Miami Marlins at Houston Astros series primer

Last season's two most futile clubs meet this weekend for a three-game series. In 2013, the Miami Marlins dropped 100 games for just the second time in franchise history. This year, the Marlins (48-53), winners of four of their last five, are fresh off their first four-game series win in Atlanta since 2007. Still, they find themselves eight back in the National League East behind...
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Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with ball that reads ‘Thanks for paying my salary’ (pic)

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the last laugh in response to a heckler’s taunts during an off-day as his teammates faced the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. Apparently tired of the heckler but nevertheless engaging him — we’re assuming it was a man, although it could have been a woman (doubtful) […] The post Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with...
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Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to trade Chad Qualls

The Houston Astros lost in a blowout to the Oakland A's yesterday by the score of 13-1. The loss dropped the Astros to 42-60, fourth in the American League West. Although 21 1/2 games behind the A's, the Astros are not looking to be as active being "sellers" as in previous seasons. The Astros have improved since last season, when they won only 51 games. Some moves...
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The Astros are hesitant to trade Chad Qualls

With a week remaining prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Astros are expected to be relatively inactive, which would be a change from the previous four years in which they made a handful of deals to ship off veterans for young players. The Astros could be looking for some outfield help, considering they have three outfielders on the shelf, but one player who won't be...
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Dallas Keuchel Shuts Up Heckler By Tossing Him Baseball With A Special Message

It’s not quite as hilarious as the baseball that Brandon Phillips gave to a couple of drunk hecklers last month, but Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel inscribed a note of his own on a ball and tossed it to a heckler during last night’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Keuchel had the night off but apparently that didn’t stop the loud A’s fan from sending some insults...
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Miami Marlins at Houston Astros game preview

TV: FOX SPORTS FLORIDA TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 7:30 P.M. Houston manager Bo Porter hasn't shown much concern over Dallas Keuchel's recent struggles. Another rough outing may have Porter rethinking his stance. Keuchel looks to snap out of his funk Friday night against the Miami Marlins as the Astros begin their longest homestand of the season. Keuchel (9-6, 3.29 ERA...
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Dallas Keuchel thanks heckler with note on souvenir baseball

A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014 Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel took a (more passive-aggressive) page out of Brandon Phillips’ book. 
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Dallas Keuchel thanks heckler with note on souvenir baseball

A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014 Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel took a (more passive-aggressive) page out of Brandon Phillips’ book. 
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Astros Keuchel sends message to heckler with baseball

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had an excellent idea to get the final word in with a heckler during a game against the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night. The ball states: "Thanks for helping pay may salary for today - Keuchel, who is becoming a rising star after pitching well for the Astros this season, even got in his shot without rewarding the A's fan with...
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Samardzija Cruises & Moss Slams the Astros, A’s Beat Houston 13-1

Jeff Samardzija made up for the spent bullpen Wednesday night with eight solid innings in a 13-1 win over the Astros Thursday afternoon. The only blemish on the A’s new ace right-hander’s afternoon was a solo homer to former Athletics slugger Chris Carter in the top of the fourth, Carter’s 20th homer of the season. Samardzija finished with a pitching line of one earned run...
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Dallas Keuchel writes clever message on baseball for heckler

Being taunted by hecklers comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. Often times they are ignored, but every now and then the heckler receives a response. Earlier this season, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds encountered his heckler and took a selfie with him. Phillips also signed a baseball for the guy with […]
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Astros pitcher gives souvenir ball to heckler with funny note

It wasn’t a good day on Thursday for Houston Astros pitching against the Oakland A’s, as they suffered a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of MLB’s best team.  Wednesday wasn’t much better with 9 runs against the struggling Astros arms.   On Wednesday, one Oakland A’s fan was giving it to the tattered remains of the Astros hurlers, in particular #60 Dallas Keuchel.  Keuchel...
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Carlos Correa won’t be ready for Arizona Fall League; team hopeful of spring training return

