Astros show fight, but fall after rally in 9th

Astros show fight, but fall after rally in 9th

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander and Mike Fiers dueled deep into Saturday night at Comerica Park. Dueling ninth-inning rallies overshadowed their work, from Carlos Correa's lunging single in a two-run Astros comeback to Jose Iglesias' walk-off infield single for a 3-2 Tigers win at Comerica Park.

Detroit's fifth straight win pushed the Tigers a half-game ahead of the Astros in the American League Wild Card chase, trailing the Orioles and Red Sox. The Tigers remain 4 1/2 games behind the Indians in the AL Central.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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D lets Astros down in key spots vs. Tigers

D lets Astros down in key spots vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- In a tight game in which every defensive play mattered, the Astros made a pair of costly errors and then couldn't convert an out in the ninth inning that would have sent the game to extra innings, instead letting the Tigers steal a 3-2 win Saturday night at Comerica Park.

It was that kind of night for the Astros, who scored twice in the ninth against Justin Verlander to take a 2-1 lead but then watched things unravel in the bottom of the inning. The Tigers scored the winning run when closer Will Harris was beaten to first base by Jose Iglesias, allowing Tyler Collins to score from third.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez's hand injury leaves Astros short-handed

Gonzalez's hand injury leaves Astros short-handed

DETROIT -- Even after calling up first baseman Tyler White on Friday when infielder Luis Valbuena went on the disabled list, the Astros are still dealing with a short bench. Outfielder Carlos Gomez (right hamstring strain) and infielder Marwin Gonzalez (sore right hand) were both unlikely to play Saturday, leaving Evan Gattis as the only bench player for the game against the Tigers.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Gomez could be used in an emergency, and he said he would try stay away from Gonzalez.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price may be too steep for Astros to deal

Price may be too steep for Astros to deal

DETROIT -- The Astros were continuing their pursuit of starting pitching Saturday -- two days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- but the high cost associated with landing one of the coveted arms on the market could preclude the Astros from getting involved.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Saturday he's had multiple conversations with clubs, primarily focused around pitching. The Astros would like to add a starter to upgrade the rotation, as well as a left-handed relief pitcher.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel looks to finish strong July on high note

Keuchel looks to finish strong July on high note

Dallas Keuchel gets the ball Sunday looking to wrap up what has been a successful month of July when the Astros and host Tigers complete their series at Comerica Park.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner has turned in quality starts in all four of his July outings to rack up a 1-1 record and 2.33 ERA.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gurriel sees first action with GCL Astros

Gurriel sees first action with GCL Astros

DETROIT -- Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel was in the lineup for the first time on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla., for the Gulf Coast League Astros at designated hitter, after having his work visa approved, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. He struck out in first at-bat against Mat Latos, who was pitching for the GCL Nationals. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the GCL Nationals.

Gurriel, 32, signed a 4 1/2-year, $47.5-million contract with the Astros on July 16. He had been working out in Kissimmee for the last couple of weeks, but couldn't play in games until he got his visa approved. It's expected he'll join the lineup at Double-A Corpus Christi soon, in preparation for making his Major League debut with the Astros in August.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. 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 place Valbuena on DL; Gomez resting

Hamstring strain not as severe for outfielder as it is for infielder; White recalled

Astros place Valbuena on DL; Gomez resting

DETROIT -- The Astros were able to avoid the disabled list with outfielder Carlos Gomez's right hamstring strain, but infielder Luis Valbuena wasn't as lucky with his. Valbuena was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after straining his right hamstring running to first base Tuesday.

As reported on Thursday, infielder Tyler White was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and joined the club in advance of Friday's 14-6 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early lead short-lived as Astros overwhelmed

Early lead short-lived as Astros overwhelmed

DETROIT -- The Tigers welcomed the Astros to Comerica Park by putting up Minute Maid Park-type numbers, crushing Houston pitching for nine runs on 11 hits through the first two innings en route to a 14-6 win Friday night.

Detroit's fourth consecutive win, and sixth in eight games, left the two teams a half-game apart as they try to chase down the Blue Jays and Red Sox for the American League Wild Card spots -- with Houston 1 1/2 games back and Detroit 2 back. Their gap on Friday's scoreboard widened in a hurry after Jose Altuve's first-inning homer built a 2-0 Houston lead.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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Singles have McHugh seeing double in brief start

Astros righty charged with eight runs on 10 hits, only one going for extra bases, in 1 2/3

Singles have McHugh seeing double in brief start

DETROIT -- When Astros pitcher Collin McHugh doesn't get a chance to compete with his curveball, it can make for a long night. McHugh was served a difficult reminder of that Friday night at Comerica Park when the Tigers tagged him for eight runs and 10 hits, both season highs, over 1 2/3 innings in the Astros' 14-6 loss.

