Ten months ago, Philip Humber threw baseball's 21st perfect game. Now...the righty is in camp with the Houston Astros talking about, for some reason, his hatred of dolphins.
Apparently, as the story goes, the then-6-year-old Humber and his family were on vacation and his father gave him some cash to buy a souvenir. Humber, coincidentally an Astros fan, bought "the most expensive item he could afford"...an Astros ring.
Then, the family went to Sea World in San Antonio.
“I had the ring on, and we go into this dolphin exhibit where you can actually get the dolphins to come up to you and touch them," Humber describes.“The ring falls off. It’s loud in this place, and I’m yelling to my dad, ‘I can’t reach it!’ And here comes this dolphin and swallows that ring. Oh, it was devastating, man. I hated dolphins for a long time after that.”
Brandon Laird hit a grand slam and Rick Ankiel hit his first home run of the spring, leading the Houston Astros to a 7-6 victory over a split squad of New York Yankees on Thursday.
Laird's grand slam came in the sixth inning off loser Shane Greene.
Ankiel, trying to make the Astros as a 33-year-old outfielder, has six hits in nine spring at-bats. His homer off Mike O'Brien...
Last year at this time, I previewed each team leading until the opening day of the season. My formula was using over/ unders to figure out what I thought teams looked like and order them 1-30 based on my projected finish. And I published the previews in inverse order based on said projected finish. I took some chances, and was wrong on some and right on others. My biggest blunder...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Brett Wallace would be at the top of the list of players most likely to start the season at first base for the Houston Astros.
Wallace started at third base Tuesday in the Astros' 9-4 exhibition victory over the Detroit Tigers, then moved over to first base for three innings after hitting a home run and a couple of singles.
"I'm really comfortable...
The Tampa Bay Rays improve to 4-1 in spring training after they defeated the Houston Astros 7-2. The game was called after 5½ innings sue to rain. Cy Young winner David Price got his first action this spring. He had a 19 pitch inning, giving up a walk and a hit. Price was hit on his bare hand but proved to be OK after the following pitch was a 95-mph fastball. Thirdbaseman Evan...
Spring training is usually a time of hope.
Unless you're the Houston Astros. Or the Miami Marlins.
With no-name rosters and in the midst of massive rebuilding jobs, these teams are more likely to be remembered as among the worst in recent years than make any sort of run for the playoffs.
Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell isn't fazed by the low expectations, even though Houston...
Outfield prospect George Springer hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the fourth inning and a two-run drive against Claudio Vargas in the fifth, helping the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday.
Houston, 29th among the 30 teams in batting average last year, had 18 hits, including two each by Springer, J.D. Martinez, Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan...
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