Astros sign second-rounder Eshelman

Astros sign second-rounder Eshelman

HOUSTON -- The Astros have signed No. 46 overall pick Thomas Eshelman. MLB.com's Jim Callis reported the deal is for $1.1 million, though the club has not confirmed the value.

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Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

HOUSTON -- In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.

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Keuchel fires 8 scoreless as Astros blank Royals

Keuchel fires 8 scoreless as Astros blank Royals

HOUSTON -- Auditioning for the starting nod in the All-Star Game in front of American League manager Ned Yost, ace Dallas Keuchel fired eight shutout innings and got just enough run support from George Springer's two-run homer off the foul pole in the third inning as the Astros secured a series win with a 4-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Fair to say that Springer's blast keys victory

Fair to say that Springer's blast keys victory

HOUSTON -- As far back as he can remember, Astros outfielder George Springer has never hit a foul pole.

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Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

HOUSTON -- Though he's constantly reminded about the growing list of accolades he's accruing, ace Dallas Keuchel maintains none of it matters.

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Astros officially sign comp pick Cameron

Astros officially sign comp pick Cameron

HOUSTON -- Mike Cameron first took his son, Daz, on the field when he was two years old. His dad was then with the Cincinnati Reds, so Daz Cameron would often flock to Barry Larkin and then cry when his mother, JaBreka, came to get him before the game began.

In Seattle, Daz Cameron had a locker just like his dad -- like all the players' children. The kids would go on the field hours before the game to play. Afterward, every child would go to play his or her Little League game, but Daz insisted on watching the Mariners.

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Salvador Perez wants Jose Altuve in the All-Star Game

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Salvador Perez wants Jose Altuve in the All-Star Game

After a breakout 2014 season, Jose Altuve is having another fantastic year. He leads the league in steals, is third among second baseman in hits and fourth in runs. He also does things like this sometimes because he wants to and he's a professional baseball player and you can't do anything about it.

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Feldman, Marisnick prepping for rehab stints

Feldman, Marisnick prepping for rehab stints

HOUSTON -- An overcrowded Astros disabled list may soon be thinning as Scott Feldman and Jake Marisnick should both make rehab starts by the weekend, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

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Altuve continues power surge in latest victory

Second baseman matches career high with seventh homer on Monday

Altuve continues power surge in latest victory

HOUSTON -- With a batting title in tow, Jose Altuve's already known as a high-average hitter. But the star second baseman is starting to tap into some power.

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McCullers continues to impress in rookie campaign

Right-hander allows just one run over seven strong frames for Houston

McCullers continues to impress in rookie campaign

HOUSTON -- By now, Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows what to expect from rookie pitcher Lance McCullers.

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Keuchel reaping rewards of Astros' success

After years below .500, Houston ace and Co. enjoy the view from the top

Keuchel reaping rewards of Astros' success

HOUSTON -- When Dallas Keuchel discusses his emergence as one of baseball's best pitchers, there are times when he simply stops and tries to put the whole crazy ride into context.

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McCullers, Altuve lead Astros over Royals

McCullers, Altuve lead Astros over Royals

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros' three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.

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Springer stuns with stellar diving grab

Springer stuns with stellar diving grab

HOUSTON -- Though George Springer's had his recent struggles at the plate, he continues to showcase his speed in center field almost nightly.

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Altuve gains ground in latest All-Star ballot

Altuve gains ground in latest All-Star ballot

HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has narrowed the gap between he and Royals second baseman Omar Infante on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, but the reigning AL batting champ still trails by 231,708 votes to start the game.

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Rasmus still on mend from infected bug bite

Rasmus still on mend from infected bug bite

HOUSTON -- Colby Rasmus needed antibiotics via an IV on Monday as he struggles to recover from a bug bite on his left wrist that's become infected, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

Rasmus was scratched from the starting lineup about two hours before Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Yankees with a "skin infection" and has not played since. Hinch said Rasmus remembers first noticing the bite in Seattle last week, but the outfielder played through the issue.