It was McHugh's shortest outing since he recorded one out in his first start of the season April 6 in New York against the Yankees. He threw 50 pitches, including 38 strikes, Friday.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White returns to Astros with stronger mindset

First baseman developed mental approach after sizzling Opening Week gave way to slump

White returns to Astros with stronger mindset

DETROIT -- Tyler White, the biggest feel-good story during the first week of the season, is back for a second shot with the Astros.

The Astros called up the right-handed-hitting first baseman Friday, when infielder Luis Valbuena was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. White was in the lineup at designated hitter Friday and figures to get at-bats against lefties at DH and first base. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 14-6 loss to the Tigers.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. 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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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Hunsicker discusses trading for Johnson

Hall of Fame lefty was acquired by Astros from Mariners in 1998

Q&A: Hunsicker discusses trading for Johnson

Former Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker knows how unforgiving the non-waiver Trade Deadline can be. It was July 1998, and the Astros knew they were good enough to win their division, but they wanted to be better.

The Astros wanted to win a World Series. They wanted what they felt like was a missing piece -- left-hander Randy Johnson. Houston acquired Johnson, but it didn't win the championship, despite the fact that Johnson went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings over the final two months of the regular season.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez and Gonzalez have sweet moment at first base

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Martinez and Gonzalez have sweet moment at first base

First base: It's the site of all kinds of shenanigans, including David Ortiz's pop-up massage parlor and various pigeon visits. But during Friday's Astros-Tigers game, it was the site of a very sweet moment between Victor Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez.

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Hernandez among top prospect performers Friday

Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer

Hernandez among top prospect performers Friday

Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What will Astros do before Deadline?

Reporter Brian McTaggart fields fans' questions

Inbox: What will Astros do before Deadline?

HOUSTON -- With the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving Monday afternoon at 3 CT and the surging Astros searching for help, we'll take shot at answering some of the fans' biggest trade questions submitted recently through Twitter.

Tweet from @chrisladkins: @brianmctaggart What is the most likely to happen, Astros get a SP or OF? Who? #AskTags

Between those two options, I'd say it's starting pitching. I really don't see them trading for an outfielder considering there's already somewhat of a logjam there -- and that's before Yulieski Gurriel arrives. Alex Bregman, MLBPipeline.com's No. 1-ranked prospect, is also expected to get some time in the outfield, so it's getting crowded. The Astros would like to add a starting pitcher, but at what price? Any starter who might be a significant upgrade over what they have now might not be worth the prospects they'd have to give up to get him.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bregman, Reed top Astros' impressive farm system

Houston places seven in midseason update of Top 100 Prospects

Bregman, Reed top Astros' impressive farm system

HOUSTON -- The Astros landed seven players on MLB.com's midseason Top 100 Prospect list, led by No. 1 overall prospect Alex Bregman. The infielder from LSU, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, made his Major League debut on Monday for the Astros.

Slugging first baseman A.J. Reed, who hit .156 with two homers and four RBIs in 17 games with Houston in late June/late July, is ranked No. 38 overall and No. 2 in the Astros' prospects rankings. Right-handed pitcher Francis Martes was also among the top 50, coming in at No. 41.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV price drops for postseason push

Premium subscription now $49.99, with home stretch on deck

MLB.TV price drops for postseason push

While Astros rookie infielder Alex Bregman is in Detroit for his first Major League road trip, his father, Sam, is back home in New Mexico preparing to defend a high-profile trial case, his mother, Jackie, is driving some of his belongings back from Corpus Christi, Texas, where he had spent some time earlier this season in Double-A before his much-anticipated callup and his younger brother, A.J., is in Lubbock to pitch in a Premier Baseball tournament.

Thankfully for the Bregmans, they have MLB.TV on multiple devices at 60 frames per second.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rasmus, McCullers power Astros past Yanks

Rasmus, McCullers power Astros past Yanks

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 slump at an opportune time.

Rasmus, whose seven-game hitless streak tied his career high, cranked a two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday night off Masahiro Tanaka to back a strong start from Lance McCullers Jr. and send the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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Rasmus snaps funk with big homer vs. Yanks

Rasmus snaps funk with big homer vs. Yanks

HOUSTON -- The ball jumped off the bat of Colby Rasmus like it did for much of the first half of the season when he turned on a Masahiro Tanaka split-fingered fastball and sent it soaring over the right-field wall for a two-run homer in the third inning of Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

The hit was a huge sigh of relief for Rasmus, the Astros outfielder who snapped an 0-for-29 funk with his 12th homer of the season, putting the Astros ahead, 4-0. Rasmus entered the game in a 1-for-35 slump in which his only hit was a homer on July 2.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reed among top prospect performers Thursday

Rockies catcher continues torrid month; Yankees' first-round pick hitting .429 at Pulaski

Reed among top prospect performers Thursday

Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies' No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month.

