9/29/2014 | Banister interviews, doesn't get Astros job
Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, a finalist for the Houston managerial job that went to A.J. Hinch on Monday, thanked the Astros organization for the opportunity to realize dream job No. 2. But Banister was also grateful to still have dream job No. 1.
9/29/2014 | Astros hand managerial reins to Hinch
At a news conference at Minute Maid Park this evening, the Astros named A.J. Hinch their next manager.
9/29/2014 | Astros take leap forward in eventful 2014 season
Yes, the Astros had nowhere to go but up after winning only 51 games in 2013, and their performance this year certainly brings reasons for optimism when you consider they finished with one of the biggest turnarounds in the Major Leagues.
9/29/2014 | Astros hope to boost offense, look to youth next season
When asked what his top priority will be this offseason in terms of improving the Astros, general manager Jeff Luhnow didn't hesitate in saying offense. The Astros were an improved offensive team from a year ago, thanks to Jose Altuve's remarkable season, the arrival of George Springer, the acquisition of Dexter Fowler and the second-half resurgence of Chris Carter.
9/28/2014 | Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15
When he was asked about Sunday being his last game, Astros interim manager Tom Lawless bristled and said he's going to have a uniform on next year. Whether that's managing the Astros or working elsewhere in their organization remains to be seen.
9/28/2014 | Houston BBWAA recognizes Altuve, Keuchel, McHugh
The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced its annual awards for the 2014 season on Sunday, with Jose Altuve winning team Most Valuable Player, lefty Dallas Keuchel winning Pitcher of the Year and right-hander Collin McHugh being named Rookie of the Year.
9/28/2014 | Altuve's two hits in finale lock up batting title
It was a big day for Nick Tropeano, the Long Island native making his first career start at Citi Field. It was a big day for rookie catcher Max Stassi, who had a pair of RBIs. But this stage belonged to the little guy who had the biggest day of all. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had a pair of hits to lock up the American League battle title in an 8-3 loss to the Mets that put a cap on the 2014 season.
9/27/2014 | Altuve claims first batting crown in Astros history
If you know anything about Jose Altuve, you weren't surprised he wound up wanting to play Sunday after originally being out of the lineup. And if you know anything else about Altuve, you weren't surprised to see him rise to the occasion. The Astros' second baseman went 2-for-4 to secure the American League batting title, ending the year with a .341 average.
9/27/2014 | Altuve's chase, Abreu's retirement mark final day
One more game. That's all that separates Bobby Abreu from retirement, Jose Altuve from a batting title, their teammates from a restful offseason and both clubs' fans from another winter to dream of what might await in Spring Training. The Mets will start Bartolo Colon against the Astros' Nick Tropeano on Sunday.
9/27/2014 | Sipp, Astros lose shutout bid on walk-off homer
Lucas Duda blasted a pitch from Tony Sipp and sent it down the right-field line, clanking it off the foul pole for a two-out, two-run walk-off homer that sent the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Astros on Saturday night at Citi Field.
9/27/2014 | Altuve picked to play for MLB All-Star team in Japan
Now that he's conquered the Major Leagues, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is taking his hitting prowess to Japan. Altuve told MLB.com on Saturday the Major League Baseball Players Association called him earlier this week and invited him to play to the MLB All-Star team during the All-Star Series 2014, which is a five-game series against Japan's national team this November in Japan.
9/27/2014 | Astros interview three candidates for manager position
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow swooped into Citi Field on Saturday and interviewed three members of the organization -- interim manager Tom Lawless, third base coach Pat Listach and Triple-A manager Tony DeFrancesco -- for the club's vacant manager position.
9/26/2014 | Altuve continues quest for batting title vs. Mets
Jose Altuve enters Saturday's Astros-Mets contest at Citi Field with a six-point lead in the race for the American League batting title. Standing in his way will be Mets rookie Rafael Montero.
9/26/2014 | Altuve sparks win with 223rd hit of the season
The Astros pulled Brad Peacock with two outs in the fifth inning -- one out of shy of qualifying for a win -- and Kevin Chapman came in and recorded the final out before the Astros scored three times in the sixth to beat the Mets, 3-1, on Friday night at Citi Field.
9/26/2014 | Challenge overturns stolen base call in second inning
Dexter Fowler was originally called out on a stolen base that would have ended the second inning, but the umpires overturned the call.
9/26/2014 | Chapman thrilled to share field with cousin den Dekker
Astros pitcher Kevin Chapman and Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, who are cousins and best friends, faced off for the first time at Citi Field on Friday.
9/26/2014 | Nevin honored to be considered for managerial postition
Phil Nevin, a candidate to become manager of the Astros, told MLB.com on Friday he was thrilled at the possibility to return to the organization that drafted him 22 years ago.
9/25/2014 | Altuve's outstanding season a product of yearlong adjustments
Jose Altuve and hitting coach John Mallee met before the season to discuss adjustments at the plate, and Mallee set down three goals for the year. All of them will be accomplished if Altuve wins the American League batting title.
9/25/2014 | Astros get permission to interview Nevin for skipper's job
The Astros have received permission to interview former big leaguer Phil Nevin to be their manager, a baseball source confirmed on Thursday. Nevin, a former No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston, is managing in the D-backs' Minor League system at Triple-A Reno.
9/25/2014 | Altuve looks to finish off Astros' first batting title
Mets lefty Jon Niese (9-11, 3.50 ERA), who's looking to set a career low in ERA and a career high in innings, gets the start for the Mets against the Astros and Brad Peacock on Friday night at Citi Field.
9/24/2014 | Feldman's fine first season in Houston ends with loss
Though the numbers, which include a career-high 12 losses, won't be cause for celebration, Scott Feldman delivered in his first season wearing an Astros uniform, which came to an end Wednesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
9/24/2014 | Berkman, the student, makes field trip to Minute Maid
When Astros director of decision sciences Sig Mejdal, who oversees the club's analytics department, invited some Rice University students to come to Minute Maid Park on Sunday for a presentation on analytics, he had no idea about the star pupil who would walk through the door.
9/24/2014 | Lawless to interview Saturday for managerial position
Astros interim manager Tom Lawless will interview with general manager Jeff Luhnow on Saturday in New York for the full-time managerial position, he told MLB.com. Lawless has been managing the Astros since Bo Porter was dismissed on Sept. 1.
9/24/2014 | Bonilla, Rangers eye continued success vs. Astros
Rookie Lisalverto Bonilla will get another chance to impress the Rangers as they seek a three-game sweep against Scott Feldman and the Astros on Wednesday at Globe Life Park.
9/23/2014 | Altuve chasing more history, AL batting crown
With four games remaining, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.343) and hits (221) and the American League in stolen bases (54), putting him in position to become just the second player since 1945 to lead his league in those three categories in the same season.
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