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Rays sign 4 arbitration-eligible players to 1-year deals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to one-year contracts with four of their five remaining arbitration-eligible players, leaving left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly as the only one who didn't reach terms. Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA last season, when injuries limited him to 12 starts. ''It's disappointing when we don't reach an agreement before the filing date...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays agree to 1-year deals with four arbitration-eligible players

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Rays agreed to one-year deals with almost half their arbitration-eligible players, settling Thursday with pitchers Alex Cobb and Jake McGee, and outfielders Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer. Cobb, who missed last season and is recovering from Tommy John surgery, receives a $4 million salary, the same as in 2015. McGee gets a raise from $3.55 million...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Hank Conger’s Jon Lester Season Behind the Plate

Jon Lester became a talking point during last year’s postseason for all the wrong reasons. For all the good things Lester can do on a pitcher’s mound, he has this one glaring weakness, and last October, that glaring weakness was exposed on a national stage. In the American League Wild Card game, the Royals ran all over Lester, taking full advantage of his inability to make pickoff...
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros make non-tender deadline decisions, trade Conger to Rays

The Houston Astros made some roster decisions on Wednesday night in time for the non-tender deadline. In addition to cutting slugger Chris Carter loose, the Astros traded catcher Hank Conger to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations: In 73 games for the Astros in 2015, Conger hit .229/.311/.448 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI as Castro's backup. In addition to setting Conger and...
Via Fox Sports
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Catcher Is Watching You

As Melvin Upton steps to the plate and readies for the pitch, Buster Posey appraises him. First, he looks at his feet as they dig in. Gradually, his eyes move up Upton’s body, brazenly staring as he takes in information. Down pops the sign as the catcher moves his attention to the pitcher. It’s not just idle ogling. He’s looking for clues. Which ones? Brandon Moss thought...
Via Fangraphs
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros deal Twins one-sided road defeat, 8-0

HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh went 7 2/3 innings and Hank Conger hit a grand slam as the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 8-0 on Friday night. McHugh (15-7) gave up seven hits and struck out six in picking up his second straight win. McHugh has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts. Colby Rasmus had two hits, including a monstrous two-run homer into the upper...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros deal Twins one-sided road defeat, 8-0

HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh went 7 2/3 innings and Hank Conger hit a grand slam as the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 8-0 on Friday night. McHugh (15-7) gave up seven hits and struck out six in picking up his second straight win. McHugh has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts. Colby Rasmus had two hits, including a monstrous two-run homer into the upper...
Via Fox Sports North
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Catcher Hank Conger Crushes Second Grand Slam Of The Season In Win Over Twins

When hank Conger stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning Friday night against the Minnesota Twins with bases loaded he was probably thinking how he would love to get a hit so that he could pad the team's 3-0 lead. A single would likely plate two; a double could possibly clear the bases.A home run--or in this case a grand slam--would clear the bases too, and give...
Via FatManWriting
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers use small ball to get to Astros' Kazmir

ARLINGTON, Texas –€“ The Rangers knew they had a big challenge against Astros starter Scott Kazmir on Wednesday. So big, their plan was to go small against him. The plan worked just enough for the Rangers to post a 4-3 win and sweep the three-game series with Astros. With the speedy Delino DeShields and recent call-up Ryan Strausborger batting first and second, the Rangers wanted...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros' catcher 'problem' keeps manager Hinch awake at night

You know that phrase 'too much of a good thing'? The Houston Astros do at the moment, considering that both of their catchers - lefty-hitting Jason Castro and switch-hitting Hank Conger - are both red-hot at the plate. Over the weekend, Conger smacked the Astros' first grand slam of 2015 as he continues his recent success as a hitter. Castro, who gets the bulk of playing time at...
Via Fox Sports
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Conger, Correa both hit 2 homers as Astros down D-backs

HOUSTON The Houston Astros have homered so many times this season that Hank Conger thought they'd certainly hit a grand slam. It was only after he hit one one Saturday night that he learned it was their first this year. Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via AP on Fox
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Hank Conger Hits First Grand Slam Of The Season For The Houston Astros

