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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer When Houston's Marwin Gonzalez broke up Yu Darvish's perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning April 2, the first question many asked was: Who is Marwin Gonzalez?
Three weeks later, Gonzalez is showing he's no one-hit wonder. The shortstop - who bats ninth - entered Thursday hitting .289 in 16 games and his three homers are third on the team.
He's also been strong defensively, teaming with second baseman Jose Altuve to turn some dazzling double plays, and has been one of the few bright spots in Houston's tough start.
Manager Bo Porter says Gonzalez has been ''terrific'' and that he's getting better every day.
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MLB News: The Houston Astros recalled outfielder Robbie Grossman on Wednesday from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He replaces Justin Maxwell who is on the disabled list with an injured hand.
Fantasy Ramifications: Grossman has no fantasy value in full-league formats. While he can have some in AL only leagues, it isn’t enough to warrant dropping someone with promise. Keep Grossman on...
Houston Astros center fielder Justin Maxwell was hit in the
left hand during last night’s contest against the Seattle Mariners. While a run
scored following the HBP, the pitch also fractured the fifth metacarpal on
Maxwell’s hand, according to Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle.
Maxwell was disappointed by the injury, but he told
reporters that he expects to...
Despite another bad outing on Thursday the Houston Astros have no plans to remove Philip Humber from the starting rotation. Humber has a 7.99 ERA on the season after allowing 15 runs over his last two starts.
The Astros picked up Humber in November after he was placed on waivers by the White Sox. White with the White Sox the right hander had a perfect game on April 21. Since then...
Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno and Brandon Laird homered, Lucas Harrell pitched seven innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-3 on Wednesday.
The Astros took two of three in the series, and four of their seven wins this season have come against the Mariners, their new AL West foe. Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this season.
If indeed John Farrell was hired by the Red Sox to get Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz straightened out, then consider the process to be a smashing success so far. One night removed from Lester's 4th win of the season, Buchholz dominated the Houston Astros 7-2 to become the 1st 5-game winner in the Major Leagues this season.
Buchholz (pictured) went 7.2 innings allowing 2 runs...
Can I go home now? (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
How bad are the Houston Astros, you ask? They made Ryan Dempster look like Clay Buchholz tonight as Boston cruised to an easy 7-3 victory.
The Red Sox had no trouble trouble at the plate or on the mound tonight. Their 5 pitchers combined for 14 strike outs, and they amassed 17 hits and 4 home runs with their bats.
The Houston Astros played their first game in Fenway Park as a member of the American League, and they may not want to remember much of the game. Red Sox hitters jumped all over Phil Humber early, plating 4 runs in the first inning. While the offense may have missed some speed with Shane Victorino currently out and on a day to day basis they did not let this slow them down. Pitching...
The Houston Astros were welcomed for the first time to Fenway Park as an American League team, and the Red Sox did not give them a warm welcome.
The Red Sox stuck early once again, and a win tomorrow will give them their sixth series win out of eight. Here are the four bases:
First Base: There may still be lingering questions about Clay Buchholz, but those questions have diminished...
Series Preview: Houston Astros (7-14) vs. Boston Red Sox (14-7) After splitting the first six games of the homestand against the Royals and Athletics, the AL-best (14-7) Red Sox take will on the AL-worst (7-14) Houston Astros for four games this weekend before heading back out on the road. Houston, who has the worst record in the American League, heads to Fenway after winning...
Game 22: Red Sox 7-2
The Houston Astros are in town, and the Red Sox really need to put a hurting on this team to show they are a serious contender. Many past Red Sox teams have really struggled versus weak teams, and the Astros are, by definition, the weakest team in the American League. It actually took me a while to remember that Houston is actually now an AL team, as they have...
Game 3 Mariners vs. Astros Preview
Time for the series clincher! The biggest matchup thus far this season. The turning point! Have I built it up enough?
Half of the Houstons victories have come against Seattle. The Astros look to beat the visiting Mariners for the fourth time this season when the teams conclude a three-game series on Wednesday.
Mariners LH Joe Saunders...
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox responded to a good old-fashioned beatdown by bouncing back and grinding out a 6-5 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. Now, the Sox’ focus turns to the Astros, who arrive at Fenway Park on Thursday for the start of a four-game set.
Houston, in its first year in the American League West, figures to have a difficult season ahead. The Astros are a very young...
First Pitch: Thursday 6:35, Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Thursday: Philip Humber, RHP (0-4, 6.63 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (4-0, 0.90 ERA)
Friday: Erik Bedard, LHP (0-1, 6.17 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-2, 3.38 ERA)
Saturday: Brad Peacock, RHP (1-2, 7.50 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (2-0, 4.32 ERA)
Sunday: Bud Norris, RHP (3-2, 4.13 ERA) vs. John...
Marwin Gonzalez homered, Bud Norris rebounded from a tough start last time out and the Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
The game was tied at 1 when Gonzalez launched his homer about 10 rows into the stands in right field to start Houston's third. Gonzalez, who bats ninth, hit just four home runs in...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Thursday, April 25 @ 6:35 PM
Philip Humber, RHP (0-4, 6.63) vs Clay Buchholz, RHP (4-0, 0.90)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Friday, April 26 @ 7:10 PM
Erik Bedard, LHP (0-1, 6.17) vs Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-2, 3.38)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...