Gattis, McCann launch homers in Astros' loss

Gattis, McCann launch homers in Astros' loss

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley does not look like he's missed a beat. In a 7-6 victory over the Astros at Progressive Field on Wednesday night, the Indians left fielder continued his impressive comeback with a pair of hits and three RBIs to pace the Tribe's offense.

"Getting him back in name is one thing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But getting him back as the player he was is pretty impressive on his part. I think the more repetition he gets, you're starting to see him get some timing. That's good."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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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Reddick's missed catches costly for Astros

Reddick's missed catches costly for Astros

CLEVELAND -- Just a day after he played the role of hero by making a terrific catch at the wall to rob Jason Kipnis of a homer, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick lamented a pair of balls he couldn't quite catch in the first inning that loomed large in Houston's 7-6 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Reddick, starting his second consecutive game in center field with George Springer and Jake Marisnick both out with injuries, couldn't corral a ball off the bat of Michael Brantley as he hit the wall in left-center. It went for an RBI double. Two hitters later, Jose Ramirez drove a fly ball to left-center that Reddick briefly had in his glove before he hit the ground on a diving attempt. The ball came free, and Ramirez had an RBI double, scoring Brantley for a 3-0 Cleveland lead.

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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.

Kemp called up; Hernandez on DL; Altuve sits

Astros second baseman feels good, but sitting out Wednesday following collision

Kemp called up; Hernandez on DL; Altuve sits

CLEVELAND -- The Astros called up their second player from Triple-A Fresno in as many days Wednesday, summoning Tony Kemp to replace outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Hernandez had been called up Tuesday and was promptly injured in a 4-2 win over the Indians.

Kemp, who hit .217 in 59 games with the Astros in his big league debut this past year, got the nod because he plays all three outfield positions, as well as second base. He was hitting .297 with a .342 on-base percentage in 17 games for Fresno.

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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.

Lindor messed with Correa at second

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Lindor messed with Correa at second

Nearly seven years ago, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade decided to join forces in Miami after a friendship born during their time with the U.S. National Team. This year's World Baseball Classic has helped develop similarly strong bonds for baseball.

During Wednesday night's game between the Indians and Astros, shortstops Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa had a little fun at second base after a fourth-inning double by Correa.

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Tucker looking to extend hitting streak

Tucker looking to extend hitting streak

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Kyle Tucker (Astros No. 2), Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Fiers, Astros wrap up road trip vs. Tribe

Fiers, Astros wrap up road trip vs. Tribe

In the finale of a three-game set between two of the American League's top teams, Indians ace Corey Kluber will face off against Astros right-hander Mike Fiers on Thursday at Progressive Field.

After 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel's six-hit, complete-game performance to open the series on Tuesday, the Indians will look to their former Cy Young Award winner to ring in another strong start. Kluber is coming off his strongest outing of the season, where he allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out nine in a 110-pitch shutout against the White Sox on Friday.

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Keuchel, Reddickulous catch KO Cleveland

Keuchel, Reddickulous catch KO Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- In a matchup of two of the American League's top clubs, Dallas Keuchel was once again on top of his game. The Houston lefty continued his strong start to the season, stifling the Indians in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Behind a complete-game six-hitter, Keuchel improved to 4-0 on the young season for the AL West-leading Astros, ending the night with a 1.22 ERA. The left-hander struck out five and sidestepped the potential harm of the three walks he issued. Keuchel has now thrown 11 complete games in his career.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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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Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

Reddick pulls back homer, stunning Kipnis

CLEVELAND -- Making his first start of the year in center field, Astros outfielder Josh Reddick delivered a terrific catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Indians, stealing what would've been the first home run of the season from second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Starting in center with George Springer (hamstring discomfort) and Jake Marisnick (mild concussion) both out of the lineup, Reddick tracked down Kipnis' deep fly at the wall in right-center and caught the ball as it was sailing above the yellow line to rob him of a home run. The ball traveled 391 feet, according to Statcast™.

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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.

Was Reddick wearing Spider-Man undershirt?

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Was Reddick wearing Spider-Man undershirt?

Outfielder Josh Reddick brought more than just his offense to the Astros this season -- he also brought his glove, the one that earned him a 2012 Gold Glove Award with the A's. Oh, and also his Spider-Man undershirt. That's with him in Houston, too. 

In Houston's 4-2 win over the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, Reddick found a perfect opportunity to flaunt his knack for the ridiculous (Reddickulous?) when Jason Kipnis lofted a fly ball to deep center field in the fifth inning. Connecting on a 3-2 pitch from Dallas Keuchel, Kipnis thought he had hit a homer.

