Found July 28, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
A four-run first inning and three home runs temporarily covered up the holes in the Astros’ bullpen powering a team that won for just the third time since July 7 to an 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre Matt Dominguez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Astros (35-68) who are 2-7 since the All-Star break. Astros starting lefthander Dallas Keuchel used three double plays to limit the Blue Jays (47-56). He gave up 10 hits and six runs in 7 1/3 innings striking out six and walking one but giving up three homers. After allowing eight runs in the seventh inning and blowing a late lead Friday the Astros responded by recording four quick runs Saturday. Jonathan Villar led off with an infield single then took third on a successful hit-and-run. Jason Castro singled to right pushing Villar across home and Jose Altuve to third. With Blue Jays righthander Josh Johnson rattled Chris Carter blasted the first pitch he saw – a hanging 92 mph fas...

Erik Bedard drawing trade interest

The Houston Astros have a record of 35-68 but yet their players are drawing a lot of interest from contending teams. We’ve talked about Bud Norris and Jose Veras but now words come out that Erik Bedard is also drawing interest. Bedard has had a relatively nice season and could solidify the back end of a contenders rotation. Sources tell me Astros LHP Erik Bedard's recent...

Astros' Jose Altuve exits with quadriceps tightness

Jose Altuve had to leave yesterday's game after just six innings because of tightness in his left quadriceps.  He has not yet been diagnosed with a strain, but the team will evaluate him further today.  If he experiences continued tightness and pain, the team may upgrade the diagnosis to a strain which could result in a trip to the DL. Brian McTaggart of says Astros...

Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Morrow out for the year

The Toronto Blue Jays won three out of four this past weekend against the worse team in baseball, the Houston Astros. Despite the fact the Jays were playing a bad team, it was still refreshing to see Toronto winning the four game series, especially after starting the second half of the season on a losing note. Colby Rasmus gets smothered by his teammates after hitting the game winning...

Toronto minor leaguer Van Kirk suspended 50 games

Toronto Blue Jays Double-A outfielder Brian Van Kirk has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. Van Kirk's penalty marks the 36th this year in baseball's minor league program and eighth in as many days. The penalty starts immediately. In his second consecutive season...

Detroit Tiger acquire right- hander Jose Veras

J. Meric/Getty Images The Detroit Tigers have added an arm to their bullpen. On Monday the Tigers reached a deal with the Houston Astros for right hander Jose Veras. Veras , 32, has been one of few bright spots for the Astros this season [...]

Tigers Acquire Jose Veras from Astros

The Tigers pulled the trigger on the deal everyone knew they wanted to make, acquiring RHP Jose Veras from the Astros to help solve their bullpen depth issues, in exchange for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.

Tigers Acquire Jose Veras

Jose Veras has been acquired from the Houston Astros for outfield prospect Danny Vasquez and journeyman PTBNL. I don’t know much about him, but it seems like a no risk move. I don’t expect him to close, though I do think it’s reasonable to believe that he’ll be the setup guy. I’m afraid this means that Octavio Dotel is done for the year. I think the Tigers are done. I think...

Jays get homer happy, crush Astros

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter says his bullpen is in ''a complete funk'' right now. That's putting it mildly. Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs in one inning, including his sixth career grand slam, Jose Reyes, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie all went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Astros 12-6 on Friday night. The Astros are 14-58 this season when their...

Cameraman snags foul ball at Blue Jays game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A SportsNet cameraman made a nice two-handed grab of a foul ball at Sunday's Toronto Blue Jays game. Read more » Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.

Tigers acquire reliever Veras from Astros

The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named. Veras is 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA this season, and the 32-year-old right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski says the team is pleased...

Blue Jays 12, Astros 6

Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs in one inning, including his sixth career grand slam, Jose Reyes, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 12-6 on Friday night. Encarnacion became the first Blue Jays player in nearly 20 years to homer twice in the same inning when he accomplished the feat in the seventh against Paul Clemens...

Tigers acquire Astros closer Jose Veras

The bullpen wheel of destiny has been spun by Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, and it's landed on veteran Jose Veras of the Houston Astros. The Tigers have acquired Veras from the Astros in exchange for prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later. Relief pitching has been a bit of an issue for the Tigers this season after Bruce Rondon, the preseason favorite for...

Blue Jays 2, Astros 1

Learning to forget past failures has made Colby Rasmus a better hitter this season. It sure worked out for him Sunday. After going hitless in his first four at-bats, Rasmus drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a game-winning single in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 2-1. Rasmus' game-winning hit came two innings after he popped out to end the seventh...

2013 MLB Power Rankings: July 29

Each week during the baseball season Athlon Sports looks at the best (Oakland A's) and worst (Houston Astros) baseball teams and players in the...

Encarnacion belts two homers in same inning, including grand slam (VIDEO)

Edwin Encarncaion had a game he will never forget on Friday night and made Toronto Blue Jays history when the All-Star became only the second player in their almost 37 year existence to hit two home runs in the same inning.  Joe Carter was the first Jay to turn the trick in their regular season finale against the Baltimore Orioles back on October 3, 1993. ...
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