9/28/2016 | Humble Brown center of attention in booth finale
At around 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday morning, Astros bench coach Trey Hillman made his way around the clubhouse to inform players and personnel there would be a team meeting in 15 minutes. Manager A.J. Hinch's reason for gathering the team in this manner was not for on-field reasons, but rather, to give a longtime Houston mainstay a proper salute on his final day as an Astros employee.
9/28/2016 | Fister looks ahead after rough end to season
For Doug Fister, Wednesday's 12-4 loss to the Mariners was the culmination of everything that's gone wrong for the veteran right-hander during the month of September.
9/28/2016 | Castro looks back on career with Astros
While the Astros said goodbye to Tal's Hill and longtime television play-by-play announcer Bill Brown on Wednesday, the regular-season home finale could have also been the final home game for veteran catcher Jason Castro, who will be a free agent this offseason for the first time.
9/28/2016 | Banged-up Bregman to tough it out down stretch
Alex Bregman's right hamstring isn't fully healed, but the Astros are pushing him to play down the stretch anyway, with his impressive bat outweighing any concerns the club might have about his ability to run the bases.
9/28/2016 | Astros aim to remain in playoff hunt vs. Angels
With their postseason hopes fading after dropping two of three to the Mariners, the Astros head to Anaheim for their final series of the regular season beginning on Friday against the Angels.
9/28/2016 | Mariners overpower Astros, keep pace in Wild Card
Robinson Cano launched a three-run homer in the first inning -- his ninth against Houston in 19 games this year -- off struggling starter Doug Fister, and Seth Smith capped a three-run second inning with a two-run single to send Seattle to a 12-4 rout on Wednesday afternoon in the final regular-season game of the year at Minute Maid Park.
9/28/2016 | Springer's clutch hit among biggest of career year
Any time the hits come in bunches -- and when George Springer gets hot, they certainly can come in bunches -- he talks about slowing the game down and trying to get on base at the top of the batting order for the guys hitting behind him.
9/27/2016 | Bregman's surprising return sparks big rally
In a surprising twist to the Astros' come-from-behind, 8-4 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night, Alex Bregman returned to action in the bottom of the sixth and made an immediate impact, hitting a game-tying RBI single off Felix Hernandez in his first Major League appearance as a pinch-hitter.
9/27/2016 | Astros stay in Wild Card mix with 6-run 6th
The Astros aren't ready to turn the page on 2016 just yet.
9/27/2016 | Paxton, Fister meet in high-stakes rubber match
With the postseason still in play for a pair of American League West rivals, the Astros and Mariners seek to take the season series finale at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon in a critical game for both teams.
9/27/2016 | Astros pay respects to longtime groundskeeper Richardson
The Astros held a moment of silence prior to Tuesday's game with the Mariners in memory of groundskeeper Mike Richardson, who died suddenly Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Fellow groundskeepers wore a black ribbons on their shirts in honor of Richardson.
9/27/2016 | Astros, fans bid farewell to Tal's Hill after '16
Tal Smith, the long-time Astros president and general manager who inspired Tal's Hill, will be at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night for the final game of the incline in center field. The Astros are removing Tal's Hill next season as part of a $15 million renovation of the center field area to include more fan amenities.
9/27/2016 | Altuve shows never-give-up drive after injury
Jose Altuve could've given up. Down one run in the top of the sixth inning of Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Mariners, the All-Star second baseman and MVP candidate could've called it quits after his wrist bent awkwardly into the grass as he dove for a single.
9/26/2016 | Cano powers Seattle to 2 back in Wild Card
Robinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston towards elimination.
9/26/2016 | Gurriel honors Fernandez, hangs No. 16 jersey
HOUSTON -- Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel, a Cuban who was dealing with the sudden death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, hung an Astros jersey with Fernandez's name and No. 16 in the dugout during Monday's game against the Mariners to honor his fellow countryman.
9/26/2016 | Felix, Fiers lead showdown of WC hopefuls
As they fight to keep their postseason dreams afloat, the Astros and Mariners continue their three-game series Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park with a pair of right-handers on the mound.
9/26/2016 | Bregman takes 'leap forward,' eyes return
Alex Bregman could return to the lineup as early as this weekend. Lance McCullers could be activated next week if the Astros make the playoffs. And Colby Rasmus' time with the Astros has likely come to a close, based on updates provided Monday by manager A.J. Hinch.
9/26/2016 | Bregman, Rodgers earn annual Minors honor
Infielder Alex Bregman and right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers were named the Astros' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, on Monday. The players were set to be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to Monday's game against Seattle.
9/25/2016 | Astros dig in for big series vs. Mariners
The Astros, three games back of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot in the AL, open an important three-game series against the Mariners on Monday. Seattle is a half-game ahead of Houston.
9/25/2016 | Musgrove, HRs carry Astros over Halos
Evan Gattis, Tyler White and Tony Kemp hit home runs and pitcher Joe Musgrove allowed one run over seven innings as the Astros avoided being swept by the Angels. Daniel Wright yielded three runs in six innings for the Angels, the first quality start of his career.
9/25/2016 | Giles avoids injury after being struck by liner
Astros closer Ken Giles was available to pitch Sunday, one day after being struck on the right wrist by a line drive during batting practice prior to a game against the Angels. He was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after X-rays came up negative.
9/25/2016 | Fernandez's death hits McCullers hard
Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. knew Jose Fernandez about as well as anyone in baseball. They were both star high school pitchers in Tampa and quickly befriended each other shortly after Fernandez defected from Cuba, and they eventually became workout partners.
9/25/2016 | Bullpen shows signs of wear against Angels
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the game played out exactly like he hoped it would. But for the second night in a row, a bullpen that has endured an increased workload had a late meltdown.
9/24/2016 | Astros look to Musgrove in Wild Card chase
The Angels, who had lost 11 in a row against Houston before winning the first three games of this series, have knocked the Astros to three games back for the second Wild Card spot.
9/24/2016 | Angels keep trouncing on Astros' Wild hopes
Coming off a successful West Coast road trip, the Astros hoped to continue their postseason charge at Minute Maid Park against the Angels, a team they had beaten 11 times in a row. The Angels instead have put a huge dent in Houston's playoff hopes.
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