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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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November

02
Houston Astros to start Luis Garcia on short rest in Game 6 of World Series

The Astros are turning to rookie Luis Garcia, pitching on short rest, to stave off elimination from the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday. Manager Dusty Baker stated it’s Garcia’s turn to throw, and that he can always count on a rested bullpen if things go poorly for the 24-year-old. “We think that he’s the best for the job,” Baker said Monday afternoon. “We realize that he has a short leash, but then everybody out there has a short leash and operating on low rest or not full rest.” Baker reeled off all his relievers who are available on Tuesday, […]

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October

25
Sportsbooks install Houston Astros as World Series favorites over Atlanta Braves

Sportsbooks have installed the Houston Astros as World Series favorites over the Atlanta Braves. Caesars Sportsbook opened with the Astros as -150 favorites over the Braves after Atlanta finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in the National League Championship Series to get its spot in the World Series. The price has since ticked down to Houston -145, with the Braves listed at +125. Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night in Houston. The Astros are in the World Series for the third time in five seasons and have some sportsbooks facing a significant liability. In late June, Houston furniture store […]

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October

18
Houston Astros starter Luis Garcia leaves Game 2 of ALCS in second inning with right knee discomfort

The Astros are still evaluating right-handed starter Luis Garcia after he left Game 2 of the American League Championship Series versus the Red Sox with right knee discomfort. Astros manager Dusty Baker admitted the injury probably affected Garcia’s performance after he permitted a first-inning grand slam to J.D. Martinez then walked the leadoff man in the second, on four pitches, before leaving. “I think it was his push-off leg,” Baker said after the Red Sox posted a 9-5 win to even the series 1-1. “He had a strain in his knee, and he is being evaluated by our doctors.” Baker couldn’t say if Garcia would be substituted on the ALCS […]

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July

22
Hernandez, Indians top Astros 1st time in 6 tries this year

Rookie Ernie Clement had a season-high three RBI and Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night to avoid a sweep. It was 4-all with one out in the seventh when Hernandez, who earlier hit an RBI double, sent a pitch from Austin Pruitt (0-1) into the seats in right field. It was his 16th homer this season, eclipsing the career-high 15 he hit in 2018 and matched last year. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? Visit Heritage Sports! Rookie starter Eli Morgan permitted three hits and three runs […]

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July

17
McCullers, Brantley help Astros beat White Sox 7-1

Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven sparkling innings, and the Houston Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Friday night in the opener of a weekend series between AL division leaders. Michael Brantley homered and Myles Straw drove in three runs as the Astros improved to a big league-best 43-22 against teams with a .500 or better record — including a 5-0 mark versus the White Sox. Yuli Gurriel added three hits and two RBI. Looking for the best online betting site and Live betting? Visit Heritage Sports! McCullers (7-2) surrendered hits on each of his first two pitches: a leadoff triple for Tim Anderson that extended his hitting streak to […]

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