General manager Jeff Luhnow said injured shortstop Carlos Correa received a good report recently in his latest follow-up with doctors, but the Astros’ top prospect isn’t likely to be ready to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Correa underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery late last month to repair his fractured right fibula and a ligament issue. The Astros were initially...
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Astros taking it slow with Fowler's recovery

Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler doesn't appear to be close to returning to action, and it's not a stretch to assume that he won't be available until after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Fowler, who's been on the disabled list since June 27 with a right intercostal strain, still hasn't swung a bat or picked up a ball, which means he's got a long way...
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Biz Markie Throws Awful First Pitch At Athletics-Astros Game (Video)

Biz Markie visited O.co Coliseum for Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, throwing out a first pitch that fans likely won’t forget. Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name ‘Biz Markie,’ didn’t skip the ball to home plate, but the southpaw might have thrown the slowest first pitch do date. Your browser does not support iframes. The...
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A's hold on to beat Astros 9-7

Yoenis Cespedes made like another home run crown was at stake Wednesday night, twice clearing the fence in the A’s 9-7 victory over the Houston Astros. His chance to make it an even bigger night was cut short when he suffered what appeared to be a right thumb injury during his fifth-inning at-bat. Cespedes stayed in to play defense in the sixth but was replaced by Craig Gentry...
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Astros Injury Update: George Springer placed on DL

The Houston Astros announced Tuesday evening that they have placed rookie outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. The move is retroactive to July 20. They have called up infielder Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer's roster spot.The #Astros have placed OF George Springer on the 15-day DL with a left quad strain....
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Quadriceps injury shuts down Astros rookie slugger George Springer

George Springer‘s fantastic rookie season is on hold thanks to a strained right quadriceps muscle that has sent the 24-year-old outfielder to the disabled list. Springer got off to a slow start following his mid-April call-up and his strikeout total leads the league, but he’s smacked 20 homers with a .900 OPS in 61 games since early May to rank as one of the league’s better...
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Astros Send George Springer to DL

Robbie Grossman will slide over to center field in Springers absence and L.H. Hoes with get time in right. The Astros are 42-58 and in fourth place in the American League West two game ahead of the Texas Rangers
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Astros reluctant to trade young starters, listening on Qualls, Sipp

If anyone's looking for the Astros to make up for their well-documented misstep at the amateur signing deadline by making a big splash at the trade deadline, well, it's probably not happening. Veteran starter Scott Feldman's $30 million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being seen as a key piece (as he was a key ago), and rival executives say the Astros...
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Chad Qualls hopes to remain an Astro as trade deadline approaches

Righthander Jose Veras knows what happened at the end of last season when the Astros lost 15 straight in a tailspin that punctuated the franchise’s drop. Veras had been long gone at that point, dealt midseason to the Detroit Tigers for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez. The Astros signed Veras again in the middle of this season. “Oh yeah, of course,” Veras said when asked...
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Jarred Cosart (SP, HOU) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Super Deep Leagues; Continue Scouting in Most ANALYSIS: Jarred Cosart is one of my favorite up-and-coming young pitchers in the game. The high school righty was drafted in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Phillies, and after a solid start to his minor league career, he wasshipped […]
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Astros edge A's 3-2 in 12 innings

Happy birthday, ma. Gale Hoes, mother of Astros outfielder L.J., got her wish on Tuesday. Her son hit his first home run in more than two months, breaking a long stalemate with the A’s in a 3-2 win for the Astros that lasted 12 innings. “It’s a really good feeling,” said L.J., who had a great diving catch in the seventh inning. “Especially cause it was my mom’s birthday...
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Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh rehab result

The Houston Astros entered Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's with a record of 41-58, fourth in the American League West. Although 25th in the league in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Astros have improved over a season ago, in which they won only 51 games. There was some good news on the injury front, as pitcher Collin McHugh pitched well in a rehab start at...
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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 498: The Astros` Draft Postmortem by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about banning the shift, then discuss the way the Astros` draft deadline went down.
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