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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Valbuena day to day with hamstring strain

Astros 3B injured leg running to first base vs. Yankees

Valbuena day to day with hamstring strain

HOUSTON -- Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena left Tuesday night's game against the Yankees with a right hamstring strain. Valbuena is day to day, the team announced.

"We're not going to know anything tonight," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after his team's 6-3 loss to the Yankees. "I think it hurt. I think it scared him."

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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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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.

McCullers meets Tanaka, Yankees in finale

McCullers meets Tanaka, Yankees in finale

Two surging pitchers, Lance McCullers and Masahiro Tanaka, take the mound at Minute Maid Park Wednesday night as the Astros and Yankees wrap up their three-game series.

McCullers (5-4, 3.33 ERA) has had two of the most dominant performances of his career this month. In wins on July 4 and 22, McCullers combined for 15 innings pitched and 20 strikeouts while allowing only two runs. Against the Angels in his last start, McCullers became only the fourth pitcher to ever strike out Mike Trout swinging three times in a single game.

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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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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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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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Jim Callis

What to expect from Astros' Bregman

What to expect from Astros' Bregman

The Astros have announced plans to promote Alex Bregman to the big leagues on Monday, barely more than a year after they signed him as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

Bregman will become the first position player from that Draft to reach the Majors and the third member of his class to get there, following right-handers Carson Fulmer (White Sox) and Koda Glover (Nationals). Based on the way Bregman has performed in his first full season in pro ball, he could have merited an even earlier look.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior

Astros star hits two homers, has six RBIs wearing white cleats

Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior

HOUSTON -- On Sunday afternoon, Jose Altuve paid tribute to Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame induction by donning white spikes. And the All-Star second baseman looked a whole lot like the Hall of Famer in the Astros' 13-3 rout of the Angels.

When asked if he felt like Griffey Jr. after scorching two home runs and notching a career-high six RBIs in the win, Altuve was a little coy.

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Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Angels

Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Angels

HOUSTON -- The Astros rolled to another sweep of the Angels on Sunday afternoon behind the little man making a big run for the American League Most Valuable Player award.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second inning off Angels starter Tim Lincecum en route to a career-high six RBIs to lead the Astros to their 11th consecutive win, 13-3, -- and third sweep in a row -- at Minute Maid Park.

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Gonzalez exits with sprained left ankle

Gonzalez exits with sprained left ankle

HOUSTON -- Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez left 13-3 win over the Angels on Sunday afternoon, spraining his left ankle while reaching first on an error in the bottom of the fifth inning.

He is day to day.

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Hinch: No sense of urgency to make a deal

Astros have been rumored to be pursuing Cashner

HOUSTON -- It's no secret the Astros would like to add a starting pitcher and another left-handed reliever before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, though general manager Jeff Luhnow said recently there's no sense of urgency. Manager A.J. Hinch echoed those sentiments Sunday in the wake of a report by FanRag Sports that the Astros were one of the teams "pushing hard" for Padres starter Andrew Cashner.

Hinch was working in the Padres' front office when San Diego acquired Cashner from the Cubs after the 2011 season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander is 4-7 this year with a 4.79 ERA in 15 starts, so he would probably only be a marginal upgrade at best over anyone the Astros currently have in the rotation. He's allowed two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts after getting rocked for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings on July 8 at Dodger Stadium, so that could help his trade stock.

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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.

Two gnome runs? Astros' Gattis explains

Two gnome runs? Astros' Gattis explains

HOUSTON -- It was fitting that Evan Gattis made such an impact on the same day the Astros handed out 10,000 Evan Gattis gnomes to fans.

Gattis, who returned to the Astros lineup after missing one game with a left hand contusion, powered the Astros to a 7-2 win over the Angels with home runs in each of his first two at-bats. It was the Astros' 10th straigth win over the Angels.

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Astros beat Angels for 10th straight time

Astros beat Angels for 10th straight time

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis homered twice on his gnome night, Carlos Correa went deep to achieve a club milestone, and the Astros beat the division-rival Angels once again, torching Jered Weaver through the first four innings en route to a 7-2 victory at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

The Astros have won 10 consecutive games against the Angels and are a Major League-best 36-16 since May 23.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Correa's homer sets Astros milestone

Shortstop's 36th long ball is most at that position in club history

Correa's homer sets Astros milestone

HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa made his rookie debut for the Astros a little more than a year ago, on June 8, 2015.

He already has more home runs as a shortstop than anyone else in the club's 51-year history.

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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.

Astros sign Cuban free-agent shortstop Sierra

Club also adds four international pitchers

Astros sign Cuban free-agent shortstop Sierra

HOUSTON -- The Astros announced the signing of Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra, as well as four other international prospects, on Saturday evening.

"Anibal stood out to me after my first look in November 2015 in the Dominican Republic," Astros senior scouting adviser Charlie Gonzalez said. "Offensively, Anibal has an aggressive hitting approach with a quick leveraged swing, high contact ability, and average to solid-average raw power."

