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5 American League Storylines to Watch During Spring Training

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 2 years 7 months ago
Spring training is in full swing, the World Baseball Classic is underway, and Opening Day for the 2017 MLB season is right around the corner. As teams look ahead to baseball games that count in the standings, we give a rundown of some of the biggest American League storylines of the spring.   Boston’s Pennant Hopes Boosted by New Big 3 The Red Sox are the clear favorite to repeat...

Houston Astros: 2017 Preview, Predictions & Schedule

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 8 months ago
On the morning of June 30, 2014, the Astros were in last place with a 36–47 record en route to a 70–92 finish that, while unimpressive, broke a string of three straight 100-loss seasons. The Sports Illustrated cover dated June 30, 2014, featured Astros rookie George Springer and the caption, “Your 2017 World Series Champs.” After somewhat surprisingly making the playoffs...

ALDS Preview and Prediction: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

By Jake Rose, 4 years 2 weeks ago
The Kansas City Royals know exactly how the Houston Astros feel right now. Last year, the Royals were the Astros of this year — sort of. In 2014 the Royals reached their full potential and earned a wild card berth before running roughshod through the postseason, winning the American League pennant, but ultimately falling in Game 7 of the World Series against Madison Bumgarner and...

AL Wild Card Game Preview and Prediction: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

By Mark Ross, 4 years 2 weeks ago
The 2015 MLB playoffs get started Tuesday night in the Bronx when the Houston Astros take on the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game. The winner will face the Royals, the team with the best record in the AL, in Kansas City starting on Thursday. For the Astros (86-76), this is their first playoff appearance since 2005, when they were still in the NL. This is a young team...

Houston Astros Acquire Scott Kazmir in First Major Trade Before Deadline

By Josh Hamburger, 4 years 3 months ago
With the trade deadline approaching, the Houston Astros have made the first major move, acquiring Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics. There had been plenty of speculation that the Astros were targeting a quality starting pitcher, and they did such. Just two games back in the AL West, the Astros lost their lead just before the All-Star break. In the deal, the Astros traded away two...

Houston Astros Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

By Charlie Miller, 4 years 3 months ago
Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the...

Recap: Houston vs. Kansas City

By The Sports Network, 4 years 3 months ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Keuchel had seven strikeouts over eight scoreless innings and George Springer belted a two-run homer to help Houston to a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Keuchel (10-3), who was coming off his second shutout of the season when he struck out a career-best 12 batters against the Yankees on Thursday, scattered seven hits in his...

Kansas City Royals (44-28) at Houston Astros (44-34), 8:10 p.m. (ET)

By The Sports Network, 4 years 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals try to secure a fifth straight victory on Monday night when they begin a three-game set with the Houston Astros in a matchup of first place clubs. The Royals finished off a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with Sunday's 5-3 victory, with Salvador Perez homering and driving in three runs. Omar Infante and Alex Rios had an RBI each to...

Recap: Houston vs. Kansas City

By The Sports Network, 4 years 3 months ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance McCullers threw seven strong innings, Chris Carter and Jose Altuve hit solo home runs and the Houston Astros rolled to a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the American League. McCullers (4-2) halted a two-start winless streak, giving up one run on four hits and two walks...

Astros put Qualls on DL, recall Singleton

By The Sports Network, 4 years 3 months ago
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros have placed reliever Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list and recalled first baseman Jon Singleton from Triple-A Fresno, the team announced Friday. Qualls is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck. The right-hander has made 29 appearances this season, going 1-4 with four saves and a 5.11 ERA. Singleton was leading the Pacific...