Rays notes: Kevin Kiermaier growing as power hitter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier won't call himself a home-run hitter, but the power has become noticeable in his brief time with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kiermaier cracked his fourth home run Thursday, a two-run shot to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Paul Clemens in the victory at Tropicana Field. Combined with the three homers that Kiermaier launched...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros sign Kyle Farnsworth, option Paul Clemens to Triple-A

The Houston Astros have signed free agent relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth was recently let go by the New York Mets, even though he had pitched fairly well. The Mets cut Farnsworth in an effort to avoid paying him a salary for the full season. Farnsworth has a 3.18 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 17 inning of work. He has a 10/6 K/BB ratio this season. With the Astros it could...
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Donaldson goes deep twice, A's crush Astros

The timing really couldn’t have been better for the Houston Astros to resurface on the A’s schedule. With a three-game sweep at the hands of Texas still fresh in their memories, the A’s arrived at Minute Maid Park and administered a 10-1 smackdown on the Astros in the opener of a four-game series. Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run home runs in a game that also featured...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single against the shift and was thrown out at first. Even though the bunt didn’t work and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Houston Astros

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (9) | 2012 (17) | 2011 (26) | 2010 (30) | 2009 (30) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [51-111] AL West AAA: [82-62] Pacific Coast League – Oklahoma City AA: [83-57] Texas League — Corpus Christi A+: [82-58] California League – Lancaster A: [81-57] Midwest League – Quad Cities A(ss): [44-32] New York-Penn League — Tri-City...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros drop 8th straight in 4-1 loss

The Houston Astros' longest losing streak of the season has them on the verge of making unwanted franchise history. Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings on Saturday night, paving the way for Cleveland's 4-1 victory over the Astros. Chris Carter's ninth-inning homer off Indians reliever Joe Smith avoided a shutout for Houston, which has only...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Astros at Indians

A series win against Kansas City would have placed the Indians in one of the two Wild Card spots, but the feisty Royals have stuck around for a little while longer. The Indians will come back home now, where they will face an easier and less familiar foe. Finally, the Houston Astros have come back to Cleveland. It may be a common occurrence in the future with the Astros now in...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Clemens impresses in Astros' 2-1 loss to Angels

Detecting a drop in velocity with his pitches early on, Astros rookie right-hander Paul Clemens knew he had to get creative in order to be effective Sunday afternoon. He did just that, giving the Astros seven strong innings in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels beat Astros 2-1, send Houston to 98th loss

Jerome Williams won a third straight start for the first time since April 2004, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Houston 2-1 Sunday to send the Astros to their 98th loss of the season. Houston, a big league-worst 51-98, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Third Inning Lifts A’s Over Astros

On Fiesta Day at that included live Lucha Libre wrestling during a pre game festival, the A’s TKO’d the Astros with Bartolo Colon’s strong right arm and a tag-team melee of hits in the third inning. After recording two outs in the third, Oakland put together a seven-run rally capped by a towering two-run home run off the bat of Seth Smith in an eventual 7-2 victory over...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins-Astros Preview

When the Minnesota Twins swept three games from the Houston Astros last month, they had Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Neither is available for the Twins this time. Minnesota visits Minute Maid Park for the first time in seven years to start a three-game set Monday that begins with few recognizable players and rookie starters on the mound for these rebuilding teams. Morneau was...
Via Fox Sports
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros blow late lead in 4-3 loss to White Sox

Paul Clemens let his manager do most of the talking after a fine performance in his first major league start. Clemens pitched six sharp innings for the Houston Astros, but the Chicago White Sox scored three times in the eighth to rally for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. ''It's an honor, it's a privilege,'' Clemens said of getting the opportunity to start...
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Series Preview 43: Astros at White Sox

The White Sox continue their homestand with a three game series against the Houston Astros.  The Sox are coming off their fourth straight series win after taking the last two games against the Rangers.  The Sox are 14-6 in their last 20 games and probably playing their best baseball of the season. The Astros are coming off a series win over the Blue Jays but are 4-6 in their last...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Pinkie Links presented by Paul Clemens

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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Encarnacion belts two homers in same inning, including grand slam (VIDEO)