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Fresno Grizzlies suit up in 'Three Amigos' jerseys

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Fresno Grizzlies suit up in 'Three Amigos' jerseys

Over the years, one team has elevated the Minor League promotion into an artform: the Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. They've married a pizza with a hot dog. Their mascot has married actual couples. They even dared to pose that eternal question: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"

But, as they say, with great promotional power comes great responsibility. How can you keep raising the bar when you've already worn Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle uniforms? Where is there to go after dedicating your entire franchise to the taco? For Friday night's game against the Albuquerque Isotopes: a mariachi jersey inspired by "Three Amigos!," the classic 1986 comedy starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short.

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Duffy claimed off waivers by Rangers

Duffy claimed off waivers by Rangers

HOUSTON -- The Astros announced Saturday afternoon that their division rival, the Texas Rangers, claimed infielder Matt Duffy off waivers.

The Astros designated Duffy for assignment when Houston signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel on July 16. Duffy is expected to be optioned by the Rangers to Triple-A Round Rock,

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Astros ride McCullers' arm to win over Angels

Astros ride McCullers' arm to win over Angels

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers faced the game's most productive offense this month and dominated, twirling eight-plus strong innings to lead his Astros to a 2-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Friday night, their ninth in a row against the division-rival Angels.

The Astros have gone a Major League-best 35-16 since May 23 and are now only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Rangers in the American League West.

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McCullers takes it to another level at home

McCullers takes it to another level at home

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers has been good at home before, but Friday night was something different.

McCullers took it to another level against the Angels at Minute Maid Park, striking out 10 in a season-high eight-plus innings of work in Houston's 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

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Defense is key in Astros' win over Angels

Defense is key in Astros' win over Angels

HOUSTON -- In a low-scoring affair such as the Astros' 2-1 win over the Angels at Minute Maid Park on Friday night, every play, especially on defense, matters. But two plays in particular stood out.

In the top of the third, with the game scoreless, Los Angeles' Gregorio Petit hit a slow chopper to Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena.

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Tucker makes immediate impact after callup

Tucker makes immediate impact after callup

HOUSTON -- The Astros called up a batter from Triple-A Fresno on Friday, it just wasn't the one most were expecting.

But Preston Tucker gave the Astros just what they needed in Friday night's 2-1 win over the Angels. Tucker, who started at designated hitter, tripled to Tal's Hill in the bottom of the fifth and later scored to put Houston up, 1-0.

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Fister's 7 scoreless help Astros shut down A's

Fister's 7 scoreless help Astros shut down A's

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Doug Fister strung together seven scoreless innings to help the Astros avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the A's with a commanding 7-0 win at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

"Doug was at his best," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought he did a great job of getting through their lineup and continuing to put up zeros while we hung there. We let them hang in there a little bit by not separating in the game, but Doug Fister was really, really good."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Behind red-hot Altuve, Correa racking up RBIs

Shortstop takes advantage of opportunities to drive in 3 Wednesday

Behind red-hot Altuve, Correa racking up RBIs

OAKLAND -- Each time Astros second baseman Jose Altuve reaches base -- and that has been rather frequent this year -- shortstop Carlos Correa's RBI total seems to creep upward. Correa added three more RBIs in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the A's at the Coliseum, pushing his team lead to 62.

Correa, who hits fourth in the lineup right behind the red-hot Altuve, drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and added a two-run bloop single in the eighth to push the Astros' lead to 5-0. He has 29 RBIs since June 20, which is the most in the Major Leagues in that span (Albert Pujols had 27 entering Wednesday's game against Texas).
 

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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.

Top prospect Bregman makes 1st start in LF

Houston wants shortstop, Cuban infielder Gurriel to be versatile

Top prospect Bregman makes 1st start in LF

OAKLAND -- Alex Bregman, the Astros' top prospect who's dominated Minor League pitching this year, made his first start of the season in left field for Triple-A Fresno in Wednesday's game at Round Rock, going 3-for-5. It was Bregman's ninth multi-hit effort in his last 16 games.

Bregman, a shortstop, is expected to join the Astros soon, but with Carlos Correa entrenched at shortstop in Houston, he's been playing some other positions. When he gets called up, he's expected to play some third base, designated hitter and the outfield.

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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.

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

Commissioner says no timetable set for possible discipline of Cardinals

Manfred: Investigation ongoing in data breach

ST. LOUIS -- Commissioner Rob Manfred, in his first comment on the issue since former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced on Monday, said Major League Baseball's investigation is ongoing and that there is no timetable for any potential discipline.

"It's difficult to discipline either players or clubs," Manfred said to assembled media at Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic on Thursday in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. "We've had situations where that is necessary. We're going to get to the bottom of the Houston-St. Louis situation, and we'll take appropriate action when we have all of the facts."

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. MLB.com enterprise editor Mark Newman contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Pipeline Inbox: Where would Gurriel rank if he was a prospect?

Jim Callis answers fans' questions about baseball's future stars

Pipeline Inbox: Where would Gurriel rank if he was a prospect?

About a month ago, I had a Pipeline Inbox question about my thoughts on the Astros calling up Alex Bregman. Short version of my answer: Start playing him regularly at third base and bring him to Houston ASAP.

Since then, Bregman has bid goodbye to Double-A, where he was leading the Texas League in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging (.559), and he has torn up Triple-A with a .388/.414/.746 line and six homers in 15 games. He also threw in three hits, two for extra bases, during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.