8/20/2014 | Invited to game, high school pal proud of Porter
Astros manager Bo Porter grew up nearby on the rough-and-tumble streets of Newark, N.J., and was a three-sport athlete at Weequahic High School. Raised by a single mother, Porter -- unlike many of his high school teammates -- managed to avoid the crime and drug problems that derailed the sports careers of many of his friends.
8/20/2014 | Years later, missed opportunity haunts Listach
Derek Jeter still gives Astros third-base coach Pat Listach a hard time about it to this day. Take a close look at the 1996 Yankees team photo and you'll see Listach in the picture along with a fresh-faced Jeter and Andy Pettitte, Wade Boggs and Tino Martinez, among others. The Yankees won the World Series that year, but Listach doesn't have any fond memories or any ring.
8/20/2014 | Yanks trying to capitalize on schedule opportunity
Four back in the American League Wild Card race, the Yankees call on Michael Pineda, who will make his second start since returning from the disabled list. The Astros, who are embracing the spoiler role, will counter with Scott Feldman in the Bronx.
8/19/2014 | Carter's 30th homer unlocks Astros' win in ninth
Chris Carter has grown accustomed to being asked about his strikeouts since he came to the Astros at the beginning of last season, but this time, his final at-bat -- a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth inning to beat the Yankees, 7-4 -- was the topic of the day.
8/19/2014 | Astros honored to share in Jeter's final season
This week's series against the Yankees marks the final time the Astros will see Derek Jeter, who will retire this season following 20 years with the Yankees. Considering the Astros are the youngest team in baseball, many of the players grew up watching Jeter in his heyday.
8/19/2014 | Crain 'grinding away' to contribute to Astros
Jesse Crain, who's been out all season after having biceps tendinitis surgery last October, joined the Astros briefly Tuesday at Yankee Stadium for a quick workout before flying back home to Houston.
8/19/2014 | Astros activate Guzman, place Downs on DL
The Astros activated infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the DL with a right oblique strain. The Downs move is retroactive to Friday.
8/19/2014 | Carter a driving force at home and for Astros
Chris Carter has power, and we aren't just talking about 30 homers in 110 games. You can start with the 850-horsepower Shelby Mustang GT500 waiting for him back in Las Vegas.
8/19/2014 | Houston couple engages in 'Bucks' challenge
Jaime and his fiancee, Alison Morehead, were in the right place at the right time before a recent game at Minute Maid Park, and now they co-star in the latest episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond" powered by Ford.
8/19/2014 | Right-hander Tropeano throws two-hit shutout
Right-hander Nick Tropeano, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, combined with two relievers to throw a two-hit shutout Monday, leading Triple-A Oklahoma City to a 7-0 victory at Sacramento. Tropeano struck out eight batters and walked none. He allowed both hits -- singles in the second and seventh innings -- and threw 109 pitches. Between the two hits, Tropeano retired 16 straight batters, six by strike out.
8/18/2014 | Improving Carter turning into a force
Chris Carter, the man who last year made a run at the Major League record for strikeouts (he struck out 212 times, third-most all-time), has turned around his season -- and maybe his career -- in a span of about six weeks with an impressive display of power that's made him the feared slugger the Astros had hoped.
8/17/2014 | Altuve's impressive campaign reaches new heights
Jose Altuve's remarkable season took center stage Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Altuve, the Astros' 5-foot-6 second baseman and two-time All-Star, tied a career high with four hits (4-for-5), including his first grand slam that capped a six-run outburst in the second inning and sent the Astros on their way to an 8-1 win.
8/17/2014 | On overturned call, Astros benefit at Red Sox's expense
An overturned call via instant replay in the second inning Sunday paid huge dividends for the Astros, who instead of hitting into an inning-ending double play, saw Jose Altuve hit his first career grand slam moments later en route to an 8-1 win over the Red Sox.
8/17/2014 | Porter advises slumping Singleton to watch Ortiz hit
Astros manager Bo Porter is always looking for ways to drop knowledge on his younger players, especially those who have star potential. That's why he had a chat with struggling rookie first baseman Jon Singleton before Saturday's game, using fellow left-handed hitter David Ortiz as an example of understanding how to hit.
8/17/2014 | Astros honor former coach, scout MacKenzie
The Astros on Sunday paid tribute to longtime Minor League coach and scout Gordy MacKenzie, who passed away Tuesday at 77, by wearing high socks as MacKenzie liked to wear.
8/17/2014 | Luhnow hopes to see Albers, Crain in action
With six weeks remaining in the season, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he'd like to see right-handed reliever Matt Albers pitch in a few games, considering the club has an option on him for the 2015 season.
8/17/2014 | Astros capitalize on review, eclipse '13 win total
Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and cranked his first career grand slam home run to cap a six-run outburst in the second inning following a crucial replay overturn of an inning-ending double play, helping send the Astros to an 8-1 win over the Red Sox and a split of the series Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
8/17/2014 | Yankees out to build momentum in Wild Card chase
The Yankees -- who are 3 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card race -- open a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Astros hoping to build on some much-needed momentum. New York lefty Chris Capuano, who has a 3.60 ERA in four starts, opposes Houston southpaw Brett Oberholtzer, who's 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA since May 24.
8/16/2014 | After 104 straight starts, Dominguez given breather
After 104 consecutive games in the starting lineup, Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez was given the day off Saturday at Fenway Park. Dominguez entered Saturday tied for the Major League lead with 122 games played.
8/16/2014 | Presley has setback while rehabbing oblique
Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback Saturday in his rehab assignment from an oblique injury when he felt discomfort warming up before a game for Tri-City. Astros manager Bo Porter said the trainers told Presley to give the injury another week or 10 days.
8/16/2014 | Marisnick surging since trade from Marlins
In his first 14 games with the Astros since coming over in a trade with the Marlins, outfielder Jake Marisnick was hitting .315 with one homer and five RBIs, including .362 in his previous 12 games entering Saturday. In 14 games with the Marlins this year, he was hitting .167.
8/16/2014 | Red Sox's Kelly excited to make first Fenway start
Joe Kelly, who has opposed the Cardinals and Reds since joining the Red Sox in a Trade Deadline deal, will finally face an American Legue opponent in Sunday's series finale against the Astros. It'll also mark the righty's first career start at Fenway as he looks to lead Boston to a series win against Houston righty Collin McHugh.
8/16/2014 | Peacock can't stop Papi as Astros let one slip away
Astros starter Brad Peacock had an opportunity to right his season and help his chances of staying in the rotation. David Ortiz had other ideas. Ortiz walloped a pair of two-run homers off Peacock and tied a career high with six RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a 10-7 come-from-behind victory over the Astros Saturday night at Fenway Park.
8/16/2014 | De La Rosa out to continue Fenway success
Every time Rubby De La Rosa has taken the hill at Fenway Park this season, his stuff has been electric and his success undeniable. The Red Sox right-hander gets the nod at home Saturday against the Astros, who turn to righty Brad Peacock in his second start since his callup from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
8/15/2014 | Astro-batics result in Houston run on wild sequence
Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop had done his job, it seemed. The Astros' Matt Dominguez grounded to short with two outs in the eighth inning and the Red Sox leading by a run Friday night at Fenway Park. But after the bizarre sequence that followed, Houston's Gregorio Petit scored to tie the game and Boston manager John Farrell challenged two aspects of the play.
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