7/27/2014 | Astros' Oberholtzer eyes encore vs. A's, Chavez
After struggling in his first seven starts, Brett Oberholtzer was sent down to Triple-A. In his last six starts -- which have come while vacillating between Houston and Oklahoma City -- he's 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Oberholtzer tossed seven strong innings vs. the A's on Tuesday, and Astros manager Bo Porter opted to keep the young lefty in his rotation. On Monday, Oberholtzer will get another crack at Oakland, which will go with Jesse Chavez, who flirted with a no-no vs. Houston on Wednesday.
7/27/2014 | Astros unable to rally after McHugh dinged early
With two of their best weapons -- outfielders Dexter Fowler and George Springer -- on the disabled list, the Astros' offense's struggles aren't surprising. So when starting pitcher Collin McHugh gave up three runs in the first inning Sunday, any margin for error was gone. The first-inning outburst was more than enough for the Marlins, who cruised to a 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park.
7/27/2014 | Altuve's leadoff homer confirmed on review
All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve led off Sunday's game for the Astros with his fourth home run of the season, one that was confirmed after a replay review.
7/27/2014 | Astros feel time is right for Appel to hit Double-A
Before he headed down the coast to Corpus Christi to join the Double-A Hooks, former No. 1 overall Draft pick Mark Appel stopped by Minute Maid Park early Sunday and did some work in the bullpen.
7/27/2014 | Zeid hopes ailing feet don't require surgery
Astros relief pitcher Josh Zeid, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday night with left foot bilateral sesamoiditis, said Sunday he hopes to be able to pitch again this season and avoid surgery.
7/27/2014 | Former No. 1 overall pick Appel moving on up
While the timetable remains unclear, Astros prospect Mark Appel will move to Double-A Corpus Christi. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft has struggled through his season at Class A Lancaster, but his most recent start was a positive sign for the 23-year-old right-handed pitcher.
7/26/2014 | Astros send Zeid to DL, Peacock to Triple-A
After Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Marlins, manager Bo Porter announced a set of roster moves to set the Astros up for their upcoming series with the A's.
7/26/2014 | Turner seeks to cement rotation spot, Marlins' sweep
The Marlins, who have won six of their last seven games, will lean on Jacob Turner on Sunday against the Astros to see if they can close out their fourth three-game series sweep of the season.
7/26/2014 | Cosart, Astros don't get the bounces against Marlins
It was the kind of night when a line drive that was sure to be an RBI single instead hit the pitcher's back and floated into the shortstop's glove. Even when things went right for the Astros, they ended poorly in their 7-3 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
7/26/2014 | McHugh to come off DL, start vs. Fish on Sunday
It looks good and feels good for Collin McHugh, so there was no reason to wait any longer. Astros manager Bo Porter announced Saturday that McHugh will come off the 15-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Sunday. The fingernail on the middle finger of his right throwing hand pulled away from the skin and caused McHugh to go to the DL.
7/26/2014 | Marwin returns, will be careful with hamstring
One day after expressing his concern for playing through a sore hamstring, shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was back in the Astros' lineup Saturday.
7/26/2014 | MLBPipeline set to unveil new Top Prospects lists
The 2014 season is more than half over, and much has happened since MLBPipeline.com released its Top 100 Prospects list in January. With change being inevitable, it's time for a new set of rankings. Fans can see just how much difference a few months make when the new Top 100 is unveiled on Sunday night. MLBPipeline.com prospect expert Jim Callis breaks down the top 50 players during an hour-long special at 9 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.
7/26/2014 | Cosart, Koehler trending in opposite directions
Astros starter Jarred Cosart needs a blank slate -- and Saturday's game against the Marlins at Minute Maid Park might provide the perfect backdrop for him. The 24-year-old has never faced the Marlins before. Across his last three starts, he has tossed 15 2/3 innings and yielded 14 earned runs for an 8.04 ERA in July. It's been a different story for Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who has made some progress since his three-inning outing on July 7 at Arizona, where he allowed seven earned runs.
7/25/2014 | Astros can't connect for Keuchel in loss to Marlins
For six innings Friday night, the defense saved Dallas Keuchel from trouble. In the seventh, the defense caused the problem. Three batters later, Jeff Mathis broke up Keuchel's shutout with a two-out, two-run double, deciding the pitchers' duel in the Astros' 2-0 loss to the Marlins at Minute Maid Park.
7/25/2014 | An elder statesman in Houston, Petit called up
It's not that Gregorio Petit is old. It's just that he's been in an Astros organization that's played the youngest lineup in the Majors this season. The Astros called up the 29-year-old on Friday to play in place of Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop.
7/25/2014 | Astros hope Appel's latest start sign of things to come
Mark Appel notched his second win for Class A Lancaster on Thursday night, much to the delight of Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
7/25/2014 | Players Association files grievance against Astros
The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the Astros after the team did not sign left-hander Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft.
7/25/2014 | Appel logs first quality start as pro in Class A win
Right-hander Mark Appel made the first quality start of his career Thursday and helped lead Class A Advanced Lancaster to a 5-2 victory against Stockton.
7/24/2014 | Keuchel seeks return to form as Astros host Marlins
Astros starter Dallas Keuchel looks to rediscover his dominant form when he faces the Marlins' Brad Hand in a battle of lefties for the opener of an Interleague series at Minute Maid Park on Friday.
7/24/2014 | Rubber game gets away from Feldman, Astros
Scott Feldman was pulled with one out in the sixth following a season-high 117 pitches, leaving with a pair of runners on base. Within a matter of minutes, the A's blew the game wide open with a Brandon Moss grand slam and cruised to a 13-1 win in the series finale.
7/24/2014 | Feeling's mutual: Astros holding on to Qualls
The Astros could be looking for some outfield help, considering they have three outfielders on the shelf, but one player who won't be moved is closer Chad Qualls, who has a 1.78 ERA and 11 saves this year. Qualls, who was drafted and developed by the Astros, wants to finish his career in Houston and be part of the team's turnaround.
7/24/2014 | Albers, Crain progressing slower than expected
The calendar is getting ready to flip to August, and with each growing day it's becoming less likely injured relievers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain will be able to make significant contributions to the team this year, if at all.
7/24/2014 | Astros keeping close eye on Marwin's hamstring
Astros manager Bo Porter admitted Thursday he was concerned about the sore right hamstring of starting shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who was lifted in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 9-7 loss to the A's to rest the leg.
7/24/2014 | 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.
7/24/2014 | Spirited rally not enough to overcome rocky start
The A's jumped on Brad Peacock for five runs in the second inning, capped by a three-run homer by Yoenis Cespedes -- the first of his two homers -- and built a seven-run lead before the Astros rallied for five of their own in the eighth inning of a 9-7 loss at O.co Coliseum.
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