Legends, astronauts celebrate Astrodome's 50th anniversary

Members of first Astros team to play in Astrodome join pre-game ceremony

Legends, astronauts celebrate Astrodome's 50th anniversary

HOUSTON -- Bob Aspromonte hit the first official home run in the Astrodome for the Astros. Bob Bruce was on the mound for the Astros and threw the first official pitch in the building known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Larry Dierker called the Astrodome home for more than a decade as a player, and even longer as a broadcaster and manager.

Fifty years after the Astros played their first game in the Astrodome, several members of that team, including Aspromonte, Bruce, Dierker, Ron Brand, Dan Coombs and Jimmy Wynn, caught the ceremonial first pitches prior to Saturday's game against the Angels at Minute Maid Park. The Astros were known as the Colt .45s for the first three years of their existence before moving to the Astrodome in 1965.

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Richard Justice

Astrodome remembered as baseball innovation

50-year-old structure was sport's first indoor stadium

Astrodome remembered as baseball innovation

HOUSTON -- There was that first time they walked into the Astrodome. Fifty years later, it remains etched in their hearts and minds.

"I remember thinking, I'd just walked into the next century," Larry Dierker said.

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Looking back on the Astrodome's Top 12 moments

Looking back on the Astrodome's Top 12 moments

The Astros will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome before their game tonight. Here's a look back at the Top 12 Astros moments at the "Eighth Wonder of the World:"

April 9, 1965: Astrodome opens when the Astros face the Yankees in an exhibition game with President Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally in attendance.

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Astros show resilience, but fall to Angels

Astros show resilience, but fall to Angels

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.

The legend keeps growing.

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6 original Astros to help celebrate 50th anniversary of Dome

Wynn and Dierker among those who will be at Minute Maid Park on Saturday

6 original Astros to help celebrate 50th anniversary of Dome

HOUSTON -- Six members of the first team to be called the Astros, which originated 50 years ago in coordination with the opening of the Astrodome, will be at Minute Maid Park on Saturday as part of the Astros 50th Anniversary Weekend.

The members of that original 1965 Astros squad scheduled to be in attendance Saturday are Bob Aspromonte, Ron Brand, Bob Bruce, Dan Coombs, Larry Dierker and Jimmy Wynn. Prior to being introduced on the field as part of the pregame ceremonies, the six former players will take part in a free autograph session on the main concourse from 5-5:30 p.m CT.

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Hernandez pleased with start despite loss

Right-hander allowed three runs on just three hits over six innings

Hernandez pleased with start despite loss

HOUSTON -- For three innings, Roberto Hernandez was untouchable, going through the Angels' lineup unscathed the first time.

The right-hander had four strikeouts in his first three innings. Hernandez didn't allow a baserunner until his 45th pitch, a triple by Kole Calhoun leading off the fourth inning.

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Astros place Peacock on DL with rib injury

Houston calls up Wojciechowski to replace right-hander in rotation

Astros place Peacock on DL with rib injury

HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock, who made his first Major League start of the season on Tuesday after having offseason right hip surgery, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left intercostal strain (muscles between the ribs). Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace Peacock.

"It's frustrating because I had the surgery and I worked so hard to get back," Peacock said. "Something like this happens. It could be a lot worse. It's nothing serious, it's one of those injuries where you got to rest it and give it time."

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Astros look back on missed chances vs. Angels

Astros look back on missed chances vs. Angels

HOUSTON -- Despite an early Mike Trout home run, the Astros had recovered, and even battled back to tie the Angels with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

But that was the problem for the Astros. They couldn't muster the big inning to keep pace with Trout, who later in the eighth inning, blasted his second home run of the game at Minute Maid. This time it was a three-run shot from Trout, who had five RBIs in the Angels' 6-3 win on Friday night.

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Wojciechowski called back up to join rotation

With Peacock out with injury, right-hander set to fill in

Wojciechowski called back up to join rotation

HOUSTON -- Asher Wojciechowski was recalled by the Astros on Friday, replacing Brad Peacock, who made his first Major League start of the season on Tuesday, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15.

