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There is not a whole lot going on with the Houston Astros that is good these days. Management seems intent almost on making the team the living embodiment of the Charlie Sheen-led Cleveland Indians from the movie Major League. Show you skills that will one day require paying you and your shipped out of town!
Good thing is the trade deadline is gone now and there is still some young talent left on the squad that can still make the game worth watching--like Jonathan Villar. The youngster has been a regular clepto. With this steal of home plate Tuesday night (a first for Houston since Craig Biggio did it back in 1989) the man has five steals in the last eight games!
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Video: Villar channels his inner Jackie Robinson
While the Houston Astros are saddled with the worst record in major league baseball (5 games worse than next closest team), there are reasons to believe they are turning the corner. Not the least of which was the recent call up of 22-year-old IF Jonathan Villar, one of the prospects resulting from the multi-year sell-off of veterans (in this case Roy Oswalt).
Villar flashed some...
Oh, look, it’s the Houston Astros. Sometimes we need a reminder that they’re in the American League, now.
On Tuesday, the ‘Stros opened a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles, losing 4-3 on Chris Davis‘ first home run since the All-Star break and falling 35 games below .500. However, give the Astros credit for their effort.
In the third inning, with Houston up 2-1...
Yasiel Puig isn’t the only MLB rookie trying to make headlines. The speedy Jonathan Villar is quietly making a difference for the Houston Astros. As CBS Sports reports, Villar stole home in last night’s game against the Orioles. Watch video of Villar, who has only played 8 major league games, make an exciting play in the top of the 3rd inning:
To add insult to injury, it was...
Deadspin's great Sean Newell writes: "During Thursday's BP, Astros reliever Travis Blackley (captured below) was hit in the head with a ball in center field. He suffered a contusion over his left eye and was questionable for the game."
He did not pitch.
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The Houston Astros have called up Jewish relief pitcher Josh Zeid. Zeid pitched for team Israel in the World Baseball classic. He threw 2/3 of an inning last night walking one batter. Mazel Tov to Zeid! Read MORE here.
From Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle comes word that the Astros have released Carlos Pena who was designated for assignment 10 days ago.
Pena was batting just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games this year for the Astros and he hit .197/.330/.354 in 160 games last year for the Rays. But he still owns a cool .813 career OPS and could draw some interest...
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been bothered by an injury to his left quadriceps for the past few days. It caused him to
miss a game last weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Astros again
decided to hold him out of last night’s lineup as a result of the ailment. While
Altuve was available to pinch-hit last night, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com
Rookie left-hander Brett Oberholtzer allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first major league win, Jason Castro hit a grand slam and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-0 Wednesday night.
Matt Dominguez homered and had a career-high four hits for the Astros, who built a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning and coasted to their most lopsided victory of the season...
It looks like Bud Norris of the Astros will be suiting up at Camden Yards ... for the Orioles. According to reports, Norris will join the team as the non-waiver trade deadline inches towards a conclusion.
ESPN reported: "The Baltimore Orioles have acquired starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder L.J. Hoes and another prospect, a team...
Astros’ ace Bud Norris was scratched from his start Tuesday amid trade rumors, and a late addition to such rumors are the Diamondbacks. The MLB.com beat writer for the Astros, Brian McTaggart, says a source has told him three teams are showing a lot of interest in the 28-year-old, the Diamondbacks, Orioles, and Pirates.
The Baltimore Orioles pulled the trigger on a deal as the deadline drew to a close acquiring pitcher Bud Norris from the cellar dweller Houston Astros. The 28-year old Norris has 5 years of major league experience under his belt all on the bump with the Astros. The former 6th round pick boasts a respectable 6-9 record with a 3.93 earned run average pitching for the worst team in...
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros to help bolster a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for what could be an extended period.
The Orioles are sending outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed prospect Josh Hader to the Astros in a deal agreed to moments before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Hammel is being...
The Pirates don’t seem to be aggressively pursuing Bud Norris.
A few rumors on the Bud Norris front just came out. Jayson Stark says the Astros seem to be collecting final offers and that the price is still high.
#Astros seem to be collecting final offers on Bud Norris. Price still high. #Orioles still interested. One dark horse could be #SFGiants
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July...
It is one of the lost plays in baseball. Stealing home plate is a risky and dangerous move.
Stealing home has been attempted by very few players at and accomplished by even less. What we are talking about here is not the “stolen base” that one gets when he is the runner on third in a double steal. It’s not the “stolen base” that a player gets when he advances during...