Murphy went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Triple-A Albuquerque's 8-3 win over Salt Lake.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martes among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Martes among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marisnick, unfazed by fans, makes great catch

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Marisnick, unfazed by fans, makes great catch

Pursuing foul balls down the line can be rough. The closer to the seats you get, the greater the chance of tumbling into the stands or winding up with the ball being caught by an overzealous fan. 

In the fourth inning of Tuesday's Yankees-Astros game at Minute Maid Park, Astros left fielder Jake Marisnick found himself in that very scenario ... and somehow reeled in the ball despite having to avoid a violent collision with the wall and a gaggle of excited spectators.

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Astros' 3 HRs can't erase Fister's rough start

Astros' 3 HRs can't erase Fister's rough start

HOUSTON -- CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a month by holding the Astros to two runs -- on solo homers by Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis -- in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Yankees to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"I've been doing everything I can and trying not to get frustrated," Sabathia said. "We've been playing pretty well. We're fighting right now, so to be able to help us get a win feels good."

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Bregman gets crash course in LF at Minute Maid

Astros' top prospect would join crowded mix in outfield

Bregman gets crash course in LF at Minute Maid

HOUSTON -- Alex Bregman's next stop could be in left field.

Bregman, the Astros' top prospect who made his debut Monday night at third base, worked out in left field with coach Gary Pettis -- a five-time Gold Glove winner -- prior to batting practice Tuesday. Bregman was in the lineup at designated hitter against the Yankees, and manager A.J. Hinch said he will play the field in Wednesday's series finale, but didn't say at which position.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bregman brings 'exceptional' D to MLB debut

'It's the most fun I've ever had,' Astros' top prospect says

Bregman brings 'exceptional' D to MLB debut

HOUSTON -- It may have felt like forever for some, but Astros No. 1 prospect Alex Bregman is officially a Major League ballplayer.

Bregman made his debut Monday night against the Yankees, and while it wasn't a perfect outing -- he went 0-for-4 at the plate and the Astros lost, 2-1 -- the third baseman showed flashes, especially on defense, of what made his debut so highly anticipated.

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel's tough-luck stretch continues vs. NY

Astros lefty holds Yanks to 2 runs, fans 5 in loss

Keuchel's tough-luck stretch continues vs. NY

HOUSTON -- Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel continues to perform like he did for all of last season, when he won the American League Cy Young award. The only thing missing was a win over the Yankees, a team he's dominated in his career.

Keuchel held the Yankees to two runs, six hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees at Minute Maid Park, continuing his strong run of pitching. He's 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA in his last seven starts, but hasn't won any of his last three outings because of poor run support.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. 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

For Bregman, MLB debut is 'pretty special'

'It's the most fun I've ever had,' Astros phenom says after playing nifty 3rd base, just missing grand slam

For Bregman, MLB debut is 'pretty special'

HOUSTON -- There'll be other nights when it works out a different way for Alex Bregman. That's the thing virtually everyone around the Houston Astros believes. This kid is going to be special.

So this first night in the Major Leagues, well, it didn't have the exact ending the Astros had hoped for in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

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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 willing to consider 'rental' on trade market

Starting pitchers on GM Luhnow's radar before Aug. 1 Trade Deadline

Astros willing to consider 'rental' on trade market

HOUSTON -- With a week remaining before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the club would be willing to trade for a "rental player" who would be a free agent at the end of the season. They Astros did that last year by acquiring pitcher Scott Kazmir, who signed with the Dodgers in the winter.

The Astros are in the market for a starting pitcher, even though they entered the Yankees series Monday with the third-lowest ERA among starting pitchers since May 1 (3.85). The price of the White Sox's Chris Sale is probably too high, leading some teams to turn to the Rays pitching trio of Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi. Houston would also like to add a left-handed relief pitcher.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Keuchel sharp, but Astros fall short vs. New York

Keuchel sharp, but Astros fall short vs. New York

HOUSTON -- The Yankees somehow found a way to get the best of nemesis Dallas Keuchel on a night he had some of his best stuff of the season.

Chase Headley and Austin Romine each had RBI hits to back seven strong innings from starter Michael Pineda to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 win over Keuchel and the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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