Houston Astros catcher Hank Conger does not impress easily. That much is clear from the look on his face in this shot. It never hurts to have someone that is going to keep you grounded, right?It is kind of hard not to be impressed with the kind of game Conger had though. His home run in the third would have been enough to make it a good game, but he opted to make it a great one by...
Via FatManWriting
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Conger, Correa both hit two homers as Astros down Arizona

The Houston Astros have homered so many times this season that Hank Conger thought they'd certainly hit a grand slam. It was only after he hit one one Saturday night that he learned it was their first this year. Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...
Via AP on Fox
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Conger, Correa both hit two homers as Astros down Arizona

The Houston Astros have homered so many times this season that Hank Conger thought they'd certainly hit a grand slam. It was only after he hit one one Saturday night that he learned it was their first this year. Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. ...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs' bats go dark as win streak snapped

HOUSTON -- Hank Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Houston Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Dallas Keuchel (13-5) allowed two hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings to extend Houston's lead in the AL West to three games. It was the major league-leading...
Via AP on Fox
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs' bats go dark as win streak snapped

HOUSTON -- Hank Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Houston Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Dallas Keuchel (13-5) allowed two hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings to extend Houston's lead in the AL West to three games. It was the major league-leading...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Conger, Correa both hit 2 homers as Astros down DBacks 9-2

HOUSTON (AP) Hank Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Houston Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Dallas Keuchel (13-5) allowed two hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings to extend Houston's lead in the AL West to three games. It was the major league...
Via AP on Fox
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros' Conger credits 'discipline', coaching staff for offensive success

Hank Conger was primarily a backup catching option for the Los Angeles Angels early in his career, but he wasn't much of a hitter. This season, however, he's experiencing a bit of an offensive renaissance with the Houston Astros. After going 2-3 against his former club in the Astros' win over the Angels on Tuesday night, Conger is hitting .235 with an OBP of .343 in 42 games - well...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Rivalry between Rangers, Astros intensifies after Saturday dust-up

In Saturday's contest, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers got into a bit of a 'situation' in the ninth inning. Rangers infielder Rougned Odor and Astros catcher Hank Conger exchanged some words (later revealed to be regarding how long Odor was taking to get back into the batter's box). Shortly thereafter, both dugouts spilled out onto the field, with Rangers star Prince Fielder...
Via Fox Sports
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers and Astros benches clear after Odor upsets Conger

The Rangers and Astros had the benches clear tonight after Texas second baseman Rougned Odor said something to upset Houston catcher Hank Conger. Your browser does not support iframes. The clearing was for the most part pretty uneventful after Prince Fielder managed to play peacemaker. The most interesting aspect of the entire confrontation were Rangers manager […] The post Rangers...
Via The Majors National
July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

7/9 Recap: Outstanding Anderson, Sixth Inning Hit Parade Carry Tribe

Player of the Game Cody Anderson continued to pitch extremely well at the MLB level. The Tribe rookie turned in 6.2 innings only allowing one run and three hits. Houston’s lone run came on a solo home run from Hank Conger in the third inning. Since being promoted to the big leagues, the right hander has been outstanding. The California native is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA through 29...
Via Burning River Baseball
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Fan smashed in face by Hank Conger’s home run ball, glasses go flying (video)

Houston Astros catcher Hank Conger hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning that wrapped up all the scoring in the team’s 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. While Conger’s round-tripper proved damaging to the Rockies’ hopes of getting back into the game, the actual ball he hit...Read More The post Fan smashed in face by Hank Conger’s home...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros Fan Fails to Catch Hank Conger’s Home Run Ball, Gets Nailed in the Face

Even when you’re paying attention at a baseball game, things can go oh so wrong. Just ask this Astros fan who thought he was about to have the moment of his life catching Hank Conger’s home run ball. He gets under it, has both hands up, and the ball still seeps through and wrecks his glasses: This embed is invalid" /> At this point, the MLB should...
Via Busted Coverage
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

George Springer's catch saves game in 10th, then Astros win in 14

  Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season -- on a walk in his 21st plate appearance of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled a pitch...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Hank Conger's homer in 14th sends Astros past Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season - on a walk in his 21st at-bat of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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