Found August 17, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
PLAYERS: Brandon Barnes
TEAMS: Houston Astros
ANAHEIM, Calif. This season marked the first time that Houston Astros' outfielder Brandon Barnes was able to play at Angel Stadium, against the team he always grew up watching. But the Big A wasn't the field he expected to ever play on. While at nearby Katella high school, the Orange native thought he would be playing about 45 miles away at the Rose Bowl for UCLA. In order to get to the major leagues and the stadium that he used to skateboard to as a kid, he had to give up his first love: Football. Education was the driving factor, as he learned that his skills on the gridiron were more likely to land him a scholarship than his skills on the diamond. The prospect of a prestigious education at UCLA was enticing, so Barnes gave up baseball his senior year of high school in order to put all of his efforts into football. It paid off he signed with the Bruins as a safety. "My parents didn't have money to send me to college," Barnes said. I wanted to go get ...

Astros pitcher hit in chest by umpire's throw

Your browser does not support iframes. Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock was accidentally hit in the chest by a ball tossed by home plate umpire Paul Schrieber during Friday night's game in Anaheim. It happened in the fifth inning with two outs after Peacock made his first pitch to Los Angeles Angels batter Peter Bourjos, which was bunted foul. While catcher Jason Castro...

Umpire Nails Astros Pitcher Brad Peacock With Throw Back to Mound (Video)

Welcome to today’s edition of “Only the Astros.” A month after a distracted Jarred Cosart took a ball off the face from his own catcher, Houston found another one of its pitchers caught in the line of fire. This time, it was the umpire supplying the embarrassment, as a toss back to the mound by home plate ump Paul Schrieber on Friday smacked Astros starter Brad Peacock right...

Astros incentive for series wins is wearing jeans

Another arrival in jeans for the Houston Astros. If the Astros are sporting denim these days, consider it a good thing. A winning series earns Houston's players that right, and they can even wear their jeans to the ballpark ahead of the rubber game of a series. Manager Bo Porter is all for positive thinking and confidence, and some incentive, however simple it might be, during...

Brett Oberholtzer: Two Pitches, One Grip

Brett Oberholtzer‘s best pitch is his changeup. Well, that’s the one that gets the whiffs and has been his signature pitch. But it might be the curveball that best describes his approach on the mound. Because the curveball is two pitches. Brett Oberholtzer has a slider. You might not see the slider in some of […]

Home Plate Umpire Nails Unporepared Astros Pitcher With Toss To Mound

Home plate umpire Paul Schrieber has tossed a ball back to the mound thousands of times during his career, and he is not one to wait on pitchers to pay attention apparently. In a fairly comedic routine, Paul tossed a ball back at Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock and it nailed Brad as he wasn’t ready for the quick toss. No harm, no foul. Just a little laughing and confusion...

WATCH: Chris Young asks to see ball after being robbed of walk-off home run

Chris Young (and the Oakland A’s) had a rough week against the Major League Baseball worst Houston Astros.  For Young, two nights in a row, he was denied what was inches away from a walk-off home run.  On Tuesday night, his potential 2-run game winning home run was just foul (he struck out to end it).  Then on Wednesday night, Astros OF Robbie Grossman sized up the wall and...

Astros 8, Angels 2

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and Brad Peacock didn't allow an earned run while pitching into the seventh inning of the Houston Astros' 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Robbie Grossman drove in a run and scored during a three-run fifth for the major league-worst Astros (40-81), who have won three of four...

Angels unravel in the ninth, fall to Astros

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and Brad Peacock didn't allow an earned run while pitching into the seventh inning of the Houston Astros' 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Robbie Grossman drove in a run and scored during a three-run fifth for the major league-worst Astros (40-81), who...

Offense comes alive in Astros 8-2 win over Angels

A surprise member of the opening day roster righthander Brad Peacock was the first pitcher dumped out of the Astros’ rotation early this season. Chris Carter has stuck around all season leading the team in home runs and runs batted in while trying to ignore the loud critics who whine about his record strikeout pace. On Friday Peacock and Carter showed why the Astros have stuck...

Video: Umpire's throw to the mound nails unprepared Brad Peacock

Your browser does not support iframes.It's not too often a pitcher gets hits with a throw, this is usually reserved for the hitters in the batter's box, but such was the case for Houston Astros hurler Brad Peacock on Friday.With a man on base and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Peacock uncorked a pitch to Angels hitter Peter Bourjos, who squirted the ball foul...

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Game Three Preview

With the club looking to a avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the call for the Oakland A’s. The rookie right-hander took the loss on Saturday in his starting debut as the team fell 5-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The 2011 first-round pick went six innings allowing four runs, of which just two were earned as he gave up four...

Angels Beat The Astros 6-5 On Walk Off Home Run From Josh Hamilton


Astros-Angels Preview

Many expected the Astros to finish their first season in their new league at the bottom of the AL West. Few foresaw the Angels finishing only one spot ahead of them. However, that's where the teams currently reside in the standings as they open a three-game series in Los Angeles on Friday night. The Astros are a major league-worst 39-81, though it hasn't entirely come as...
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