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Anthony Castrovince

Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone

Astros lefty records 15 ground-ball outs, improves to 4-0

Statcast of the Day: Keuchel owns low zone

CLEVELAND -- The Indians tried to counter the Dallas Keuchel phenomenon on Tuesday night with that rarest of results -- the fly ball.

Austin Jackson hit one for a solo home run in the third. Michael Brantley did the same in the ninth. Jason Kipnis would have had a fifth-inning shot, if not for a ridiculous catch by Josh Reddick. And there was a truly costly fly for Keuchel's Astros when Yan Gomes lofted one to shallow right in the eighth and Teoscar Hernandez and Jose Altuve had a vicious collision while trying to run it down.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Springer lends hand despite hamstring issue

Springer lends hand despite hamstring issue

CLEVELAND -- Astros outfielder George Springer was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game on Tuesday due to left hamstring discomfort, but he was forced into action in the eighth inning of his club's 4-2 win over the Indians when newly recalled outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve exited upon colliding in the outfield.

Springer, who sustained his injury while running to first base in Saturday's game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, ran on the field pregame on Tuesday at Progressive Field and took batting practice.

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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.

Marisnick to 7-day DL with mild concussion

Outfielder 'just a little off;' Astros recall Hernandez from Triple-A Fresno

Marisnick to 7-day DL with mild concussion

CLEVELAND -- The Astros placed outfielder Jake Marisnick on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, prior to Tuesday's game against the Indians due to a mild concussion he sustained while running into the outfield wall to make a catch against the Rays on Sunday in St. Petersburg.

Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace Marisnick, who is eligible to be activated on May 1. Because the seven-day DL is shorter and offers teams more flexibility than the 10-day DL, Major League Baseball has a protocol through which it ensures proper medical records back a player's placement on the DL.

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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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Matthew Leach

Astros' McCullers embracing change

Statcast helps illustrate effectiveness of changeup for trio

Astros' McCullers embracing change

It's nearly as common a Spring Training refrain as the ubiquitous "best shape of my life," though it usually starts being uttered a couple of weeks later.

"I'm working on my changeup this year."

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Matthew Leach is an executive editor for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and read his columns. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On 40th birthday, Beltran feeling 'blessed'

Astros outfielder and Ichiro are oldest active position players in baseball

On 40th birthday, Beltran feeling 'blessed'

HOUSTON -- Unlike former Cubs catcher David Ross, who earned the moniker "Grandpa Rossy" in 2016 from his teammates for being the oldest regular contributor on the club at age 39, outfielder Carlos Beltran has yet to be tagged with an affectionate nickname, even though he's the Astros' first 40-year-old player since 42-year-old Doug Brocail in 2009.

"David Ross has a lot of white hair, and I don't have a lot of white hair," joked Beltran, who made his debut in 1998, eight days before current teammate Carlos Correa turned 4 years old. "I'm not at that point yet."

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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.

Gritty performance from Musgrove pays off

Astros starter recovers from shaky first inning to retire 14 of the next 15

Gritty performance from Musgrove pays off

ST. PETERSBURG -- Astros starter Joe Musgrove looked like he was in for a rough day against the Rays before he even recorded his first out.

Musgrove ended up taking the no-decision, but it was his gritty effort that kept Houston in the game during a 6-4, 10-inning victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday.

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Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa, McCann help cap comeback vs. Rays

Correa, McCann help cap comeback vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Veteran Astros catcher Brian McCann opened Houston's three-game series Friday against the Rays by scoring what turned out to be the winning run. On Sunday, he came through again -- this time with the bat.

McCann's single to shallow right field scored Carlos Beltran from third base in the 10th inning to lift the Astros to a 6-4 come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

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Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Rays on Sunday.

Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday.

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Beltran turns 40, outlasts Tal's Hill

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Beltran turns 40, outlasts Tal's Hill

Few players over the past two decades have had a career as storied as Carlos Beltran. He's gone from Rookie of the Year with the Royals in 1999 to a respected veteran with nine All-Star appearances and more than 400 home runs to his name.

Today is Beltran's 40th birthday and he's still going strong back in Houston. Most of his time is spent as a DH these days, but back in his prime, he was a three-time Gold Glove winner with the Mets. In fact, it was at his now-home park where one of his finest catches occurred, on July 7, 2007.

