinson Chirinos scored Adrian Beltre on a sacrifice fly to center field in the ninth inning that broke a tie and sent the Rangers to a 2-1 win Monday night at Minute Maid Park, breaking the Astros' 10-game winning streak. It was their first loss of the season in any game in which they had the lead.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel carried a shutout into the eighth inning before giving up an RBI single to Jake Smolinski, who scored Delino DeShields from second base shortly after DeShields stole second base on a pitch in the dirt. Keuchel held the Rangers to five hits and one run while striking out eight in eight innings for his 13th consecutive quality start.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel, Altuve win monthly, weekly honors

Lefty top pitcher in AL for April; second baseman AL co-Player of the Week

Keuchel, Altuve win monthly, weekly honors

HOUSTON -- The Astros' terrific start has led to some hardware for starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and second baseman Jose Altuve, who were on Monday named the American League Pitcher of the Month and the AL co-Player of the Week, respectively.

Keuchel, who started Monday's game against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park, is the first Astros pitcher to win the award since Wandy Rodriguez was named the National League Pitcher of the Month in July 2009. Keuchel went 3-0 in five starts in April, posting a 0.73 ERA and 22 strikeouts while allowing just 27 baserunners (16 hits, 11 walks) in 37 innings.

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Keuchel strong, but late walk proves costly

Astros lefty gives free pass to Rangers' DeShields, who steals second and scores

Keuchel strong, but late walk proves costly

HOUSTON -- Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel was left with little room for error on Monday night. When he finally made one, the Rangers took advantage.

Keuchel, who earlier in the day was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April, carried a shutout into the eighth inning before giving up a one-out walk to Delino DeShields, who stole second and came around to score the game-tying run in the Astros' 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

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Buxton, Correa deliver walk-off winners

Clutch performances by two of game's top three prospects highlight Monday's Minors action

Buxton, Correa deliver walk-off winners

Two of the best players in the Minors came through with game-winning hits on Monday night.Twins No. 1 prospect (No. 1 overall) Byron Buxton cracked a walk-off home run for Double-A Chattanooga, while Astros No. 1 prospect (No. 3 overall) Carlos Correa knocked a bases-clearing, two-out double for Double-A Corpus Christi in the bottom of the ninth.

Correa's clutch shot didn't clear the fence, but he had more hits than Buxton (1-for-4) did Monday night. The shortstop was 3-for-5 with two singles and the deciding two-bagger in a 5-4 win.

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Hinch has been in same position as Counsell

Astros skipper had no coaching experience when hired to manage D-backs in 2009

Hinch has been in same position as Counsell

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch was somewhat of a trailblazer when he was hired to manage the D-backs in 2009 despite not having any previous managerial or Major League coaching experience. Hinch lasted only parts of two seasons in Arizona, but six years later he's managing the hottest team in baseball.

After the Brewers tabbed Craig Counsell to be their manager on Monday, there are several teams who have managers who previously had no managerial or Major League coaching experience, including Brad Ausmus (Tigers), Robin Ventura (White Sox), Mike Matheny (Cardinals) and Walt Weiss (Rockies).

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Astros win 10 straight for first time since '04

Astros win 10 straight for first time since '04

HOUSTON -- Designated hitter Evan Gattis clobbered two home runs Sunday afternoon, including a tiebreaking shot into the Crawford Boxes in the eighth inning, to send the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, and complete a four-game sweep of the Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

"It's been the most fun personally I've ever had on a team, and I think we might have something special," Gattis said.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Astros starting to believe they're for real

Red-hot AL West leaders have components in place to contend for long haul

Astros starting to believe they're for real

HOUSTON -- At the moment, there's some magic around these Astros. Isn't that the bottom line? They might see it differently. To them, a little 10-game winning streak is the byproduct of blue-collar stuff.

"Everybody's playing their heart out," first baseman Chris Carter said.

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Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

Aided by replay, Springer fires home for DP

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch successfully challenged a call at the plate in the third inning Sunday, taking away a run for the Mariners. That run would loom large, as Houston ended up with a 7-6 victory thanks to Evan Gattis' second home run.

Mariners shortstop Brad Miller tried to score from third base on a fly ball to right field by Seth Smith, and he was initially called safe after sliding past the tag of Astros catcher Jason Castro following a throw from right fielder George Springer.

