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4/19/2014 | Count confrmed after review in A's-Astros game

Home-plate umpire Mike Winters lost track of the count during Jesus Guzman's at-bat in the top of the eighth inning of the game between the A's and Astros, leading to a crew-chief review on Saturday afternoon at Coliseum.

4/19/2014 | Springer reaches out to injured DeShields

As one of his closest friends and a former roommate of Delino DeShields Jr., Astros outfielder George Springer took some time late Friday to talk via phone with DeShields, who sustained a fractured cheekbone when he was hit in the face by a pitch while playing for Double-A Corpus Christi.

4/19/2014 | Venezuelan Astros root for NBA countryman

Astros teammates and Venezuela natives Marwin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve and Jesus Guzman were focused on watching Saturday's NBA playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors while in the clubhouse Saturday morning.

4/19/2014 | Chavez seeks first victory as A's go for sweep

Brad Peacock, who pitched in four games out of the bullpen for the Astros to start the season, will make his first start of 2014 when they try to snap a six-game losing streak Sunday in the series finale against Jesse Chavez and the A's.

4/19/2014 | Astros can't hold lead in ninth in loss to A's

The A's rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning off reliever Chad Qualls, winning the game on a walk-off RBI single by Josh Reddick, to send the Astros to their sixth consecutive loss, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Coliseum.

4/19/2014 | Prospect DeShields sidelined by cheek fracture

Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. is expected to be out several weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone when he was hit in the face by a pitch in Double-A Corpus Christi's game Friday.

4/19/2014 | Prospect DeShields hit in face by pitch at Double-A

Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect, was taken to a hospital Friday night after he was struck on the right side of the face by a pitch in the seventh inning of Double-A Corpus Christi's game in Frisco, Texas.

4/18/2014 | Lowrie, Porter exchange words in Oakland

Jed Lowrie was simply trying to bring in another run. Bo Porter didn't think the A's needed any more. That's why Houston's manager took offense to Lowrie's decision to bunt in his second at-bat of the first inning, with Oakland already leading, 7-0, of an eventual 11-3 A's win on Friday.

4/18/2014 | Astros bat Springer fourth to jumpstart lineup

George Springer found himself in the clean-up spot in manager Bo Porter's lineup Friday in the series opener against the A's in only his third Major League game. Porter admitted it's something he didn't want to do, but he was hoping it could help get the offense rolling.

4/18/2014 | Presley latest to catch bug, scratched due to illness

Outfielder Alex Presley was the latest Astros player to come down with flu-like symptoms. Presley was scratched from the lineup shortly before game time Friday and replaced by L.J. Hoes because he was ill.

4/18/2014 | Villar making strides in field with glovework

After committing 16 errors in 58 games last year in his rookie season, Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar has made a solid contribution with the glove during the first two weeks of the season.

4/18/2014 | Porter preaches patience to slumping offense

With so many Astros players in slumps to start the year, manager Bo Porter said he told the guys on Friday during the pre-series hitters' meeting to clear their minds

4/18/2014 | Astros tally season-high 10 hits, but A's drub Cosart

Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart had trouble throwing strikes in the first inning against the A's on Friday night. He ended up allowing seven runs in the first inning while managing to record only one out as Houston dropped its fifth consecutive game, 11-3, in the series opener at Coliseum.

4/17/2014 | Porter, Qualls and Keuchel getting over flu-like bug

Astros manager Bo Porter is never one to speak softly, but something finally managed to lower his voice a bit during the last several days. A "flu-like" bug has spread through the Astros' clubhouse, reaching everyone from Porter to the trainers to the Houston pitching staff.

4/17/2014 | Astros option Chapman, call up Valdes

Houston purchased veteran left-hander Raul Valdes' contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Kevin Chapman to the RedHawks on Thursday.

4/17/2014 | Springer settling in to life in the Major Leagues

In one respect, George Springer's whirlwind first day in the Major Leagues was no different than any other call-up's. But given the attention the slugging outfielder gained while raking in the Minors, how he's settling in to life in the Major Leagues after a hectic 36 hours is a top priority for the Astros.

4/17/2014 | Astros unable to get bats going against Shields

Kansas City was the first team to pounce on Astros starter Scott Feldman this season, knocking nine hits off the Houston ace and rolling to a 5-1 win Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep in Minute Maid Park.

4/17/2014 | Feldman brings stellar ERA into game vs. Shields

Scott Feldman will start Thursday's series finale against the Royals at Minute Maid Park, facing James Shields, and trying to snap the Astros' three-game losing streak.

4/16/2014 | Astros welcome touted Springer, but lose in extras

Mike Moustakas cranked a tiebreaking solo home run to right field off reliever Jerome Williams to lead off the 11th inning and send the Royals to a 6-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

4/16/2014 | Porter wins challenge in tight game vs. KC

Astros manager Bo Porter successfully challenged a safe call on Lorenzo Cain's leadoff infield single in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game against the Royals on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. After a two-minute, 54-second review, Cain was ruled out.

4/16/2014 | Springer tries to stay calm amid lofty expectations

The message George Springer received from both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter upon his long-awaited arrival at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon was to simply relax and not try to do too much.

4/16/2014 | Gray looks to keep unbeaten start going vs. Astros

The last-place Astros must awaken their struggling bats to knock off Sonny Gray when Houston opens a three-game series Friday night at Coliseum against the first-place A's. Jarred Cosart starts for the visitors.

4/16/2014 | Peacock gets opportunity to join rotation

The Astros are turning to right-hander Brad Peacock to take Lucas Harrell's spot in the rotation. He'll make his first start of the season Sunday against the A's -- his former team -- in Oakland.

4/16/2014 | Springer's debut represents new era for Astros

George Springer is a five-tool talent who will bring immediate excitement to fans at Minute Maid Park and around the big leagues. He also represents the next wave of prospects the Astros hope will return them to contention.

4/16/2014 | Luhnow: Hot-hitting Singleton staying in Triple-A

Now that George Springer has joined the Astros, could Jon Singleton be far behind? The first baseman entered play Wednesday hitting .333 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 12 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.

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