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September

20
Red-hot Houston Astros down Tampa Bay Rays, seal fifth AL West crown in past six years

The Houston Astros clinched their fifth American League West title in six years, getting a leadoff home run from Jose Altuve in a 4-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. Headed to the postseason for the sixth consecutive season, Houston won for the eighth time in nine games and improved the AL’s best record to 97-51. A major league-best 16-4 (.800) in their last 20 games, the Astros are now assured of a first-round bye in the playoffs. “It never gets old. It’s always fun,” Alex Bregman said of the Astros’ winning yet another division title. “This is why we play the game. We play the […]

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September

16
Díaz homers in 7th to break tie, Astros beat A’s 5-2

Aledmys Díaz hit a two-run homer, Lance McCullers Jr. had a solid start and the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory. At 94-50, American League-leading Houston’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot is one. The Astros are 13-3 in their last 16 games. Díaz broke a 2-2 tie in seventh inning, roping an 84-mph slider from Joel Payamps (3-6) into the left-field Crawford Boxes. Díaz has 11 homers this season. Houston picked up another run in the seventh when Kyle Tucker singled to score Yordan Alvarez. McCullers had 11 strikeouts — his most since July 29, 2018 — and held […]

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September

13
Valdez pitches 1st shutout, Astros blank Tigers 7-0

Framber Valdez pitched his first career shutout and the Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 on Monday night. Valdez (15-5) posted his 24th consecutive quality start, tying New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom (2018) for the longest single-season streak. “This means a lot to me, because it means I’m helping the team when I’m pitching,” Valdez said through a translator. “They help me with their great defense and their offense, and I know I’m giving them a chance to win.” The All-Star left-hander gave up six hits and struck out eight with one walk. “That’s a monumental streak — a lot of great pitchers have never come close […]

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July

22
Alvarez homers as Astros down Yankees 7-5 for DH sweep

The Houston Astros opened the second half of the season by sweeping the New York Yankees in a doubleheader Thursday to inch closer in the standings to the team with baseball’s best record. Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman both homered and combined for five RBI as the Astros completed the sweep with a 7-5 victory in Game 2. Chas McCormick added a two-run home run for the Astros, who won the season series 5-2. The Yankees are 64-30 and Houston’s two wins Thursday improved the team to 61-32. “You want to get off to a good start, and I think everybody came in ready to play,” Bregman said. […]

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June

27
Yankees’ Judge walks off Astros for 2nd time in 4 days

Aaron Judge drove a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit versus the Astros in four days, and the New York Yankees recovered after nearly being no-hit for the second consecutive game to defeat Houston 6-3 for a four-game split between the AL’s top teams. Giancarlo Stanton ended a historic hitless drought for New York with a one-out homer in the seventh inning, and DJ LeMahieu followed with a tying two-run drive in the eighth. After Michael King stranded the bases loaded in the 10th, Isiah Kiner-Falefa dropped a two-strike bunt that moved automatic runner Aaron Hicks to third. Right-hander Seth Martinez intentionally walked pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter and struck out LeMahieu, setting […]

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May

24
Ramírez homers, McKenzie sharp as Cleveland downs Astros 6-1

José Ramírez homered with four RBI and Triston McKenzie pitched seven sharp innings to help the Cleveland Guardians to a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. Ramírez had two hits, highlighted by a two-run shot in the fifth inning that pushed the lead to 4-0. McKenzie (3-3) permitted just three hits as he pitched a season-high seven innings for his second consecutive start. The only run he allowed came on a solo homer by Alex Bregman to start the seventh. Houston starter Luis Garcia (3-3) allowed five hits and four runs, two of which were earned, but the other two came because of his throwing error in […]

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April

04
Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander happy to get through spring training healthy

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander pitched five solid innings in his final spring training tuneup Sunday and pronounced himself healthy and ready to start the season. His next start is set to come in the third game of the year, next Saturday night on the road versus the Los Angeles Angels. “I’m happy to get through it healthy, but I still have some stuff to work on,” Verlander said. “I’m looking at it two different ways. Definitely pleased with the health part, though.” The two-time Cy Young winner hasn’t pitched in the regular season since July 2020; after making his first start in the […]

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January

21
Free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa hires Scott Boras to represent him

Star free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa has hired agent Scott Boras, Correa told ESPN over the phone Tuesday night. On the 47th day of Major League Baseball’s lockout, with transactions frozen and Correa still without a team, the 27-year-old player joined Boras, the veteran agent who before the work stoppage negotiated $630 million in deals for Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Max Scherzer. Correa, who in seven campaigns with the Houston Astros made two All-Star teams and won the 2017 World Series, entered this winter on the top of most free-agent boards. While multiple teams expressed interest in Correa, Seager signed the pre-lockout megadeal with the Texas Rangers for $325 million […]

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November

18
Houston Astros keep ace Justin Verlander with one-year, $25 million deal

The Houston Astros and right-hander Justin Verlander have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for a second season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award for Houston in 2019 but made just one appearance during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season due to an elbow troubles. He had surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament Sept. 30, 2020, and missed all of the 2021 season, his last before the end of his contract with the Astros. He held a showcase for about 20 teams earlier this month and looked healthy and sharp, Astros general […]

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November

11
Free agent Justin Verlander ‘looks like himself’ after Tommy John surgery, says Houston Astros GM

Free-agent ace Justin Verlander looked healthy and sharp at a showcase for scouts Monday, according to his former general manager with the Houston Astros. James Click stated at Tuesday’s general manager meetings that Verlander “looks like himself” 13 months after having Tommy John surgery. “We’ve kept a close eye on him,” Click said. “He’s been great about letting us know when he’s going to be throwing so we can get in there and get an eye on him, see how he’s doing. The videos I’ve seen have been awesome.” Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? Visit Heritage […]

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