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

After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

Slugger rips two HRs, including game-winner, in Astros' 10th straight victory

After slow start, Gattis displaying his power

HOUSTON -- Fans in the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park might want to start wearing protective armor when Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is at the plate.

Gattis rocketed a pair of home runs into the left-field seats, including a line-drive shot in the eighth inning to snap a tie, and drove in four Sunday to lead the Astros to their 10th consecutive win, 7-6, in a four-game sweep of the Mariners.

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

Astros keep winning despite pair of errors

Hinch able to shrug off miscues by defensively sound infeld

Astros keep winning despite pair of errors

HOUSTON -- The Astros had one of their shakiest games defensively Sunday at Minute Maid Park, but overcame a pair of errors on the infield to rally to beat the Mariners, 7-6, for their 10th consecutive win.

In addition to their stellar pitching and their power-driven offense, the Astros have played well defensively. Perhaps that's why manager A.J. Hinch was able to shrug off Sunday's costly miscues.

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

Astros cruise to 9th straight win behind 5 HRs

Astros cruise to 9th straight win behind 5 HRs

HOUSTON -- Not even two more blasts by Nelson Cruz on the Mariners' four-homer night could sidetrack the soaring Astros on Saturday, as Houston roared from behind at Minute Maid Park for an 11-4 victory, the ninth straight win for the American League West leaders.

The Astros' 17-7 record matches their best 24-game start in franchise history -- also done in 1980 -- and the winning streak is their longest since 2006. Collin McHugh spotted Seattle a 3-0 lead as Cruz, Logan Morrison and Mike Zunino launched solo shots in the second, but the Astros responded with five homers of their own and rolled to their 13th win in the past 14 games.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marisnick races up Tal's Hill for amazing grab

Astros' center fielder robs Mariners' Morrison with inning-ending catch

Marisnick races up Tal's Hill for amazing grab

HOUSTON -- On a night when nine home runs flew out of Minute Maid Park, Jake Marisnick left an indelible impression with his glove.

The Astros' center fielder climbed the funky Tal's Hill that occupies the final 25 feet or so before the center-field wall in Houston, absolutely robbing Logan Morrison of an RBI extra-base hit to end the top of the sixth inning Saturday.

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Astros go back-to-back twice in 5-HR party

Gattis, Rasmus go deep in third; Altuve, Valbuena follow suit in fourth

Astros go back-to-back twice in 5-HR party

HOUSTON -- After watching the Mariners blast three solo home runs in the second inning, including two in back-to-back fashion, the Astros managed to one-up them Saturday night in an 11-4 victory at Minute Maid Park.

"They post that inning and someone in our dugout says, 'Hey, we've still got 24 outs left,'" Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. They didn't need that many.

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Deduno to get second turn in Astros' rotation

Club looking to build right-hander's pitch count after his 4-inning spot start

Deduno to get second turn in Astros' rotation

HOUSTON -- Samuel Deduno will get his wish.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced the long reliever-turned-spot starter will start Wednesday against Texas on the heels of a strong four-inning outing Friday in a 4-3 win over the Mariners. Following that game, Deduno expressed a desire to further prove his credentials for Houston's unstable fifth spot in the rotation. Now, he'll get his chance.

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Jake Marisnick pulls in one of the grabs of the year

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Jake Marisnick pulls in one of the grabs of the year

It may look awfully cool, but since Minute Maid Park first opened in 2000, Tal's Hill out in center field has claimed its fair share of outfielders who dare chase fly balls up the slope. Houston center fielder Jake Marisnick, though, cares nothing for your cruel ballpark design:

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Tucker headlines monthly Minor League awards

Outfielder named top Triple-A player in April; Correa claims Double-A honor

Tucker headlines monthly Minor League awards

HOUSTON -- It's a good time to be an Astro, and that extends beyond the first-place big league squad to every corner of the organization.

Entering Saturday, Triple-A Fresno is the only team in the entire Houston organization that doesn't lead its division, and the Grizzlies are only a game back of first place. That means the franchise's April Minor League Players of the Month, which the Astros announced Saturday, are some of the most accomplished at each level.

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