Peacock is out with a left intercostal strain. The injury, unrelated to Peacock's right hip surgery in October, occurred on Tuesday while Peacock was warming up to open the third inning against Oakland.

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Alyson Footer

Altuve documentary screened ahead of Saturday's premiere

Altuve documentary screened ahead of Saturday's premiere

HOUSTON -- It's only fitting that the smallest player in baseball plays in a state where the phrase "Everything's Bigger" is actually a good thing.

Jose Altuve may be only 5-foot-5, but there is nothing small about where he stands in the city where he lives, in the ballpark where he plays and in the clubhouse where he leads. Altuve, as they say, is kind of a big deal around here -- and now, he has a movie to prove it.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McHugh fans 11 to lead Astros past A's

McHugh fans 11 to lead Astros past A's

HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh struck out 11 batters and allowed one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, and Jed Lowrie torched his former team by hitting a homer and driving in three runs to lead the Astros to a 6-1 win over the A's on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

McHugh (2-0) struck out the side in the first inning and had two strikeouts in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, but he was pulled after throwing 102 pitches without pitching deep enough to get a quality start. Lowrie hit a two-run homer in the first inning and had an RBI double in the third to give the Astros a 3-1 lead.

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Astros join all of MLB in honoring Robinson

Sipp, Carter among Houston players who appreciate what No. 42 did during his career

Astros join all of MLB in honoring Robinson

HOUSTON -- The opportunity to wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42 once a year is good enough for Astros pitcher Tony Sipp, who says wearing Robinson's number on a daily basis would bring an immense amount of pressure to live up to the man who broke baseball's color barrier.

"He handled it best," Sipp said. "Some things are better left untouched."

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Lowrie haunts former club with 2 big hits

Astros shortstop played for A's during the 2013-14 seasons

Lowrie haunts former club with 2 big hits

HOUSTON -- Jed Lowrie spent the 2013-14 seasons with the A's, but that doesn't mean he didn't want to stick it to his former club.

Lowrie, who signed a three-year deal to return to the Astros, went 2-for-3 with his team-leading third home run of the season and a walk in the Astros' 6-1 win on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

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McHugh fine with K's, but seeks quicker outs

Astros righty exits after 5 2/3 innings vs. A's due to high pitch count

McHugh fine with K's, but seeks quicker outs

HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Collin McHugh would rather see opposing hitters make early contact for quick outs than make him work as hard as he had to work Wednesday night. McHugh only pitched 5 2/3 innings after 11 strikeouts took a toll on his pitch count, but it was more than enough.

McHugh extended his career-long winning streak to nine games -- dating to Aug. 12 of last year -- by holding the A's to one run, no walks and six hits in a 6-1 win in the series finale at Minute Maid Park. He's the first Astros pitcher to win nine consecutive decisions since Roy Oswalt (2006-07).

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Fields to make at least 1 more rehab appearance

Astros reliever started the season on the DL due to a groin strain

Fields to make at least 1 more rehab appearance

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch said right-hander Josh Fields will throw at least one more game on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno before returning to the Astros. Fields, who strained his groin late in the spring, threw in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday.

Fields threw 10 pitches and retired all three batters he faced Tuesday after throwing 15 pitches Monday and allowing one hit and one walk.

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Statcast provides best look at Springer's grab

Astros right fielder robbed Rangers' Martin of a walk-off grand slam

Statcast provides best look at Springer's grab

Everyone who saw Astros right fielder George Springer's catch to rob Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning in Arlington on Sunday knows how spectacular the play was.

And now everyone knows why.

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Peacock has solid start, but bats go quiet

Peacock has solid start, but bats go quiet

HOUSTON -- A's designated hitter Billy Butler extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI double, highlighting a two-run sixth in support of starter Kendall Graveman, who provided 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a series-clinching 4-0 shutout of the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.

In the A's five wins, they've outscored the opposition, 42-1.

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Astros confident hitters' timing is on the cusp

Clutch hits were hard to come by in Tuesday's loss

Astros confident hitters' timing is on the cusp

HOUSTON -- In their 4-0 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday, the Astros out-hit the A's 8-7. But the Astros left 11 runners on base.

