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5/24/2015 | The Astros are a joy, and dangerous

The Astros are an absolute joy to watch. That's surely one part of this season's sweetest and most improbable story. They have youth and energy, resilience and toughness. They have some confidence, too, growing day by day. Is there anything else? Yes, there is. They're a simple team in a lot of ways. They hit home runs in bunches and play very good defense and hold onto leads when they get them. Isn't that a formula for success right there?


5/24/2015 | Astros' offense getting it done in 7th or later

Jason Castro's two-run single in the seventh and Marwin Gonzalez's RBI single in the eighth inning of Sunday's 10-8 win over the Tigers gave the Astros 81 runs scored in the seventh inning or later this year, which is the best in the Majors.


5/24/2015 | In a pinch, Tucker's HRs land him in record book

In the sixth inning of Sunday's 10-8 Houston win, Preston Tucker's three-run pinch-hit home run made him the first player in franchise history with two pinch-hit home runs in a single series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


5/24/2015 | Keuchel, Chen set for duel of top AL lefties

Two of the American League's top lefties so far this season square off when Houston visits Baltimore on Monday afternoon for the opening game of a three-game series at Camden Yards.


5/24/2015 | Hinch gives Altuve 'mental day' in Detroit finale

Jose Altuve was out of the Astros' lineup Sunday for the first time this season, but manager A.J. Hinch isn't worried about any kind of slump. Over the last eight games, Altuve is 3-for-32 (.094) with one walk and one RBI on a sac fly.


5/24/2015 | Tucker, Castro power Astros past Tigers

Preston Tucker's second game-tying homer in four days and Jason Castro's go-ahead two-run single powered six unanswered Astros runs off Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers' bullpen, salvaging a four-game series split for Houston with a 10-8 win in Sunday's finale at Comerica Park.


5/23/2015 | McCullers earns first MLB win in second start

Lance McCullers is making a case to stay with the Astros and not get sent back to the Minors. In his second career Major League start, McCullers gave up two runs on six hits over six innings to pick up his first victory in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday.


5/23/2015 | Astros' triple play the turning point vs. Tigers

The Astros escaped a jam in most impressive fashion in their matinee contest Saturday against the Tigers, turning a 5-4-3 triple play to end the fifth inning.


5/23/2015 | Oberholtzer nearing rehab start; Fields back soon

The Astros have a number of ailing pitchers, but all are improving, and there are number of options in place. Lefty Brett Oberholtzer (left index finger blister) is eligible to come off the DL late next week. He threw a bullpen on Thursday and felt fine, and will throw a live batting practice in Fresno before a rehab start.


5/23/2015 | Sanchez looks to rebound, keep Tigers hot in finale

The Tigers' seven-game homestand ends Sunday afternoon as Anibal Sanchez faces the Astros, who will start right-hander Roberto Hernandez for the series finale at Comerica Park.


5/23/2015 | Astros halt Tigers behind McCullers, triple play

Lance McCullers earned his first Major League victory in the same city where his father earned his next-to-last Major League win 25 years ago. His six quality innings, helped by a fifth-inning triple play, allowed the Houston Astros to piece together a go-ahead rally in the sixth for a 3-2 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.


5/22/2015 | McHugh not happy after quality start

A quick glance at Collin McHugh's stat line Friday night shows a decent outing -- three earned runs over seven innings -- but the right-hander was not at all happy with his performancein the 6-2 loss to the Tigers.


5/22/2015 | McCullers has ability to close games

Right-hander Lance McCullers has made a rather quick rise through the Astros' organization. The club's No. 10 prospect was promoted to the big league club Monday after having spent parts of only four seasons in the Minors.


5/22/2015 | Drake makes a hit with charity softball event

Grammy Award winning musician Drake is from Toronto, but if he had to name an unofficial second home, he may just pick Houston. The rap star spent Memorial Day weekend in the Bayou City, celebrating his second annual Houston Appreciation Weekend.


5/22/2015 | Knee X-rays negative, Fields day to day

Josh Fields said Friday that his right knee is sore after taking a line drive off it Thursday, but X-rays were negative, and it doesn't appear he'll have to miss too much time. Manager A.J. Hinch described Fields as day to day.


5/22/2015 | McCullers looks to follow up strong debut vs. Tigers

Lance McCullers, one of the Astros' top pitching prospects, will get his second taste of big league action on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park against left-hander Kyle Lobstein and the Tigers.


5/22/2015 | Martinez, Simon keep Tigers rolling vs. Astros

J.D. Martinez's three-run home run helped power Alfredo Simon through seven strong innings, sending the Tigers to their second straight win over the American League West-leading Astros with a 6-2 victory Friday night at Comerica Park.


5/20/2015 | Gattis rewards Astros' faith with power display

Evan Gattis, whose early-season struggles and strikeouts were a source of frustration, is suddenly tied with Jose Altuve for the team lead with 24 RBIs after his mammoth two-run homer in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the A's.


5/20/2015 | Keuchel returns to form, improves to 6-0

After giving up eight runs and 16 hits in 12 2/3 innings in his previous two starts -- both wins -- Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel returned to his dominant form in the Astros' 6-1 win over the A's on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.


5/20/2015 | Hinch confident in 'pen with Gregerson unavailable

The depth of the Astros' bullpen has paid off during the A's series, as closer Luke Gregerson had to be relieved by Pat Neshek to finish off Tuesday's victory. Manager A.J. Hinch has several solid options at his disposal, with Gregerson resting Wednesday.


5/20/2015 | Feldman, road warriors square off with Price, Tigers

The Astros, one of baseball's best road teams thus far, will face their toughest test yet when they open a four-game series against the Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park in Detroit. Scott Feldman will face David Price in the afternoon contest.


5/20/2015 | Keuchel stays perfect as Astros overpower A's

The streaking Astros got a two-run homer by Evan Gattis, a two-run single by Chris Carter and another strong pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel to beat Jesse Hahn and the A's, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.


5/20/2015 | Hinch to give 'fatigued' Gregerson day to rest

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said closer Luke Gregerson wouldn't be available for Wednesday's series finale against the A's after working three times in the previous four games and throwing 69 pitches, including 24 in the Astros' 6-4 win over Oakland on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.


5/19/2015 | Correa, Santana combine for three homers in Grizzlies win

Carlos Correa hit his first Triple-A homer and Domingo Santana added two jacks for the Fresno Grizzlies in the team's 12-2 win.


5/19/2015 | Homer-happy Astros making opponents pay

If the Astros keep this up, they're going to need a nickname for their power-laden lineup. Minute Maid Mashers probably won't do them any justice, but Houston's penchant for the long ball has made its lineup a dangerous one.




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