Edwin Encarncaion had a game he will never forget on Friday night and made Toronto Blue Jays history when the All-Star became only the second player in their almost 37 year existence to hit two home runs in the same inning.  Joe Carter was the first Jay to turn the trick in their regular season finale against the Baltimore Orioles back on October 3, 1993. ...
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels win fourth straight, top Astros 4-2

HOUSTON (AP) -- Pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on an error and Erick Aybar added a two-run single in the ninth to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Hank Conger doubled off Paul Clemens (4-3) to start the eighth. Conger was replaced by Bourjos before Aybar drew a walk. Bourjos took third...
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June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels 4, Astros 2

Pinch-runner Peter Bourjos scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on an error and Erick Aybar added a two-run single in the ninth to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Hank Conger doubled off Paul Clemens (4-3) to start the eighth. Conger was replaced by Bourjos before Aybar drew a walk. Bourjos took third on a fly out by...
Via Fox Sports
June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches

Hey there everybody, and welcome to this week’s edition of The World’s Most Zaniest Desks, wherein we discuss outlandish desks of all shapes and sizes. You “wood” “knot” believe what we have in store! I’m just kidding, this is the first part of the eighth edition of The Worst Of The Best. For the first part of the seventh edition, from last Friday afternoon, go right...
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May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Astros pitcher Paul Clemens forgets to take off jacket (Video)

In all my years of watching baseball, Houston Astros pitcher Paul Clemens did something that I've never seen before. After Astros starter Bud Norris left the game against Detroit due to an injury, Houston manager Bo Porter called on Clemens from the bullpen. As Clemens made his way to the mound, he forgot to remove his jacket and provided a rather amusing sight which caused...
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May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros’ Reliever Forgets To Take Off Warm-Up Jacket

The Houston Astros pitching staff is having a fairly solid 48 hours. On Sunday we were treated to one of the worst balks in MLB history and on Monday night Astros’ reliever Paul Clemens forget to take his jacket off before coming into the game in the sixth inning. Jordan Lyles was the culprit on Sunday and you can see his gem of a balk HERE. Paul, on the other hand, had a gaffe...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Astros reliever forgets to take jacket off before coming in to pitch

Your browser does not support iframes.Houston Astros reliever Paul Clemens couldn't wait to pitch Monday.In fact, the right-hander was so anxious to get a crack at the Detroit Tigers lineup that he forgot to take his jacket off before coming in to pitch. The rookie was on the mound before his teammates and umpire Jim Joyce gave him a heads up about the extra clothing.Clemens...
Via Bush League Chronicle
May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros reliever forgets to take off jacket

Your browser does not support iframes. Houston Astros relief pitcher Paul Clemens forgot to take his jacket off before leaving the bullpen to enter Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning. Clemens jogged to the pitcher's mound wearing the jacket after being called to replace starter Bud Norris, who left the game due to a back injury. Astros...
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May 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Scioscia correctly protests Houston Astros’ pitching change; Umpires were wrong

Your browser does not support iframes. An MLB spokesman said on Friday that the umpires made a mistake by allowing the Houston Astros to make a pitching change in the seventh inning of Thursday’s Angels-Astros game, a move that was protested by Mike Scioscia. The Astros were up 5-3 in the top of the seventh. Paul Clemens had just walked Chris Ianetta to put runners on first and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Method to Luhnow's madness

Any time a club tries something new, people react. Sometimes they overreact. And sometimes they spread misinformation. The Astros frequently embrace new ideas under general manager Jeff Luhnow, a strong proponent of sabermetrics. Some of those ideas are quite unusual. But the things a reporter hears . . . well, not all of them are true. I recently called Luhnow after I heard something...
Via Fox Sports
April 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Astros pitcher Paul Clemens dislocates finger but gets next out

Your browser does not support iframes.We know the Astros don't have many good players, but RHP Paul Clemens was out to prove us all wrong even after dislocating the pinky on his pitching hand. In last night's game, he tried to field a bouncing ball with his right hand and it tipped just off his pinky bending in a way that pinkies are not meant to be bent. He still managed...
Via Bush League Chronicle
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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