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Bullpen of the Week: Houston Astros

Giles, Peacock, Gregerson deliver shutout performances

Bullpen of the Week: Houston Astros

They finished the week with another win on the road and extended their division lead, so it's no secret that the loaded Houston Astros are off to a great start as one of the best teams in baseball in the early part of 2017. As is often the case in today's game, a terrific bullpen is a large part of the reason.

Houston's talented and versatile relief corps shined on an almost daily basis during the past seven days of the Major League season and earned the collective group the honor of "MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford."

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

River Bandits' Dawson has perfect day at dish

River Bandits' Dawson has perfect day at dish

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros' busy bullpen boasting strong results

Astros' busy bullpen boasting strong results

ST. PETERSBURG -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch has asked a lot out of his bullpen this season. Heading into Sunday's 6-4 win over the Rays, Houston relievers have thrown 63 2/3 innings in 2017, second-most in the American League behind the Angels.

"Everyone is doing their part and doing what they need to do," reliever Ken Giles said. "We put a lot of focus on backing each other up."

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Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altuve, Gattis hit first HRs in loss to Rays

Altuve, Gattis hit first HRs in loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to snap the Astros' three-game winning streak in a 6-3 victory at Tropicana Field on Saturday. Tampa Bay has won four of its last five games.

After avoiding trouble all night, the Rays finally got to Astros starter Charlie Morton in the sixth. Steven Souza Jr. led off the inning with a double to center. Logan Morrison walked and Derek Norris singled to center to load the bases with no outs and end Morton's night. Astros reliever Will Harris entered and allowed back-to-back RBI singles to Shane Peterson and Tim Beckham that put the Rays ahead.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com that covered the Astros on Friday.

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com that covered the Rays on Friday.

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Altuve stands out with power, hustle vs. Rays

Astros' second baseman hits first home run and scores through impressive baserunning

Altuve stands out with power, hustle vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- After scuffling through his last few games at the plate, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was looking for something to kickstart his bat. He came into Saturday night's 6-3 loss to the Rays just 2-for-11 over his last three games.

Altuve was 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base on Saturday. The one hit was his first home run of the season.

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Fisher belts third homer for Fresno

Fisher belts third homer for Fresno

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bottom of lineup sparking Astros offense

Bottom of lineup sparking Astros offense

ST. PETERSBURG -- The big bats in the heart of the Astros' order have done their part during the team's recent run of eight wins in nine games, but it has been the bottom of the lineup that has been key to enabling the team at times, including during Friday night's 6-3 win over the Rays.

Brian McCann, hitting seventh on Friday, went 3-for-4, pushing his season average to .311. Yulieski Gurriel, who is now batting a team-high .319 on the year, also went 3-for-4 in the series opener at Tropicana Field. Norichika Aoki (hitting .306) and Jake Marisnick (.294) have also found success in the bottom third of the lineup this season.

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Relentless Astros post 8th win in last 9

Relentless Astros post 8th win in last 9

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays brought the big bats to open their three-game series against the Astros on Friday night, but in the end, Houston made the little things matter the most.

George Springer knocked in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the seventh inning as the Astros rallied from a two-run deficit. Houston's bullpen shut down Tampa Bay's offense from there in a 6-3, come-from-behind victory at Tropicana Field.

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Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rays Friday.

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Astros Friday.

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Beltran keeps hitting into his third decade

Outfielder goes 2-for-4 with home run vs. Rays, turns 40 Monday

Beltran keeps hitting into his third decade

ST. PETERSBURG -- One of these days, Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran is going to act his age. It doesn't look like that is going to be happening any time soon though.

"Maybe his speed is down a little bit compared to his early days," Astros manager A.J. Hinch joked. "I don't think he's cared about Father Time. He's still a pretty complete player."

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Devenski racking up strikeouts in bullpen

Devenski racking up strikeouts in bullpen

ST. PETERSBURG -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch called relief pitcher Chris Devenski "Superman" before Houston's series opener against the Rays on Friday.

The 26-year-old has certainly earned the moniker after establishing himself as one of the most dominant relievers in the big leagues.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCullers dominates as Astros top Angels

McCullers dominates as Astros top Angels

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers Jr. threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight batters, and was backed by solo homers from Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick to send the Astros to a series win with a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers (2-0) didn't allow a hit until Andrelton Simmons led off the fifth with a single, which was one of three hits he gave up. Houston reliever Chris Devenski retired the first four batters he faced before Mike Trout took him deep to start the ninth, cutting the lead to 2-1.

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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.

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