Found May 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
HOUSTON Don't call what Brandon Lyon managed on Saturday night against the Rangers a comeback. He's been optimally healthy for weeks. Lyon produced his ninth consecutive scoreless appearance at Minute Maid Park in the eighth inning, so in one sense what he delivered was par for the course. But the details of his latest outing provided a stark contrast to the progressive steps the Astros took with Lyon entering this season. If his scoreless string of seven appearances didn't capture the attention of Astros fans that lambasted Lyon throughout his struggles last season, the Houdini act of his eighth was impossible to ignore. In what could be considered his most white-knuckle hold of this season, Lyon preserved a one-run lead by retiring three consecutive batters with Rangers on base representing the tying and go-ahead runs. That the Astros managed to hold on for a 6-5 victory against the best team in baseball was in no small part related to Lyon and his ice-watered veins...

Astros patiently waiting for Lyles to settle in

HOUSTON Admit it: All of your doubts concerning Jordan Lyles' faltering promise started clanging about in the back of your mind as the Rangers battered him in the first inning on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. The chasm between his big-league debut on May 31, 2011 and his laborious third start of this season never felt wider. Lyles once represented the very best the Astros'...

Lee a valuable member of the Astros

It has been fashionable for a certain segment of Houston baseball fans to bemoan the fact that Carlos Lee is still an Astro... or that he ever was signed as an Astro in the first place. They are no doubt influenced by his large contract that runs out after this season. But make no mistake about it. Carlos Lee has been a valuable Astro even if some feel he is not worth the dollars...

Houston Astros playing it close to the vest

This past Saturday, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow took time out of his busy schedule to come speak to the local Society for American Baseball Researchers (SABR). He was delayed in arriving likely because he was coming back into Houston from scouting potential number one overall picks. Of course, he wouldn’t divulge who he was scouting or even where he...

AL move will heat up Astros, Rangers rivalry

One of the few benefits of the Astros' pending move to the American League is that games against the Rangers may actually mean something. Because, with all due respect to the much-revered Silver Boot, in recent years this interleague match-up has meant little more than an opportunity to see Josh Hamilton up close and personal. To say that the Astros and Rangers are now a rivalry...

Astros 6, Rangers 5

Justin Maxwell hit one of Houston's season-high three homers to put his team on top in the fifth inning and the Astros held on for a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Maxwell's second home run of the year came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4. Chris Snyder had a solo shot in the third and Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the fourth...

Holland coughs up 3 HRs in loss to Astros

HOUSTON (AP) -- Justin Maxwell hit one of Houston's season-high three homers to put his team on top in the fifth inning and the Astros held on for a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Maxwell's second home run of the year, and first since his first at-bat as an Astro earlier this season, came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4. Chris...

Fernando Martinez thrives after being waived by Mets

Still not 25 and an assumed prospect flop, Fernando Martinez was always too hurt to ever achieve the potential that scouts saw in his first four minor league seasons.  Met fans grew accustomed to his name being on the list of their top 10 prospects and began to assume it was inevitable that he’d be patrolling right field by now. As we all know, that was not the case.  Fernando...

Rangers are everything Astros aspire to be

HOUSTON It almost felt like Nolan Ryan was taunting beleaguered Astros fans, mashing their collective faces in the remnants of the club's egregious decision to eschew re-signing him following the 1988 season. He sat in the visitor's dugout at Minute Maid Park late Friday afternoon sporting a polo shirt emblazoned with the Texas Rangers' logo. As the media horde fawned...

Revisiting the DH

In 2013, the Houston Astros will be in the American League, making interleague play a daily occurrence. Does that mean the league will take a new vote on the DH? This week the MLB owner’s had one of their quarterly meetings in New York. What a perfect time to have a new discussion on the subject. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it was even brought up. What if baseball decided...

Cubs-Astros Preview

Houston Astros starter Bud Norris wanted to improve upon a spotty 2011, and he's doing just that. The slumping Chicago Cubs might not be able to do much to slow down his strong start to 2012. Norris will try to win a career-best fourth consecutive start Monday night at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros and Cubs begin the final season of their NL Central rivalry. Norris (4...

Kerry Wood once struck out 20 Astros. Here's all 20 K's.

Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros in the Chicago Cubs 2-0 win on May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field. Every time you check twitter or facebook, think -- gotta check Bob's Blitz. ** Follow us on... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
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