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It’s Fenway And That Ain’t So Bad

I’m not a Red Sox fan, much less a Yankees fan.  Hell, until my Astros finally found their way into the Series, I never even gave a flying weasel about the American League.  However, I am fascinated by historic ballparks.  If the Yankees came to my home bearing free beer, I would call the cops.  But I pined for a chance to go to the House that Ruth Built.  Their new palace...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Sweep Astros, Chavez Sets Team Record

The A’s completed a three-game sweep against the Astros Sunday afternoon to improve their record on the season to an AL-best 13-5, tying their best start since 1990. A first inning two-run home run off the bat of Josh Donaldson would be all the run support that the A’s would need as Jesse Chavez recorded his first win of the young season in a 4-1 final. Despite coming into Sunday...
Via BaySportsNet
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's rally past Houston Astros 4-3

Josh Reddick's season-long slump officially ended Saturday when he backed up a three-hit game with another three-hit performance, including a game-winning single with one out in the ninth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. In collecting three of the A's 14 hits, Reddick upped his average to .200, or more than double where he sat at the start of the three-game...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – same ol’ Astros

You know, Jeff Luhnow and company in Houston can talk all about “the plan” and their path towards success in the future…but let’s be honest here: the Houston Astros still aren’t a good baseball team. Houston had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, and Chad Qualls had an epic meltdown, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth to...
Via The Outside Corner
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – same ol’ Astros

You know, Jeff Luhnow and company in Houston can talk all about “the plan” and their path towards success in the future…but let’s be honest here: the Houston Astros still aren’t a good baseball team. Houston had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, and Chad Qualls had an epic meltdown, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth to...
Via Bloguin Best
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

UPDATE: Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. suffers fractured cheekbone after HBP

Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was taken to hospital on Friday night after being hit in the head by a pitch, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The incident happened while DeShields was playing for Double-A Corpus Christi in Frisco.UPDATE 5:00 04/20: According to McTaggart, DeShields has suffered a fractured cheekbone and is expected to miss at least several weeks...
Via Sports Injury Alert
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Cesar Izturis sitting on minor league offers

Infielder Cesar Izturis is still a free agent and has multiple minor league offers but he's still waiting in hopes of a major league deal, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.FA Cesar Izturis has received a few AAA offers, but is looking for a major league opportunity.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 18, 2014 The 34-year-old hit .269 in 13 games on seven...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Delino DeShields Jr Loses Face Off With Fastball

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball? Well, Houston Astros farm-hand Delino DeShields Jr. found our first hand, the outfielder was struck in the face with a heater during the 7th inning of a recent Double “A” game. The 21-year old managed to walk off the field under his own power but as you can see from the photos, he is lucky...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect DeShields Jr. takes 90 mph fastball to the face

How does a batter look after he takes a 90 mph fastball to the face? Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. has the answer, and it isn't pretty. DeShields managed to walk off the field under his own power after getting hit Friday night while playing for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in Frisco, TX against the RoughRiders. He is expected to be out several weeks with a...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reddick Gives A’s Walk-Off 4-3 Victory Over the Houston Astros

Following the A’s 11-3 drubbing of the Houston Astros Friday night, the two teams faced off again Saturday in front of a packed house of 33,166 fans hoping to see the American League best Oakland A’s improve on their record. Thanks to a ninth inning rally, the A’s fans were sent home happy with a final score of 4-3 as the A’s have taken the first two games of the weekend...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Want to See What Happens When You Get Hit in the Face by a 90 MPH Fast Ball?

This is Delino DeShields Jr. He's a prospect in the Houston Astros farm system, currently playing with the team's Double A club. Word is that he is dangerous on the base paths and has a pretty mean bat too. However, the team is going to have to do without him for awhile.He got nailed in the face with a 90-MPH fastball Friday. Want to see what his face looked like afterwards...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's Lowrie irks Astros during blowout

Even though the Astros were caught in a 11-3 blowout loss at the hands of the Athletics  in Oakland on Friday night, Houston was able to at least make things interesting after manager Bo Porter got in a heated confrontation with A's shortstop Jed Lowrie. Lowrie, who played for the Astros in 2012, before Porter was the manager, tried to lay down a bunt in his second at-bat of...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Delino DeShields Jr. shows off swollen face after taking 90 MPH pitch

Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. has some serious face damage after taking a 90 MPH pitch to his face. He isn’t shy to show it off to the public either! Those of you that would like to know exactly what the injury was, should read the following tweet. DeShields has a fracture of his cheekbone, which is not displaced. “Gonna be a very uncomfortable road back,” manager...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Prospect Shows off Battle Wound from Getting Hit in Face with 90-mph Fastball

Baseballs are not soft and pitchers, well they throw the ball really hard. Getting hit by a pitch is one of the most painful things in sports, especially in the cold. Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. took a 90-mile-per-hour to the face in a Double-A game last night and his face isn’t looking too pretty right now. Shoutout to my brother for taking a 90mph fastball to...
Via Standing O Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros Player Gets Hit In The Face with 90mph Fastball, Is Almost Unrecognizeable

Ouch. Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was hit in the face with a 90mph fastball yesterday, and just like anyone in our generation would, he took to social media to show off his swollen face. Above! Source: JeffPassan
Via Word On The Game
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros Prospect Takes Fastball To Face, Swells Up Like Balloon (Photo)

Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. suffered a serious blow to the face on Friday. The center fielder for the Double-A Corpus Christi team was hit by a fastball on the right side of his face during an evening game in Frisco, Texas, MLB.com reported. Although DeShields was able to walk off the field on his own, he was still taken to the hospital to be treated. A friend later...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Delino DeShields Jr. Posts Disturbing Photo After Being Hit By Fastball

This picture is certainly not for the faint of heart. Delino DeShields Jr., a minor leaguer for the Houston Astros’ Corpus Christi Hooks, was hit by a 90MPH fastball during Friday’s game. It’s being reported that the former eighth pick in the 2010 draft suffered a broken check bone. If there’s any upside to DeShields’ injury, at least it didn’t hit him in the nose. ...
Via Next Impulse Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields face swollen after HBP

Every batter’s worst nightmare in the batter’s box is to be hit in the face.  Broken jaws, noses, or even facial bones have led to careers ending.  Houston Astros top prospect Delino DeShields Jr. lived that nightmare on Friday night.  His swollen face tells the story, here’s hoping there is no further damage and he’s back on the field soon.  Deshields retweeted a friend’s...
Via Reading Between The Seams
1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. hit in face by pitch, taken to hospital

Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was taken to hospital last night after being hit in the head by a pitch, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The incident happened while DeShields was playing for Double-A Corpus Christi in Frisco.According to McTaggart, DeShields was struck in the right side of his face in the top of the seventh inning but did manage to walk off the...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week Three Musings

lidom.com (LIDOM) A few tweets from my colleague, Brett Talley, serve as the motivation for one of my talking points in this week’s musings. The excitement in the fantasy community over the promotion of outfielder George Springer to the Astros is justified. However, it also provides a golden opportunity to discuss the strategy of stashing prospects. Don’t Be That Guy or Gal,...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hilarious Blooper At Houston Astros Game

The Houston Astros need some help in the quality control department.  They recalled super prospect George Springer but the scoreboard programmer missed the memo on the proper spelling of his name. I GIVE YOU ONE JOB!!!! Even better, they showed pictures people were tweeting during tonight’s game and showed the typo photo. HILARIOUS. pic.twitter.com/IgCp0lxEeb — Jill Reese (...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

More like it: Shields, Royals slam the door on Astros for the sweep

Yes, it was only the Astros. But the Royals certainly needed the Astros after that awful stumble in Minnesota last weekend. And at least the Royals didn't fumble away a series against a lesser opponent (as they did last year in Houston). This time, the Royals took care of business. Or, more accurately, James Shields did. Shields dominated the Astros, going eight strong innings...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields strikes out 12, Royals sweep Astros 5-1

HOUSTON -- James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win Thursday night. Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. He got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak snapped in his last start at Minnesota when sloppy defense led to six unearned runs...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Castro and Making a Framer

The first step was identifying pitch-framing as a skill. I don’t mean to diminish all the work that was done — it was phenomenal work, and illuminating work. We can’t stop talking about it! But there are other steps, or if you prefer, follow-up questions. Three of them: How much does pitch-framing matter? Is there […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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