Injured Springer ready to support teammates

Injured Springer ready to support teammates

BOSTON -- Astros outfielder George Springer walked from the clubhouse to the field about two hours prior to Friday's game at Fenway Park while singing in unison with teammate Jose Altuve. Springer is out for six weeks with a fractured right wrist, but his large presence on the team remains.

Wearing a soft cast that bore the signature of several of his teammates and manager A.J. Hinch, Springer spoke about the disappointment of not being able to play, noting that it's important he travels with the club to show his support for his teammates.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Presley joins banged-up Astros for depth

Outfielders Marisnick, Rasmus nearing conclusion of rehab stints

Presley joins banged-up Astros for depth

BOSTON -- The Astros' outfield depth is being put to the test with two starters -- Jake Marisnick and George Springer -- on the disabled list and part-time starter Colby Rasmus having spent three days in the hospital because a skin infection caused by some sort of bite.

Veteran outfielder Alex Presley joined the team Friday and started in center field after spending the entire first three months of the season at Triple-A Fresno. Marisnick, who was scheduled to play his third and final rehab game for Fresno on Friday, is expected to join the club Sunday in Boston. Rasmus was cleared to play Friday and could start Saturday.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hot start nets Correa monthly AL rookie honor

Astros shortstop debuted June 8, batted .287 with 5 HRs, 15 RBIs

Hot start nets Correa monthly AL rookie honor

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on Thursday was named American League Rookie of the Month for June.

Correa, who made his Major League debut on June 8, hit .287 with nine doubles, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .543 slugging percentage in his 21 games in the month. Among AL rookies in June, Correa ranked first in OPS (.852), doubles, RBIs and in slugging percentage. Additionally, he ranked tied for first in home runs and third in hits and in batting average.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

Organization reportedly recommends charges against at least one Cards employee

FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

ST. LOUIS -- The FBI's investigation into an unauthorized entry into the Houston Astros' database has concluded, and federal investigators have recommended that at least one Cardinals employee be charged, CNN reported on Friday. The report did not identify that employee.

The Cardinals have been under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for several months regarding the matter. According to The New York Times, which broke the story on June 16, evidence was found that at least one Cardinals employee illegally accessed a database that contained internal discussions of trades and scouting reports.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Springer forced to DL with right wrist fracture

Springer forced to DL with right wrist fracture

HOUSTON -- The Astros placed George Springer on the 15-day DL with a right wrist fracture Thursday, one day after he took a pitch off his wrist and left the Astros' 6-5 win over the Royals in the sixth inning.

In a corresponding move, Houston recalled Alex Presley from Triple-A Fresno, where he was hitting .308 with 74 hits and 35 RBIs in 64 games. The Astros also transferred pitcher Brad Peacock to the 60-day DL.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros sign int'l OF prospect Celestino

Sources say Dominican star's bonus is for $2.25 million, plus $275,000 for college

Astros sign int'l OF prospect Celestino

The Astros have signed teenage outfielder Gilberto Celestino of the Dominican Republic. The package is worth $2.5 million, according to industry sources.

The deal for Celestino, ranked No. 7 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, includes a $2.25 million signing bonus and $275,000 for college.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altuve-led Astros rally to get sweep of Royals

Altuve-led Astros rally to get sweep of Royals

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve made his final case for an All-Star starting spot on Wednesday night, and it was a memorable one.

Altuve went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base while scoring the decisive run on a bang-bang play at the plate as the Astros swept the Royals with a 6-5 win at Minute Maid Park.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros sign second-rounder Eshelman

Astros sign second-rounder Eshelman

HOUSTON -- Undrafted out of high school, second-round pick Thomas Eshelman, who was selected No. 46 overall in this year's Draft, sat in the Astros' dugout on Wednesday unable to adequately articulate how his rise to prominence has come to be.

"It's a blur," Eshelman said. "It's just very humbling to be out there watching a bullpen with the big league pitching coach and watching two big league starters go out and do their business. Very fun to be a part of."

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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.

"They're forming that bond that you hope a second baseman and shortstop develop that can last a long time," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

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Straily set to make Astros debut at Fenway

Right-hander went 6-6 with a 4.06 ERA at Triple-A Fresno

Straily set to make Astros debut at Fenway

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Dan Straily will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno and make his first start of 2015 on Friday in the series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said on Wednesday.

Straily replaces recently demoted Brett Oberholtzer in the rotation.

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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.

Jose Altuve added a run-scoring double in the fifth, but by then, Keuchel was well on his way to his 10th win of the season. Now a 10-game winner in back-to-back seasons, Keuchel worked around two doubles in the first two innings to strand six and strike out seven. The lefty is now the first Astros pitcher since Roy Oswalt in 2005 to win 10 games before the All-Star break.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Until Tuesday night.

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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.

Not his 2.03 ERA, which is now the lowest in the American League. Not his back-to-back 10-win seasons after mustering only nine in his first two seasons combined.

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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.

Feldman threw a three-inning simulated game of about 50 pitches on Tuesday afternoon with Marisnick and Jon Singleton standing in and taking swings, even shattering Marisnick's bat on an inside changeup.

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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.

And McCullers pays no mind to what opponents expect of him.

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Richard Justice

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.

"This season is the most fun I've ever had on a baseball field," Keuchel said.

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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.

Chris Carter also launched a towering, 421-foot home run to lead off the fifth -- his 14th of the season -- but this Astros' win didn't just boil down to the long ball. Patient at-bats from the Major League leaders in strikeouts led to three straight walks in the second inning -- the last of which came with the bases loaded to put the first run on the board -- and inflated Royals starter Joe Blanton's pitch count.

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Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com and Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

On a Lorenzo Cain blooper during the Astros' 6-1 win over the Royals on Monday, the Houston center fielder hit a top speed, according to Statcast™, of 18.3 mph in only 2.7 seconds to make a diving grab and rob Cain of a hit for the third out of the third inning. According to Statcast™, Springer made his first step in -0.185 seconds, meaning he was moving before contact Cain made contact.

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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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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.

With the Yankees taking a 1-0 lead in the inning and Brett Gardner on first, Rodriguez popped a ball into no-man's land behind first base. First baseman Chris Carter and right fielder Domingo Santana converged on it before Altuve sprinted over, watched the ball pop out of his glove and secured the catch.

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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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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

McHugh and Yankees starter Michael Pineda were locked in a pitchers' duel until Correa's seventh-inning double and Evan Gattis' ensuing RBI triple broke a 1-1 deadlock. McHugh struck out eight in his second consecutive eight-inning start, retiring 17 of the final 18 hitters he faced.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

"I watch him closely and I'm also paid to push him," said manager A.J. Hinch after the Astros' 3-1 win on Sunday. "There are things that we can do to continue to notch him forward and get him on the fast track to learning the big leagues. I know it doesn't look like he needs much encouragement, but he's got a great source of people around him that are pushing him to be great."

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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