"Giving that we were putting so many runners on base, I felt we were one hit away from getting right there," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We did it with two outs in Texas a couple of days ago."

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Orbit hunts for treasure, finds Reddick's underwear

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Orbit hunts for treasure, finds Reddick's underwear

Athletics outfielder and fine art aficionado Josh Reddick was minding his own beeswax, stretching in the outfield of Minute Maid Park on Tuesday when Astros mascot Orbit came poking around.

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Peacock encouraged by surprise callup, start

Astros pitcher, who's rehabbing from hip surgery, felt good on mound

Peacock encouraged by surprise callup, start

HOUSTON -- Considering Brad Peacock had been up since 4 a.m. catching flights from Fresno, Calif., to Los Angeles and then to Houston, it's to be expected that the right-hander tired in his final inning against the A's in a 4-0 defeat Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock, coming off offseason hip surgery, was making his first Major League start of the season following his rehab assignment at Triple A Fresno.

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Alyson Footer

Altuve receives GIBBY Award in pregame ceremony

Astros second baseman named 2014 Breakout Everyday Player of the Year

Altuve receives GIBBY Award in pregame ceremony

HOUSTON -- Players who accomplish enormous feats or have record-breaking seasons that draw a lot of attention often say that it isn't until later -- much later -- that the impact of their achievements really sink in.

It's highly likely that if Jose Altuve hadn't thought about how tremendous his 2014 actually was, the constant reminders -- in the form of award after award after award -- have done that for him.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Middle of order remains stagnant for Astros

Gattis gets first hit, but he, Springer, Carter go 1-for-10 in series opener

Middle of order remains stagnant for Astros

HOUSTON -- Not that anyone in the Astros' lineup other than Jose Altuve (3-for-4) did much of anything Monday, but the team continues to get no production out of the third, fourth and fifth spots in the batting order. George Springer, Chris Carter and Evan Gattis combined to go 1-for-10 in an 8-1 loss to the A's at Minute Maid Park.

Through seven games, those three spots in the batting order are a combined 5-for-67, numbers that largely reflect the struggles of Carter (1-for-22) and Gattis (1-for-24), whose ninth-inning single Monday snapped his 0-for-23 start to the season. Springer batted sixth the first six games.

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Feldman takes blame despite shaky defense early from Astros

Pair of errors aid three-run first, but righty gives up three homers

Feldman takes blame despite shaky defense early from Astros

HOUSTON -- Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman did an adequate job of falling on the sword Monday, saying he just simply didn't do a good enough job executing pitches in an 8-1 loss to the A's at Minute Maid Park.

Feldman wasn't going to blame a pair of first-inning errors by shortstop Jonathan Villar for getting him off on a bad foot. He gave up three runs in the first, but later surrendered three homers, including a three-run blast by Billy Butler in the fifth that made it 8-1.

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Altuve gets 1st homer but Feldman, defense falter

Altuve gets 1st homer but Feldman, defense falter

HOUSTON -- Brett Lawrie, Billy Butler and Marcus Semien each blasted their first home runs as members of the A's, with Butler hitting a three-run shot over the Minute Maid Park railroad tracks in left field in the fifth inning, in an 8-1 rout of the Astros on Monday night.

A's starter Scott Kazmir won for the second time in as many starts, improving to 3-1 in eight career starts against his hometown team by allowing three hits and striking out eight in six innings. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Jose Altuve homered to lead off the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1.

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Astros outfield excites with stellar gloves all around

Three center fielders patrolling Houston outfield, covering tons of ground

Astros outfield excites with stellar gloves all around

HOUSTON -- As incredible as George Springer's catch at the right-field wall to rob Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam in Sunday's 6-4 win in Arlington, it shouldn't come as a surprise considering the athleticism of Springer and center fielder Jake Marisnick.

In fact, the Astros start three center fielders on most nights in Colby Rasmus (left field), Marisnick (center) and Springer, who played center field coming through the Minor Leagues before being moved to right because the Astros had Dexter Fowler in center field last year.

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