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Astros' Alex Bregman: Reaches four times in win
Bregman went 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBI and two walks in a 7-3 win over Texas on Thursday.
After walking in his first two plate appearances, Bregman skied a two-run homer to left in the fifth inning off Cole Ragans, ending the rookie's outing. The third baseman added an RBI single in the seventh. In August, Bregman has hit safely in all but one game and has a .400/.500/.533 line with a 7:3 B:KK in 38 plate appearances. For the season, he has a .362 OBP and is one of eight qualified batters with more walks than strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Framber Valdez: Dominant in victory
Valdez (11-4) earned the win Thursday over Texas, striking out eight in seven scoreless innings while allowing four hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
All four hits against Valdez were singles, and he managed to pitch around trouble in the third and seventh innings to hold the Rangers scoreless. At one point, he retired 11 straight batters. The 28-year-old has now thrown a quality start in 19 straight appearances. He's posted a 2.73 ERA and allowed just seven homers in 142 innings this year. His next start will likely be in the middle of next week against the White Sox.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Blake Taylor: Beginning rehab assignment
Taylor (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with the Astros' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Taylor has been out with elbow inflammation since early June, but he resumed throwing in late July and has now been cleared to return to game action in the minors. He'll presumably require several rehab appearances before he's in the mix to rejoin the Astros.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Christian Vazquez: Sitting again Thursday
Vazquez is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Rangers.
Vazquez will be on the bench for a second straight game. He has gone 2-for-12 with no extra-base hits since joining the Astros at the beginning of the month. Martin Maldonado will start behind the plate and bat ninth versus Texas.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Sitting Thursday
Alvarez is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
Alvarez will get a breather as he's in the middle of a cold stretch at the plate, batting .146 with two extra-base hits over his last 11 games, though he did hit a home run Wednesday. Trey Mancini will take over at designated hitter and bat sixth in the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Kyle Tucker: Three-hit night includes homer
Tucker went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
Tucker singled in the second inning, launched a game-tying solo homer in the fourth frame and drove in his second run with a 10th-inning single. The homer was his 20th of the season and first since July 26. Tucker has now gone 4-for-8 with Wednesday's home run, a double, three RBI and two runs over two games since he returned from a four-game absence due to an illness.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Justin Verlander: Looks human Wednesday
Verlander pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision.
Verlander returned to earth Wednesday, allowing more than one earned run for the first time in eight starts. The Rangers scratched two runs across in the top of the fourth and a sacrifice fly by Leody Taveras in the sixth frame provided the final tally against Verlander. The 39-year-old was able to extend his quality-start streak to eight consecutive outings, producing an absurd 1.17 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 53 strikeouts over 53.2 innings during that stretch. His season numbers now sit at a 1.85 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 134 punchouts over 136 frames in 21 outings.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Michael Brantley: Heading for second opinion
Astros bench coach Joe Espada said Wednesday that Brantley is receiving a second medical opinion on his injured right shoulder, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
GM James Click said recently he had no update on Brantley's status but indicated it's possible the veteran outfielder doesn't see the field again this year, though Click said he still hopes Brantley will return to action. The 35-year-old has been sidelined by the injury since late June, and he was shut down in mid-July when his body responded poorly to swinging a bat. At this point, Brantley shouldn't be expected to rejoin the Astros until at least sometime in September, assuming he even sees the field again in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Lance McCullers: Season debut set for Saturday
The Astros will activate McCullers (forearm) from the 60-day injured list to start Saturday's game against the Athletics at Minute Maid Park, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Houston had been running a five-man rotation since dealing away Jake Odorizzi ahead of last week's trade deadline, but McCullers' return from the IL will bring the Astros back to six starters. The right-hander will be making his first appearance for the big club since the ALDS last fall, after an offseason setback in his recovery from a flexor tendon strain kept him on the shelf for the first four months of the current campaign. McCullers wrapped up his four-start rehab assignment with a five-inning, 86-pitch effort at Triple-A Sugar Land on Sunday, so he's unlikely to face any major workload restrictions while he takes the hill this weekend on five days' rest.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Alimber Santa: Rehabbing in FCL
Santa (undisclosed) began a rehab assignment Saturday with the Astros' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate and has allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out four in two innings across two appearances.
Santa has resided on the Single-A Fayetteville's 7-day injured list since April 16, after he exited his season debut a few days prior to that without recording an out. Since Santa is just 19 years old, the Astros will likely take it slowly with building him back up. He could make a few more abbreviated rehab appearances in the FCL before reporting back to the Single-A club.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Yordan Alvarez: In midst of cold spell
Alvarez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.
Though Alvarez hasn't reported any renewed soreness in his hand after he required a stint on the injured list shortly before the All-Star break, the slugger has nonetheless seen his production taper off of late. While starting in each of Houston's last 10 games, Alvarez has hit .139 with one extra-base hit (a double) and 5:9 BB:K. The Astros will continue to let Alvarez work through his struggles, as he'll stick in the lineup Wednesday as the team's designated hitter and No. 3 batter.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Christian Vazquez: Gets Wednesday off
Vazquez will sit Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Vazquez will get a breather after he went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher and bat ninth against Texas.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Jake Meyers: Takes seat Wednesday
Meyers isn't starting Wednesday against the Rangers.
Meyers started the last four games and went 3-for-12 with two doubles, a run and four strikeouts. Mauricio Dubon will take over in center field and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Sitting Wednesday
Diaz is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.
Diaz will get a day off after he went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's win. Chas McCormick will take over in left field and bat seventh versus Texas.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Kyle Tucker: Reaches base twice in return
Tucker went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Rangers.
Tucker returned from a four-game absence caused by a non-COVID illness. He reached base on a free pass in the fourth inning before coming around to score and added an RBI double in the sixth frame. In 18 games since the All-Star break, Tucker has hit just .182 with a home run, six RBI and five runs scored.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Belts grand slam in win
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Rangers.
Diaz's fourth-inning blast off Martin Perez was his second grand slam of the season and helped the Astros dig out of an early 4-0 hole. The 32-year-old was making his third consecutive start at a different position Wednesday, but he'll likely see the bulk of his opportunities in left field moving forward. Chas McCormick looks to be the primary threat to Diaz's playing time, though the Astros could soon give trade-deadline pickup Trey Mancini some exposure to the corner outfield.... See More ... See Less
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