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Keuchel, Hinch make case for Altuve

Keuchel, Hinch make case for Altuve

HOUSTON -- George Springer stopped the media surrounding his locker from asking their questions on Monday, first making sure to don his orange "Yes Way, Jose!" shirt in support of teammate Jose Altuve, who trails Omar Infante by 231,708 votes in the race to start the All-Star Game at second base after the latest results were unveiled Monday.

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Altuve ranges, bobbles ball, secures catch

Second baseman gets starter McHugh out of a jam against Yankees

Altuve ranges, bobbles ball, secures catch

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve ranged from second base all the way to the right-field foul line and made a juggling catch of an Alex Rodriguez blooper to get starter Collin McHugh out of a third-inning jam on Sunday. The Astros went on to win, 3-1, to split their four-game series with New York. According to Statcast™, Altuve reached a top speed of 18.8 mph and traveled 119 feet.

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Correa on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Correa on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of 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.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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McHugh tops Yankees with stellar effort

McHugh tops Yankees with stellar effort

HOUSTON -- Captivating the Minute Maid Park crowd for a second game in a row, Carlos Correa hit two doubles and scored two runs while Collin McHugh was stellar in eight innings of two-hit ball, propelling the Astros to a 3-1 win in the series finale on Sunday against the Yankees.

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Off to hot start, Correa has room to grow

Rookie shortstop hits two doubles, scores two runs in finale vs. Yankees

Off to hot start, Correa has room to grow

HOUSTON -- Many may find it preposterous, but Carlos Correa is still learning Major League Baseball.

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With catches like this, Altuve is a ball-roadrunner

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With catches like this, Altuve is a ball-roadrunner

When Alex Rodriguez popped a pitch into shallow right field during the fifth inning of Sunday's Yankees-Astros matchup, it looked like the ball might find the no-man's land in between first baseman Chris Carter and right fielder Domingo Santana. Perhaps it would plop to the ground, extending the inning and giving the Yanks a chance to extend their one-run lead.

That was certainly a possibility, if not for a certain someone named Jose Altuve.

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8-inning start from McHugh huge for Astros

Righty gives club distance day after bullpen was called on early

8-inning start from McHugh huge for Astros

HOUSTON -- Described by Astros manager A.J. Hinch, Collin McHugh is a perfectionist who becomes agitated when he doesn't execute his pitches precisely.

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Birthday surprise: Feliz called up to Astros

Club adds prospect after optioning Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno

Birthday surprise: Feliz called up to Astros

HOUSTON -- There's a surprise party in Corpus Christi on Sunday to celebrate Michael Feliz's 22nd birthday, though the guest of honor won't be in attendance.

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Astros adjusting after Oberholtzer optioned

Hinch believes bullpen can handle extra load, but starter will be needed in Boston

Astros adjusting after Oberholtzer optioned

HOUSTON -- After he was ejected for throwing at Alex Rodriguez in the second inning of Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Yankees, Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

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Correa, Altuve making each other better

Rookie shortstop, second baseman form an elite double-play duo

Correa, Altuve making each other better

HOUSTON -- Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa is learning rapidly. In turn, he's pushing Jose Altuve, his double-play partner and locker mate. At least that's how manager A.J. Hinch sees it.

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Astros erase 6-run deficit, but fall to Yanks

Astros erase 6-run deficit, but fall to Yanks

HOUSTON -- Mark Teixeira's two-run double off Pat Neshek in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as the Yankees blew a big advantage, then reclaimed the lead and held on for a wild 9-6 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

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Astros don 'Yes Way, Jose!' shirts, Altuve homers

Second baseman vying for starting spot in All-Star Game

Astros don 'Yes Way, Jose!' shirts, Altuve homers

HOUSTON -- As Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished his pregame media availability, George Springer stood just outside the crowd of reporters holding an orange T-shirt with teammate Jose Altuve's face on it.

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